Top 10 Reasons Playa Hermosa de Jaco Costa Rica is the Best Area to Live!


1. Playa Hermosa is less than 1.5 hours from Costa Rica’s #1 Int’l Airport SJO,  driving on the relatively new highway 27, and is the closest Playa Hermosa to San Jose!  The western suburb of Escazu has hosted Costa Rica’s #1 mall since 1995, called Multiplaza Escazu, and is conveniently located to 4-5 star hotels Marriott & the Intercontinental,   and close by you’ll find ultra-modern Hospital Cima and a classy area known as Avenida Escazu featuring CR’s first IMAX theatre.  Great events also surround this area like live music of all types at the Jazz Cafe or enjoying the many festivals/events nearby both outdoor and indoor, at the Costa Rica new Convention Center.

2. Best weather along the entire Central Pacific coast, with balmy breezes, and cooler temperatures than other Costa Rican beaches. Best beach air quality too, no sugar cane fields on fire here! NO tornadoes, no tsunamis, no volcanic eruptions, just lay in your hammock and enjoy! OR go outside and do many of your favorite tourist activities, like surfing in our famous World Surf Reserve, recently named in 2021.

3. Jaco Beach, Playa Hermosa, and Los Sueños offer businesses/services of all types: from medical clinics & lots of pharmacies; 4 modern grocery stores (AutoMercado & 2 by Walmart); lots of nighttime events; family activities of all types from outdoor concerts to daytime festivals in redesigned Jaco Johannes Central Park.  The new Jaco Community Center with a library and activities from English lessons to a skater’s playground is now very popular. And now there’s even a miniature golf course in Jaco Walk.

4. Playa Hermosa and Jaco offer 100% Titled Beachfront in Costa Rica. Remember that only 7% of Costa Rica’s beaches are TITLED-fee simple property, and usually with a very low annual property tax. This is only what CR Beach offers to it’s clients: Titled Land!

5. The town of Playa Hermosa has lots of new businesses ( including Sunny’s Bowls & hostel,  groceries & supplies from two different mini markets; 7 days a week,  some excellent pizza places (pizza Pata), and lots of new tipico places also. Offering live music 4 nights a week are two of our favorite restaurant beachfront bars, Vida Hermosa, or Bowies Point. Every weekend there usually is live music and a surfing contest and holidays are celebrated righteously!

6. Los Sueños Marina & Golf Resort, only 10 minutes north of Jaco offers ultra-modern conveniences and fun activities. They put on the best fireworks display every year, offering kids great events like Halloween costume parties. Los Sueños info is covered elsewhere!

7. Surfers worldwide are aware of how great Hermosa Beach South, or Playa Hermosa de Jaco and Hermosa Central Pacific all are during the entire year. It’s a beautiful drive 10-minute drive south of Jaco, hugging the gorgeous coastline. Families know that Jaco is very close, but here in Hermosa, it feels worlds apart.  Playa Hermosa offers beachcombers, joggers, and sunset strollers delightfully soft sand, and the visual artistry of the surfers enjoying our internationally famous surf breaks, all surrounded by beautiful green mountains.

8. If you are a “foodie” or gourmand, there are more options here for international dining at the right price points than any other beach area in Costa Rica.  With the brand new outdoor shopping center called “Jaco Walk”, lots of restaurants and shops will be in one convenient area of Jaco. Our favorite restaurants have all decided to move here, including Graffiti, Tsunami, and very close by are the famous Lemonzest, the Green Room with nightly live music, and even an excellent MicroBrewery Puddlefish. Lots of sports bars are in Jaco offering games with fine food including the Public House, and the new Gringos’ Sports Bar!

9. Lifestyle: Our area has one of Costa Rica’s best cable TV & Internet companies, “Liberty” in Jaco, providing HD television and high-speed internet with speeds up to 200MB at very good prices!

Our famous farmers’ market (feria) happens every Thursday afternoon starting at 2 pm and Friday morning at 8, featuring fresh produce (some organic), range-fed chicken and beef (some of the best!) baked goodies of all types, handicrafts, fresh juices, book & CD seller, and much more!

​There are two international schools offering U.S.-approved curriculum plus lots of bilingual nursery/Montessori schools. Several churches offer expat families and locals many options to worship and two have built beautiful places to worship.

Medical Services: Jaco has a local Red Cross, and 2 other private medical clinics offering emergency services and X-rays. Internationally renowned Hospitals are only 1.5 hours away, and yes we have helicopters too.

Dental Services: Jaco Beach is a mecca for Dental Tourism, and has many well-respected Dental clinics.

10. Security / Government services: This area has quite a few agencies, for traffic: CR Transito Police; plus Jaco Garabito Police-Fuerza Publica;
OIJ-like the FBI; more than any other beach town in Costa Rica, because we are the biggest and closest to San Jose! 

The Municipal Building of Jaco, Garabito is right in town, along with all the major government services –  no need to drive 1.5 hours away to order a phone, go to the OIJ, or request a building permit as is required up north in Guanacaste

This is the new Play Hermosa and Jaco Beach in the Central Pacific area of the province of Puntarenas. Playa Hermosa, Jaco Beach, Herradura and Los Sueños, are some of the most popular areas where expats live. After 30 years of living in Costa Rica, I do declare there is no finer place in all of Costa Rica, to invest, to live, to enjoy – of course, you have to love the beach!

Jeff Fisher

Owner-Broker   CR Beach Investment Real EstateCell Phone: USE WhatsApp:+1 (506) 8388-5055  )OFFICE NUMBER +011 (506) 4700-1010 
Jaco, Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica 611012023 International Realtor ® Cert.Membership #061212737 
Costa Rican Real Estate Member since 2004  

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