5+ nights
Private & shared rooms

The ultimate hideaway for sunseekers, surfers, and nature-lovers

"The only beachfront hotel in town, Selina is located nearby some of the best things to do in Jaco, Costa Rica. With direct access to the beach, sign up for a surf lesson (or five!) and enjoy days by the water with some newfound friends."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

If you’re planning to visit Jaco to surf, the best conditions to do so are between May and November. However, surf conditions are consistent throughout the year and can be ideal for beginner surfers who are just starting to master their skills on the board.

The lodge

Located on the sandy shores of the Puntarenas Region, Selina Jaco is the ultimate hideaway for sunseekers, surfers, and nature-lovers. Surrounded by views of Miro Mountain and beautiful beaches, embrace the true essence of Costa Rica at our eco-friendly hotel.

Just a short walk from the buzzing Main Street, spend your days exploring the town, experience the best surf breaks in the area, or get your adrenaline fix and trek through the Carara National Park, just a 24-minute drive from our hotel.

Along with a range of beautifully-designed rooms and unique accommodation, other on-site features include a swimming pool, a beachfront bar and restaurant, a shared kitchen, a CoWork, a wellness area, and a movie room.

Rise with the sun and enjoy a smoothie bowl at our beachfront cafe before riding the first swells of the day with our surf instructors, or go it alone at Hermosa Beach. Spend the afternoon getting productive at our CoWork, trek through the rainforest, and catch the stunning sunset at Herradura Bay. Back at Selina, order a drink at the bar before dancing barefoot under the stars at a silent beach rave.

There are plenty of things to do in Jaco, Costa Rica. Partner up in salsa lessons, reenergize with morning yoga or play some beach volleyball at sunset. For things to do nearby, head up the coast to explore the 1,700-acre Manuel Antonio National Park – just an hour outside Jaco.

Or, search for crocodiles and scarlet macaws in Carara National Park, a short distance away from town. Meet up with Selina Surf Club to experience the world-class waves at Playa Herradura and Playa Hermosa.

Expert and intermediate surfers will love the swells at Herradura, while anyone looking to take surfing lessons in Jaco, Costa Rica, can find their balance at Hermosa. Wrap up your surfing class with wellness – our specialty!

Stretch your muscles in a yoga class, work on your cardio, or choose from our calendar of events when you arrive. Staying at Selina means never having to wonder what to do next. No matter what your speed, make your great escape from San Jose for a quick trip to Jaco and see what all the hype is about.


Jaco is well-known with travelers and locals alike for its pristine, year-round surf conditions that are perfect for both beginners and advanced surfers alike. Home to some of the best Costa Rica surf camps Jaco caters to everyone’s needs: whether you’ve never surfed before or you’ve been doing this for years, you’ll find a program that fits what you’re looking for.

Just steps away from the Selina Jaco Beach Hotel, Playa Jaco is a great surf spot offering private and group surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding classes, and more. Plus, the Selina Surf Club also offers guided tours and board rentals for pro-surf aficionados who just need a little bit of guidance and help to discover the best surf spots in Jaco, Costa Rica.


In Jaco, you’ll find a bustling surfer town, more developed than the other spots along this coastline. The digital nomad scene is growing thanks to coworking at Selina. The rumors are true: our CoWork space in Jaco is a dream! Located right on the beach, you can learn to surf in the mornings and knuckle down after lunch. Take a break from surfing lessons to check your email, meet fellow entrepreneurs, and make some client calls. Become a member to enjoy community lunches, workshops, meeting rooms, free coffee, and office supplies. Or, if you’re only staying in town for a short time, book a hot desk and get your best work done.

Getting around Jacó

There are a few different ways to get around Jaco, Costa Rica, once you’re there. Being such a small town, it’s fairly easy to rent a bicycle (beach cruisers cost about $10 USD a day), scooter ($90 USD a day), or ATV and make your way around town without having to worry about parking space or road access. All of these are also a great option if you’re in Jaco to surf and have to carry around a heavy surfboard. Ask your hostel in Jaco, Costa Rica, about reputable rental places, and always make sure to consult with someone before handing over any money or IDs.

If you’d much rather someone else do the driving, taxis in Jaco are usually very affordable (especially if you’re sharing with friends) and quick to take you places. Make sure you negotiate the price before getting inside in order to avoid any surprise fares at the end of your ride. Buses are also a much more affordable option and will drop you off at most nearby attractions like Herradura Bay, Carara National Park, and many of the local beaches.

Another option is to simply walk around town. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end of town to another, so it won’t be much of a hassle to get wherever you want by foot.

Getting there
From San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you can take one of our shuttles directly to Selina Jaco, starti... read more
From San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you can take one of our shuttles directly to Selina Jaco, starting from $50. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive.


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Selina provides guests with beautiful places to stay, travel, and work abroad indefinitely. Plus, we use our in-depth local knowledge to create thousands of authentic activities and experiences in over 60 destinations worldwide.

From the heart of urban cities to the depth of the Amazon Jungle, we put our heart, soul, and wanderlust into providing forever travelers, break-takers, and staycation with a new and exciting way to explore the world.

Selina is building one of the biggest hospitality brands in the world with one of the fastest converting models globally. Combining superior accommodation design with coworking, leisure spaces, wellness and local experiences, Selina is made for today's nomadic traveler, providing its guests with a global infrastructure to travel and work internationally.

Selina impact

Join us to participate in the social, environmental and economic needs of the communities where we are located. From English classes to health and beach cleaning workshops, we are proud to promote cultural impact programs on our properties.

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What's included?
Accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and surf lessons.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, and non-mentioned activities.
Does Selina Jaco, Costa Rica offer co-working?
Yes! Our coworking space in Jaco, Costa Rica, has everything you need for a day of getting productive from the road. From dedicated hot desks to private meeting rooms, personalized workspaces, and qui... read more
Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica?
Depending on your country of origin, you might need a visa to visit Costa Rica. If a visa is not necessary, you might still need additional travel documents such as a roundtrip ticket, hotel reservati... read more
What are the voltage/plug types?
All of Costa Rica operates on 100v, just like the United States, Canada, and other Latin American countries. There are two plug types that you might find in Costa Rica: plug A, which has two flat para... read more
What is the currency in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s national currency is called the colón (the plural is colones). US dollars are also widely accepted and used across the country, especially so in tourist areas, but we generally recommend... read more
When's check-in and check-out?
Check-in starts at 3:00 PM. Check-out is at 11:00 AM the day of departure.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.