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.