Restaurants In The Resort
For a sweet tooth that needs satisfying visit Dolce Vita for comfortable patio dining. Al Fresco at the Beach Club features wood fired pizzas and flatbreads along with other casual dining options poolside. For more information on the Los Suenos Marina restaurants visit lsrestaurants.com
The Marriott operates a variety of noteworthy restaurants from La Vista featuring Costa Rican and International dishes serving breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the hotel's pool deck, 18 & Greene is a nod towards a classic steakhouse with a wood burning grill serving lunch and dinner in a patio setting, the swim-up bar Arrecife Pool Bar and Grill serves casual food poolside, Bar Ocho is a central hangout lounge serving appetizers and other local specialties for lunch and dinner along with handcrafted cocktails overlooking the pool deck and views of the pacific ocean beyond, to finally Casa Del Cafe for grab and go beverages and snacks. For more information on the Marriott Hotel's restaurants visit: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/sjols-los-suenos-marriott-ocean-and-golf-resort/
Dining In And Around Jaco
For a more casual atmosphere and local fresh ingredients try The Green Door Cafe located on side street Calle Cocal off the main road Ave Pastor Diaz. Additional foodie places using local fresh ingredients include Side Street Bistro, Puddle Fish Brewery or Graffiti Restro Cafe and Wine Bar in the new Jaco Walk.
If you are looking for a secluded spot, Esterillos Oeste is a good a place to find the shade of a palm tree, some peace and quiet, and nice waves if you’re into surfing. A little farther south off the main highway, take a right at the Pelicano bus stop and a left on the dirt road to The Alma Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. It is an open air restaurant overlooking the beach.
For those craft brew aficionados, one thing we tried recently was a craft brewery tour. Craft brews are popping up all over Costa Rica. Though we did not try it, Stiefel Pub in San Jose is supposed to have about a dozen craft brew offerings. Many operations are so small that they just sell to the local markets so one needs to keep an eye out. We found an operation outside of San Jose called Treintaycinco which offers several varieties and probably second in size to Costa Rica Craft Brewing Co. We were able to have a tour of the facility, sample the local brew and purchase T-shirts with their logo on it. There are a few places in Jaco where you can purchase some of these craft brews namely Green Room and Side Street Cafe but more will become available. Some other smaller craft breweries or brewpubs include Jaco Brewing Company, Manuel Antonio Brewing Company, Cervezas Artesanales Belmar and Lake Arenal Brewery with a host of others in and around San Jose.
Various vendors came be found on the main highways with a wide selection of produce and a range of prices. You will find what is currently in season.
Lastly, on Fridays during season, Jaco hosts a farmers market selling wonderfully fresh local produce on the south end of town off the main road, Avenue Pastor Diaz. If you are coming from the center of town, turn rift at the Palacio Municipal, then take another right near the post office.
Jaco features various celebrations throughout the year so be sure to check with the management company or other tourist information sites to acquaint yourself with upcoming events as businesses will have different hours.