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Top Beaches in Jaco

Top Beaches in Jaco

Famous for its white sands, world-class surf, and electric nightlife, Jaco is one of the most popular beach resorts along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. The laid-back coastal town is also an ideal base for exploring the beaches of Puntarenas province—here are some of the best options. 

Jaco Beach (Playa Jaco)

First things first—you can’t visit Jaco without a stop at Jaco Beach. Sheltered in a beautiful shallow bay with dove-gray sands and a waterfront crammed with surf schools, seafood restaurants, and beach bars, this is the place to learn to surf or paddleboard, top up your tan, and party the night away. It’s also a good base for tours of neighboring beaches with excursions including kayaking and snorkeling, paragliding, horseback riding, or a day trip to Tortuga Island.

Herradura Beach (Playa Herradura)

North of Jaco, in the luxury development of Los Suenos, Herradura is the beach of choice for travelers staying at the upmarket Marriott or the plush vacation villas that line its shore. There is a beach, but it’s the adjoining Los Suenos yacht marina and a handful of oceanfront restaurants that make it a chic choice for sunbathing and cocktail-sipping. 

White Beach (Playa Blanca) and Playa Agujas

Up the coast from Herradura Beach, Playa Blanca and Playa Agujas are two of the least developed beaches in the region with miles of pristine white sand and swaying palm trees. The crowd-free beaches make them ideal for a horseback riding adventure, a kayaking excursion, or activities like paragliding, all accessible on a day tour from Jaco.

Hermosa Beach (Playa Hermosa)

Located about six miles (10 kilometers) south of Jaco, along the scenic coastal highway, Hermosa is the go-to beach for adrenaline-seeking surfers. The big surf breaks are for beginners, but arrive at sunrise and see pros hitting the waves. 

Tortuga Island

Located along the Gulf of Nicoya, Tortuga Island boasts sandy beaches, lush rainforest, and clear blue waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Sail out from Jaco on a full-day cruise and enjoy views along Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, before touring the island.

Manuel Antonio National Park

A 90-minute drive south of Jaco, the Manuel Antonio National Park is renowned for its remote beaches and protected landscapes. Head there on a day tour from Jaco and spend the day hiking the jungle; spotting sloths, iguanas, and squirrel monkeys; and enjoying ocean views.

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Beach Riding Adventure Near Jaco

Beach Riding Adventure Near Jaco

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Ride along one of Costa Rica's beautiful beaches during a horseback riding tour at a secluded coastal ranch near Jaco. All experience levels are welcome, as professional cowboy guides give beginners the instruction they need and let more advanced riders cut loose and trot, gallop, and ride in the surf. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to best suit your schedule and enjoy a delicious drink after your tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Damas Island Mangrove Boat Tour from Jaco

Damas Island Mangrove Boat Tour from Jaco

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Explore the largest mangrove ecosystem in Central America on this Damas Island boat tour from Jaco. Venture into the diverse landscapes and hidden natural wonders of this incredible destination and see indigenous wildlife, birds, reptiles and fish from the comfort of your boat.
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  • 6 hours
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$98.80
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Tortuga Island Cruise From Jacó

Tortuga Island Cruise From Jacó

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Escape to paradise with a cruise to Tortuga Island! On this full-day trip from the Jaco area, sail across the gorgeous Gulf of Nicoya to land on the white sandy beaches of this picturesque island. Explore the island’s biodiversity with a nature hike, or set out into the crystal-clear waters with a snorkeling mask or beach kayak. You can also simply relax on the gorgeous beach and soak up the sunshine. Hotel pickup and drop-off and a delicious beachside buffet make this a leisurely day to remember.
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  • 12 hours
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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
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

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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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