Things to do in Jaco

Our most recommended things to do in Jaco

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.

Costa Rica: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

2. 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.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

3. 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.

From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

4. 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 3rd beach situated on 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 under an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line Canopy Tour

5. Jaco Beach: Zip Line Canopy Tour

Begin your adventure with a 15 minute ride aboard a specially designed tractor. Upon reaching the mountain, a bilingual guide will explain step by step all of the safety procedures you must follow to enjoy your zip line adventure. Then, descend to the bottom via a series of zip lines, including 12 platforms and 10 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 kilometers, seeing spectacular views of Herradura Bay and Island, and the Nicoya Gulf. At the end, you will be greeted with fresh tropical fruits and cool water. Moreover, a professional photographers will capture you as you ride the zip line, and will have the photos available for purchase at the end of the tour.

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

6. 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.

Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

7. 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.

Jaco: Naranjo River Rafting

8. Jaco: Naranjo River Rafting

After being collected from your accommodation, a 90-minute scenic ride will bring you to the small town of Londres. It is here where you will discover your private ranch, which features diverse facilities. Following some safety instructions and time to practice, you will be ready to board your 6-passenger rafts. Each raft has a guide who will provide instructions during the journey, and for additional safety, a kayaker will accompany the group close by. The Naranjo River flows through mountains, jungle gorges, farmlands and palm plantations. The river’s course is steep and challenging, perfect for adventure seekers searching for an adrenaline rush. Halfway through the tour, you’ll take a break where you can catch your breath and admire the view. Towards the end of the river, the waters calm down and you can take in the sights while cruising over the last few rapids. After taming the river for almost two hours, you will be rewarded with a tasty lunch, made with local ingredients.

Jaco: Scenic Parasailing Experience

9. Jaco: Scenic Parasailing Experience

•Unless the client requests it (the transportation from the hotel or place of stay to the meeting point has an additional cost) we will meet at the meeting point, previously sent, along Jaco's or Herradura spectacular beach. •The passenger will meet the staff. • The pilots, 100% certified and with many years of experience, will prepare the equipment and the passengers for the flight. You will be taking off from the beach. •The flight pilot will explain how the takeoff, flight and landing will be. •The takeoff will be assisted by the members of the staff that are necessary for a safe experience. •During the flight, the pilot will be able to explain any concern to the passenger, while enjoying a unique, relaxing and pleasant experience. •After providing the necessary instructions for a good maneuver, the pilot will land with the passengers on the watter. •After Checking that the passengers are in perfect condition, the used equipment will be disconnected and a jetski will bring you back to the beach will a full face smile. •If the video contract passenger is consulted for their data to send the video in digital format. •Finally, if the passager hires transportation, the Katto Sky tour staff will return them to the place of stay.

Jaco: 1500ft Tandem Paragliding Flight with Beach Views

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Jaco

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

This was one of the highlights of our Costa Rican trip. Everyone at the property was friendly and super helpful. Our guide Alex was awesome!! He taught us safety rules, told us funny stories & was an all around fantastic person. If you have the chance to do the ATV tour, you won't regret it.

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!

Great experience with Fernando! Wonderful time swimming in the waterfall, hanging out in the hot springs while it poured and delicious food!

Super organizado e com todos os cuidados necessários. Longos trechos de tirolesa, total de 3,5 km. Adorei!

A lot of fun. Super friendly people. Would recommend.