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Create a Realistic Budget for Your Jaco Vacation

Date Published:
feb 18, 2024
Create a Realistic Budget for Your Jaco Vacation

Create a Realistic Budget for Your Jaco Vacation

Planning your ideal getaway to Jaco involves more than just dreaming of sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Crafting a practical financial plan for your vacation in this picturesque destination is essential for a stress-free experience. From accommodations to activities, understanding the costs associated with a Jaco trip ensures you can fully enjoy everything this coastal paradise has to offer without unexpected costs or disappointments. Dive into our comprehensive guide to budgeting for your Jaco adventure and learn how to embark on a memorable journey without unnecessary financial worries.


Prices for accommodations in Jaco can range widely. You might expect to pay anywhere from $150-$700 per night or more, depending on your preferences, the location, and the time of year. These prices often exclude taxes, which are approximately 13%. While hotels are on the lower end of the scale and usually don’t have additional charges unless optional upgrades or services are purchased, condo rentals typically include a one-time cleaning fee of around $50 per stay. When it comes to pricing in Jaco, location and your travel dates will play a significant role. Beachfront properties with ocean views and direct beach access during the sunniest times of the year, for example, will command higher prices than hotels or condos that are located several blocks from the beach or rented during rainier months.

Perhaps the largest indicator of price in Jaco, and in all of Costa Rica for that matter, is the timing of your stay. Costa Rica is similar to other vacation destinations around the globe in that it features a pricing structure that is based on demand. During times of the year with a high number of visitors, prices are higher. Likewise, during times of the year that typically see less volume, prices are lower.

This fluctuation in pricing is described as “seasons” in Costa Rica. It’s important to note that these pricing seasons are not an indicator of the yearly temperatures in Costa Rica. Jaco has a tropical climate that does not see a significant change throughout the year. That said, Costa Rica does experience dryer and rainier months, which are called “Dry Season” and “Green Season” respectively. In order to understand how the pricing structure will impact your travel plans, you’ll need to understand the pricing and weather seasons in Costa Rica, and the travel dates associated with them.

Peak Season - Dry Season - December 15 - January 4

Peak season dates are the most popular dates of the year and fall during the Costa Rican dry season. This is the time of year that sees the lowest amounts of rainfall and are exemplified by bright, sunny days. In addition to the dates above, peak season includes any and every holiday that is celebrated globally throughout the year, regardless of whether or not they take place during the dry season. It’s important to note that country-specific holidays, such as Boxing Day in Canada or Thanksgiving in the United States, are not typically considered peak season dates in Costa Rica, while holidays such as Christmas and Easter Holy Week, (Semana Santa,) are included in the peak season pricing structure. During Peak Season dates, availability is in high demand and significantly impacted. It’s highly recommended that anyone wishing to travel to Costa Rica during this Peak Season dates book their reservations well in advance of their arrival to guarantee their spaces.

As an example of how Peak Season pricing impacts accommodations costs, a two bedroom, beachfront and ocean view condo at Diamante del Sol in Jaco features a nightly Peak Season price of $512, plus tax and cleaning.

High Season - Dry Season - January 5 - April 30

While slightly less than the volume seen during Peak Season, High Season still represents a significant influx of vacationers to Costa Rica. During this season, the weather remains dry and sunny, while prices are slightly reduced. Demand is still high and pre-booking is strongly recommended, but you should expect to see slightly lower accommodations with a bit more flexibility and available options.

As an example of how High Season pricing impacts accommodations costs, a two bedroom, beachfront and ocean view condo at Diamante del Sol in Jaco features a nightly High Season price of $418, plus tax and cleaning.

Green Season - Rainy Season - May 1 - November 15

The third and final season of the year in Costa Rica is Green Season. Green Season takes place during the rainier months of the year in Costa Rica, and features the lowest pricing available. But Green Season is interesting in that it is not consistently rainy for each and every one of the six months that are included in this pricing season. In fact, the rain in Costa Rica slowly builds from the beginning of May until reaching Jaco’s rainiest month: October. From November 1st until December 15th likewise, the rain slowly tapers off as the weather switches from the Green Season back into the Dry Season. What this means, practically speaking, is that most of the months that fall in Costa Rica’s Green Season feature wonderful weather and lower prices. In fact, if you travel in May-July or toward the end of November through mid-December, you may not experience any rain at all. With that knowledge well in hand, savvy travelers are known to take full advantage of the Green Season. As a result, the choicest Green Season dates always fill up quickly. This is why pre-booking is still advisable during Green Season.

As an example of how Green Season pricing impacts accommodation costs, a two bedroom, beachfront and ocean view condo at Diamante del Sol in Jaco features a nightly Green Season price of $336, plus tax and cleaning.

Tours & Activities

In Jaco, as with all of Costa Rica, there are no seasonal prices for the various excursions you might choose to experience. The pricing for tours, activities and transportation in-country remain consistent throughout the year, allowing you to budget your adventures reliably regardless of your travel dates. Whether you're eager to explore the dense rainforests, indulge in thrilling zip line adventures, or catch some waves during surf lessons, the costs remain stable. This consistency in pricing allows visitors to plan their itinerary with confidence, knowing that the expenses for their chosen activities will remain unchanged. It is important to mention that, while pricing is not impacted by the seasons, availability can be greatly impacted. Purchasing your tours in advance of your arrival is the only way to guarantee your spaces. The good news is, by working with one of our free and knowledgeable agents, you can access package discounts that you would be otherwise unable to receive.

Food & Entertainment

When it comes to dining and entertainment in Jaco, there are certainly options for cheap eats and drink specials scattered throughout town. While it's possible to find budget-friendly options here and there, in general, it’s wise to expect to pay about as much for food, drinks and entertainment as you would at home. Jaco offers a diverse culinary scene, ranging from local eateries serving traditional Costa Rican dishes to upscale restaurants offering international cuisine. Similarly, the nightlife in Jaco boasts a variety of bars and clubs where visitors can enjoy live music, cocktails, and dancing. You won’t want to miss out on the fun because you skimped on your budget. By planning some flexibility in your budget for the delicious food and exciting entertainment on offer in Jaco, travelers can fully immerse themselves in the vibrant culture without overspending.