Jacó General Information
Information Provided by the Municipality of Garabito
- Playa Jacó is a small tourist town on the Central Pacific coast of the Republic of Costa Rica, on the outskirts of the Gulf of Nicoya.
- It is located 72 km southeast of the city of Puntarenas and 97 km southwest of San José, capital of the Republic.
- Jacó is the head of the canton of Garabito (in the province of Puntarenas).
- The city has about 3 km² and a population of approximately 10,000 inhabitants.
- The district of Jacó measures 140.41 km² (as a 14 × 10 km rectangle, and in 2016 it had an estimated population of 15,441 inhabitants.
- Its main economic activity is tourism.
- Jacó is located in a tropical climate zone that is defined mainly by the dry and rainy seasons.
The District of Jacó concentrates 68% of the total population of the canton, according to data from the 2016 census, Jacó had 15,441 inhabitants.
Garabito is located in the transition zone between the North Pacific and the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. Its temperatures are often around 30° C during the day, and the canton has high atmospheric humidity.
The economy of Jacó is based mainly on the tourism sector, which absorbs the largest amount of income.
Public and Private Services Available
Jacó has everything you may need
- Costa Rica mail service, UPS and DHL
- Fire Station
- Red Cross and private ambulance service
- Rural and Municipal Police
- Fiber optic internet
- Religious centers: Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Evangelical
- Gyms and yoga centers
- Restaurants and ice cream shops
- Bakery and coffee shops
- Public transportation (buses and taxis)
- Nation-wide supermarkets and local stores
- Farmers´ Market, butchers and grocery stores
- Banks and ATMs: Credomatic, Promérica, BAC, Scotiabank, Banco Popular, Banco Nacional, Banco de Costa Rica and Wetern Union
- Basic stores
- Public Health Clinic (it has essential services) and Private clinics with essential services, Clinical Laboratories
- Pharmacies and macrobiotic stores
- Jacó Walk and Plaza Herradura Shopping Centers
- Renta Car: Adobe, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz
- Gas stations
- Furniture stores and decoration centers
- Insurance brokers
- Flower shops
- Car centers and garages
- Surfing, martial arts, golf, sailing and tennis schools
- Language schools
- Private dentists
- Hardware stores
- Veterinary clinics
- Marina Los Sueños
- Spas, beauty salons and beauty clinics
- Real estate offices and property management
- Lawyers and notaries
- Public and private accountants
- Architects and engineers
- Community civic center
- Co-working spaces
- Conference rooms
Life in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, measures 51,100 km2 (19,700 square miles), and has 5 million inhabitants. Our country is known for its natural beauties and is classified as one of the happiest countries in the world.
Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces: Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Limón, Puntarenas, and San José. However, these provinces are in five main regions: the Central Valley (Greater Metropolitan Area or GAM), the North Coast, the mountainous region of Arenal/ Monteverde, the South Pacific, and the Central Pacific.
There are a few large roads to communicate with the coasts. There is government health insurance; however, for expats, it is better to get private insurance.
Education in Costa Rica
Public preschool, elementary, and high school education in Costa Rica is free and mandatory, which is why the country has a population with high education levels. There are also five public universities in the country.
Many private educational centers offer a variety of programs and options for those who want to receive more than what they would get in a public school. Las Nubes School, like the private institutions of the Greater Metropolitan Area, offers a high-quality bilingual education and is constantly reforming itself to meet the needs and interests of students and their families.
Private schools in Costa Rica must be recognized by the Ministry of Public Education for their programs and report cards to be valid inside and outside the country. Therefore, private schools must comply at least with the educational curricula and guidelines established by this Ministry. However, each private school enriches its educational offer in order to contextualize its teaching and strengthen its learning bases, with the freedom to offer an educational option different from public education and other private schools.
Education in Costa Rica has different levels that comprise of different educational cycles:
- Preschool Cycle: Daycare, Prekinder, Kindergarten, and Preparatory.
- First Cycle: First, Second and Third Grade
- Second Cycle: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade
- Third Cycle: Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Grade
- Diversified education: Tenth and Eleventh Grade.
When students finish the Diversified education can continue with their university studies.
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