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How to Spend 2 Days in Jaco

How to Spend 2 Days in Jaco

With world-class surfing, a vibrant vacation scene, and nearby outdoor activities, Jaco is an ideal destination for beach lovers, surfers, and adventure junkies. So, whether you want to relax at a luxury resort, zipline through the rainforest, or party the night away in the lively downtown, here’s how to make the most of two days in Jaco.

Day 1: Beach Excursions

**Morning:**Begin your seaside vacation with a visit to Jaco Beach, where it's easy to relax on the white sand or jump into the region’s famous surf scene. Numerous surf schools along the beach make it easy to get started with a lesson or board rental, regardless of your surfing experience. 

**Afternoon:**Now that you’ve spent the quintessential morning on Jaco Beach, it’s time to branch out and see more of the surrounding waters. Active travelers explore the emerald bays on a sea kayaking and snorkeling tour, while those looking for a relaxing getaway escape the crowds on a catamaran tour to a secluded beach. 

**Night:**Return to Jaco Beach to watch the sunset from one of its many seaside restaurants before heading downtown to check out Jaco’s renowned nightlife. There find everything from laid-back beach bars with live music to rowdy dance clubs to create your ideal night out in Jaco. 

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures

**Morning:**Thrill-seekers start off the second day in Jaco with an off-road adventure into the rainforest. There try high-octane activities such as ziplining, rappelling, climbing, and jumping off waterfalls. Or, to explore the jungle without the adrenaline, book a guided hiking excursion and enjoy Costa Rica’s waterfalls and wildlife. 

**Afternoon:**For more excitement and a different perspective on the forests and oceans, soar over the picturesque coastline on a paragliding tour. A tandem flight with an experienced instructor means you get to relax and take photos on the flight.

**Night:**Finish your stay in Jaco with a traditional Costa Rican cooking class that's set in a home kitchen. Experience the local culture while learning to make an array of authentic dishes. Plus, enjoy your own home-cooked meal after the class. 

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Sunset Catamaran Tour

Sunset Catamaran Tour

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Turn your vacation vibes up a notch with this catamaran tour from Jaco to the secluded Fantasia Beach. Relax in a premium catamaran as you sail out on the ocean, and then catch sight of wildlife like turtles and monkeys while eating a lunch prepared by a private chef on a forested beach only accessible by boat. This tour even includes a bar for the ultimate in relaxation.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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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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$91.29
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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$82.06
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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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$65.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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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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$30.00
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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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