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Welcome to “TALK TO A LOCAL”, brought to you by The Swell Dealer Jaco!

I’m Carly! Born and raised in Canada and now living, loving and working here in Jaco, Costa Rica!

Here on TALK TO A LOCAL, you’ll hear from Jaco locals, expats and visitors who have something to say about this area of Costa Rica, and about what makes it so special!

I co-own The Swell Dealer Jaco with my bomb business partner, John Marrero. When we first decided to bring The Swell Dealer to Jaco, originally launched and still running in Tamarindo, we simply just wanted to see where it would go! Let’s give it a try, we thought!

We have now been in the Jaco area for over three years providing both online and in-print info about Jaco and surrounding area to tourist and locals alike! The community of Jaco welcomed us with open arms and made it easy to quickly fall in love with this artsy-chill beach town with a metropolitan, yet laid back feel.

Close to the capital of San Jose, but just far enough that you can really escape the hustle and bustle, you’ll find our beloved Jaco Beach. Surrounded by green mountains and gorgeous neighbouring beach communities such as; Playa Hermosa, Herradura, and Playa Esterillos, Jaco is a hub of action in the Puntarenas Province. 

In this blog I want to share all of my amazing Costa Rican experiences with you that have happened right here in Jaco and it’s neighbouring beaches! The adventure, cuisine, yoga, surf, real estate, and everything in between! So if you are looking to try something new, looking to relocate, or simply looking to know more about this area…you’re in the right spot!

This year was unlike any other year we have seen. To say it has been difficult would be an understatement. Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another, on varying levels. So it got me thinking. What have people been doing to take care of themselves? Physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. What have you been doing?

I am venturing off on my very first SELF-CARE RETREAT at the tranquil and cozy Encantada Ocean Cottages located in Esterillos Beach, just a short 15 minute drive from Jaco! Their beachfront boutique style cottages, pool, fresh farm to table restaurant, and ocean view yoga shala are the perfect ingredients for a self-care weekend! I can’t wait to head there this weekend and truly disconnect, while I reconnect with myself, feed my tummy and soul with good food, and enjoy Playa Esterillos.

For all of the details on my retreat, stay tuned here!

For more information regarding retreats, getaways and vacation stays at Encantada, check out their website at 

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