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Things to do in Jaco

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Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

1. Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

Begin your tour with a short 30-minute walk and be introduced to the Central Pacific transitional forest. During the walk observe the amazing flora and fauna. Afterward, begin your chocolate experience and discover the international cocoa collection of the Central Pacific. Learn about the different varieties of cocoa, as well as its ancestral history, and cocoa's impact on the world economy. Try the actual cocoa fruit and take part in the cocoa production process. Delish in different types of chocolate and mix it with tropical fruits. Also learn about two of the most traditional agricultural products of Costa Rica, sugar cane and coffee. Have direct contact with the plants and hear about the natural history of these crops. At the end of the experience, there will be organic chocolate bars with different cocoa percentages as well as other cocoa products for purchase.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

2. Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

The fun starts with a 15-minute tractor ride to the top of the mountain for the zip line portion of your adventure. Descend through the rainforest on a 2-hour course of 10 cables and 14 platforms, some with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Nicoya. After the zip lining is complete, its time to get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV adventure to a waterfall. Start with a test drive on a specially designed private track. Once you are familiar with your vehicle, the fun continues on a muddy 2-hour ATV tour in more than 300 hectares of private property. Enjoy this safe adventure with your guide as your journey towards a pristine private waterfall for a short hike and swim before returning to the base. Alternatively, upgrade your tour by choosing the 3-hour ATV course. After the zip lining portion of the tour which remains the same, embark on a longer ATV adventure which includes a visit to some nearby waterfalls and a drive along a muddy coastline trail with numerous lookout points.

Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

3. Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

Receive a short tutorial on how to ride an ATV from your experienced guide. Ride a few laps on a private specially designed ATV test track. After getting confident in your riding ability, it’s time to hit the open road. Speed through luscious green terrain. Cross rivers. Cruise by farms and scenic nature. Reach lookout spots where you can take in the breadth and scope of this beautiful landscape. Hop off your ATV and take a quick hike with your guide to an exclusive private waterfall, where you can snap some pictures.

Costa Rica: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

4. Costa Rica: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

Experience the forest as never before at Rainforest Adventures in Jacó, Costa Rica. The aerial tram ride lasts one hour and twenty minutes of pure magic. Discover the real beauty of amazing Atlantic rainforest with an expert bilingual guide. The Aerial Tram has 18 gondolas that allow a maximum for 9 passengers including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide. Upon advanced request there can be guide assistance in other languages as well. Explore all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. The canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna. Eager to find light and space, many plants have colonized the treetops, turning them into small, independently functioning ecosystems.

From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

5. From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

This park is the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens, and also because Forbes ranked it in the top 10 most beautiful parks in the world. The park alone offers 3 unique hiking trails that differ in level from smooth and flat to quite sharp and steep. On this tour, the best nature guides will be with you and will help you understand the environment. The track you’ll take is actually smooth and charming and circles in the park making your walk around 2 miles long. Through the walk, your guide will describe the several species you’ll see, and you’ll be able to take beautiful pictures or simply enjoy the scene. Among the best parts of this excursion is that the Manuel Antonio National Park hosts 3 of the 4 current monkey species of Costa Rica. On this hike, enjoy a relaxing break at the third beach situated in the southern part of the national park. You’ll have around twenty minutes to relax on the beach or in the calm waters of the bahía. During the hike, it is possible to see birds, reptiles, and sloths, as well as plants and insects such as orchids and butterflies. Your guides will use Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to view wildlife and take photos from an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

Jaco Beach: Ziplining, Horseback Tour and Waterfalls Combo

6. Jaco Beach: Ziplining, Horseback Tour and Waterfalls Combo

If you want to discover the best of Costa Rica and have tons of fun in the process, join this activity that combines ziplining, horseback riding, and a swim in a waterfall, all in half a day. Start out with ziplining: take a 15-minute tractor ride up to the top of the mountain, and then spend the next 2 hours ziplining back down. Descend on a series of 12 platforms and 10 cables, including one of the longest in Costa Rica’s central pacific. After ziplining, it’s time to meet the horses. You’ll be paired with your new best friend and head for the mountains. Ride for about 30 minutes at the top of a mountain, passing farms and rainforest.   Then, you’ll hike back down to a private waterfall that flows into a natural pool. Refresh yourself with some cold water and then take about 30 minutes to go swimming in the cool waters of the natural pool. Finally, you will return to base, where you’ll be greeted with fresh tropical fruits.

Jaco: 1500ft Tandem Paragliding Flight with Beach Views

7. Jaco: 1500ft Tandem Paragliding Flight with Beach Views

Enjoy the views from 1500 feet in the air on a tandem paragliding flight over Jaco. Enjoy an experience with expert instructors. Meet at the departure site just outside downtown Jaco. Meet your experienced pilots who will prepare the equipment and brief you for the flight. Set off on the aerial tour above Jacó's highest peak over a lush tropical forest. Admire the spectacular views of Hermosa beach and the coastline. After flying for a while at an altitude of 1500 feet or higher, glide gracefully back towards the ground. You can also choose to purchase a video documenting your thrilling flight after you land.

From Jaco: Costa Pacific 5-in-1 Adrenaline Extreme

8. From Jaco: Costa Pacific 5-in-1 Adrenaline Extreme

Enjoy a day of adventure in Pacific Park. Challenge yourself to climb a waterfall, overcome your fears with a hanging bridge, explore the lesser-known part of the forest canopy with a gondola flight and prepare for fun and adrenaline at the safest and most exciting canopy in Costa Rica. The Adrenaline Junkie Tour includes nature trails trekking and a visit to a medicinal plants garden, an aerial tram, canopy zip line, and waterfall climb – all with the help of a guide. The Aerial Tram features 18 gondolas that give rides to a maximum of 9 passengers each including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide for a tour above the top of the trees to learn about the rich ecosystem of Costa Rican tropical forests.  The Pacific Canopy zip line tour sends you gliding over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of the rainforest. Five of the zip lines are over 200 meters long. Splash and battle against a strong current as you climb a waterfall. With just the help of a safety harness and a rope, use your hands and feet to reach the top.

From San Jose: Zipline, ATV and more Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

9. From San Jose: Zipline, ATV and more Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

On this tour you will get to visit the town of Jaco Beach, one of the most popular beach towns in all of Costa Rica due to its proximity to the capital city of San Jose; along the way you will enjoy some breathtaking views of the mountains, shortly after you will get to stop at the word famous Tarcoles River, where you will have the opportunity to view and take photos of crocodiles in their natural environment, some of them measuring up to 19ft long. Your next stop is at Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, here you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the best Zip Line Tours in Costa Rica, and our Action packed ATV jungle adventure in the rain forest, crossing rivers, muddy paths and ocean view lookout spots.

Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

10. Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

Tour the best locations of the Arenal Volcano area and learn about the nature of this unique destination. Swim in La Fortuna Waterfall, hike over lava trails, visit a look-out point to get the best views of the volcano on clear days, and soak in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano area and visit La Fortuna Waterfall, the most iconic of Costa Rica. Swim in its refreshing waters and admire the beautiful rainforest vegetation that surrounds this natural wonder, where wildlife can sometimes be observed. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located near the town of "La Fortuna." Then, prepare to take a hike over the lava trails from the volcano’s big eruption of 1,968. Take in the views at the volcano’s main look-out point and get the best views of this beautiful conic-shaped mountain on clear days. Arrive at “Paradise Hot Springs and Gardens” and relax for a couple of hours in the multiple hot spring pools surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, which also provide great views of the volcano on clear days. Finish this great adventurous day with a delicious dinner on the route back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Jaco

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

Our Guide was very knowledgeable and very good at spotting the wildlife and getting our pictures through his scope. He was patient and enthusiastic and loved to share his information. The trail was paved and very easy for walking. He even gave us a quick tour of some good viewing spots just outside the park.

Our guide was informative and told us all about the plants and animals. We walked through the butterfly pavilion, around the grounds, and rode up the gondola to the top. We were able to get out and walk a short distance to the beautiful overlook. It is well worth the visit!

Very nice experience, everyone is very friendly and the place is spectacular. the activities very well organized and safe. it is definitely recommended.

So cool to be see all the different steps of the chocolate process and be able to eat/drink the chocolate you hand grounded. 10/10 recommend!

Muy buena experiencia, muy recomendable. El guía Jesús fue muy amable y profesional en todo momento