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Jaco Beach is less than 110 Kilometers (68 miles) from San Jos?, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It's a beautiful drive that takes you through Atenas, Orotina, and T?rcoles, jaco. Even though it is less than 70 miles on paved roads, it is best to plan about 2 to 2.5 hours (depending on weather and traffic) to drive it by car. Head out of San Jose towards Juan Santamaria International Airport. At the airport follow the sign to San Ramon. About 10 Kilometers (6 miles) past the airport take the Atenas exit. At the stop sign turn left. The road slowly winds its way through the mountains. Follow the main street through Atenas to San Mateo. At San Mateo the road jogs right one block due to one-way traffic. After making the jog, the road takes you back onto the main drag. As you approach Orotina a sign directs you right. That goes into the business district. Instead, continue straight ahead and soon there will be a sign pointing right, to Jaco where you will go under a bridge. This is the road you want. From there and on the highway is in good condition here. There are a couple of times you need to negotiate interchanges. They are marked well, directing you to Jaco or Quepos, but without much advance warning. From here it is about 37 kilometers (23 miles) to Jaco. A long bridge crosses the Tarcoles River. Often crocodiles can be seen below the bridge, and many tourists stop to look for them. About two miles past the bridge on the left is the administration building for Carara Biological Reserve. This is a nice stop-off, with trails along the river. Wildlife and waterfowl are abundant; scarlet macaws are frequently seen. Now the road parallels the coast. Watch for potholes and a few rough, torn-up areas. Jaco has three main entrances with signs. Take any of the entrances that will lead you to the Jaco's main street.

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