The Destination

Pura Vida. In Costa Rica, the quest for “pure life” leads down many tropical paths, but Jacó—the country’s premiere surf town on the Pacific-facing Gulf of Nicoya—might just be the nation’s Shangri La when it comes indulgence and the pursuit of pleasure. In addition to the lively swells and consistent beach breaks that are a magnet for surfers both foreign and Tico, Jacó’s nightlife is equally legendary. Lively bars and nightclubs dot the palm-lined volcanic shores while ATVs and scooters zig-zag past an ever-buzzing network of streets, outdoor restaurants, and locally owned shops that sell the country’s famous coffee.