When you book a beach house in Jaco, a stunning beach town in the north Puntarenas region, you can enjoy various aquatic sports and activities. Jaco is a prime option for families on holiday. The town is filled with world-class beaches, some calm enough to swim at, others rough enough to catch a wave at. With so many adventures awaiting both kids and kids at heart, nature and wildlife have never sounded so fun. You might also find it thrilling to know that nightlife in Jaco is as lively as its jungle excursions and horseback rides. Several businesses in town are dedicated to cater to the exhausted adventurers, offering a night of clean fun and great entertainment.
Whichever category you find yourself in, there is no doubt that you have picked one of the best places in Costa Rica to spend your vacation.
Most Fun Things to Do in Jaco:
Surf at Playa Hermosa - This beach in Puntarenas is a Blue Flag award holder because of its clean and serene beachfront. However, this is not what Playa Hermosa is known for. The ocean here brings surfers from around the world to test its great waves.From May to November, Playa Hermosa is filled with both locals and tourists. Terraza, Backyard, and Tulin are three of the most popular surf breaks in the area especially during this season. The waves can go as high as 13 feet; just perfect for Quiksilver's annual surfing competition held here. Aside from the big annual competitions held in Playa Hermosa, there are weekly surfing competitions taking place every Saturday. You will see the best of the best surfers living in Jaco battle it out for the best ride of the day. Surfing has long been part of the daily life in Jaco. It is one of the main sources of income for the locals, allowing them to teach surf lessons, rent surf boards, and sell other beach merchandise.
Spend the day Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
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seduced by the clean sands on the beaches, but wait until you see what beauty lies underneath the seas. Scuba diving along Jaco beach Costa Rica allows you to see the marine ecosystem that thrives in its waters. Make the Pacific Ocean your playground! Jaco is home to many species of animals and other living organisms. You can dive from 10 to 45 feet and you'll get to enjoy clear waters that allow you to see passing schools of fish, playful turtles and starfishes. The most popular time to go scuba diving in Jaco is during December to May, when the giant manta ray comes out and displays its full splendor to scuba divers. The white tip reef shark, on the other hand, can be seen almost as regularly as it has made this area of Jaco its home. Depending on your skill level, your tour guide will determine which diving spot will best suit your ability. For the intermediate divers, a dive site with no strong currents will give you both confidence and enjoyment. For those who are advanced divers, an even larger area of open water awaits.
Book a Rainforest Waterfalls Tour - There will be no shortage of things to do in Jaco Costa Rica for the adventurous. It is common knowledge that Costa Rica is teeming with lush rainforests that are widely celebrated and are strictly protected at the same time. This rich environment provides a natural way of keeping your adrenaline pumping. Reserve half of your day for a rainforest hike and waterfalls tour that takes you above the mountains of Jaco. Your tour starts with an ATV ride that takes you deep in the rainforest. Afterwards, you will hike along rivers until you reach the waterfalls that give way to natural swimming pools. If you are feeling extra adventurous, dare to jump off the ledges and into the pools. With an average height of 20 feet from the water level, it takes courage in order to jump. If you do not mind leaving Jaco, also consider exploring the Bijagual waterfall. This tourist destination is just 20 minutes away from the north of Jaco and is popular to visitors because of its majestic height.
Get with Nature at the Carara National Park
-one of the must-visit attractions
in the country and one of the best things to do in Jaco Costa Rica. The word carara means crocodile, giving you a brief idea about what describes this park. The reason behind the name is its location as it borders the Tarcoles River where American crocodiles famously reside. Make sure to drop by at the Crocodile Bridge running over the Tarcoles River and check out the American crocodiles inhabiting the waters.
It is both alarming and satisfying to watch these giant crocodiles swimming in the river while you stay safe from above. The Carara National Park enjoys two rich ecosystems in one place. Its prime location brings the Amazonian and the Mesoamerican jungles to one zone. The park Park is famous with avid birdwatchers too, because of the wide array of birds sheltering in the reserve. Scarlet macaws can be seen all over the place, living harmoniously with monkeys, snakes, and jaguars. If you like to get as much information about a place as possible, hire a local guide to come explore the park with you. The guide will give you loads of details that sometimes cannot be fully given by the helpful signs located within the area.
Experience Jaco Beach Nightlife - Jaco is famous for its bustling nightlife scene. San Jose may be the center of everything, but outside of it you have an unassuming beach town transforming itself into a great party place at night time. After a day of invigorating tours and extreme water sports, unwinding in Jaco becomes serious business. This involves late-night restaurants, trendy bars, crowded clubs and pool parties. You can choose to keep it simple and go to a bar where food, drinks and games are the main events. There are plenty of lounges and sports bars where you can just chill and enjoy cocktails with a view. You can visit the posh Graffiti Restro Cafe and Wine Bar which has both French and Costa Rican favorites on the menu. If you fancy pool parties - dancing , socializing and all that - head to Jaco Blu. Other options for a lively evening of DJs and drinks include Le Loft and Blue Marlin Beach Club. Want to see where the locals are? The main place to go is The Green Room Cafe. Vegetarian and Costa Rican cuisine are intertwined in this fun bohemian hideaway. Live bands and performances are held here regularly. People stay for the bar games and great music.
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