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Welcome to Jaco

On Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the small town of Jaco draws visitors with its opportunities for rainforest adventure, relaxed social climate, and surfing, all just a 1.5-hour drive from the capital, San Jose. On dry land, travelers can take adventure tours in the jungle via horseback; get muddy on an adrenaline-filled ATV tour; fly through the air by zipline or tram; or get wet with waterfall tours, whitewater rafting, crocodile river cruises, and mangrove kayaking. In the Manuel Antonio National Park, tours offer views of native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, and agoutis in their natural environment, along with 180 species of birds and stretches of white sand beach. The Arenal Volcano brings the heat with visible plumes of smoke and rivers of molten lava and, after viewing, tours often stop for a soak in nearby geothermal hot springs. Cool off with surf lessons on Jaco beach, where the waves are surfable year-round and the long beach offers a variety of waves for different levels, from rookie to expert. Cruises from the Gulf of Nicoya take passengers to the white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise waters where snorkeling and sunbathing opportunities abound on nearby Tortuga Island, while other boats offer full-day fishing trips for marlin, mahi mahi, and even tuna.

Top 5 attractions in Jaco

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Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga)

Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga)

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A postcard-perfect paradise of white-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, and sapphire-blue water rife with marine life, Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga) is an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, or bask in the sunshine. The island is only accessible from Costa Rica’s main cities via a scenic boat ride across the Gulf of Nicoya—an extra perk for your vacation.More
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Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach

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Jaco is a lively beach town known for its water sports and party atmosphere. Located on some of Costa Rica’s most developed coastline, within two hours of the capital, it’s a favorite escape for San José residents, as well as backpackers, snowbirds, and North American retirees.More
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Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

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A popular surf haven, Playa Hermosa is a volcanic-gray beach along the Pacific coast near Jaco known for its year-long consistent waves as high as 13 feet (4 meters). With laid-back bars, restaurants, and hotels, this mellow beach town is a meeting place for both experienced surfers used to strong currents and sun worshippers enjoying the view.More
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Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

Carara National Park (Parque Nacional Carara)

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Located north of Jaco along the Pacific coast, Carara National Park is at the confluence of two important ecosystems—the steamy jungle of the southern coast and the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste. Walk along easy trails to spot outstanding wildlife including 400 bird species, sloths, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, and most notably, huge populations of scarlet macaws and crocodiles.More
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls boast nature trails, streams, and views of the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica. After exploring orchid gardens and watching toucans flying overhead, you can enjoy an al fresco meal on the patio.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Jaco

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Phenomenal experience
RobNewhouse, Apr 2021
Amazing Mega Zipline (25 lines) over 11 Waterfalls
Amazing waterfalls and the best zip line that myself and everyone has ever been on!
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The waterfall tour was amazing- we...
Kathryn B, Aug 2017
Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco
The waterfall tour was amazing- we had so much fun!
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If you do one thing in Jaco, do this...
Shayda M, Jul 2018
Full Day Jaco Jungle Adventure Pass
Our tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable about the local plants and each of the activities.
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I was very pleased with this 1/2 day...
Matt K, Jan 2018
4 Hours of ATV Riding Lunch & Waterfall
After stopping by a few waterfalls and other beautiful scenic spots for some pictures we stopped for a break and had a delicious lunch at a Tilapia farm.
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OMG!!! Seven and a half hours of...
Jill C, Feb 2017
ATV Full-Day Tour in Jaco
Carmen and Mark were amazing guides taking us through the river several times, up and down the mountain, and sitting in the waterfalls!!
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