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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 attractions in Jaco for Spring

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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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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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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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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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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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Fun and adventurous
C_B, Mar 2022
3-Hour ATV Jungle Waterfall Adventure
Jaco Falls was pretty cool.
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Great ride and swim at the falls!
LORETTA_R, Mar 2022
3-Hour ATV Jungle Waterfall Adventure
The Jaco waterfall was amazing.
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Long day, great tour
Matt_G, Apr 2022
Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Hot Springs Combo Tour with Lunch & Dinner
The waterfall was amazing.
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So glad we did this excursion!
Ann_G, Apr 2022
4x4 Jungle Safari to Waterfall & Delicious Rainforest Lunch
The views were stunning and the highlight was swimming under the falls in the cool pool.
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First Class and a terrific value.
Charles_Y, Feb 2022
Savegre River Rafting Class II-III from Jaco
Our rafting was interrupted for a short period where we ventured off to take in an impressive water fall then we finished up with fresh fruit and liquids.
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Perfect way to spend a day!
Lisa_S, Jan 2022
10 Hidden Waterfalls With Local Cuisine
The first five falls are relatively easy-moderate.
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ATVs are always fun
Josh_W, Mar 2022
3-Hour ATV Jungle Waterfall Adventure
The waterfall was short which was disappointing.
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Seamless, comfortable, efficient
Samy_A, Sep 2021
Transfer TO or FROM Jaco Beach Area to SJO Airport. Private, NOT SHARED
Randall himself was such a nice dude, spoke perfect English, and we had a great conversation for the entire car ride.
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Amazing!!
Kevin_S, Sep 2021
ATV Tour in Jaco
The ATV tour is one of the best activities to do in Jaco.
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Awesome time
YAMALA_R, Aug 2021
10 Hidden Waterfalls With Local Cuisine
The trex up to see the 10 waterfalls is way more than a hike.
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Phenomenal experience
Robert_N, 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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Fun times, great guides and a MUST do!
Patricia_P, Sep 2021
Zip Line + 3hr ATV & Waterfalls Combo Tour
The best experience was the ATV ride and waterfalls with Israel!.
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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-Hour ATV Waterfall & Delicious Rainforest Lunch
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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Great ATV Experience
KellyLowry, Nov 2021
3-Hour ATV Jungle Waterfall Adventure
We went to the highest point for some pictures and then to the waterfall.
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October adventure and bomb food!
Ivan_M, Oct 2021
10 Hidden Waterfalls With Local Cuisine
Great moderate hike up to all the waterfalls with plenty breaks.
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