Costa Rica Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach in Costa Rica is one of the first real Costa Rican beach towns. In the past Jaco was mainly a spot for national tourism, many Costa Ricans would come on the weekend from San Jose to Jaco (1.5 hour drive) to enjoy a family weekend on the beach. In the last few years Jaco has gone through a major development stage, many new Jaco hotels were built,new restaurants opened and tour operators established their business in Jaco offering tourist a large number of activities to enjoy while in staying in Jaco.

Today Jaco is famous for its surf in Jaco Beach and in the surrounding beaches, such as Playa Hermosa (in English the “Beautiful Beach”) Esterillos Oeste, Esterillos Centro and Playa Bejuco. Most of the good surf spots are with in less than 40 minutes by car. Jaco also excels in its night life scene and in the variety of good restaurants that the city offers.
Hotels in Jaco Beach.

Jaco Beach offers a wide variety of hotels, from inexpensive cabins running for around $35 per night to more luxurious and comfortable hotels offering full hotel services. Some hotels have beach front while others are located 2 minutes walk from the beach.

You can click on the following link to get more information about hotels in Jaco Beach Costa Rica jaco hotels, browse, get informed and you can even make an online reservation for one of the hotels you liked using our hotel reservation system.

Activities and Tours in Jaco.


Jaco Beach offers many activities and fun tours to enjoy, there is something for every taste, family tours, adventure tours (Canopy Tours, Crocodile Man Tour, ATV (Quad Tours). Jaco is famous for the abundance of water related tours and activities, such as River and Sea Kayaking, Surf Lessons, White Water Rafting (Half Day and Full Day).
Also, many nature tours are offered, Crocodile Boat Tour and the Aerial Tram tour are among the best tours, that offer lots of information and a real experience of Costa Rica’s wild life.

You can click on the following link jaco tours & activities to get more information about the available Jaco Tours and Activities, check-out their schedule and reserve online a tour or an activity in Jaco for your next vacation in Costa Rica.

How to get to Jaco.
  By Car:  
  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.
  By Bus:  

Costa Rica Public Bus Transportation is probably the least expensive way you can travel from one destination to the other, however it is not always comfortable neither safe. Busses are usually not air-conditioned and you should take care that your belongings are safe.

There are a few companies servicing Jaco Beach daily from San Jose, Garabito Transports and other companies depart from the down town San Jose, look for the Coca Cola Bus Stations. Busses leave San Jose to Jaco about every two hours, try to get the direct bus, which avoids stopping in every town on the way, thus making the way a bit faster and easy.

  By Shuttle Service  

The Shuttle Transportation Service in Costa Rica is probably the most secure and comfortable way to drive around Costa Rica without needing to hold the wheel…shuttle service in Costa Rica is fast, on time and not too expensive, and it can get you to almost any major tourism town in Costa Rica.

Fantasy Bus Transportation Company services Jaco Beach daily from all major cities in Costa Rica.


Service rates varies according to distance, for about $25 to $40 per person you can get from any major town in Costa Rica to Jaco Beach. Transportation is in Air-conditioned Minibus, with experienced drivers that are well versed in safety regulations and Costa Rican road rules.

You can click on the following link online transportation to get more information about rates and schedule, you can also reserve shuttle transportation service by following the reservation process details in our transportation page.

  By Air  

Jaco does not have a direct airport and the closest serviced airport is Quepos and Manuel Antonio – look for Sansa Air Company and Nature air that service the San Jose – Quepos route.


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