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From Jaco: Tortuga Island Boat Tour with Lunch and Transfer

1. 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

2. 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.

From San Jose: Zipline, ATV and More Activities with Lunch

3. From San Jose: Zipline, ATV and More Activities with Lunch

This is the best nature and adventure getaway only 1.5 hours from the city of San Jose and surrounding areas.On this tour you will get to visit the town of Jaco Beach, one of the most popular beach towns in all of Costa Rica due to its proximity to the capital city of San Jose; along the way you will enjoy some breathtaking views of the mountains, shortly after you will get to stop at the word famous Tarcoles River, where you will have the opportunity to view and take photos of crocodiles in their natural environment, some of them measuring up to 19ft long. Its mandatory to bring a credit card for ATV vehicle deposit (Visa or Master Card) This tour Includes:round trip transportation from San Jose, fruits, water, safety equipment, insurance, bilingual guides, lunch and choose 2 of the following (Zipline Tour / ATV& Waterfalls Tour / Horseback & Waterfalls / Surfing Lessons / Chocolate Experience.

From San Jose: Los Suenos Full-Day Tour

4. From San Jose: Los Suenos Full-Day Tour

Visit the world-famous Tarcoles Bridge, where you can photograph crocodiles in their natural habitat, some measuring about 19 feet long. The next stop is at Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, where you will get to choose two adventures tours from the following: - Zipline - Horseback riding (includes swimming) - Surfing lessons - ATV adventure (includes swimming) - Chocolate Experience - MTB Bicycle Tour Your first adventure will end at The Jungle Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with natural drinks with refill, coffee and dessert. After lunch, embark on your next adventure before visiting the Photo Team, where you can purchase your pictures of the day or pick up some Costa Rica souvenirs. You will then head back to San Jose after a day of fun and adventure.

Jaco Beach: Full-Day ATV, Zip Line, and Horse Riding w/Lunch

5. Jaco Beach: Full-Day ATV, Zip Line, and Horse Riding w/Lunch

Embark on an action-packed full-day trip in Herradura with zip lining, horse riding, and driving an ATV. Soak up dramatic views from the treetops as you zip line, explore the jungle in an ATV, and scout out waterfalls on horseback. Start with a zip line tour through the Costa Rican treetops with a 15-minute tractor ride up to the top of the mountain. You will then descend on a series of 12 platforms and 10 cables, including one of the longest in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. After the zip line, get your adrenaline pumping on a 2-hour jungle and river ATV adventure. Discover a different side of the Jaco Beach area and explore various muddy trails through the jungle or follow the rivers. Enjoy the support and guidance of your bilingual guides throughout the day. Then, tuck into a Costa Rican “Typical Casado," a traditional dish comprised of rice, beans, salad, fried plantain, and vegetables, and choose from fish, beef, pork, or chicken. It also includes a refill of natural drinks, dessert, and coffee. Enjoy your lunch in an open-air area surrounded by nature. Feel free to purchase additional drinks at the park. Finish off the day with an adventure on horseback and scout out Jaco's pristine private waterfalls.

Jaco: 1500ft Tandem Paragliding Flight with Beach Views

6. Jaco: 1500ft Tandem Paragliding Flight with Beach Views

From Jaco Beach, we will head to the Las Terrazas takeoff just 10 minutes from downtown Jaco. On this aerial paragliding tour, you will fly over the highest peak of Jaco Bay. Being a secondary rainforest, with trees over 300 years old, you will be able to enjoy this breathtaking scenery at 1,500 feet (and try to go higher). You will be able to see Hermosa beach, Herradura beach and of course Jaco beach. On this aerial tour, we only use mother earth to go up in the air and feel the silence as we climb in the thermals flying along with many other species of wildlife. The mid-pacific coast of Costa Rica, the tropical forests below the views, and the calm you will feel in the air will make this tour an unforgettable experience for a lifetime. This is the best flying site in Jaco (and one of the best in all of Costa Rica, if not the best) as the flying conditions allow us to climb higher and faster than the other sites. It is also the closest to the beach.

Jaco Beach: Jungle and Waterfalls Mountain Bike Tour

7. Jaco Beach: Jungle and Waterfalls Mountain Bike Tour

You will start with a recreational bike ride that will take you through the jungle and private farms, where you will ride along and occasionally through a small stream. We will slowly make our way out to our private waterfalls, where you can swim and cool off. You’ll ride approximately 1.5 hours Discover the Costa Rica jungle like never before, our bilingual guides will point out some of the most interesting trees and plants along the way. We will slowly make our way out to our private waterfalls, where you can swim and cool off. You’ll ride approximately 1.5 hours Discover the Costa Rica jungle like never before, our bilingual guides will point out some of the most interesting trees and plants along the way.

Puntarenas Province: Chocolate Experience and Zipline Tour

8. Puntarenas Province: Chocolate Experience and Zipline Tour

You will first start with the Action Packed zipline, this adventure starts on a 15-minute ride aboard our specially designed tractor. Once we reach the top of the mountain, our bilingual guides will explain -step by step- all the safety procedures you must follow to enjoy your Zip Line adventure, we 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, among them longest cable in the area (2400 ft.) at the end we will greet you with fresh tropical fruits and cool water. You will then continue with the Chocolate Experience, Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park has the first International Cocoa collection of the Central Pacific, during this experience you will learn about the different varieties of Cocoa, as well as the ancestral history and the impact on the world economy and the most important part is that you will be able to try the actual Cocoa fruit before the process, also be part of the Cocoa production process, as well as try different types of Chocolat and mix it with tropical fruits. Includes: bilingual guides, 2 hour Zip Line, 2-hour Chocolate tour, and tasting, safety equipment, fruits and water included on both tours, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. What To Bring: Comfortable clothes, tennis shoes or strap on sandals, sunblock, insect repellent and cameras.

Transfer International ATO to Los Sueños Marriott one way

9. Transfer International ATO to Los Sueños Marriott one way

Once you clear luggage customs, a representative will hold a sign with your name and help you with your information and any important information you need and will take you in a comfortable, modern and air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Don't worry about looking for transportation in the outskirts and wasting valuable time trying to get to your destination. It is a short trip that lasts approximately 2 hours from the airport to your hotel or vice versa, but we will make sure it is comfortable and pleasant throughout the entire journey.

Hooked-Up Sportfishing: Playa Herradura

10. Hooked-Up Sportfishing: Playa Herradura

Enjoy a half day or full day of fishing majestic tropical fish on the crystal-clear Costa Rican Pacific Ocean with our inshore and offshore trips. Your day starts out in Playa Herradura where you will receive a warm welcome from the captain of the boat. Receive a detailed briefing on the day's itinerary, safety procedures, and the incredible marine life you may encounter. You'll enjoy the comfort of our well-appointed vessel, equipped with modern amenities while you prepare for the day ahead of you. As we reach prime fishing spots, cast your line into the crystal-clear depths. Feel the adrenaline rush as you engage in thrilling battles with a variety of fish, from vibrant Mahi-Mahi to powerful Marlin. This part of Costa Rica is world renowned for its fishing and its one of the few places in the world where you can catch three species of Marlin in one day (Black, Blue, and Striped) Our seasoned captain will share their expertise, offering tips and techniques to ensure an exciting and successful fishing experience. Learn about the diverse fish species inhabiting these waters. Celebrate your achievements as you reel in your catch of the day. Our crew will gladly assist with photos and share interesting facts about the fish you've landed. Wind down from your hard work with refreshing beverages and snacks onboard. Revel in the camaraderie of your friends and family and bask in the satisfaction of a day filled with adventure and accomplishment. As the sun begins to set, we'll cruise back to the shore. Reflect on the memories made and the triumphs of your fishing expedition, knowing you've experienced the best of Costa Rica's rich marine treasures. Relish the breathtaking coastal scenery and spot exotic marine life, such as dolphins and sea turtles. The backdrop of lush landscapes and shimmering waters enhances the magic of your adventure. Bid farewell to the sea and your captain. Depart with unforgettable memories, newfound fishing skills, and a sense of connection to the vibrant aquatic world of Costa Rica.

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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

It was an amazing day! Beautiful place and the people from company were very friendly. On that day it was a 18th birthday of my son. The organizer fulfilled my request and a birthday cake was waiting for us on Isla Tortuga (with candles and it was very good)! I can fully recommend them. Also, the lunch was great, both Mahi Magi and vege options were very tasty.

This was the coolest thing we did in Costa Rica, Freddy was awesome and we LOVED him and how he showed us what different plants were along the path.

Was wonderful just had to wait a little longer for the ride to grab the group from pick up location traffic was alot

Excellent guide, horses well behaved and stunning scenery. Definitely recommend.