Surf the Big Ones in Jaco, Costa Rica
05/22/2008 - 11:25 ||
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