What I did:
Manuel Antonio National Park-
The Manuel Antonio National Park is home to a variety of cool animals including monkeys, sloths, birds, and frogs. There are walking paths that allow to walk amongst the animals, and there are also nice beaches to swim in or just relax at.
Jacó offers a great beach. The waves are usually good to surf, and sand is good for laying out and relaxing or playing sports.
I am not an expert surfer, but it was great to have the opportunity to surf in Jacó. The hostel I stayed in offered surf board rentals (or surf board storage if you want to bring your own). For beginning surfers they also offered surfing lessons.
The pool at Room2Board, the hostel I stayed in, was a great place to relax. They also had a hostel bar located next to the pool.
Where I ate and drank:
Ohana Sushi Tapas Bar-
Ohana is a very nice sushi place in Jacó. It was also the highest ranked restaurant in Jacó on trip advisor. The staff was very friendly and the food was great.
The Beer House-
The Beer House is a great hole in the wall place that offers some good craft beer. The location is slightly off the main street, and the environment is laid back and friendly.
The best cup of coffee I had in Jacó was at Cafe Bohio. I also bought a couple bags of coffee beans to take with me when I left Jacó.
The Green Room is a very good restaurant. They had a nice selection of food and drinks. They also feature live music at certain times.
Restaurante and Sports Bar El Sol (Manuel Antonio)-
After leaving Manuel Antonio National Park I got a bite to eat at El Sol. The food was very good, but the best part of the restaurant was the view. The restaurant sits across the street from the beach, and the views from the restaurant were excellent.
La Cocina (Quepos)-
Quepos is the location for the main bus terminal on the way from Jacó to Manuel Antonio. La Cocina is a great little place in Quepos. They serve great food at great prices.
Where I stayed:
Room2Board Hostel and Surf School-
Room2Board is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. It was located right next to the beach, and the hostels facilities were very nice. They even had a swimming pool with a slide! Surfboard were available to rent for $10 a day.
How I got around:
I used local busses to travel around Costa Rica. Jacó is a small town, so while I was there I walked everywhere I went in town.
My favorite thing:
There were so many things to love about Jacó that it is tough to pick one favorite thing. The hostel was great, the waves were good, the beach was beautiful, and the food was inexpensive and tasty.
My least favorite thing:
Costa Rica has a fairly good craft beer scene. As a fan of stouts, I tried to order them at many of the places I visited. Although they were listed on the menu, many of the places I visited were out of their stouts and porters.
For next time:
Next time in Jacó I would like to do more of the same. However, as mentioned earlier, I would like to try some Costa Rican craft stouts. I would also like to go zip lining and check out some waterfalls.
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