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How to Spend 3 Days in Jaco

How to Spend 3 Days in Jaco

With three days in the seaside paradise of Jaco, you’ll have time to enjoy the town’s picturesque beaches and vibrant surfer culture and also explore the innumerable outdoor adventures that the surrounding region has to offer. Here are some suggestions for what to do on a three-day trip to Jaco.

Day 1: Surf, Snorkel, Sunbathe

Start your stay by spending the morning at Jaco Beach. The idyllic cove is lined with surf schools, making it an ideal place to rent a board and go surfing—whether you are an experienced surfer or have never caught a wave before. Plus, the break is just a short walk from numerous restaurants and shops, so when you tire of surfing, you can tuck into some fresh seafood and tropical drinks. 

In the afternoon, escape the crowds and head to the nearby secluded coves and islands on a sea kayaking or catamaran excursion. Since these areas are only accessible by water, you will often have the place to yourself and enjoy snorkeling or sunbathing. At the end of the day, return to Jaco to embrace a night out filled with live music, crowded streets, and drink specials. 

Day 2: Adrenaline and Nature

On your second day, switch gears and venture into the rainforest. Embrace your adventurous side, and book a canyoneering trip that includes scrambling up rocky river beds, ziplining through the jungle, and repelling off waterfalls. Alternatively, you can explore the forest at a slower pace on a guided nature hike that includes swimming at the base of waterfalls and learning about the natural surroundings. Either way, spending the day in the jungle provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities; keep an eye out for monkeys and colorful tropical birds. 

If you want to see more of the surroundings, book an excursion on an all-terrain vehicle and head to otherwise inaccessible parts of the jungle with stops at stunning vista points and waterfalls along the way. Or, to really step up the views, soar over the coastline and forests on a paragliding tour. 

Day 3: National Park Road Trip or Island Cruise

Now that you have had a chance to experience the best of Jaco and its surrounding forests, take a day to visit one of Costa Rica’s top tourist destinations. Located an hour south of Jaco, Manuel Antonio National Park boats some of the country’s best beaches and wildlife. Opt for a guided tour with transportation from Jaco so that you can relax and enjoy the sights along the scenic coastal road to the park. 

If you like the idea of taking a day trip from Jaco but don’t want to make an hour-long drive, skip the national park and book a catamaran tour to Tortuga Island instead. Hop on a cruise in Jaco, and spend the day exploring picturesque islands, swimming, snorkeling, and basking on the boat. Return to Jaco to spend your final evening watching the sunset from your favorite beachfront bar. 

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3 Hour ATV Tour Through Costa Rican Rainforest

3 Hour ATV Tour Through Costa Rican Rainforest

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On this Jaco off-road ATV tour, it’s all about the journey—and the destinations. Take a thrilling ride through rugged mountain terrain en route to a vista point and two waterfalls, one of which has a 15-foot (4.5-meter) jump to try (if you dare). Be sure to bring a swimsuit to refresh yourself in the natural pool either way.
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  • 3 hours
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Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco

Hiking and Waterfall Tour in Jaco

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Tap into you inner jungle explorer with this waterfall hiking tour in the mountains above Jaco. Ride a 4x4 deep into the rain forest, and then hike along a vertical river, stopping to splash and swim in tropical waterfall pools along the way. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, jump off of rock ledges into the natural pools below for a true taste of ‘pura vida’!
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  • 4 hours
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Canyoning in Jaco

Canyoning in Jaco

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Take a break from the beach for a different kind of fun in Jaco with this action-packed canyoning adventure. Soar through the rain forest on ziplines, rappel down tropical waterfalls, and scramble down a rocky riverbed. No experience is required, as expert guides are on hand to ensure a safe and unforgettable romp through Costa Rica’s natural playground.
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Rappel El Encanto Waterfall in Jaco

Rappel El Encanto Waterfall in Jaco

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Rappel from the top of a 180-foot (55-meter) waterfall in the heart of the jungle with a 1.5-hour adventure tour from Jaco. Follow your guides into a forested training site, then learn the basics of safety and technique. Tie into a rope at the edge of El Encanto waterfall, and take in the lush scenery as you descend through a series of pools fed by the clear, fast running river. Finish your expedition with a return hike to a nearby ranch for fresh tropical fruits and juice.
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Traditional Costa Rican cooking class and meal with a modern twist

Traditional Costa Rican cooking class and meal with a modern twist

Learn to prepare traditional Costa Rican dishes during a half-day cooking class and meal at a private home in Playa Jaco. Your chef-host shows you how to make two or three typical foods using fresh local ingredients. After helping with the prep and cooking, head to the table to enjoy your lunch or dinner with your host and her family.
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Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

Paragliding Paramotor Tandem Flights in Jaco

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f you've ever daydreamed about soaring like an eagle, and c’mon who hasn't, you need to try paragliding. Jaco, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is an ideal place to stretch your new wings, with spectacular views and predictable winds. Choose between a motorized or non-motorized version, receive a safety training, then strap in with an expert instructor and enjoy the ride.
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