Jaco Beach is less than 110 Kilometers (68 miles) from San Jose, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
?It's a beautiful drive that takes you through Atenas, Orotina, and Tarcoles, 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.? From here it is about 37 kilometers (23 miles) to Jaco. A long bridge crosses the Tarcoles River. Jaco has three main entrances with signs. Take any of the entrances that will lead you to the Jaco's main street.