What to do and see in Jaco, Province of Puntarenas: The Best Outdoor Activities

May 18, 2022 Enedina Augsburger

The tiny hamlet of Jaco is located in the Pacific Coast province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. It’s the ultimate hideaway for sun seekers and active travelers, with cinnamon-hued volcanic-sand beaches, lush green rain forest and verdant mountains. Surfers flock here from around the world, but families, and honeymooners also find much to love, thanks to the multitude of beaches, outdoor activities, dining, shopping and nightlife. Explore the Costa Rican rain forest by horseback, learning about the flora and fauna in this impressive eco-system. Take an ATV tour to beaches, remote villages and waterfalls. Try your hand at sport fishing, paragliding, sea kayaking or even bungee jumping. Spend an afternoon at the Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, where you’ll find millions of plants, flowers and orchids from around the world. Zip line through the jungle, play a round of golf or take an aerial tram tour of the rain forest. Expert surfers will want to check out La Roca Loca and Playa Hermosa for a challenge.
Restaurants in Jaco

1. Jaco Surf School

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Jaco Surf School

We are a surf school focused on beginners, intermediate and advanced. Depending on your level of experience we take you the appropriate location to make your session fruitful and assure you reach your potential. Come surf and learn with us. We speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian and Hebrew. See you soon and Pura Vida.

2. Tortuga Surf School

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Tortuga Surf School

Tortuga Surf Camp is the choice for the traveler who wants to enjoy and discover the wonders of surf at an affordable price.Located strategically in the south end of Jaco Beach, this calm mellow beach breaks will be the classroom where our ISA certified instructor will lead you trough the this Costa Rican surfing experience.

3. Kayak Jaco

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Kayak Jaco

Since 1998 Kayak Jaco has been introducing travelers to the joy of getting out on the water of the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The coastline is spectacular and the beaches are pristine. Our sea kayaks, outrigger canoes, stand up paddle boards and sailboat are the best way to enjoy these coastal waters. We don't pollute or disrupt the balance of nature; we just paddle through our small slice of it, not leaving a trace. If you seek "Fun on the Water" Kayak Jaco has the tour for you:• Independent folks love our kayaks• Groups and clubs are fascinated by our unique outrigger canoes• Those who are serious about kicking back adore our sailboat• People looking for exercise can try SUP. Snorkeling is included on these tours (when conditions permit) and it enables you to get even closer to the best that Costa Rica has to offer - it's nature. Since 1998, Kayak Jaco has been running safe, sustainable, enjoyable tours and we strive everyday to ensure that your trip will be a wonderful Costa Rica memory for years to come.

4. Del Mar

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Del Mar

Del Mar Surf Camp is the premiere surf camp in Costa Rica with over nine years of experience teaching people how to surf. We provide a maximum of 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio with local Costa Rican surfers providing a safe and quality surf instruction guaranteed for everyone to catch waves. Our all inclusive surf camps include everything from daily yoga classes, daily nature walks & healthy meals to create the perfect vacation in paradise. Owned & operated by local Costa Rican, you can be rest assured that your experience will exemplify all the "Pura Vida" culture Costa Rica has to offer.

5. Discovery Horseback Tours

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Discovery Horseback Tours

Horse riding Jaco Costa Rica. Discovery horse tours were awarded a "Certificate of Excellence" in the Trip Advisor awards. If you want an unforgettable tour through the rain forest. Renowned for making sure the horses as well as the clients have a fabulous time they are "so much more" than just a horse tour! Specializing in small groups of no more than 8 people your tour will always feel personal. Located on a stunning 1500 acre private rain forest reserve, you will share the trails with no one but the wildlife. You will LOVE the horses who are safe, fun and most importantly happy and incredibly well cared for. Ride through pristine rain forest to the secret spring fed waterfall, or gallop along the deserted beaches. No experience necessary. Beginners will feel secure,confident and in control. Experienced riders can enjoy the thrill of galloping our fit and healthy horses across the open hay fields. Consistently described as "The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica".

6. Jaco Guides

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Jaco Guides

Jaco Guides is a Tour Operation that offers a wide selection of adventure and nature tours ideal for families, friends and solo travelers. We work to satisfy all of our traveler's needs, our mission: Give the best Pura Vida experience.

7. Jaco Mountain Biking

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Jaco Mountain Biking

Jaco Mountain Biking offers cycling tours in Jaco area. We take you to Miro's mountain a lush forest with lots of wildlife (monkeys, scarlet macaws, poison dart frogs, toucans, wild pigs and much more! For intermediate/advanced riders, I offer rides to Bijagual (this ride is the first ascent of La Ruta de los Conquistadores) We also offer mellow/flat rides upon request.

8. ATV Adventure Tours Costa Rica

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ATV Adventure Tours Costa Rica

Adventure Tours Costa Rica is the premiere adventure operator in Jaco Beach & Los Sueños, Costa Rica specializing in ATV tours and adrenaline tours/vacations to provide the ultimate experience and service for your adventure vacation. Compliment your holiday getaway with our selection of adventure including: ATV, Canopy, White Water Rafting, Surfing, Sport Fishing, Horseback Riding and day trips to Tortuga Island and Manual Antonio.

9. Chiclets Zipline

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Chiclets Zipline

Located in Playa Hermosa, next to Jaco Beach and near to Marriott Los Suenos. Come and fly with us through FOURTEEN cables, one suspended bridge, UNIQUE OCEAN VIEWS and a lot of fun in a magnificient rain forest, FLY from tree to tree at 30 miles per hour in ziplines that go through the mountains and stretch along the coast, with an AMAZING landscape created from a perfect combination of the rain forest lush vegetation and the sea breeze, there is simply no other ride like this. Chiclets Zipline is a must if you are seeking for a GREAT adventure on Jaco Beach town, blessed to be located right on the edge where the mountain gently touches the ocean. Hence the contrast generated by being only 1000 feet away from the beach but 800 feet above sea level.

10. Costa Rica Waterfall Tours

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Costa Rica Waterfall Tours

Awarded the Tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence" for the last 9 straight years Costa Rica Waterfall Tours are the waterfall experts! We have several waterfall tours available to match just about all ability levels. If it's a nice hike to enjoy waterfalls, cliff jumping or Ziplining and rappelling down the face of a waterfall we have the adventure for you. Venture into the rain forest with a naturalist guide to help you spot monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans. frogs and learn about the plants, trees and history of Costa Rica. The beautiful drive, the rain forest, the naturalist guide and the pristine waterfalls make this an amazing adventure you will never forget!

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