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
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
You can click on the following
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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