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Jaco Activities

Jaco is best known for its surf. The beach is unique in that it offers waves for both beginner and more advanced surfers with four tides a day, smooth spilling waves at the south end and fast, hollow waves with powerful breaks at the north end. Nearby Hermosa Beach is known for its world class waves and Playa Esterillos rounds out the top three with good waves and a local vibe.

Jaco's got more than one flavor for action/adventure though. Drop by the Tarcoles River on the way in from Jaco for a river Safari tour that take you up close to 18-foot-long crocodiles, join a horseback riding tour on a trek into the jungle or at the beach, explore different beaches inside the Nicoya Gulf on kayaks or visit one of the area's canopy tours.

Adventure

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Jungle Crocodile Safari

This isn't Disneyland's safari tour with animatronic crocodiles, no. You'll have a chance to check for sure as you grip the tail of an 18-foot crocodile while it sunbathes on the shore of the Tarcoles River. Nicknamed, Osama, it's one of the river's territorial adult male American crocs that's thought to be around 60 years old, is among the largest reptiles on the planet and needs to eat only once every six months. And that's only one example of the 2,000 crocodiles that terrorize the waters of the Tarcoles River... Read More

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Bijagual Waterfall

The roar of the Bijagual waterfall berates the canyon walls and reverberates throughout the valley below. The sound grows and sinks behind the great stone walls of the mountain as you descend mossy, stone steps through the rainforest. From the viewpoint, you can see only a sliver of the 600-foot waterfall - one of the tallest in Costa Rica - where it spills over the side of the mountain plunging to the valley below... Read More

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ATV - Jaco

You wouldn't know it by reading about Jaco, but there's actually more to do than hit the beach and the bars. ATV tours take you to the other side of Jaco where you'll drive down winding dirt roads through mountain passes that lead to small towns, secluded restaurants, views of the Pacific coastline and hidden waterfalls... Read More

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Kayak Jaco

The water is so clear on some of the beaches you can see through to the smooth cobblestones lying on the bottom of the pebble beach as you paddle ashore. On others, the forest comes right up to the beach and driftwood collects at the high tide line, but just around the point is the best beach of them all: Playa Blanca, a photogenic, beach where rippling sapphire waves spill across white sand... Read More

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Vista Los Suenos Rainforest tours

The last three lines on Los Suenos canopy tour take visitors soaring on steel cables between the giant ceiba trees of Jaco's transitional rainforest. These goliath trees can grow more than 200-feet tall, high above most other rainforest flora. So high that ancient Guatemalan tribes used to place their dead under these trees to help them reach the heavens. So high, you feel like your halfway to heavens yourself while standing on the platforms in between cables... Read More

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Discovery Horseback

When you pick-up a rental car you don't think twice about jumping in the driver's seat and starting her up and it might be the same when jumping on a horse on some riding tours in Costa Rica, but not at Discovery Horseback... Read More

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Chiclets Canopy

Suspended on a platform above the rainforest outside Jaco on Chiclets the Canopy Tour, you can see down the entire coast of Hermosa beach – a view so perfect, it's worth the trip even without the zip lines (though I'm not sure how you'd get up there)... Read More

Family-Friendly

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Jungle Crocodile Safari

This isn't Disneyland's safari tour with animatronic crocodiles, no. You'll have a chance to check for sure as you grip the tail of an 18-foot crocodile while it sunbathes on the shore of the Tarcoles River. Nicknamed, Osama, it's one of the river's territorial adult male American crocs that's thought to be around 60 years old, is among the largest reptiles on the planet and needs to eat only once every six months. And that's only one example of the 2,000 crocodiles that terrorize the waters of the Tarcoles River... Read More

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Kayak Jaco

The water is so clear on some of the beaches you can see through to the smooth cobblestones lying on the bottom of the pebble beach as you paddle ashore. On others, the forest comes right up to the beach and driftwood collects at the high tide line, but just around the point is the best beach of them all: Playa Blanca, a photogenic, beach where rippling sapphire waves spill across white sand... Read More

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Chiclets Canopy

Suspended on a platform above the rainforest outside Jaco on Chiclets the Canopy Tour, you can see down the entire coast of Hermosa beach – a view so perfect, it's worth the trip even without the zip lines (though I'm not sure how you'd get up there)... Read More

Leisure

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Golfing lessons at La Iguana

Looking to sharpen your game to beat your boss when you get back from vacation? Maybe you're just looking to unload your kids for an hour while you hit some balls on the driving range. Either way La Iguana has golfing lessons for all ages and experience levels... Read More

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Bijagual Waterfall

The roar of the Bijagual waterfall berates the canyon walls and reverberates throughout the valley below. The sound grows and sinks behind the great stone walls of the mountain as you descend mossy, stone steps through the rainforest. From the viewpoint, you can see only a sliver of the 600-foot waterfall - one of the tallest in Costa Rica - where it spills over the side of the mountain plunging to the valley below... Read More

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Surfer Factory

Waves crash against the south end of Jaco's chocolate-stained sands in one of the best spots for new surfers. Surfer Factory offers lessons based on the tides – three hours before and after high tide. Fortunately, Costa Rica has four tides a day so it's easy to arrange a lesson... Read More

Nature

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Jungle Crocodile Safari

This isn't Disneyland's safari tour with animatronic crocodiles, no. You'll have a chance to check for sure as you grip the tail of an 18-foot crocodile while it sunbathes on the shore of the Tarcoles River. Nicknamed, Osama, it's one of the river's territorial adult male American crocs that's thought to be around 60 years old, is among the largest reptiles on the planet and needs to eat only once every six months. And that's only one example of the 2,000 crocodiles that terrorize the waters of the Tarcoles River... Read More

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Bijagual Waterfall

The roar of the Bijagual waterfall berates the canyon walls and reverberates throughout the valley below. The sound grows and sinks behind the great stone walls of the mountain as you descend mossy, stone steps through the rainforest. From the viewpoint, you can see only a sliver of the 600-foot waterfall - one of the tallest in Costa Rica - where it spills over the side of the mountain plunging to the valley below... Read More

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Kayak Jaco

The water is so clear on some of the beaches you can see through to the smooth cobblestones lying on the bottom of the pebble beach as you paddle ashore. On others, the forest comes right up to the beach and driftwood collects at the high tide line, but just around the point is the best beach of them all: Playa Blanca, a photogenic, beach where rippling sapphire waves spill across white sand... Read More

Jaco Travel Guide

Jaco Weather

Current Conditions

Mostly sunny

87°F (30°C) Mostly sunny

Wind: 14 mph E
Visibility: 11 mi

Humidity: 58 % Barometer: 29.95 in/Hg

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Jaco Tides

Friday, January 18, 2019
High 06:02 a.m. 1.9 ft. (0.58 m.)
Low 12:12 p.m. 7.51 ft. (2.29 m.)
High 06:12 p.m. 2.23 ft. (0.68 m.)

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