ToURS & Activities
Jaco Beach & the Central Pacific features every activity imaginable from sportsfishing, surfing, zip-lining, hiking, rafting, snorkeling, bicycling and more. With Jaco’s Central location, it is the perfect base to explore Costa Rica’s best tours and adventures. If it's your first trip be sure to check out our must see & do.
Jaco and surfing are practically synonymous in Costa Rica. With playa Hermosa close by, and great beach breaks on Jaco Beach as well, surfers will be in heaven. This has been a first-stop, beach-break wave destination from pros to amateurs alike. With loads of surf shops and surfer-friendly amenities, Jaco is a must in a country legendary for its surfing. First time surfing?
For anyone who loves to fish, no trip to Costa Rica would be complete without climbing aboard a craft built and outfitted to reel in some of the most spectacular fish on earth. Marlin, sailfish, barracudas, snappers and dozens more lie beneath the surface just waiting to see if you’ve got the nerve and the muscle to haul these monsters boat-side. More...
Canopy tours in Costa Rica are among some of the best in the world and, Jaco is no exception. Driving into town you will see dozens of signs and billboards offering these tours to experience the jungle and nature from above. Eye level with scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and more, visitors to the canopy get a unique perspective on how incredibly beautiful and diverse Jaco’s surroundings truly are. Book zip lining here.
We like our Tortuga Island Tour so much better because it docks right out of the Los Suenos resort, which is much better than the others that dock out of Puntarenas which is nearly an hour away from Jaco. The tour will depart at 7.45 AM and will take approximately 45 minutes to get to Island. Included with your Tortuga Island Cruise is a snorkel trip, an Eco trail hike and a ride around the bay on the “banana” boat. In addition, the island offers a variety of watersport rentals such as wave runners, paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats and also the “Aquanaut” underwater experience. Isla Tortuga has one of the best beaches you will ever experience. Bilingual crew and profesional guides on the Island are dedicated to making your day memorable and safe. Learn more about Tortuga Island Tour Here
With its warm weather and calming scenery, the Jaco area features a number of amazing places for Yoga. One of our most suggested spots are directly on the beach as you soak in and listen to the oceanwaves. Whether its a private class or with a small group we encourage you to try this at least once.
One of the best ways to take advantage of perfect weather is to polish the irons and take on the challenging par 72 at Los Suenos Marriott Golf Resort in Jaco. With beautifully kept fairways, semi-hard greens and stunning scenery, no trip to Jaco is complete for any golfer without a visit to these world-class links.
It’s tough to imagine a better way to soak up the pleasures of paradise than gently gliding across the ocean with the ease and soothing rhythm of a paddleboat. Whether you wish to spend a half hour or a half day, paddleboat rentals are a healthy, eco-friendly way to get out on the water and enjoy some time with a friend or loved one.
A quick trip south from Jaco down a well-maintained highway takes you to one of the most pristine beaches and incredible national parks in the world – Manuel Antonio. Known for displaying the archetypical natural beauty offered to beach, animal, and jungle seekers by Costa Rica, this 4000 acre national reserve simply 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.
One local trail that seekers should make a trip to is Miro Mountain, Jaco. With miles of lush, untouched wilderness hugging challenging trails, this hike is one of several in the area that reward you with stellar views and a chance to enjoy a day closer to nature yet not far from the comfort of your hotel or home.
A great way to explore Jaco is a guided tour on ATV. Renting ATV’s for a tour of the surrounding hills, mountains, and beaches of Jaco is a great adventure. For individuals, couples, or families, this can be a great way to spend an afternoon seeing a side of Jaco few have access to.
Eating out in Jaco is often a popular conversation topic amongst residents and tourists. Why? Because Jaco boasts some of the best local and international cuisine in Costa Rica. With a strong expat population and constant influx or international travelers, this town can afford nothing short of remarkable food and service. From local dishes, to mouth-watering seafood, to American style restaurants, there is a rainbow of choices morning, noon, and night for you and your family to enjoy. Check out Jaco Restaurants.
If you’re coming into Jaco via San Jose, you will most certainly stop on a bridge spanning the Tarcoles river. That may be your first experience with the giant crocodiles that inhabit the shallow rivers of Costa Rica. Some measuring as long as 17 feet, these monsters can be safely viewed via guided boat tours easily arranged by tour companies in Jaco. Reserve here.
You can't leave Jaco Beach without doing at least a little bit of shopping. Whether its picking up some souvenirs for friends and family back home, some trendy beach clothes, or some local arts and crafts, Jaco Beach has a number of unique boutiques and stores that you'll definitely want to check out. Here are some of our favorite Jaco shops to check out.