People come to Jaco for the surf and the sun and you'll find both in abundance. Surfers will want to drop in on the waves in Jaco, Hermosa and Esterillos beaches. For a little more seclusion and local culture visit Playa Esterillos or Playa Bejuco while socialites will want to stick around Herradura and Jaco for the night life.
But there's more to Jaco than surf, sand and restaurants. Visit the thick, transitional rainforests of the Carara National Park to see plants and animal life from both the dry and wet regions of Costa Rica – and flocks of scarlet macaws. Beside Carara, some 2,000 crocodiles swim in the Tarcoles River while the Neofauna butterfly farm has tens of species floating about its gardens.