The variety of cuisines available in Jaco Beach and next door Herradura and Hermosa beaches is very broad. There are over 100 restaurants to experience, from pricey gourmet restaurants at the Marina in Los Sueños, to economically priced “sodas”, which are local small restaurants normally serving the typical food which consists in rice and beans for breakfast and “casados” for lunch. “Casados” are a carb fest of rice, beans, plantain, pasta salad and some protein to choose from, mainly chicken, meat or fish.
Some recommendations follow, and feel free to explore for yourself and let your senses entice your palate:
Amancio’s, located right on the main strip in Jaco (Pastor Díaz Avenue), offers traditional Italian pasta dishes as well as international options.
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day except Wednesdays.
Tsunami Sushi is a favorite offering California style rolls, look for them in Jaco Walk Plaza.
Opening Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day.
Looking for a breakfast place or craving a pastry and a coffee? Check out these delicious options:
The Coffee Shop, on Jaco’s main strip offers American style breakfasts.
Opening Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every day.
Café Bohío, also on the main road, features an expert barista working on coffee creations before your eyes.
Opening Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. wed-sun, and 09:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. mon-tue.
Dolce Vita, in the Los Sueños Marina in Herradura, might have the best macaroons in Costa Rica. They also offer a full menu for all meals, as well as gelatos.
Opening Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day.
Would you like to eat like the locals do? Try these options:
Jaco Rustico offers typical food buffet style just steps from the beach. Try their rice, beans and plantain and add fish or chicken for what we call a “casado”.
Opening Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. every day.
Seafood options are extensive being right next to the Pacific Ocean.
Hicaco’s is on the high end of the spectrum pricewise. The food and service are excellent and it is right on the beach, which makes it a good option for date night or a special occasion.
Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. daily.
Tacobar is a more casual and moderately priced option, and diners like to build their own tacos and burritos from freshly made ingredients.
Opening Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily.
A little bit of everything
The Green Room offers a relaxed atmosphere, and features live music several times a week. The best eggs Benedict in town!
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. daily.
Los Amigos is a favorite place for locals and visitors and offers international fare along with typical options. If you fancy a drink try their “chiliguaro”, a mix of tomato juice and “guaro”, a kind of moonshine made from sugar cane.
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily.