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Jaco Getting Around

The town of Jaco's basically a two-mile stretch on the main street of Pastor Diaz where you'll find most of the restaurants, bars and night life. While it's easy enough to walk around town, you're better off renting a car if you want to visit the nearby beaches of Hermosa a 15-minute drive, Herredura a 10-minute drive, Esterillos a 30-minute drive or Bejuco a 40-minute drive (although the local bus will also take you there).

On foot

Jaco is best explored on foot. The paved sidewalks of Pastor Diaz parallel the beach with its array of shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars close to the shore. Beach goers can quickly wander from the beach for a bite or do some shopping while in their bathing suits. Shopping plazas, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and restaurants are all within walking distance of all downtown Jaco hotels.

Bikes, motorcycles & scooters

Some hotels offer free use of mountain bikes for guests, at others visitors can rent a beach cruiser for $10 per day. Another option is to rent a scooter ($90 per day) to visit the area's parks, gardens and other attractions.


For Herradura Beach : A bus runs between Jaco and Playa Herradura hourly from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For Carara National Park : To reach Carara National Park, catch any bus bound for San Jose, Orotina or Puntarenas for about $1; simply tell the driver you wish to get off at Carara.

For Hermosa, Esterillos or Bejuco Beach : Catch a local bus from Jaco to Quepos or Manuel Antonio that run every two hours and cost about $1.


Taxis are both affordable and quick for local sightseeing, especially if shared by three or four people. Official taxis are red and come equipped with a meter. It’s always better to negotiate a fare beforehand for any long distance trips. Jaco taxi telephone: 2643-3030 / 2643-2020 / 2643-1919

Sample One-Way Fares:

Jaco to Playa Hermosa: $10-$15
Jaco to Esterillos: $30
Jaco to Herradura/Los Suenos $15
Jaco to Carara National Park: $25
Jaco to Bejuco: $35
Jaco to San Jose: $90-$100

Jaco Travel Guide

Jaco Weather

Current Conditions

88°F (31°C) Mostly sunny

Humidity: 58%

Wind: 11.81 miles per hour, ENE

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Jaco Tides

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Low 2:14 a.m. 3.41 ft. (1.04 m.)
High 8:11 a.m. 6.33 ft. (1.93 m.)

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