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Jaco, pronounced “ha-co” is located in the county of Garabito in the province of Puntarenas along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Nearly 10,000 residents populate Jaco with thousands of tourists year round come to visit this tropical oasis. Only 1.5 hours west of the international airport of San Jose, the Juan Santamaría International Airport, which once was a quiet airport now operating with numbers well over 5 million passengers walking through their gates.

Jaco, Costa Rica is a beautiful area where the “city life” meets the ocean break, truly a surfers paradise. No shortage of things to do in Jaco, with hundreds of stores, restaurants, bars, and hotels! Jaco has become one of the most popular destinations in the whole country.

Spanish is spoken by culture, but the English language is frequently used thanks to the heavy flow of tourism year round. The little tour has expanded over the years and continues to expand, great area to visit and / or invest!

Jaco’s beach is 4km (2.5mi) long with plenty of different breaks for surfing. All levels of surfers are welcomed here at Jaco. South end of Jaco is recommended for beginners as it has smaller waves perfect of learners, as you further your way to the north side of Jaco you will see the break differ with larger waves and a heavier break. Always recommended that you take caution when entering new waters as you may not know of hidden rocks, currents, and rip tides, luckily Jaco has no close rocks!

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Jaco that lies against the Pacific Ocean and at the foot of the surrounding mountains creates a humid climate reaching around 80%-90%. The temperature is normally between 24º-32º (95 ºF) during the daytime and at night time around 26º (75 ºF). Costa Rica in general has basically two seasons; Dry season & Rainy season (also known as Summer / Winter) Jaco is in a tropical climate zone with distinct seasons from July – December for the Rainy season, and January – June the Dry season. During the rainy season, Jaco normally sees rain during the late afternoon and night time, with a beautiful sunny morning. Closer to October is known to be the heart of the rainy season in the area of Jaco and can rain throughout the day for multiple days!

Jaco’s GPS Coordinates:  |  9º 37′ 0″ N, 84º 38′ 0″ W
Garabito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. 61101
Area Code: +506  /  Time Zone: UTC-6

The Tarcoles River is world known for the large amount of Crocodiles that live within, crocodiles reaching as large at 7 meters (22Feet). On the HWY 34 in-route South to Jaco you cross the bridge where you always see people on the side with their cameras in hand! If you’re looking for a closer experience travel 5 minutes further South into the small fishing town of Tarcoles and there are plenty of companies that take tours up the river, teaching you about the history, culture, and wildlife that surrounds the river.

Herradura is a small quiet but luxury bay! Home of the Los Sueños Marina & Golf Resort. Beautiful luxury villas for rent for your vacation! And home to the worlds best fishing charters! Leaving from the marina and the bay, depending on the boat size you are looking for. Boats from small center consoles to large 100f yachts. A beautiful fisherman town just 5 minutes North of Jaco, if your looking for a quiet place to stay just outside of Jaco, don’t look any further Herradura is a perfect fit.

Hermosa Beach is the real surfers paradise! With massive waves that break right close to shore. Only recommend if you are a surfer to enter the waters as there are currents & rip tides. Beautiful villas throughout the mountain side with stunning views of the Pacific coast. A very relaxed area just 5 minutes South of Jaco along the HWY 34. One of 3 Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, always remember that this is the Playa Hermosa of Puntarenas, just South of Jaco.


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ATV Tours must be Jaco’s number 1 tour. Travel into the rainforest by your choice of vehicle to discover waterfalls, mountain tops, and beautiful views of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Private tours to optimize the adventure of all experience levels. A perfect tour for any climate! Rain or shine, let’s ride!

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Crocodile Tour is a great tour for the whole family! 2 Hours learning about the area and wildlife that fills the Tarcoles River. Get up close to the river giants, even be able to touch the tail if you’re lucky! An experience you don’t want to miss while visiting Jaco.

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Worlds best fishing, Jaco Costa Rica. Known to reel in the big ones such as sail, marlin, wahoo, tuna, and mahi mahi. Plenty of boats based out of Herradura Bay and Los Sueños Marina willing to search for the big catch!

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Enjoy a relaxing trail by horseback with well trained horses. Travel along the South end of the beach in Jaco, then make your way up the mountain to beautiful views of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Tour is about 2 hours long and can be either a private tour or with others.

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Manuel Antonio day trip from Jaco, Costa Rica. A full day trip with transportation, bilingual guide, National park entrance, a typical Costa Rican lunch! And finally some quality time on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. A must-do trip while in the area!

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The Monkey Mangrove tour is the best opportunity you’ll have around Jaco to have the white face monkeys jump all over you, and have the guides feed them bananas on while they sit on your head! The best tour for the family, about 1 hour south of Jaco on your way to Manuel Antonio.

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Tortuga Island is our little piece of paradise outside of paradise! Only 1 hour by boat from Jaco off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, makes it an easy destination for tourists to spend the day at the beach. Blue waters surrounding the island makes it a perfect place for snorkeling with an abundant of fish. Tortuga Island should be on your bucket list if you’re visiting the Central Pacific.

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Feel the rush and raft the Costa Rican rapids just 1 hour South of Jaco. Outside Quepos we use the Savegre and Naranjo Rivers that range from class 3-4 perfect for beginners and changeling enough for those who have rafted before. A great experience that everyone should try! Depending on the season the water levels can change making it more challenging

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Zip Line in Jaco is non the lest the second most popular activity around. Zip down the mountain side by cable with stunning views of the mountain side and Pacific Ocean. Zip line tour ranges about 2 hours in length and perfect for the whole family! This tour is based on climate and will not be able to operate in the rain as it can become dangerous.

Jaco, Costa Rica has plenty of options for vehicles. Depending on what you are looking for there are plenty of options. The perfect day time beach cruiser are the scooters, that seat two people and the cheapest way to feel the breeze and get some sun cruising alongside the coast. If you looking for something bigger you have, dirt bikes, motorcycles, atvs and even side by sides “Buggy” as they are called here in Jaco

Looking for something bigger? More practical for long distance, or families, there are plenty of car rental places offering 2×4 / 4×4 vehicles to suit your needs.

Off road / Motorcycle Rental Company in Jaco, Costa Rica:

axrjaco.com (ATV’s / Dirt Bikes / Motorcycles / Buggies / Scooters / Bicycles)

Car Rental Companies of Jaco, Costa Rica




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