Things to Do in Jaco & the Central Pacific Coast

Don't Miss: A sunset cocktail at the spectacular Villas Caletas amphitheater.

A lush, mountainous shoreline with strips of sandy beaches overlooking a sparkling expanse of blue are characteristic of the Central Pacific coast. The region is home to the popular surf town of Jaco, Carara Biological Reserve, and the beloved Manuel Antonio National Park.

Jaco Beach

To the north of Manuel Antonio National Park lies the small seaside town of Jacó, known for its hidden beaches, sport fishing, excellent surfing spots, and its unique position between the dry northern regions of the country and the tropical southern zone. Between the natural beauty and the luxury accommodations, it’s no surprise Jaco is swiftly developing into a major tourist attraction. Whether you’re looking for a secluded hilltop hideaway, a family-friendly ocean resort, or a top surfing destination, the Central Pacific Coast may provide just what you’re looking for.

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Carara Biological Reserve

Carara Biological Reserve

Scarlet Macaw at Carara Biological Reserve

Not far away, the Carara Biological Reserve provides an oasis for a large number of animals due to its position in this transitional forest region. The reserve is well known for the population of scarlet macaws that can be found there.

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The nearby port town of Puntarenas serves as the embarkation point for picnic cruises to the idyllic islands in the Gulf of Nicoya.

Tarcoles River

Don’t forget to stop at the Tarcoles River to see the crocodiles but don’t get too close – these reptiles can reach 16 feet in length!

Herradura Beach

Things to Do in Jaco Costa Rica

Playa Herradura is a great beach to escape to, and the calm waters are perfect for swimming. Situated on the Playa Herradura is the Los Suenos Marriott, one of the most popular resorts in the area. The Marriott is especially popular for its marina and golf course.

Jaco Sportfishing

Things to Do in Jaco Costa Rica

Sportfishing in this area is a popular pastime, and the Marriott Marina is a launching point for a number of charter fishing boats. Sailfish are a favorite – and anglers seldom disappoint!

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 Jaco Attractions

  • Jaco Beach
  • Carara Biological Reserve
  • Surfing
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Gulf of Nicoya
  • Nightlife
  • Tarcoles River
  • Fishing

 More Things to Do in and Around Jaco

  • Manuel Antonio National Park Day Tour
  • Carrara National Park Hike
  • Sea Kayak & Snorkeling
  • Tortuga Island Cruise
  • Bijagual Waterfall Horseback Ride
  • Canopy Tour
  • Mangrove & Crocodile Adventure
  • Pura Vida Botanical Gardens

Jaco & Central Pacific Travel Information

Climate: Dry- December to April, Wet- May to November, Wettest- September & October
Temperature: Avg. high 92°, tropical weather with afternoon showers typical May to November.