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Jaco Beach Tours

Jaco Beach
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.

The Basics
Whether you’re looking to unwind on the sand or burn some energy swimming or riding the waves, Jaco Beach offers the best of both worlds. Inexperienced surfers can sign up for a private or group lesson in the clear ocean waters just south of Jaco Beach. Travelers wanting to take in the diversity of Costa Rica’s ecological landscapes can tour nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, the Carara biological reserve, or the Damas Island Estuary. 

Other options for outdoor adventurers include rain forest all-terrain vehicle excursions, hiking trips, ziplining, and beachside horseback rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Jaco Beach has a strong riptide—swimmers should be cautious.
  • For a more relaxed atmosphere than Jaco’s, head to Playa Herradura, a 15-minute drive north.
How to Get There
Jaco Beach is around an hour and 45 minutes from San José by car. Shuttle buses regularly depart the airport for Jaco Beach; taxis are also available. Alternatively, take a bus, but the journey lasts about three and a half hours. 

When to Get There
For fewer crowds, visit Jaco Beach on a weekday morning. If you’re looking for nightlife, the town of Jaco is the place to be after dark.

Jaco Walk
After soaking up the sun and surf, make your way behind the beach to Jaco Walk, an open-air shopping center where you’ll find most of the town’s top eateries. Serving everything from sushi to pizza, the majority of restaurants offer outdoor seating with views of the concerts and other performances that often take place.
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2 Hour ATV Adventure Through Costa Rican Jungle in Jaco

2 Hour ATV Adventure Through Costa Rican Jungle in Jaco

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This Jaco ATV tour may be short, but it doesn’t skimp on adventure, making it a great choice for exploring the Costa Rican rain forest in just a couple of hours. Get behind the wheel of an ATV and follow your personal guide over rugged mountainous terrain, past ocean vista points, and right by a small waterfall.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.00
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$71.00
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Manuel Antonio rain forest and white sand beach

Manuel Antonio rain forest and white sand beach

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Small group tours in order to ensure total satisfaction of our services, premier quality transportation, professional guides and driver. Concierge service to ensure all goes very well during the tour and in oder to safe time for you to enjoy the tour as much as possible. We have been awarded on trip advisor since 2011 till 2019 with the certificate of Excellence, fully licensed tour operator with 20 years of experience, Odyssey Tours Costa Rica. French speaking guide available for groups booking or extra cost.
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  • 7 hours
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$85.00
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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from Jaco

Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from Jaco

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Discover the natural delights of Manuel Antonio National Park on this day tour from Jaco. One of Costa Rica's most-visited parks, Manuel Antonio is known for its white-sand beaches, diversity of wildlife, and mangroves and other vegetation. Look for monkeys, sloths, birds, and more on this small peninsula. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.00
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10 Hidden Waterfalls With Local Cuisine

10 Hidden Waterfalls With Local Cuisine

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We will take you to Las Monas (the monkeys) Rainforest. It is a 25 minute hike in to the jungle you will be learning about the natural vegetation used for medicine by the natives of Las Monas. The Experience lasts 2.5-3.5 hours depending on how long you would like to be at each waterfall and swim in the natural pools. You do not have to swim if you do not want to ;) Once we get to the Waterfalls you will get to swim in the 10 natural pools or jump from the top of the waterfalls. On our way back you will have the pleasure to taste the local cuisine at La Casita del Sabor (The Home of Flavor), cooked by the Grandmother of Las Monas town. It is the perfect tour if you want to be one with nature and local culture. Hike starts easy then gets a bit more difficult so not suited for anyone with a handicap. Approximately from the start of the river to the 1st waterfall is 1km (15-20 minutes) then will see new waterfalls every 50-100 meters.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Signature ATV Canopy Waterfall Adventure COMBO Tour

Signature ATV Canopy Waterfall Adventure COMBO Tour

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Adventure awaits in Jaco. Make unforgettable memories during this half-day tour combining off-road ATV action, zip lining, a hike to a waterfall and a deliciously authentic lunch in a quintessentially Costa Rican setting.
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  • 6 hours
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$158.00
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3 Hour ATV Tour Through Costa Rican Rainforest

3 Hour ATV Tour Through Costa Rican Rainforest

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On this Jaco off-road ATV tour, it’s all about the journey—and the destinations. Take a thrilling ride through rugged mountain terrain en route to a vista point and two waterfalls, one of which has a 15-foot (4.5-meter) jump to try (if you dare). Be sure to bring a swimsuit to refresh yourself in the natural pool either way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
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4x4 Rainforest Tour - Lunch & Waterfall Included

4x4 Rainforest Tour - Lunch & Waterfall Included

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Jaco is known for its beaches and nightlife, but its natural beauty should not be missed. Enjoy a visit to a nearby national park via 4x4, and learn about the rainforest from your naturalist guide. Stop by a series of waterfalls for an exhilarating plunge, then relax during lunch while taking in the lush jungle views.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman

Costa Rican cooking class with cookbook author Melissa Guzman

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This private Costa Rican cooking class in Jacó lets you work closely with a chef to learn recipes and techniques unique to the region’s cuisine. Cook healthy and classic dishes like ceviche and soup alongside a published cookbook author, with the option of cooking in her home kitchen or yours for the ultimate convenience. This class culminates in a filling and delicious lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons

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Jaco is famous for its waves, and a surf lesson is the best way for novice surfers to enjoy the water. In this beginner surf lesson, learn the basics of surfing moves, etiquette, and terminology as you ride the white water with a guide. You'll get the feeling of surfing and maybe even catch a wave on your own!
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  • 2 hours
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$81.03
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Combo 2 hrs ATV & ZipLine

Combo 2 hrs ATV & ZipLine

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This is one of the most popular tour combination in Costa Rica, as you get to experience the Rainforest and also go deep in the paths, trails, rivers and lots of muddy roads in a transitional Costa Rica Rainforest, located only 10 minutes from Jaco Beach  You will start with or famous Zip Line Tour in the Costa Rica Treetops, this tour includes a 15 minute tractor ride up to the top of the mountain; you will then descend on a series of 12 platforms and 10 cables, including one of the longest in Costa Rica. After the Zip Line it’s time to get your adrenaline pumping on our 2 hour Jungle and River ATV adventure. This tour will give you a different perspective and views of the Jaco Beach area. Here we have it all: trails, mud, jungle, ocean views, rivers and the best bilingual guides to make this an experience of a lifetime
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  • 4 hours
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$158.98
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Canyoning Adventure

Canyoning Adventure

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Canyoning is an exciting multi-sport adventure. We have combined Ziplining, Waterfall Rappeling, and hike along with optional swimming and cliff jumping. After 2 zips over the river we will do adry training rappel to familiarize you with the proper tecnique. A short hike down river and we will have some swimming and cliff jumping opportunities if you desire! Nos it is time to get wet! 4 rappels through the waterfalls and you will do it all on your own. At all times you will be safe and backed up by your guides. Afer a short climb up we will exit the canyon and hike 15 - 20 minutes back to the truck. You will then enjoy a tropical fruit snack before returning to you hotel Fun for all family from ages 7 - 78 on this exciting excursion. ll you need is a little sense of adventure
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  • 5 hours
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3 hrs ATV Tour

3 hrs ATV Tour

Jaco is such a fun beach town along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, that its natural beauty off the coast is sometimes overlooked. Avoid making that mistake during this adrenaline-filled ATV tour up into the mountains behind the city for sweeping views of the lush landscape below.
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  • 3 hours
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$87.18
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Bike around the local Art life in Jaco

Bike around the local Art life in Jaco

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Let's experience Jacó on two wheels! Anyone can rent a bike but where to? First thing we´ll meet downtown to pick up the bikes. In our art bike route you will explore both art and nature in town the way we locals do. Jacó is mostly flat, without any training you will make it! There will be excercise but our main goal is take you to see what otherwise you would miss. We´ll discover the art painted on our walls and the story behind the creators. This is a longer and more complete version of the walking art tour I also offer, with more art and more life style. We´ll make also a stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a nice cold drink. Don't hesitate to participate within your firsts days in town, you´ll learn a lot about the area. Bring your camera, it is perfect for taking pictures :) Send me a message if you need to set up a different schedule to fit your plans.
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  • 3 hours
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Waterfall Rappelling, Zipline and Trek Adventure from Jaco

Waterfall Rappelling, Zipline and Trek Adventure from Jaco

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Reach new heights on this 3-hour tour above the canopy of a transitional forest near Jaco, Costa Rica. Climb to the top of a waterfall using rappelling gear before traversing the canopy on a zipline and a hanging sky bridge on a small-group tour with 10 people or fewer.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Surf Lessons with Pro Team in Jacó

Surf Lessons with Pro Team in Jacó

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Learning how Fun surfing can be for all ages. Visiting the best surf spot in all of Costa Rica for learning
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  • 2 hours
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Horse Tours, Jaco region Costa Rica

Horse Tours, Jaco region Costa Rica

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Step off the tourist trail into the safe hands of Shawna and Rod and their incredible team. Every detail is taken care of, meaning you can relax and get into the Pura Vida spirit. Our award winning tour will take you through the stunning, pristine, primary forest and across the open farm land of this 1300 plus acre private reserve. Surrounded by an amazing array of flora and fauna. A perfect combination of riding, nature exploration, relaxation and fun. A completely unique experience
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Zipline in Jacó

Zipline in Jacó

On this zipline canopy tour in Jaco, you see way more than just the treetops. This tour boasts views of Herradura Bay, the Gulf of Nicoya, and plenty of wildlife like scarlet macaws, whiteface monkeys, and chestnut mandible toucans on a wild 80 acre reserve. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Jaco make this tour easy to add onto your itinerary.
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  • 2 hours
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