Jacó, North Puntarenas

Jacó is a beautiful, energetic beach town that’s located within two hours of Costa Rica’s capital and is known for its carefree party atmosphere and exceptional aquatic activities.

If you want to spend time in an area bustling with animated nightlife and friendly locals, make sure you add Jacó to your travel itinerary.

Things To Do

It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by yourself, with kids or with a large group of adrenaline-seeking adventurers. Jacó truly has something for everyone and becomes a beloved travel destination for all who visit.

There are many things to do in this pleasant town, including surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, ATV tours, kayaking, boat rides, rafting and more.

If you’re looking for an adventurous activity that’s safe and exciting for the whole family, visit one of many attractions located in this fun city. This exciting places offers a variety of activities all in one place, including horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, ATV tours and a canopy zip line.

You can even book an exotic nature boat rides or take a full or half-day sport fishing tours.

If you prefer to enjoy your Costa Rica vacation without breaking a sweat, book a catamaran tour through the gorgeous water along the coast. You can also spend an afternoon watching surfers from the beautiful calm of a sandy beach.

National Parks

Jacó is a great central vacation destination that is close to many activities, including some of the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park is just a little more than an hour’s drive away, and it’s well worth the trip.

What Manuel Antonio National Park lacks in size it makes up for in beauty and diversity. You’ll see a wide variety of wildlife in the 126,000 acres of ocean and 1,700 acres of land that make up this well-preserved park.

Once you visit Manuel Antonio National Park for the first time, you’ll instantly understand why this is the most popular national park in all of Costa Rica. Snorkeling here is amazing, and there are several beaches that offer ideal swimming conditions.

If you love the pristine look of white sand, visit the Playa Manuel Antonio, which is hailed as the prettiest beach in the park.

The Carara Biological Reserve is another national park that’s close to Jaco. Here you’ll find gorgeous wildlife, including scarlet macaws, monkeys, jaguars and many others. You’ll also have a chance to visit a variety of pre-Columbian archaeological sites as old as 2,000 years.


Jaco is a traveler-friendly area that is known for its party atmosphere and active nightlife. If you love the party scene, visit some of the most popular spots in town during the evening hours instead of retiring to bed early.


Many tourists choose Jacó as a vacation destination because of its gorgeous, picturesque beaches. A few top choices include popular Playa Jaco, Playa Hermosa and Playa Herradura.

Play Jacó is a very clean beach that’s almost always brimming with tourists. It’s a very beautiful and popular destination, but it’s important for swimmers to realize there is a very strong rip tide here. Swimming should always be done by experienced, cautious swimmers.

Playa Hermosa is a famous surfing location that’s just south of Jacó. If you visit at the right time of year, you can watch the International Quicksilver Championship or the World Surfing Championship from the comfort of the beach.

The World Surfing Championship was located in Jacó in 2016 and it changes location yearly. It started in the 1960’s with San Diego, CA being the location of this prestigious surfing competition in 1966.

Playa Herradura is a more tranquil beach, which is perfect if you need a break from the pulsing energy of more heavily-populated areas. This beach is about seven kilometers north of Jacó and is a great place to unwind near the end of your vacation.

Welcoming locals, a variety of activities and miles of pristine beaches make Jacó the ideal vacation destination for families, couples and people traveling solo to Costa Rica.

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