The central Pacific beach town of Jacó in Costa Rica was long known primarily as a destination for sport fisherman, surfers, and backpackers. And Ticos—as Costa Ricans call themselves—flocked there around Christmas and Easter because it’s the closest major beach to San José, the capital. For residents there—and in the surrounding Central Valley—it’s a quick getaway.
But in recent years, high-end, new development, strong local government, and community involvement has helped Jacó shed its “party” image and create a new reputation as a family friendly destination.
Sure, you still have late night dance clubs and funky beach bars. But you also have a weekly farmers’ market with produce, prepared foods, and more…a movie theater showing new releases in English…well-stocked grocery stores…an English-language church that is active in volunteering…and more.
And of course, you still have what made Jacó so attractive in the first place, a nearly three-mile long, gently curving bay, wide beach, and warm tropical weather to enjoy it all year-round.
Plus, this seaside hamlet is one of the few spots in Costa Rica where you can buy titled beachfront land…and it’s affordable too. If you’re willing to walk a block or two to the water, even more affordable. Overall, Jacó is a walkable community, where you can easily get to grocery stores and other shops, restaurants (more than 50 at last count), spas, and gyms.
Just a short walk from the beach—in a development built in the last few years with community pool—is a three-bedroom condo that comes fully-furnished for $139,000 (perfect for a vacation rental if you’re not planning to move down right away). A one-bedroom condo in a nearby gated community—also furnished—is available for $73,000.
An ocean-view, two-bedroom condo—right in front of a small development’s pool—is listed at $250,000. A one-bedroom condo with a water view in an ocean-front building is available for $175,000. It’s on the quieter, south end of Jacó.
There are homes as well. A two-bedroom property within walking distance to the beach and downtown Jacó is on offer at $210,000. It has its own pool. A three-bedroom, in a gated community with a pool, is available for $99,500—and you can walk to everything. Another good value option is a three-bedroom home with private pool surrounded by high walls for privacy, in a gated community a stone’s throw from the beach. It can be had for the asking price of $185,000.
If you want a beach lifestyle with plenty of entertainment, a fun expat crew to hang out with, and quick access to the services of the big city, Jacó is worth a closer look. And with these real estate prices, you can live affordably in the perfect spot to enjoy all this beach town has to offer.
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