Feel the meaning of Costa Rica
Today, Jaco beach Costa Rica is still the destination for all types of visitors. Local and foreigners alike enjoy all the facilities, attractions and conveniences of this diverse area, as well as its proximity to the capital. Jaco is a great base for all sorts of tours: canopy/zipline tours, white water rafting, diving, fishing, and much more. Monte Carlo offers full concierge assistance and will help book tours.
Each unit has a kitchen ready for some cooking. Local grocery stores are Maxi Bodega, Mas X Menos, Mega Super, Super Compro and in Herradura, the Auto Mercado. Also, every friday there is a local ”Farmers Market” which is a fantastic option for finding a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. As a beach town, Jaco offers excellent fresh seafood from nearby fish shops.
Jaco presents many options for dining out as well. There are countless national and international restaurants, such us Lemon Zest, Wahoos, Jaco Taco, Taco bar, El Bohio, El Hicaco, Grafitti, Wishbone, The Wok, Rioasis and so much more. Jacó also has some international options such as Pizza Hut, Subway, KFC, and Quiznos. Most restaurants offer express/delivery services.
Another eating option : the famous “sodas” (typical diners) “Sodas” offer a plate of food with a drink for less than $6.
Traditional food from Costa Rica
Costa Ricans love their famous “casados” which is a plate of rice, beans, picadillo, fried banana, salad and a piece of meat (all together). Most of Costa Rican families, workers, etc, go for it for lunch as a big source of energy to finish a long day of work.
Costa Rican Food – Typical and Traditional Dishes
Casado, or Comida Tipica, is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions.
The meat that comes with a casado is grilled or sautéed, but never fried. Sometimes the casado includes french fries or extra vegetables such as avocados.
Where to eat it: Everywhere! Casado can be found at any time of day or night in every restaurant and soda(Costa Rican diner) in any part of the country. If you are invited over to a Tico’s house for lunch or dinner, you can expect casado to be served. Yum!
Olla de Carne (Meat pot)
Ceviche is a popular boca (tapas or appetizer) consisting of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lime with finely diced herbs and veggies. In Costa Rica, the best ceviche is made with local tilapia orcorvina (white sea bass) and cilantro, garlic, hot pepper, onion, and celery.
Where to eat it: Ceviche can be found in most restaurants and some sodas. If you are passing through Orotina on the way to the Pacific Coast, stop by the fresh fruit stands and try some green mango ceviche (the mango replaces the fish in this dish) – it’s scrumptious!
Jaco is an excellent place to visit for its beach and warm tropical weather, its proximity to the biggest Costa Rican Airport and to many attractions such as Manuel Antonio National Park, Carara National Park. Jaco also provides visitors with beautiful sunsets, exciting nightlife, lively bars, bank services, souvenir stores, and more. The best option to enjoy Jaco is in afully equipped luxury condominium. Its comfort, privacy, security, space and services offered make it the ideal choice for lodging.
Stay by the beach in a luxury apartment & learn Spanish as well
IPAI is a Spanish school in Costa Rica, they offer Costa Rican host families for weekly immersion programs that include surfing classes. They have over 20 years of experience. Study and travel in Costa Rica in IPAI’s two campuses, Heredia and Jaco beach.
Small groups, 3-4 students per class (maximum), two-hour/four-hour day intensive lessons from Mon. to Fri, individual attention, certificate, registration fee and books included & placement examination. Check for more information here: www.spanish-ipai.com
Do you like Golf? Play Golf at Los Sueños Marriot
(10 minutes driving from Monte Carlo)
La Iguana at Los Sueños offers an extraordinary encounter with nature at every hole. The majestic natural beauty that surrounds the course is rivaled only by the excitement and challenge of play. It is not uncommon to see playful monkeys, three-toed sloths, brilliant-colored toucans and scarlet macaws along the fairways.
In fact, La Iguana’s forecaddies have been specially trained to point out over 150 species of wildlife to players and they make their way through the unique rainforest course. Designed by Ted Roninson Jr., this 18-hole, par-72 course combines incredible scenary with challenging golf.
Yoga and Exercise
Jaco is home to Aurora Yoga & Wellness Center, located just behind The Wok at #8 La Casona.
Aurora offers yoga and pilates classes.
More information here: www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-Yoga-Wellness-Center/151235618252788?v=info
There is a gym 5 minutes away from us.
Located steps away from the beach. You can exercise for $6 a day, $16 per week and $28 per month.
Do you like to gamble? Go to any of the Casinos in town.
Just a couple of blocks away from the Monte Carlo, you can find the Cocal and the Barcelo Amapola.
Just 15 minutes driving is the Marriot. Blackjack, Caribbean Poker, Roulette and Slot Machines are there to have fun and try your luck.
Go to the Cinema
Now you can enjoy the beach, surf, adventure, nightlife, AND a good movie! Right across the street from the Monte Carlo, in the shopping Center ”Plaza Coral” there is new Movie theater–a great place to enjoy a good movie.
You can check this link www.grecia.co.cr/puntarenascr/jaco to know which movies are available.
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