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Because Playa Herradura, Playa Hermosa de Jacó (not to be confused with either Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste or Playa Hermosa on the Nicoya Peninsula), Playa Esterillos, and Playa Bejuco are close, many people choose accommodations in these beach towns as well.

In addition to the places listed below, the oceanfront Apartotel Girasol ★ ((tel) 800/923-2779 in U.S. or Canada or 2643-1591 in Costa Rica; www.girasol.com), with 16 fully equipped one-bedroom apartments, is a smart option for longer stays, as is Vacasa (www.vacasa.com; [tel] 8178-5585), which has dozens of condo rentals spread out all over Jacó. Hotel Poseidon (www.hotel-poseidon.com; [tel] 2643-1642) is a pretty boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, while Canciones del Mar (www.cancionesdelmar.com; [tel] 888/260-1523 in the U.S./Canada, or 2643-3273 in Costa Rica) and Hotel Catalina (www.hotelcatalinacr.com; [tel] 2643-1237) are two other good beachfront choices.

There are quite a few backpacker hotels around town, so if you’re looking to stay here on the cheap, walk the strip and see who’s got the best room at the best price. Decent options include Buddha House ([tel] 2643-3615; www.hostelbuddhahouse.com), a “boutique hostel” in the heart of Jacó, and Jacó Inn ((tel) 2643-1935; www.jacoinn.com), which calls itself “the perfect balance between tranquilidad and fiesta.”

Playa Hermosa

Options here include the Surf Inn Hermosa ((tel) 2643-7184; www.surfinnhermosa.com), which offers one-bedroom studios with kitchenettes, and two-bedroom fully equipped condo units, and the Sandpiper Inn ((tel) 2643-7042; www.sandpipercostarica.com), a cozy surfer joint. Both are right on the beach.

Playa Hermosa has a host of simple hotels and cabinas catering to surfers. Prices, conditions, and upkeep can vary greatly. If you’ve got the time, your best bet is to visit a few until you find the best deal on the cleanest room. Costanera Bed & Breakfast ((tel) 2643-7044; www.costaneraplayahermosa.com), Cabinas Las Arenas ((tel) 8729-4532), and Cabinas Las Olas ((tel) 2643-7021; www.cabinaslasolas.co.cr) are good options.

Playa Esterillos

If you’re looking for something remote and undeveloped, head to Playa Esterillos Este and the Hotel Pelicano ((tel) 2778-8105; www.hotelpelicanocostarica.com), a homey, beachfront bed-and-breakfast.

Note: Playa Esterillos and Playa Bejuco are about midway between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, so it’s very useful to have a rental car if staying here.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.