Jaco

Central Pacific

Playa Jaco is the closest beach to San Jose, the Central Valley and is one of the most visited coastal destinations in Costa Rica. The beach is a 2.5 mile (4 km) strip which offers world renowned surfing and more. Much like Costa Rica's metropolitan areas, Jaco's offers most services, such as a post office, health center and branches of major banks. Furthermore, there are an abundance of surf shops, hotels and restaurants affordable for the budget travelers as well as those wishing to live a bit more luxuriously.

Activities include surfing, swimming, deep sea fishing, ATV tours, bicycle rentals, horseback excursions, crocodile safari, national parks and reserves, boat and kayak excursions, white-water rafting, canopy tours and popular night life. With all there is to offer it is no wonder Jaco is as popular as ever.

In the surrounding areas, Playa Herradura, just 4.4 miles (7 km) north, provides a more tranquil environment than Playa de Jaco. Also, just south of Jaco is Playa Hermosa, a quieter 6 mile (10 km) section of black sand beach loved by beach goers and surfers alike. This is where the International Quicksilver Championships are held every year in August. The Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Playa Hermosa) is the beach of choice for the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come ashore to nest every year. If a hotel with an undisturbed location is what you desire, these surrounding beach towns are recommended.

The Carara Biological Reserve (Reserva Biologica Carara) is located just 9.3 miles (15 km) north of Jaco. With several miles of trails open to visitors (some only with a tour group), it is a great place to view much of Costa Rica's wildlife. Early morning or around sunset is often the best time to see the wealth of scarlet macaws that rest among the mangroves. It is also possible to see caiman, white-faced monkeys, peccaries, coatimundis and a wide variety of birds. The park opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm. The entrance fee is $6.

The Tarcoles River (RioTarcoles), which borders the park and flows into the Pacific Ocean, is an amazing place to witness the American crocodile close up. Boat tours are available to see the crocodiles, many of which grow to be several meters in length! At the mouth of the Tarcoles, the Guacalillo mangrove plays a vital role for the survival of many species of wildlife that may be viewed here.

Manuel Antonio National Park is within driving distance of Jaco as it sits majestically, 43 miles (69 km) to the south. Punta Leona Wildlife Refuge (Refugio de Punta Leona) is another place visitors have a good chance of seeing wildlife, which is located along the drive north from Jaco towards the town of Tarcoles.

There are, however, concerns in Jaco about drugs, crime and prostitution. Being aware of your surroundings and using common sense should help you to avoid any undesirable situations.

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The Explorer

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Jaco

5.0 / 5.0
Starting At$79
The Explorer

On The Explorer tour, you’ll get to explore the waterfalls in the forests of Jacó. This tour will take you to an area that resonates with the rushing water of 10...

5.0 / 5.0
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Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram

2-in-1 combo|2hrs

Jaco

4.4 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram

Prepare for awe-inspiring views of the dense vegetation surrounding you as you move through the bio-diverse forest canopy.

4.4 / 5.0
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Jaco Sea Kayak and Snorkel

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Jaco

4.3 / 5.0
Starting At$65
Jaco Sea Kayak and Snorkel

Get wet and explore the open ocean just outside Jaco with a half day kayaking and snorkeling tour.

4.3 / 5.0
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High Ropes Course Tour

Guided Tours|2hrs

Jaco

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Starting At$65
High Ropes Course Tour

This tour is designed to make you feel like a freewheeling monkey, leaping through the rainforest. You’ll take on a high ropes tour comprised of 12 obstacles.

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High Ropes Course and Ceiba Rappel Tour

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Jaco

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Starting At$85
High Ropes Course and Ceiba Rappel Tour

This tour will include the high ropes course and rappelling down the side of a majestic ceiba tree. Your tour will also include a daring trip through the park’s...

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Pacific Rainforest Tranopy Tour

3-in-1 combo|3hrs

Jaco

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$75
Pacific Rainforest Tranopy Tour

This combination nature and adventure tour combines the slow pace and beautiful views of the rain forest via the Aerial Tram as well as the heart pumping excitement...

4.7 / 5.0
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Carara National Park Tour

3-in-1 combo|5hrs

Jaco

4.5 / 5.0
Starting At$80
Carara National Park Tour

The Carara National Park is situated between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats, placing it within a transition zone that harbors a unique blend of flora and...

4.5 / 5.0
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Jungle Crocodile Safari

2-in-1 combo|2hrs

Jaco

4.4 / 5.0
Starting At$35
Jungle Crocodile Safari

The Jungle Crocodile Safari Tour will take you along a river teeming with wildlife-crocodiles, birds, reptiles and more! Have your eyes sharp and your camera ready...

4.4 / 5.0
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Jungle Spa Adventure Horseback Tour

Horseback Riding|3hrs

Jaco

4.3 / 5.0
Starting At$75
Jungle Spa Adventure Horseback Tour

This horseback tour will lead you into some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful natural settings.

4.3 / 5.0
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Taxi Boat from Jaco to Montezuma

|2hrs

Jaco

4.1 / 5.0
Starting At$40
Taxi Boat from Jaco to Montezuma

The traditional route between Jaco and Montezuma requires zig-zagging up the coast and taking a slow boat across the golf in total time about 3 to 4 hours. But...

4.1 / 5.0
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High Ropes Course Quick Jump and Ceiba Rappel Tour

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Jaco

New Tour!
Starting At$99
High Ropes Course Quick Jump and Ceiba Rappel Tour

Take this tour to get a little bit of everything in your canopy adventure. This obstacle course is designed to get your adrenaline pumping with free-falls and...

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Ceiba Rappel

2-in-1 combo|Multi-Day

Jaco

New Tour!
Starting At$30
Ceiba Rappel

The ceiba tree’s imposing height has inspired an elaborate mythology, and they figured prominently in the Maya religion. For this tour you will ascend 140 feet (42...

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Hotel Club del Sol

Jaco

Air Conditioning

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4.9 / 5.0
From$136

Hotel Club del Sol

Hotel Club del Sol is located on the south end of Jaco beach, five minutes from the bustling town center. Jaco is full of wonderful restaurants, shops, cafes, and lively...

4.9 / 5.0
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Hotel Club del Mar

Jaco

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

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4.6 / 5.0
From$162

Hotel Club del Mar

Nestled in the cove of Jaco Beach, Hotel Club del Mar is located on the Central Pacific coast, just two hours from San Jose. Jaco, once known as a small fishing village,...

4.6 / 5.0
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Oceano Hotel

Jaco

Air Conditioning

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Jacuzzi

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4.4 / 5.0
From$151

Oceano Hotel

Oceano Hotel is a boutique luxury condo near Jaco beach. Jaco is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches.

4.4 / 5.0
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Jaco Laguna Resort

Jaco

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable TV

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5.0 / 5.0
From$137

Jaco Laguna Resort

Jacó Laguna Resort offers 23 guest rooms just a few steps away from Jacó Beach. This beach is best known for its surf, and you should book a lesson or two during your...

5.0 / 5.0
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Aparthotel Girasol

Jaco

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Cable TV

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5.0 / 5.0
From$125

Aparthotel Girasol

The Aparthotel Girasol is situated on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the bustling community of Jaco. This popular tourist destination provides a host of...

5.0 / 5.0
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Hotel Club del Cielo

Jaco

Air Conditioning

Cable TV

Jacuzzi

Swimming Pool

Wireless Internet

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4.8 / 5.0
From$179

Hotel Club del Cielo

Club del Cielo is located on the south end of Jaco beach in northern Puntarenas province. Jaco, which lies along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, has fantastic surf...

4.8 / 5.0
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Croc's Casino Resort

Jaco

Bar

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

Restaurant

Swimming Pool

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4.7 / 5.0
From$209

Croc's Casino Resort

Croc’s Casino Resort offers 152 rooms next to the lively Jaco Beach. In addition to a casino, there is a huge variety of entertainment on the grounds of this hotel.

4.7 / 5.0
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Hotel Mar de Luz

Jaco

Air Conditioning

Cable TV

Free Breakfast

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4.4 / 5.0
From$96

Hotel Mar de Luz

Hotel Mar de Luz lies on the Central Pacific Coast in the town of Jaco. The town is easily reached from San Jose and the Central Valley, making Playa de Jaco one of the...

4.4 / 5.0
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