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Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience Tour

1. Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience 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. At the end of the experience, there will be organic chocolate bars with different cocoa percentages as well as other cocoa products for purchase.

Jaco Beach: Pacific Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures

2. Jaco Beach: 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.

From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

3. 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 third beach situated in 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 from an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

Jaco Beach: ATV Tour with Waterfall Stop

4. 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 and 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.

Shuttle from San Jose to Jaco

5. Shuttle from San Jose to Jaco

MyPinkBus: The Way to Travele in Central America. We've custom-designed our buses to maximize your comfort, with plenty of legroom, reclining seats, and complimentary pillows. Plus, your luggage stays safe from unpredictable tropical weather. No need for minimum bookings – we're ready for spontaneous adventures. We believe in pampering our passengers, so every traveler gets a complimentary water bottle. Stay connected with free WiFi and power outlets on board. MyPinkBus offers more than transportation; it's an experience. Our pink buses symbolize the adventure awaiting you. Safety is our priority, with experienced drivers and well-maintained vehicles. Connect with fellow travelers, share stories, and embrace responsible tourism. Your Central American adventure starts here – book with MyPinkBus and make memories that last a lifetime. Share your #MyPinkBus Adventures with the world!

Playa Mantas: Morning Guided Snorkeling Tour Near Jaco Beach

6. Playa Mantas: Morning Guided Snorkeling Tour Near Jaco Beach

Venture to the waters beside a tropical beach with white sand and clear waters, just beyond Jaco Beach. Swim and snorkel comfortably and enjoy a snack on land after exploring the aquatic fauna and flora. Start by meeting your guide at Playa Mantas, where you’ll get equipped with a brand-new full-face snorkeling mask and fins. Then, travel by boat to the snorkeling spot in a protected cove. Then, plunge into the water from the edge of the boat. Once you’re acquainted with the water, get your face wet and peek at the world below the water’s surface. Follow your guide through the waters as they point out the tropical rocks and fish below. Use the peas and bread from your guide to feed the fish. Finally, after snorkeling, get onto dry land, and enjoy a snack of coconut water, and sit alongside monkeys and sloths on the beach. Go for a dip, or wade in the waters with the safety of lifeguards nearby, or explore the tide pools.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

7. 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: Tortuga Island Boat Tour with Lunch and Transfer

8. From Jaco: Tortuga Island Boat Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Get picked up from your accommodation in the Jaco area and hop aboard a fast boat for a day trip to Isla Tortuga. Arrive quickly at the island and take in beautiful rock formations. Seize the possibility of gazing at dolphins and turtles on the way. Spend a relaxing day under the shade of the beautiful palm trees and take a dip in a serene beach with turquoise water. Go snorkeling if conditions allow and see numerous species of fish. Eat a delicious lunch as you look out at the sea and snack on fresh fruits and coffee throughout the day. Finally, climb back onboard for the journey back to Jaco and gett dropped off at your hotel.

Jaco Beach: Horseback Riding with Natural Pool Stop

9. Jaco Beach: Horseback Riding with Natural Pool Stop

Enjoy one of the best ways to discover nature in the Costa Rica rainforest. Vista Los Sueños Adventure Park and see why it is renowned for having some of the best-kept horses in the area. With a tour through this private and exclusive 80-acre property, you will also get to enjoy stunning natural swimming pools. You may also be able to spot some great wildlife such as Toucans, White Face Monkeys, Poison Dart Frogs and, Scarlet Macaws. Your tour starts at the beautiful Herradura Costa Rica base, just 10-minutes from Jacó Beach and Los Suenos Resort. Once you arrive you will be equipped with all the gear you require, plus receive a short orientation session, ensuring you are comfortable before you set off. Once you are ready to depart, you will commence your ascension through the rainforest. Upon your eventual arrival at the waterfalls and swimming pool area, you will have some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful waters and natural scenery. During the tour, your bilingual guide will provide bottled water and at the end of your journey, you will enjoy a snack of fresh tropical fruits. Throughout the day professional photographers will capture the best photos and have them available for purchase at the end of your tour.

The Explorer Waterfall Tour

10. The Explorer Waterfall Tour

Experience the true meaning of "Pura Vida" as this guided trip takes you to the rain forest in the hills above the Pacific Ocean to a majestic setting of pure Costa Rican natural harmony. Take a 4×4 drive up the mountain over 1000 feet to get to a private reserve. Your guide will stop along the way to point out interesting flora and fauna and the incredible views of the ocean and countryside. Start your adventure through the river after a short (5 minute) downhill hike. Hike up the river using trails and bridges that criss-cross  the river allowing you to enjoy the multiple smaller, interactive waterfalls and natural pools. There are 4 different swimming holes and many waterfalls to get under. These natural pools will invite you to swim in the fresh mountain spring water and submerge under the falls for an invigorating massage. For the more adventurous there are a couple of places you can jump into the pools from 4 and up to 25 feet! Enjoy some fresh tropical fruit at the last pool before the 10 minute hike back to the truck. During the entire tour you are totally surrounded by beautiful Costa Rican virgin rain forest. Bring your camera and your guide will keep it in a dry bag to make sure you get all those amazing pictures without damaging it!

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4.8 / 5

based on 105 reviews

From start to finish the day was in point. I was picked up from my accommodation and dropped off at Le jardin and the tourguide Victor rang me to let me know he was on the way with the rest of the group. Victor was friendly and informative. The boat trip was great we were lucky to see a dolphin and the snorkelling allowed us to see masses of fish. The island is beautiful and we saw pigs, deers and iguanas. I didn’t want to leave but the boat trip back to the transportation was exhilarating and the connecting taxi was a lovely female driver who stopped to let me see the crocodiles on the way. I feel truly blessed to have had this experience

The staff was excellent and supportive, especially with people who were afraid of the zip line. I felt like I was with friends. The horseback riding and pool at the end were a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You need to go here if you are in the area.

INCREDIBLE! Do it. This company is friendly and professional and they took good care when flying with my two young sons as well.

Everything worked perfectly. The car was there on time, the driver was helpful and nice. I can only recommend it.

Great views with a lot of insight into the local wildlife!