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How to Spend 1 Day in Jaco

How to Spend 1 Day in Jaco

Jaco attracts global tourists to its white sand beaches, world-class surf, and lively nightlife. With everything from upscale resorts to budget hostels, Jaco caters to all vacationers. Plus, it's a jumping-off point for exploring the surrounding jungle, so you can fit beach time and outdoor adventures into one day. Here’s how.

Morning: Experience Jaco Beach

Whether you are looking to relax and tan, browse the shops, or break into the Jaco surf scene, Jaco Beach is the place to start your day. The sheltered cove is an ideal place to try surfing for the first time or get reacquainted. Plus, the beach is lined with surf schools and rental shops, making it easy to grab a board and get started without worrying about transportation. 

If surfing isn’t your thing, outfitters along the beach also offer stand-up paddleboarding tours, sea kayaking, and snorkeling—you can get your ocean fix regardless of your preferences.  

Afternoon: Explore the Rainforest

After lunch at a laid-back seafood restaurant, it’s time to tear yourself away from the beach and venture into the rainforest. Whether you are a thrill-seeker looking for an extreme adventure or a nature-lover longing to explore the lush forests and waterfalls, there are tours departing Jaco to suit you. Join a canyoneering tour to zipline through the tropical forest, rappel down waterfalls, and hike through steep canyons. Or, enjoy a relaxed hiking and waterfall tour that gives you a chance to swim below waterfalls and spot monkeys, birds, and other wildlife. 

Night: Check Out the Nightlife

Return to Jaco in time to explore downtown’s shops before heading to the beach to watch the sunset from one of the many beachfront bars. Then, head back to Jaco’s main street for a hearty local meal—it’s time to get fueled up for your night out on the town. Whether you are looking to party or just people-watch, it is worth stopping by some of Jaco’s top nightlife venues (check out Le Loft and the Green Room) to experience what the hype is all about.

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Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco

Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco

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Tap into you inner jungle explorer with this waterfall hiking tour in the mountains above Jaco. Ride a 4x4 deep into the rain forest, and then hike along a vertical river, stopping to splash and swim in tropical waterfall pools along the way. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, jump off of rock ledges into the natural pools below for a true taste of ‘pura vida’!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Canyoning in Jaco

Canyoning in Jaco

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Take a break from the beach for a different kind of fun in Jaco with this action-packed canyoning adventure. Soar through the rain forest on ziplines, rappel down tropical waterfalls, and scramble down a rocky riverbed. No experience is required, as expert guides are on hand to ensure a safe and unforgettable romp through Costa Rica’s natural playground.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rappel El Encanto Waterfall in Jaco

Rappel El Encanto Waterfall in Jaco

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Rappel from the top of a 180-foot (55-meter) waterfall in the heart of the jungle with a 1.5-hour adventure tour from Jaco. Follow your guides into a forested training site, then learn the basics of safety and technique. Tie into a rope at the edge of El Encanto waterfall, and take in the lush scenery as you descend through a series of pools fed by the clear, fast running river. Finish your expedition with a return hike to a nearby ranch for fresh tropical fruits and juice.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Traditional Costa Rican cooking class and meal with a modern twist

Traditional Costa Rican cooking class and meal with a modern twist

Learn to prepare traditional Costa Rican dishes during a half-day cooking class and meal at a private home in Playa Jaco. Your chef-host shows you how to make two or three typical foods using fresh local ingredients. After helping with the prep and cooking, head to the table to enjoy your lunch or dinner with your host and her family.
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Kayak and Snorkeling Tour from Jaco

Kayak and Snorkeling Tour from Jaco

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Paddle over the crystalline waters of Costa Rica’s striking Pacific coast on a 2-hour ocean kayak tour from Jaco, perfect for the independent traveler and active families alike. Venture to a secluded beach where you can swim, snorkel, and hike with a small group of no more than eight participants plus a guide, and finish your tour with a fresh fruit buffet by the water. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time when you book.
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  • 2 hours
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Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

f you've ever daydreamed about soaring like an eagle, and c’mon who hasn't, you need to try paragliding. Jaco, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is an ideal place to stretch your new wings, with spectacular views and predictable winds. Choose between a motorized or non-motorized version, receive a safety training, then strap in with an expert instructor and enjoy the ride.
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  • 1 hour
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High Ropes Course Adventure in Jaco

High Ropes Course Adventure in Jaco

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Need an adrenaline fix? Tackle Jaco’s exhilarating high ropes course and fly through the jungle on a series of zip-line obstacles. Clip on your safety harness and zoom through the trees, stopping to catch your breath and admire the views from the treetop platforms along the way. For the ultimate challenge, there are also zip-lines equipped with objects to hit or dodge, plus tricky treetop obstacles including a Tarzan swing, a tightrope and a tire walk.
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  • 8 hours
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Stand Up Paddle Tour

Stand Up Paddle Tour

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Location: Herradura Bay  Length of the Tour: 2 hours  Pick Up Time: Depends on the tide  Includes: Gear, water and guide  Recommendations: Board shorts, swimming suit, sun glasses, sun block, towel, hat 
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  • 2 hours
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