This little island is famous for having an environmental responsible growing community. I went there with a sea turtle project because we where exploring new foraging grounds for hawskbill turtles and because of a satellite transmitter on a adult sea turtle and some reports from the locals, this sounded like one. On my perspective, this is the kind of place you visit if you are into community support tourism, responsible fishing strategies and in general, if you appreciate local people and how they work, their artisan crafts, their way of living, etc. Lets call it, social tourism.
Basically, my favourite place in the whole planet! If you are into diving, this place is known to be one of the best spots in the world. Sharks, sharks, sharks and more sharks everywhere!!!! If you choose the right time, you can get to see over 1000 hammerhead sharks per dive…its amazing! This little island in the middle of the Eastern Pacific, is our country’s more precious jewel, as well as a UNESCO world heritage place, and a really important natural ecosystem where sharks from all over the pacific come to gather at clean stations. And, besides this really cool underwater experience, you have an amazing green and wild island, surrounded with waterfalls that make you feel like the island is crying! Its one of a kind, which explains why it was used in Jurassic Park as the island!!
For me, Jaco is the go spend one or two days to surf, eat great and skate, kind of beach. I like the town during the day, it is actually the best place to buy and repair surf boards and the food is really good… in fact, my favourite restaurants are there! But the beach itself isn’t so nice, it is not that clean, and if you are searching for waves, playa Hermosa right next to it is better. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jaco… my best friend’s aunt lives there so we go a lot: we surf, we move around either with a bicycle or a skateboard, we do yoga and we eat delicious! But if you are visiting from out of the country and want to see beautiful places, trust me, you can do better.