Jaco Beach in Costa Rica is known for its lively nightlife and warm, tropical climate. Relaxing with an ice-cold beer is the perfect way to end a fun day filled with fun and adventure. From traditional Costa Rican beers to delicious craft brews, there’s something for everyone in Jaco Beach. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the beer selection available in Jaco and provide an overview of what you should expect to pay. So grab your favorite brew and let’s dive in!
Jaco Beach Costa Rica is known for its large selection of local, craft and imported beers. Popular national beers include Imperial and Pilsen, while craft beers are becoming increasingly popular in the area. Jaco’s craft breweries and artisan beer pubs, such as PuddleFish Brewery and The Beer House, offer a variety of unique styles including local beers on tap. Those looking for imported options can find a wide selection of German beer, including Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Erdinger Hefeweizen, and Stiegl Radler. Additionally, there are also American Pale Ales and IPAs from both Costa Rica and the US, as well as Belgian Trappist Ales. Visitors to Jaco Beach can find an array of beer options to enjoy during their stay.
The cost of beer in Jaco Beach Costa Rica is relatively inexpensive for tourists. As always, buying
from grocery stores like MasxMenos on Pastor Diaz avenue will be the cheapest route. At the grocery store, you should expect to pay around $1.30-$1.50 per beer for a wide selection including Imperial, Pilsen, Budweiser, Modelo, and Coors Light. Premium beers including Heineken, Blue Moon, Corona, Carlsberg, Guinness, and Stella Aortis will cost between $1.50-$2.00 each.
At the bars, a Costa Rica domestic beer can be purchased for around $2.00-$3.00 a piece. Imported or foreign beers are slightly more expensive, usually costing about $4.00-$5.00, while micro, artisan and craft brews will run you approximately $6.00-$7.00 each. Of course, prices for beer can vary depending on the time of day and each specific bar’s policies. Most bars and pubs in Jaco offer a lively Happy Hour (4-7pm, bar dependent), to help travelers save money while enjoying a spectacular Costa Rican sunset over the Pacific ocean.
While drinking in public is not technically legal in Costa Rica due to a law that was passed in 2012, each canton or municipality has the authority to establish their own terms regarding the enforcement of the law. For the most part, the local police in Jaco Beach are lenient toward peaceful drinkers who are 18 years of age or older, maintain their composure, drink responsibly and avoid obnoxious, dangerous or disorderly behaviors. If your group is loud, clearly intoxicated or causing a disturbance, there is a chance that you will be detained and given a ticket. Public drinking tickets in Costa Rica are hefty. You should expect to pay around $300.
To prevent issues, it is always best to stick to designated spaces such as beachfront bars, private beach stations, and specified hotel or event areas. Drinking on the beach is fine for responsible, low-key beach-goers. You shouldn’t drink in specifically public spaces like parks, streets, parking lots or sidewalks.
Jaco Beach Costa Rica is a great destination for anyone who loves an ice cold beer on a warm, tropical night. Beer drinkers rejoice at the variety of options available, from light ales to strong stouts and local microbrews. Lenient enforcement of public drinking laws allow responsible vacationers the freedom of relaxing on the beach with a beer, and with a hearty nightlife available in the area’s many bars, breweries, pubs and restaurants, it's easy to find the perfect pint.