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Introduction

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Jacó is a city in the Puntarenas Province in Costa Rica, located along the Pacific coast of the country.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Beds on BohioJaco on the Central Pacific coast Behind Papas & Burgers Art Café, Calle BohioHOSTEL76
Copacabana Hotel Jaco200 Meters S. Banco Costarica,100 Meters W. Jaco,PuntarenasHotel-
Hotel Balcon del MarJaco Beach Jacóhotel-
Hotel Fuego del SolPlaya Jaco PuntarenasHotel-
Hotel Mar de LuzPlaya JacoHotel73
Hotel Playa BejucoPlaya bejuco queposHotel-
Hotel Tropical GardenPlaya jacoHotel-
Izu Place Cabinas Las Orquideas150 mts. East From Pops Playa JacoHotel-
JacoInn HostelBehind Rest TabaconHostel71
Kangaroo HotelCalle Pastor Diaz, 1km sur de la municipalidadHOTEL86
Las Brisas HostalCalle Hermosa, 800 Mts Este de la Costanera Playa HermosaGUESTHOUSE72
Las Camas Hostel MiniJaco Sol Next to Sol Dorado, Casa #10 Jaco BeachHOSTEL72
Rutan Surf Cabinas (a.k.a. Chuck)Calle Anita, 20 mts oesteHOSTEL-
La Casona Hotel JacoCalle BohioHOTEL-
Hotel Perico Azul200 m south of municipality avenue Pastor Diaz, Calle Santa AnnaHotel-
La Ola Christian Youth Hostel and Community Center150 meters West of the Costanera on Calle de PopsHOSTEL-
Posada JacoCalle PJGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel De HaanCalle el Bohio s/nHOTEL77
Blue Palm Hotel350 Meters East of Pops, Central JacoHOTEL-
Mau Mar HotelJacoGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

It's easy to find internet access, and although you can still can find a lot of internet cafes, wifi is growing fast in the country. The further away you get from San Jose, the slower and more expensive it becomes when you are using an internet cafe. Wifi is generally free of charge at most places though and apart from off the beaten track parks, jungles and mountains, the connection generally is ok. Some internet cafés also offer international calls via either phone or IP using services like Skype.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

  • The country calling code to Costa Rica is 506.
  • To make an international call from Costa Rica, the code is 00.

There are plenty of phone booths around and you will get the best rate using a pre-paid international card (can often be purchased in internet cafés and other small stores). There is usually a connection fee making short calls extra expensive. International calls are fairly expensive. The cheapest way to make them is over the internet using a service such as Skype at an Internet café. But making short calls using the domestic calling cards (you can make international calls using these but the denominations of the calling cards are quite small so your call will be short!) or the international calling cards available within Costa Rica (all from the government phone monopoly ICE) is the next best deal.

Those travelling with a mobile phone and willing to pay the roaming costs should ensure it supports 1,800 MHz GSM network. Note that the GSM phone systems in the United States and Canada use different frequencies and that travelers from there will need a "world" handset, such as a tri-band or quad-band phone, if you want to use your existing cell phone. If you want to use a local Costa Rica number, you can rent cell phone service, and of course anyone can buy a cell phone. If you have an unlocked cell phone (either one from home or bought in Costa Rica - all cell phones sold in Costa Rica must be unlocked), prepaid (prepago) SIM cards can provide a local number and service can be purchased throughout the country by anyone with a passport from any country. Try using companies like Grupo ICE under the Kölbi brand, TuYo Movil, Movistar and Claro.

Post

Correos de Costa Rica (website in Spanish only) is the national postal services of Costa Rica. You can find post offices (correos) in almost any city and town and they are generally open from 7:30am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to noon on Saturdays. There are not that many mailboxes, so it's best to ask your hotel or go directly to the post offices. Services tend to be slow but generally reliable and on the whole cheap regarding letters and postcards. It costs about US$0.20 to the USA and Canada (taking about 1 week to 10 days), US$0.25 to Europe (about 2 weeks) and US$0.30 to Asia and Australia (3 weeks or even more). All in all, if you can try and arrange your mail from the capital San José as it's generally quicker from there. Small packages are also no problem, though take them to the post offices unpacked for inspection first! Otherwise, arrange things through private international courier services like UPS, FedEx, DHL or TNT.

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