Playa de Jaco Costa Rica is the closest thing to the spring break favorite Daytona Beach, and lots of young people feel at home here. The beach is dark gray and coarse with small rocks though, so arranging other things to do in Playa de Jaco is besides sunning and surfing is the key to having maximum fun.
Happily, finding fun things to do in Playa de Jaco Costa Rica is easy.
Canadian charter flights keep Playa de Jaco Costa Rica packed all winter, and the nearby town of Jaco is a consistent draw for vacationing Ticos and German tourists too. All along the beachfront arriving tourists will find cheap colorful hotels, bars, plenty of economy restaurants, souvenir shops, and even a miniature Golf course.
The hottest sport in Playa de Jaco Costa Rica is surfing. The waves breaking at nearby Playa Hermosa are some of the best in the world, and surfers definitely dominate this youthful party town.
If you don’t surf, Playa de Jaco still offers plenty more than beachfront, music, and drinks. Playa Herradura, located just six miles north of Jaco, is fairly isolated by comparison and also boasts a new Marriott with a lush golf course.
Just 14 miles north of Playa de Jaco Costa Rica is Playa Esterillos, a lovely isolated beach that is nearly always deserted. Both Playa Herradura and Playa Esterillos are easily accessed by bike. Pack a picnic, rent some bicycles in Jaco, and make a day of it, away from the noise of crowds and the pounding surf.
Playa de Jaco is backed by dense tropical rainforest, and canopy tours are easy to arrange. Plan to spend between $30 and $75 per person depending on the length of the tour, the tour company, and the means of travel.
Zip line and harness tours can be arranged through any hotel, or ride the Rain Forest Aerial Tram Pacific (www.rainforestram.com) for 40 minutes, then take a guided walking tour of the forest for the last lap.
Kayaking is also popular in Jaco, and is often combined with guided snorkeling tours. Kayak Jaco (www.kayakjaco.com) runs a variety of such tours, some including ocean snorkeling and some just kayaking down river. Plan to spend between $50 and $80 per person depending on the length and complexity of the tour.
If all this adventure gets to be a bit overwhelming, take a deep breath and let the professional staff at Serenity Spa pamper you. Located in Playa de Jaco in a small shopping plaza next to Zuma Rent-a-Car, spa services include massage, facials, skin treatments, manicures and pedicures, mudpacks, and more. Book the works and follow up with a leisurely afternoon of Jaco shopping.
Finally, for visitors who really want to book something special, ask at your hotel desk about sport fishing and scuba diving charters. A half-day charter fishing tour for four people costs around $500 USD; a full day will set you back as much as $1400. If you love to fish, it’s worth every cent.