Jaco is the gateway to the lush Central and South Pacific coast and lies on a picturesque seashore of Costa Rica bordered by a lush tropical rainforest, rocky cliffs, and a raging river full of crocodiles. It is just an hour’s drive from San Jose and offers adventure, activities and a varied selection of restaurants and nightlife. There’s much more to do in this bustling beach town beyond surfing the waves. Many of our luxury homes are located in this region and we love sharing our knowledge of the local area with our guests. Here’s some our picks for some popular activities and places for you to enjoy during your stay with Costa Rica Luxury Lifestyles.
Jaco offers an endless list of fun activities. From ATV to horseback riding and zip-line tours, rappelling, fishing, surfing and catamaran cruises, there’s a lot to choose from. Our VIP concierge can assist you with planning all of your activities during your stay with us. Let us do the planning so you can relax on your private deck looking out over the Gulf of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean as you enjoy a cocktail that matches the hues of the spectacular sunsets here in Costa Rica.
Surfing at Jaco is as natural to the region as fishing in the waters there. Surf shops are all around you in the Playa Jaco area where you we can schedule you with a morning or afternoon lesson. If you’re a seasoned rider we can make sure that a board is ready for you in your home for you to head out and catch those early wave. Playa Hermosa towards the south is a great destination known for its consistent waves that invite you back again and again. If surfing is not for you, try SUP or stand up paddle boarding, gliding over the waves and taking in the sunset. Playa Blanca is the lone white sand beach in the area where you can take an evening stroll and enjoy the cool breeze and the smell of the ocean.
North of Jaco there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for nature lovers. It’s the Cara National Park with a maze of trails that lead you into the dense rainforest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, snakes, nasua’s, and a fascinating variety of colourful birds, flora, fauna and insects. Carara is world-famous for its birds with over 400 different species in the area, including the endangered scarlet macaw. There are two hiking trails in the park and are accesbile for people of all ages and travelers with disabilities. We can schedule your visit here along with transportation and an unforgettable aerial tram ride to see everything from the sky!
Along the way to Jaco you cross over the world famous ‘Crocodile Bridge’ above the raging Tarcoles river. If you look below, you may see several of the massive tropical crocodiles, some as large as 16 feet in length, that this region is famous for. Take in the sight from above or if you dare, take a boat down for a closer look.
This is one of Costa Rica’s favorite national parks and is about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Jaco. It is one of the northern most rainforest destinations in Costa Rica offering incredible and picturesue white sand beaches surrounded by tropical forest and mountains rising from the midst of the trees. Snorkeling here is an adventurers dream.
Bijagual is a mountain town near Jaco with the popular Bijagual Waterfall. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as frogs, monkeys, toucans, sloths, and scarlet macaws and enjoy views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and seaside fishing villages.
The Jaco area is full of awesome things to do and our VIP team can assit you with planning a variety of tours, and adventure experiences. Whether you’re traveling with a tour group, a corporation or family and friends, we can customize your experience to make the most out of your time here. Trust us to handle the ‘dirty’ work so you can spend your time enjoying your adventure in paradise.