On the mid-Pacific coast, Jaco is the nearest beach from San Jose (Puntarenas does not count, as it is polluted.) Jaco is as popular with the locals as with tourists, so plan ahead for weekends and major holidays.
Jaco Beach Costa Rica
There is plenty to do in town and on the curving stretch of sand. Surfing, fishing, swimming and canopy tours are all nearby. Nonstop nightlife and a variety of hotels, resorts and villas make this an excellent vacation destination.
It is just a ninety minute ride by car or tour bus from Manuel Antonio National Park. Or you can visit the nearby Tarcoles River to see the giant salt water crocodiles beneath the bridge.
Kayaking on the river or along the beach is only one of many aquatic adventures available from this town
Activities are also available.
Jaco Beach has a variety of options and attractions that you can enjoy during your stay, this beach is considered a sun and beach destination, but here you can enjoy natural and adventure activities for all its visitors; You can find different tour operators, who will offer you the best options to do, you can enjoy:
Small list of Tour and Activities List
- Canopy or zip line.
- ATV Tours. (All terrain vehicles)
- Horse riding
- Observation of dolphins and whales.
- Scuva Diving
- Kayak and tuba
- Sport fishing
Surf Lessons, which is the most popular activity in the area.
You can also visit some of the destinations near Jaco Beach, such as Playa Hermosa, which like Jaco has impressive waves to surf; This beach is the headquarters of the International Mercury Championship every year.
catamaran to tortuga island from jaco beach
You can choose to visit Tortuga Island on daily catamaran trips or visit a crocodile safari on the Tárcoles River; besides being able to go to the Carara Biological Reserve, which is located less than 10 kilometers from the beach of Jaco; It is home to many mammals and a lot of different species of plants and trees.
You can go to Playa Herradura, which is only seven kilometers north of Jaco, this beach has a quieter atmosphere, you can also visit Quepos, Manuel Antonio or Puntarenas.
Shopping for souvenirs, clothing, arts and crafts and other items is another of this town’s many attractions. The main drag is lined with shops offering all kinds of things, from expensive jewelry to budget gifts.
Dining opportunities abound. You can find Peruvian, Oriental, seafood, Mediterranean — the assortment of restaurants is unmatched by any city outside San Jose.
The key thing to remember about Jaco is that this is a party town, almost all-year long. During high season, you will find plenty of people in the streets and bars until dawn, while others prefer to watch the sunrise from the shelter of a palm tree on the beach. (If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, get a room on the south end rather than near the heart of the action, which starts just south of the Best Western.)