Activities Near Jaco Costa Rica
Vista Los Suenos Canopy Tour
This company is located 5 minutes from here and can take a group of people almost anytime we call it in. You will get to see beautiful views of the ocean and the jungle as you fly between the trees attached to a cable by a harness.
Jaco is one of the best places to learn to surf. The waves are considered to have a very consistent break, so they are great for learning. If you are more experienced, you can always try out Hermosa Beach which is 15 minutes away and has world-class surfing. Long boards are available for beginning surfers.
Jaco Surf Club
Learn to surf with Jaco Surf Club in Playa Hermosa and Jaco. The front desk can arrange private or group lessons with this local company.
Just around the corner from the Hotel Poseidon is a full service spa which offers a wide range of spa services performed with the highest degree of professionalism and distinctive botanical products. Prices vary, so talk to the front desk staff so you can check out all your options.
Enjoy a deep tissue or Swedish relaxation massage in the comfort of your hotel room.
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Single or double riders can ride through the mountains south of town and overlook our neighboring beach town of Hermosa.
If you want to see Costa Rica or its trails on your own, renting your own bike is the way to go. They have Yamaha 125´s (4-stroke) for those without a motorcycle driver´s license, and the Honda XR 600 (4-stroke) for those with a solid background in riding (and with a motorcycle license obviously). They, of course, provide all your equipment: helmets, goggles and gloves.
We use a company in Hermosa Beach which is about 5 minutes south of Jaco by taxi. They maintain the highest horse care standards and are one of only 3 fully licensed and insured operations in the Jaco area. Following are two of the tours they offer:
This 2 1/2 hour tour takes you to a secret waterfall. Ride along the deserted farm tracks where we will point out all that nature provides. Arrive at the waterfall to chilled fruit drinks. Immerse yourself in the gentle cascades. Eat fresh local fruits while we give you a skin treatment you will never forget. Then amble back refreshed and relaxed to base.
Or you can ride along the stunning Hermosa Beach track situated parallel to the beautiful beach of Hermosa. Watch the surfers taking on the waves. Don’t forget to look out for the leaping manta rays and dolphins that frequent the waters off the pacific coast or the Cayman crocodiles that live in the nearby waterholes.
Please note in Costa Rica it is an offense to ride on the beaches. This is a legal tour.
Transportation included in the price of both tours.
Come along and enjoy an amazing adventure just 30 minutes from Jaco. This boat trip takes place on the Tarcoles River…home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations! Encounters with crocodiles that measure up to 16 ft are not uncommon. The boat tour will take two hours and we recommend wearing light cotton clothes, sneakers or sport sandals, and a hat. Bringing binoculars, cameras and film and sunscreen is also recommended.4 hours, round trip transportation, two hour boat adventure and complementary drinks and snacks.
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling in Herredura Bay
The ocean is the last great frontier and diving is the way to explore it by discovering its wonders and getting in touch with its inhabitants. Herradura Divers, dive center, using PADI training programs, wants to spread the knowledge of the underwater world. Our dive settings are located in the Herradura Bay and surrounding areas, a region characterized by large volcanic rock formations. Locations are generally just a 15-minute boat ride from shore. While swimming between rocks covered in sea fans, we will see angel and butterfly fish, puffers, snappers and schools of grunts, surgeons and jacks as well as colored parrot fish, turtles, white tip sharks, eagle and sting rays, lobsters and different kinds of eels. During their season manta rays and whale sharks are seen in the area. Herradura Divers is a very professional dive shop that offers a number of different trips to various locations for those from the most beginning of stages to the most advanced
(A one hour crash course to prepare you for your first instructor accompanied dive.)
Transportation: Inquire for details
Golfing at Los Suenos
There is beautiful 18-hole course just 10 minutes from Jaco. It’s a new development that is growing with high-end homes and amenities. Front desk can call for current greens fees.
This is a great tri-fun for the whole family. You can either paddle out on an 8-person outrigger canoe or in single or double kayaks. You will paddle to an island where you will be able to snorkel (weather provided). They provide bottled water and fresh fruit. These are either morning or afternoon trips. Just ask for availability and they can work it into your schedule. www.kayakjaco.com.
White Water Rafting
Near Quepos, there are several rivers for white water rafting. Elder and younger guests, or anyone preferring a nature float, can choose the Class II Rio Parrita, full of exotic animal species. In the middle is the Class III Rio Savegre; a perfect river for those looking for an intermediate experience. Half or full days are offered on most rivers. Transportation is best if you have your own car and can drive to Quepos. If not, they will pick up larger parties. There are also trips out of San Jose on the Pacqure River, towards the Caribbean coast. These may involve an overnight in San Jose, so please let us know if you are interested in this information.
Sailing Catamaran Tours
Calypso’s Catamaran Cruise
Take a nice catamaran cruise to the white sand beaches, blue water and green mountains of Tortuga Island and Punta Coral. Enjoy hot tubs on the catamaran, barbeque lunch served while on the island and beach activities while you are there. Availability will depend on how many other people have booked the trip that day.
Deep Sea Fishing
The central Pacific coast offers some of the best sportfishing in Costa Rica. Marlin are caught throughout the year, predominantly between the months of January through September. Sailfish run between 80 to 200 lbs, you can expect to see many free jumpers and excessive amounts of sailfish during the months of December through May. Other fish caught in the area include dorado, wahoo, roosterfish and snapper. Prices range from $775 for a three person 26ft. boat to $2,925 for a twelve person 64ft. boat with full amenities. We can arrange your trip for you based on the size of your group and your budget.
Jungle River Cruise
Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles is full of Crocodiles, Scarlet Macaws, Jesus Christ Lizards, and over 120 species of birds. But everyone comes to see the huge crocodiles – so big they have names like “Saddam Hussein” and “Mike Tyson!” You will board a custom-built, flat-bottom river boat at a private botanic garden. Then you glide along this placid river with a naturalist guide, who describes the birds, animals, and habitat in great detail. After enjoying fresh fruit and refreshments, return upstream to the native botanical garden, where the guide explains more about the native plant species of this transitional zone habitat.
The Dining Experience of Your Lifetime www.adventurediningcr.com
Adventure Dining, at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, combines the natural beauty of Costa Rica with “The Dining Experience of Your Lifetime.” Your Adventure begins with a scenic coastal drive before ascending one of Costa Rica ‘s highest mountains. When you reach your final destination, you will simply say “Wow!” The open air dining platform overlooks the Bijagual waterfall and miles of pristine coastline. With your favorite beverage in hand, you may choose to stroll the manicured trails or simply relax and absorb the tranquil sounds of the rainforest. As the sun sets over the mountains, your private table awaits you. Fresh flowers, tiki torches and romantic music create an unforgettable ambiance. The cuisine and personalized service will exceed your expectations. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact the front desk for further details and pricing . Price includes UNLIMITED alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks AND transportation to and from Pura Vida Gardens.
Rainforest Aerial Tram
Just 10 minutes from the center of Jaco is a ski-lift type operation to experience the rain forest as a bird does. Observe the most complex ecosystem on Earth from above the trees with a trip on the aerial tram. Price includes entrance fee, ride on the gondola and naturalist bi-lingual guide to explain the beautiful features of the rainforest. Ride is only about 30 minutes but there are natural areas around the aerial tram to explore on foot.
Carara National Park - Biological Reserve
Departure Time: 6:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Includes: Air Conditioned transport, Bi-Lingual guide, and entrance fee.
This is a national park located about 20 minutes from Jaco. It is a very large biological preserve where you can look for all types of birds, wildlife and plant life. It is a very interesting tour where you can hike and take in some knowledge of the Costa Rican rainforest and wilderness.
Jardin Pura Vida, Botanical Gardens
About 45 minutes from Jaco, up at the top of a beautiful mountain, sits 40 acres of well manicured botanical gardens and wild birds (you can even feed the Toucans!) At Jardin Pura Vida you meander along paved walkways planted with over 1,000,000 flowering plants, see Costa Rica’s tallest waterfall and take in the spectacular views of the Pacific and surrounding mountains. Your sure to see Scarlet Macaws and Toucans and may see the family of White Faced Monkeys that live in the area. If you have your own car, that’s a great way to get there. If you would like a package trip, including transportation and a fruit snack, we can arrange for their van to pick you up at the hotel and you will enjoy a nice day visiting the gardens. The trip is from 7:30am-2pm.
Hike to a Waterfall
Just about 30 minutes north of Jaco is some private land where you can hike to a waterfall and take a swim in the pools. The hike is steep in areas, but if you go slowly, almost any ability hiker can do it. The round trip may take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon your speed. But make sure you take LOTS of water. The cost is about $20 per person, just to pay the man who owns the land. You will need a car to drive there, or a taxi can wait for you while you hike.