You’ve seen the promos on social media. You’ve felt the pang of jealousy when you press play on the recap videos online. You’ve promised yourself and your friends, on more than one occasion, that you’ll finally take the plunge and go for it. But for some reason you haven’t pulled the trigger and actually booked your ticket to a destination music festival in some sunny, lush, tropical paradise. Why is that? You know there will always be a million excuses you can conjure up to reason yourself out of splurging on an international vacation, no matter how badly you want or need it. But ask yourself; is there anything better than spending a spontaneous 4 days on a jungle beach in Costa Rica, watching live music, making new friends and playing in the Pacific Ocean? If you answered ‘no,’ then grab your credit card right now, call out sick from work, pack your sunscreen and swimsuit, and book your ticket to Jungle Jam!
Now in its 7th year, Jungle Jam, which started as a modest party for a few hundred friends of founder and producer Eric Freitas, has outgrown its original location at Hotel Dolcelunas, and has relocated this year, to a custom-designed venue on the beach of Jaco, Costa Rica, on the weekend of March 10-12. Every year the festival draws international artists from the reggae, rock and jam band genres, and this year’s lineup features festival-goer favorites like Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Stick Figure, Twiddle, Fortunate Youth, Zach Deputy, HIRIE, Mike Love and Ryan Montbleau.
Now I know what you’re thinking; you’re sold on the lineup and the beach party, but if you’re going to fly to a Central American country to see a live show, you want the opportunity to check out what this exotic wonderland has to offer beyond the festival. Not to worry. If you’ve never been to Costa Rica, and want to experience the local adventure and natural beauty that makes this country one of the most exhilarating and biodiverse in the world, Jungle Jam has you covered. In addition to the music, which just so happens to begin at 4:20 every evening, Jungle Jam offers morning yoga and dozens of daily excursions, ranging from surf lessons and canopy ziplining, to whale watching and waterfall jungle tours.
So what else do you need to need to be persuaded? Monkeys? Sloths? How about the price of a ticket, which is only $175 for the 3-day weekend ($300 4-day VIP option also available)? What have you got to lose? Head over the Jungle Jam website now, to get your ticket and throw your spontaneous getaway together, and we will see you in the jungle! Pura Vida Mae!