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The Top Things to Do in Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco is a beautiful beach town famous for its proximity to San Jose city. It is a paradise for travelers looking for some relax & luxury. There are tons of restaurants and hotels as well as some surf breaks.

17 Things to Do in Jaco Costa Rica

1. ATV Tours

Exploring mountainous terrain on an all-terrain vehicle has never been this daring before. Half-day tours include a swimming pit stop in a cool waterfall.

2. Bird and Wildlife Viewing

One of the only two places in all of Costa Rica to see scarlet macaws is Carara National Park

Other amazing wildlife here is:

Tarcoles River (northern border of the park):

  • American crocodiles (on average 25 crocs per square kilometer)
  • 120 bird species living in its mangrove estuaries.

3. Canoeing & Sea Kayaking

Climb into an outrigger canoe (seating up to 8 people) or travel by sea kayak to deserted beaches. Tours depart daily with a trained guide, transportation and equipment.

4. Canopy Tour

Variety is the spice of life, and in this case you have a great choice to get your adrenaline fix. With several canopy tours, you get your pick of the litter with all the combinations available: aerial tram ride, zip-lines, suspension bridges, rappel lines, and Tarzan swings.

5. Day Spas

You have two options in Jaco to spoil yourself:

1. Go to the spas where you get a therapeutic hot stone massage, a ginger-lime body wrap, facials, pedicures, body scrubs, and all kinds of pampering packages.
2. Or, let the spa come to you.

6. Tortuga Island

This island is between Jaco and Nicoya Peninsula with beautiful white sanded beaches and crystal clear waters. You can spot dolphins, turtles, and whales on your way over there.

7. Golfing

The award-winning golf course at Los Suenos Resort offers a fun day of golfing.
Location: Playa Herradura, 5 minutes north of Jaco.

8. Hiking

Carara National Park has easy to moderate trails with tons of wildlife watching opportunities. Sign up for a tour with naturalist guides, transport to the park and beverages.

9. Horseback Riding

What better way to discover backcountry roads, hidden waterfalls and deserted beaches than from the high seat of a mounted horse. Let the horses take you off the beaten track along beaches and through forested trails. Do something you don’t do everyday!

10. Jet Skis

Take a 2.5 hour tour to isolated bays, beaches and islands. Tours include a trained guide and jet skis.

11. Gambling

Or in this case Viva Jaco! You’ve got plenty of casinos all around the Jaco area to try your luck at.

12. Rafting

Rafters of all levels will love a full day rafting trip down the Naranjo and Savegre rivers, classed from II to IV. Sign up for a single or multi-day adventure.

13. Safari Boat Ride

Wanna have a close encounter with an American crocodile measuring up to 12 feet in length? How about anhinga, herons, egrets, ibis, ducks, and kingfishers? Then sign up for a safari boat ride that takes you deep along the Tarcoles River and its mangrove estuaries. The two-hour boat tour includes transportation, guide and beverages.

14. Sail or Catamaran Tours

Sail from Jaco in a gorgeous sailboat or a catamaran. These specialty half-day cruises include snorkeling, dolphin watching, and lunch or dinner. Romantic Sunset tours.

15. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Plenty of great snorkeling adventures once you board a sailboat or catamaran.

16. Sport Fishing

Year-round sports fishing is available thanks to the warm waters of the Central Pacific Coast. Charters leaving from Los Suenos Marina in Herradura Bay focus on catching giant sailfish. Go out 15-30 miles and the anglers regularly pull in marlin, mahi mahi, wahoo and tuna. Or do some inshore fishing near the reefs, river mouths and estuaries where roosterfish, snapper, mackerel and snook are common. You can get single or multi-day packages suiting all budgets.

17. Surfs Up!

Wanna surf like a pro and hit those hot surf spots with gusto? Well you’re in the right place for instruction. Tons of surf shops, surf schools and surf camps offer instruction for all levels with board rental.

Playa Jaco

Besides being a great beach break, Jaco is close to some of the most popular surf spots in the Central Pacific. Jaco is a fun surf spot itself but undependable, the waves close out when the surf runs over 1.5 m. (5 feet.)

Boca Barranca

Here are some of the best waves in the country. They rise out of a river mouth located just south of Puntarenas. You know how it works. River comes out where surf wants in. As it happens with most conflicts, the bystander is the beneficiary, catching endless rides on the long, left hand run. Access is easy from a paved road. Don’t be frightened off by the dark water you see during the rainy season at Boca Barranca and neighboring beaches. The water’s not contaminated.

Puerto Caldera

This is a pretty good left.

Playa Escondida

An excellent beach break, with great lefts and sometimes good rights. Unless you’re a member of the Escondida Beach Club, which gives you access to drive to the beach, you have to take a water taxi to a cove south of the point. No worries, we’ll set it all up for you.

Roca Loca

Walking distance from Jaco with a skip, jump and a hop over the small hill you can catch some good waves at this rocky point with the rights breaking over submerged rocks.

Playa Hermosa

Not for the novice surfer, Playa Hermosa is well known amongst experienced surfers. With one of the biggest beach breaks (after Dominical) on the country’s Pacific Coast, you’ll always see some killer surf. There are seven distinct surf points along the ten-kilometer shore. You know what the hottest spot is called?

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