Here’s what you need to know about Jaco Beach: After a long day at the beach or after enjoying one of the many adventures that can be arranged during your Los Sueños trip in Costa Rica, visitors from all over the world converge upon Jaco Beach. You have to keep in mind that this is a beach town where locals have renamed one of its districts “Barrio Ricos y Famosos,” which translates into “Neighborhood of the Rich and Famous.” Many celebrities who come to Costa Rica for vacation are known to stay at Los Sueños and later hit the clubs, bars, pubs, and casinos that make Jaco Beach a place worthy of its very own Travel Channel segment.
Nightlife Options in Jaco Beach
Here is some general information about various Jaco Beach fun spots to visit at night. You should check with your Los Sueños vacation consultant or concierge about making arrangements to visit these places and to learn if they offer the ambiance you are looking for:
This is a good place if you prefer a casual atmosphere combined with All-American bar food prepared with gourmet touches. This is an air-conditioned establishment with large LCD screens that evokes a sports bar ambiance. The outdoor seating area is very popular, and the nighttime crowd tends to be very attractive.
The Monkey Bar
A high-energy bar and dance club that has become synonymous with Jaco Beach nightlife, the Monkey Bar is a lot of fun for nightlife-seeking tourists. If you enjoy dancing to reggaeton, hip-hop and club favorites that play at urban dance clubs in the United States, you will feel right at home in this place. The Monkey Bar is known to get very crowded, and the dancing sometimes spills onto sidewalk.
This is a very fun bar, restaurant and dance club that features intricate salsas dancing by local couples who practice all week to show off their moves on the weekend. The seafood menu is very affordable and only features catch of the day, never frozen ingredients. Good place to practice your Spanish.
Croc’s Resort and Casino
The gambling experience at Croc’s is like a friendly version of Las Vegas right on the beach. The bars and lounges offer a nice variety of domestic and imported beers and liquors, and you are free to play with your American dollars at the tables and slot machines.
As close as you will get to the South Beach experience, and it may seem a bit tricky to get in unless you are a resident of the aforementioned Neighborhood of the Rich and Famous; however, many tourists are able to bypass the VIP list. The music played by resident and guest DJs includes hip-hop, trance, new house, classic techno, groove, chill-out, and even dubstep from time to time. Ask your Los Sueños vacation advisor about dress code at Le Loft.
This beach bar looks like a dive bar with a pool table, but it actually has a lot of character and ambiance. Other bar games you can enjoy include foosball and darts; as its name suggests, Swell attracts an international surfing crowd, and the music played will remind you that some the world’s most technical point breaks are just a few blocks away.
Hotel Cocal and Casino
For those who enjoy gambling, Hotel Cocal and Casino offers a small gaming area with very cold air conditioning located right next to an extremely lively pool bar, which happens to be one of the hottest spots for people watching in Jaco Beach; for this reason, this casino is actually better to visit before the sun goes down so that you can plan your busy night ahead.
This American-style casual dining restaurant is open until 10:00 pm and is known for its generous and delicious cocktails as well as for its Tex-Mex cuisine. Many people load up on margaritas at Señor Harry’s before heading out for a night on the Jaco Beach strip.
Locals still call this place “Tabacón” because this is an endearing aspect of life in Jaco Beach and across Costa Rica: an establishment will retain its original name for decades even after changing multiple times over the years. Couples and groups of friends flock to this place to catch live performances from the lively modern rock scene in the Central Valley.
Graffiti Restro Café and Wine Bar
As one of the hippest restaurants in Jaco Beach and Puntarenas, getting a dinner reservation at Graffiti Restro Café and Wine Bar is not always easy, but it is certainly worth it. The atmosphere is lively and the menu will change unexpectedly, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the high level of cuisine that is served in this offbeat restaurant. The wine menu is diverse, and the prices are very reasonable.