Surf the Big Ones in Jaco, Costa Rica

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When you head down to Jaco, consider bringing your crew along with you. Group lessons make for more fun-and discounts-so fly with your girls. Bonus: Fun times when you hit the clubs!

The surf peaks during the rainy season, but beginners should go between December and April when the gentler swells, 88°F days and a vibrant nightlife keep the town in full swing. The Jaco Surf School promises you'll stand on your board by day's end or the lesson is free, while Third World Productions offers all-girl sessions. Or, your hotel can arrange horseback rides on the beach and ATV tracks through the jungle if you want to skip the surf.

WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Mar Paraiso
A beach front oasis off the main drag with a friendly staff and poolside aviary to brighten your morning.
http://www.crica.com/hotels/marparaiso.htm

Club del Mar
Book a massage at their onsite spa is you want your beach time to be extra relaxing.
http://www.clubdelmarcostarica.com/

Marriott Los Suenos Beach
Situated on an 1,100-acre rainforest, this mega-resort also boasts four restaurants, a casino and a golf course.
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjols-los-suenos-marriott-ocean-an...

WHERE TO EAT
Colonial Restaurant
Located right on the main drag, this restaurant offers authentic cuisine and plenty of people watching.
(506) 2643-3326

El Bohio Bar
Sunset dining and fresh seafood are the big draws for this beach side hotel restaurant.
(506) 2643-3017

Caliche’s Wishbone
Giant baked potatoes, pizzas and Tex-Mex make this spot popular with los gringos and locals alike.
(506) 2643-3406

WHERE TO LEARN TO SURF
The Jaco Surf School
Gustavo, former Surf Team member, promises you will stand up on the board by day’s end or your lesson is free.
http://www.jacosurflessons.com/

Third World
A variety of levels of surf instruction, including classes tailored for women.
http://www.thirdworldproductions.org/index.cfm

Jim Hogan Surf Camp
All-inclusive from pick-up to drop-off, all you have to worry about is keeping your balance.
www.jimhogansurfcamp.com

—Lauren Salazar

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