Jaco Costa Rica

Central Pacific Coast
Province of Puntarenas

Jaco Costa Rica

Jaco Costa Rica is located on the Central Pacific coast, about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, making it a very popular beach among locals. It is famous for surfing and for the 2 miles of dark sand beach.  During the day visitors can enjoy wildlife adventures like horseback riding and canopy tours or travel to one of its neighboring surfing beaches like Hermosa, Herradura and Esterillos. The Carara National Park is also very close-by. This protected area includes several ecosystems such as swamps, a lagoon, secondary and primary forests and is home to one of the bigger scarlet macaw populations of Costa Rica.

Things to do in Jaco Beach

Jaco has been a first-stop, beach-break wave destination from pros to amateurs alike. You will find many surf shops and surfer-friendly amenities in this coastal town.

Located in Playa Herradura, La Iguana Golf Course is an 8-hole, par-72 championship course designed by Ted Robinson. With great views, a great challenge for both professionals and amateurs with a great view.

Horseback Riding
The horseback riding takes place in the incredible rainforest near Jaco Beach. Observe the evergreen habitats and incredible ocean views, as well as different species of animals, such as monkeys, sloths, raccoons, coatis and toucans.

Jaco Tours to other destinations nearby

Carara National Park
This transitional forest allows for rich biodiversity, housing approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species. Bird watching enthusiasts will have the opportunity to observe Scarlet Macaws, Aracari, Toucans, Herons, Egrets, Tinamous, Vultures and more. Your guide accompanies the group during the 2-mile hike, expanding on the different sights and sounds.

Rio Naranjo Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV
The Naranjo River flows through mountains, jungle gorges, farmlands and palm plantations. The river’s course is steep and challenging, perfect for adventure seekers searching for an adrenaline rush.

Jungle River and Crocodile Adventure
This adventure takes you through the marvelous wonders of our rainforest. You will explore the Tarcoles River. Your guide will point out different kinds of mammals, birds and reptiles that flourish in this mangrove system.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is known for displaying the natural beauty offered to beach, animal, and jungle seekers by Costa Rica, this 4000-acre national reserve must be on your list of destinations. With the nearby shops, hotels, and restaurants, this makes a great weekend getaway for those wishing to experience nearly all of Costa Rica’s natural wonders at once.

Tortuga Island
This beautiful island has an amazing white sand beach with crystal clear water. During the trip to the island you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking and beautiful landscapes. Great place for snorkeling.

Location and Map

Jaco Beach is  about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the San Jose International Airport (87 kms /54 miles). Jaco Beach lies between several mountains, and is bordered by the beaches of Herradura and Playa Hermosa. The Manuel Antonio National Park is located 73 kilometers south of Jaco.

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