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Pocket Guide: Jaco

Your Hotel Stay in Jacó

Jacó’s three- and four-star hotels make up the resort town in Puntarenas Province on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. With plenty of hotels, self-catering facilities and campsites to choose from in Jacó itself and along the surrounding coast, you’ll find a wonderful base for exploring everything this beach-holiday favourite.

Jacó – A Beach and Board Haven

Jacó is a town originally conceived as a resort by Texan oil tycoon Charles Elwood Jaco. Today it is best known as a beach destination, with its long, chocolate-coloured sands providing excellent opportunities for sunbathing and surfing. This stretch of coast is a haven for surfers, with such beaches as Playa Hermosa, Esterillos and Bejuco luring boarders from across the globe. There is a good selection of eating establishments across the town, and the Tico Pod Art House is a good place to browse for upmarket crafts and gifts.

Jacó’s Natural Attractions

Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is a botanical paradise that offers the visitor panoramic views of the Pacific coast and the dramatic set of cataracts around which the gardens are designed. Wander along its manicured walkways to enjoy the dazzling diversity of flowers from across the globe, and to see the equally colourful array of butterflies and birds, including toucans and macaws. Neo Fauna is a wildlife refuge where you can get up close to a variety of rare tree frogs, as well as snakes, butterflies, monkeys and many other animal species. You can also book a guided tour through your Jacó hotel of the area’s spectacular rainforest and waterfalls.

Outdoor Activities around Jacó

Jacó is an excellent base from which to embark on a variety of tours, day trips and activities. There is a wide choice of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing schools along the beach-front, or you could head inland to the many adventure tour companies offering something for everyone, from wildlife hiking and horseback riding, to waterfall rapelling and zip-lining. If you like four hooves, there is a wide choice of horse-riding tours, and if you prefer four wheels then you can take a 4x4 buggy for a spin along the forest trails.

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