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Apartotel Flamboyant has a bilingual owner.




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Red flag means rough waves in Jacó.




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Patricia models hand-painted fashion from Guacamole Boutique.
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WEEK TWO AND
A CHANGE OF PACE 

Now the girls were ready for a relaxing time at the seashore where they intended to catch up on some sunning, swimming and beachcombing. Jacó, the casual but lively little town was my choice because it´s only an hour-and-a-half from San José and close to my heart as well. 

I figured my friends would appreciate not only the sandy beaches but the chance to sample the many restaurants, casinos  and boutiques. Once again, Tursa Tours was used for a pleasant van ride costing $15 apiece. Often, I´ve used Fantasy Tours for transportation to Jacó, which costs me (as a resident) half of the $21 fare for tourists. The latter has pickups at several of the city hotels, and both tour lines take you to the hotel of your choice at your destination.

A WORD TO THE WISE

As expected, les girls were thrilled to be in a place where they could take a few steps to the sandy shore of the Pacific Ocean then walk five minutes to the main street running parallel to the beach where all the action is. I had warned them that like so many beaches in Costa Rica, Jacó has strong waves best suited to surfers. Also, only experienced swimmers should go further than knee-deep into the water in case a sudden rip-tide should emerge. 

EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL

Mainly, we confined our swimming to the pools at the two excellent places where we stayed: Apartotel Flamboyant, owned by friendly, bilingual Jacqueline Dankers, and Las Canciones del Mar of Canadian and Dutch ownership. At Jacqui´s, her spacious apartment proved excellent for the six of us, especially at a bargain price of $65. You can inquire about her smaller units at 643-3146. 

The grounds abutting the beach are lush and lovely, and feature an outdoor barbeque. Equally beautiful is Canciones del Mar, with it´s artistically decorated apartments, contoured pool and barbeque. Here the price was somewhat higher although still under $100 for our entire group, and was considered good value because of the living space and dining room terrace, and the splendid décor. The number to call or fax is 643-3296, where Victor will welcome you in Spanish or English.

MADE FOR YOUR BUDGET

Other choices for accommodations might be all-inclusive: elaborate hotels such as Best Western Jacó Beach (643-1000, jacohote@racsa.co.cr) and Barceló Amapola (643-2255; amapola@racsa.co.cr), or the full-service Jacó Fiesta Resort & Casino (643-3147; jacofies@racsa.co.cr) with two pools, tennis and a sports bar. 

More private and less pricey hotels abound, so take your pick of the following: Villa Creole Apartotel (643-3882) at $55 including breakfast; Gilligan´s Bed & Breakfast (643-2874) at $30-$50; Cabinas Antonio (643-3043) starting at $24; Swiss owned Hotel Poseidon (643-1642; poseidon@racsa.co.cr) from $46-64; Zabamar (643-3174) from $34. 

Listing all the good establishments in Jacó would be daunting, but this small sampling gives you an idea of availability. If one place is full, the helpful proprietors will refer you to other lodgings in your price range. Jaco´s like that a nice cooperative community. You´ll always find room at the inn.
 
 




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