Playa de Jaco Costa Rica attracts surfers, students from all around the world, vacationing Ticos, and budget travelers. Playa de Jaco Costa Rica provides lots of diverse and affordable food options for its lively crowd.
Deciding where to dine in Jaco can be difficult, not because options are few and far between, but because so many good restaurants offer great food at reasonable prices.
The most basic bargain option is to book one of the many inexpensive rooms with a kitchenette, and prepare your own meals. Even the most penny-pinching traveler is going to want to get once and awhile though, and happily, in Playa de Jaco Costa Rica, fun food and drink is never more than a few steps away.
For a quick latte and homemade pastry, check out Café del M@r or Pachi’s Pan. Sunrise Breakfast Place also prepares filling American-style breakfasts at bargain prices. It’s a great spot to start a day of surfing and vigorous activity by fueling up.
For fresh local seafood and Tico dishes at good prices, try El Barco del Mariscos or El Recreo. Both restaurants also offer filling salads, chicken dishes, sandwiches, and steaks.
On the main road into Playa del Jaco Costa Rica, the first restaurant you pass before entering town is The Lighthouse, an all around steak and seafood place that is open 24 hours a day, every day. The Lighthouse is a good place to unwind and meet fellow travelers in the wee hours of the night.
Monica’s Pasta serves pizza and simple pasta dishes at affordable prices, and Restaurante Wahoo offers fresh local seafood and authentic Mexican dishes. Both options fill the hungriest surfer up fast.
Tsunami Sushi prepares pretty good sushi even though it lacks the upscale ambience of an upscale Japanese restaurant. Find it inside the El Galeone strip mall, and don’t be put off by the small seating area.
The Hotel Poseidon’s onsite restaurant serves affordable fusion fare for those who like culinary adventure but lack gourmet pocketbooks. And Steve and Lisa’s, located several miles outside of town right on the beach, is a wonderful place to have an inexpensive but memorable lunch while watching the waves break on the shore.
Caliche’s Wishbone is one of the top surfer hangouts, and features fresh seafood, homemade pizzas, and Tex-Mex dishes in gigantic portions. The nicest tables are on the veranda, but there’s also a TV inside with surfing videos running constantly, and a well-stocked bar.
El Nueva Latino offers fusion cuisine at slightly more upscale prices, but the setting is spectacular and worth the extra money, with a glass wall running the entire length of the place, and a pool fed by water fountains and water features right outside. Tables are few, so make reservations and enjoy a special night out.
Finally, for some really creative Asian Fusion cuisine, try Pacific Bistro, where professional chef Jeff Green changes the menu almost nightly, and every dish is a unique creation. The six tables fill up quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. Portions are huge, but save room for the spectacular desserts. You won’t regret it!