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Jaco, North Puntarenas

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As the closest beach to San Jose, Jaco is a bustling beach town known for its party-like atmosphere and laid-back attitude. In less than two hours, travelers can make their way from the nation's capital to this region that welcomes travelers with open arms, and is known for having bustling nightlife, eclectic dining and outstanding aquatic activities. As one of the most visited destinations in Costa Rica, Jaco has a diverse array of lodging options, from affordable hotels to luxurious resorts or amazing vacation rentals, to tailor anyone's travel needs.


Jaco is hugely popular because it is a one-stop-shop to experience everything Costa Rica has to offer. From nightlife to wildlife to activities, Jacos got it. There are plenty of opportunities for ATV tours, boat and kayaking, white-water rafting, safaris, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and surfing in Jaco. Catching waves is by far one of the most popular activities in the area because the surf breaks can quite large just a few kilometers south of Jaco in Playa Hermosa.


Playa Jaco may be bustling with tourists, but it is a very clean and calm beach. Stretching about three kilometers long, this picturesque beach is one of several in the area. Travelers should be aware that there is often a strong rip tide, and that swimming should be done with caution. However, Playa Herradura is just about seven kilometers north and has a more tranquil environment. Playa Hermosa sits just south of Jaco, a famous surfing location, which is the site of the International Quicksilver Championship every year.


Jaco has a big reputation for partying and nightlife, which could attract anyone to this destination.The atmosphere here is very relaxed, and the locals are welcoming. Because of this, Jaco is very traveler friendly overall, with international cuisine, plenty of internet cafes and banks and countless aquatic activities to keep anyone busy for their entire stay.

National Parks

Manuel Antonio National Park and Punta Leona Wildlife Refuge are both within driving distance from Jaco. Manuel Antonio may be one of the smallest parks in the country, but it is considered to be one of the most pristine examples of preserved wildlife. Covering 1,700 acres of land and 136,000 acres of ocean, this park is one of the most biodiverse in the world. Other nearby natural attractions include the Carara Biological Reserve, which is less than 10 miles away. Both of these parks allow for ideal opportunities to witness rare wildlife and unique flora.
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