Everyone’s always asking local travel expert Justin DeBoom about the clubs and nightlife in his hometown of Jaco, Costa Rica. Here, he talks Jaco nightlife and names his favorite places.
A question I get all the time, but no one seems to talk about it is this: Tell me about the nightlife in Jaco! Well, that’s more of a demand than a question, but you get my drift.
Well, here goes.
As a travel consultant in Jaco, who specializes in fishing, I figured I should talk about nightlife.
I get asked all the time about nightlife, often with a wink and a nudge, and as a resident of Jaco, I’m proud of the community I call home. Regardless of the trip you’re looking for, Jaco has something for everyone.
Costa Rica is famous for its natural beauty, friendly people, and beautiful beaches. But there’s also a great nightlife scene, and outside of the capital city of San Jose, Jaco’s nightlife is by far the most vibrant.
Once the sun goes down, Jaco transforms from a sleepy surfy beach town to a full-on party vibe, with some great clubs running the length of the main strip.
Let’s be clear, back in the day, Jaco had a shady and dirty reputation.
Those days have long since passed, though. Nowadays Jaco is one of the best beach destinations in Costa Rica, with excellent activities for the family, amazing lodging, and a beautiful beach.
But for all you night owls and party people, Jaco also offers a great party scene for those looking for excellent nightlife.
So let’s get to it. I’ll break the following suggestions into two categories, as I get asked about them both. The first is regular clubs to party in, and then I’ll point out a couple more, um, adult hangouts and strip clubs.
Jaco Blu is one of my favorite Jaco beach bars, but is also super popular at night as a club. Not your typical Jaco nightclub, Jaco Blu is all open air, sitting right on the beach with pools in the center. This place has a Vegas pool party vibe, but with a true twist of Costa Rica. Great music and beautiful people.
Republik Lounge only opens at the weekend, but often packs out during that time. It offers the usual drinks specials, ladies’ nights, and bottle service standard in Jaco. That’s a lot for just Friday and Saturday nights! Located across from Adobe Rent a Car.
Every night is ladies’ night at XTC! Well, every night except for Mondays and Tuesdays, when this club takes a couple of days off. On the second floor on the east side of the main street (not the beach side) in the center of town – you’ll find it! XTC is a newer club with great specials, go-go dancers on and around the bar, and a cool balcony.
ManCave is one of my favorites. My wife and I are not big party people, but when we go out, this is the style we like. A mix between a sports bar and club, you have great VIP areas, TV’s on almost every wall, great drinks, and the staff is always eager to help. This is a great place to start your night out at with a few drinks with the beautiful people. After ManCave, head out to one of the other more late night places.
Orange Pub could be the largest club in Jaco – the space is massive. Like many other clubs in town, with excellent drink promos, beautiful people, and go-go dancers around the bar and dance areas. They also have some nice VIP sections that make for excellent people watching. This place can get hot!
Another new club on the main strip. Originally on the far south side of Jaco, towards Crocs, it’s now right next to Le Loft. My impression is that Black Marlin is more of a local hangout trying to find its footing. There are a few VIP spots, but Black Marlin is more of a dance place with no real seating. Good drinks and another place to mark as visited if you are doing the Jaco club crawl.
Le Loft is the granddaddy of clubs in Jaco, the go-to spot for amazing all-nightes that don’t stop until the sun comes up. Unless things have changed, Le Loft is the only club in Jaco with a 24-hour liquor license. This property is small, but packs the house almost every night. Get there early, but plan on leaving late. The perfect place to finish your Jaco club crawl. Great bottle service, ice-cold beer and plenty of beautiful people to hang out with.
Strip Clubs and Places to Meet:
The newest strip club in Jaco, at the far north end of town right off the main road as you come to the main strip. GSpot is large, packed with girls and has a two pole dance floor in the center that is always busy with dancers. They have plenty of VIP seating around the second floor and themed private rooms for more intimate shows. One great thing about this place is they don’t charge higher prices for invited drinks for girls, which makes a change from the other Jaco strip clubs.
Centerfolds is in the center of Jaco right above Senor Charlies. The location of this property makes for an easy stop over from any of the local clubs or Cocal Casino.
So there is no real way to describe this property. Years ago, the Cocal was a great beachfront family hotel, but has since changed to THE place to go for guys looking to mingle with beautiful women. As odd as it sounds, Cocal has some of the best bar food around, with great drinks and endless eye candy to view or socialize with. If you’re a guy traveling with your family or with a girlfriend/spouse, this is not the place to go.
I hope I’ve shed some light on the nightlife in Jaco.
Remember, things change all the time, but as of August 2019, what I’ve listed above is the best of what there is. I’ll keep looking around and update where necessary!
Justin DeBoom lives with his wife Lucia in Jaco, Costa Rica where they run Caribsea Sportfishing. Justin also works as a travel consultant and fishing specialist at Namu Travel, where he helps people plan trips to Costa Rica and Panama. He can be contacted at email@example.com.