Costa Rica Tours | Activities | Things To Do

With so many Costa Rica tours & things to do in Jaco and all-around Costa Rica, you will never be bored – unless, of course, you choose the boredom of lounging in your seaside hammock while you stare at the blue sky and day dream! Our team has partnered with the best tour operators that we have carefully chosen to assure that you have the time of your life while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy!

Zipline Canopy Tour

Experience the excitement of swinging from treetop to treetop, all the while enjoying spectacular views of Herradura bay and Island, as well as of the Nicoya Gulf. Scarlett Macaws, Toucans, and White Faced Monkeys are all commonly seen on the property. Enjoy the tour with 100% bilingual guides, certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

Location: Herradura, 1.5 km east from Marriot intersection
Departure Times: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Duration: Depending on the group 1.5 or 2 hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 1 person, 2 people with transportation
What To Bring: Light clothes, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, and cash for pictures or t-shirts
Distance from Jaco: 10 minutes
Highlights: 15 platforms, 14 cables, including the longest cable in the area
Includes: All equipment, certified bilingual guides, fruit and water

ATV Mountain Tours

Picture yourself on your own ATV discovering Costa Rica’s beaches, rainforests, remote villages, waterfalls, and wildlife. Whether you’re a first-time ATV rider wanting to take a mellow trip through the rainforest, or a seasoned veteran looking for something more technically challenging, we have the tour for you. Enjoy the tour with guides who are bi-lingual, licensed, extremely fun and safe.

Location: Jaco, Behind DHL & Subway
Departure Times: Depends upon client’s reservation. Earliest tour leaves at 8:3 am
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 1 person
What To Bring: Closed toe shoes, clothes that can get dirty, Visa or MasterCard
Highlights: Depends upon tour
Includes: Depends upon tour

Horseback Riding Tours to Waterfalls, Beach and Mountains

Even if it is your first time in the saddle, these horses will make you feel like an accomplished rider. Riders with experience will appreciate how happy, fit and responsive the horses are. These tours will take you through stunning scenery, such as natural forest, meandering hills, and deserted shores. Specializing in small groups of no more than 6 people, tours include fresh fruit, and ice cold drinks.

Waterfall Tour: 2.5 hours
Waterfall and Mountain look out point: 3.5 hours
Mountain Trails (includes mountaintop lunch): 4.5 hours
Beach (Experienced riders only, 4 pax min): 4.5 hours
Location: Playa Hermosa, Calle Hermosa
Departure Times: Waterfall Tours depart at 8:45 am or 2:45 pm.
Return Time: Depends upon length of tour
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 1
Cost/Person: See Above
What To Bring: Swimwear and towel, sneakers, sunscreen, hat and camera
Distance from Jaco: 4 km south of Jaco
Highlights: Depends upon tour
Includes: Depends upon tour

Surf Lessons – Beginner or Intermediate Skill Levels

What Vail Colorado is to skiing, Jaco / Hermosa is to surfing. Host to the 2009 World Surfing Games, the area is loaded with talented surfers and instructors. Jaco is known for its consistent surf for beginners and intermediates and Hermosa for the big waves. Learn the basics or perfect your skills. Our surf instructors will make sure you learn the meaning of the Pura Vida (“pure life”), which makes this magical little country a surfer’s paradise. Besides the breathtaking beaches, 80-degree water (leave your wet suit home) and natural thrill of learning to surf, what makes Jaco Beach such an amazing experience are the people. With a package tailored to suit your needs, these surf instructors will do everything they can to make you comfortable and to share their fascinating knowledge of Costa Rica with you.

Location: Jaco/Hermosa area
Departure Time: Depends upon high tide
Duration: Lesson lasts for 2 hours.
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 for group lesson, 1 for private lesson
What To Bring: Swimwear
Distance from Jaco: N/A
Highlights: Learn to surf with qualified instructors who are expert surfers and
trained with living saving skills; learn basic ocean knowledge and
fundamental surfing skills
Includes: Instruction, beach transportation, indispensable gear (surfboard +
rashguard), bottle of water, and fruit

Rainforest Aerial Tram, Serpentarium and Zipline

Created to raise the world’s consciousness of the importance of the tropical rainforests, the Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram allows guests to discover the hidden secrets and hanging gardens of the Transitional Tropical Rainforest from an awe-inspiring perspective. The Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram is an eco-tourism project with 222 acres (90 hectares) of rainforest, showcasing small waterfalls and scenic views of the Pacific Coast.

Standard Tour
Location: Jaco – on road to Piedra Bruja
Departure Time: Monday – between 9 am and 4 pm
Tuesday – Sunday between 6:30 am and 4 pm
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: $55/person
What To Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, shorts or light pants, hat, rain gear, camera,
insect repellent, binoculars
Distance from Jaco: About 3 km
Includes: Entrance to the park, multimedia presentation, guided walking tour,
Heliconia Gallery, medicinal plant garden, snake exhibition, a real
flight on the Aerial Tram gondolas, expert naturalist bilingual guide

Birding / Bird Watching

The Central Pacific Region is well known to those experienced in “birding! Welcome to Costa Rica’s transitional forest region which boasts the ability to see birds that are native to Costa Rica, birds that migrate up from South America and birds that migrate down from North America. On any given day you will see an abundance of beautiful and some very rare species. Your experienced guide is not only bi-lingual but is well trained in spotting the birds and knowing where to look for a rare sighting. You will also see beautiful plants and flora during this wonderful, information-based tour. Private tours can also be arranged for a focus on a certain species or list of birds.

Location: Jaco area, on road to Piedra Bruja
Departure Time: between 9 am and 4 pm
Duration: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people (special arrangements can be made for singles)
Cost/Person: $80.00/person
What To Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, shorts or light pants, hat, rain gear, camera,
insect repellent, binoculars
Distance from Jaco: About 3 km
Includes: Entrance to the park, transportation within the park, local guide
with experience on the park’s birds, bird list, guided walking tour,
breakfast and lunch at the Rain Forest Aerial Tram Restaurant, Aerial
Tram tour

Tortuga Island Tour and Snorkeling

Your Costa Rica adventure isn’t complete without a visit to Tortuga Island. The day begins at your hotel or condo where you will be greeted by a bilingual guide and seated on an air-conditioned bus. The bus ride takes you to the pacific port of Puntarenas stopping along the way for Costa Rican typical breakfast. Upon arrival in Puntarenas you will board super catamaran, Manta Raya. The Manta Raya has fresh water showers and full bar featuring delicious Piña Coladas made with fresh pineapple. Once underway the Manta Raya makes her way to the Gulf of Nicoya. On the way, her white clad crew pampers guests with fresh tropical fruits and drinks.

Particularly enchanting for it’s beauty, Tortuga Island is known for its immaculate white sand beach and turquoise waters, a perfect stop for swimming and snorkeling. Sip your favorite tropical cocktail under the shade of umbrellas at tables covered with white linen and be served the midday feast. A sumptuous delight, the meal starts with a ceviche appetizer and followed by a medley of salads and a delightful bar-b-qued breast of chicken covered in a mouthwatering tropical sauce accompanied with julienned vegetables all grilled fresh by the expert crew. The Captain and his crew are the masters of this seascape – seasoned mariners who will convey their love of Costa Rica to you.

Location: Isla Tortuga, Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas
Departure Time: 7:15 am
Duration: 11 hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: $119
What To Bring: Casual clothes, bathing suit or shorts, sunscreen, camera, sun glasses,
tight fitting hat, light weight long sleeved shirt, rubber sandals, tennis, or
boat shoes, towels, extra cash for alcoholic beverages, optional tours, souvenirs, and tips
Distance from Jaco: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Highlights: Optional island activities: scuba diving, kayaks and paddle boats,
snorkeling excursion, banana boat ride
Includes: Air-conditioned bus transportation from San Jose, Jaco, Quepos/Manuel
Antonio, Costa Rican typical breakfast, BBQ lunch served with chilled
chardoney, soft drinks and fresh fruit, live music, and bilingual guide

Surfboard Rentals

Love to surf but don’t want to travel with your board? No problem! Just head over to Carton Surf Board Rentals, and they’ll find the board that’s perfect for you. Carton is known for giving discounts on board rentals, so stop by and see what they can do for you!

Short Boards. Fun Boards. Hybrids. Long Boards. Fishies. Boogie Boards.

Damas Island Mangrove Tour

This adventure of Costa Rican natural history – it’s exotic flora and fauna — is highly recommended for any naturalist, young or old, who wants to experience firsthand the pulse of the mangrove ecosystem and how it interacts with the international ecosystem. Wind through acres of a protected, pristine Costa Rican estuary as your experienced guides educate you on the secrets – both past and present – of the mangrove eco-structure so vital to Costa Rica and the world as well. And don’t forget to point out the caimans, sloths, crocodiles, stunning rainbow boas, white face monkeys, egrets, and so many more species of wildlife, as your boat leisurely winds its way through the mangrove channels along the gentle currents of the coastal tides. And finally, end your adventure with a relaxing yet rewarding meal in typical Costa Rican flavor at a local “hot spot” restaurant before you return to your Costa Rican residence.

Location: Damas town, 10 km north of Quepos
Departure Time: Pick up from Jaco is typically 6:30 am; departure may change based on high tide
Duration: 4 hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: $85
What To Bring: Camera, light cloth shirt, shorts, shoes
Distance from Jaco: About 40 minutes
Highlights: Animal tour; lots of birds, reptiles, and monkeys
Includes: Transportation, tour, and lunch

Whitewater Rafting Tours

Itching for some adrenaline pumping adventure? Then these white-water rafting trips are for you! These trips are led by world-class, internationally-trained, bilingual guides and safety kayakers who will expertly guide and teach you how to navigate through this exciting river experience. The Naranjo River Rafting Experience runs May-December and is a wild and ever-changing white-water rafting challenge. It is recommended for physically fit adventure seekers and experienced rafters who are familiar with Class III and IV rapids. The Savegre River Rafting Experience runs year-round and is an adventurous, family-friendly, full-day trip – a unique white water river rafting adventure with lots of perks.

Location: Naranjo River Rafting: 14 km East of Quepos
Savegre River Rafting: 35 km Southeast of Quepos
Departure Time: Pick up from Jaco is 6:30 am
Duration: Narnajo River Rafting: Half day/4.5 hours
Savegre River Rafting: Full day/8 hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: Naranjo River Rafting: $85
Savegre River Rafting: $115
What To Bring: Swimsuit, tennis shoes or sandals with straps, if wear glasses or
sunglasses with crockies, sun block, extra dry cloth and towel
Highlights: Naranjo River Rafting is class III and IV rapids
Savegre River Rafting is class II and III rapids; good for all ages
Includes: Gear, transportation, snack, and lunch

Jungle Crocodile & Wildlife Tour

Come and visit one of Costa Rica’s unique tourist destinations. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of four rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild, with individuals up to fifteen feet long. In addition to the crocodiles, over fifty different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Cristo lizards are very common as well. The bilingual tourist guide offers expert orientation about the crocodiles and other associated wildlife. On the way downstream, the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a most awesome mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. In addition to sightseeing, photography and videotaping are permitted. Tourists receive a bottle of cold drinking water along with a brochure that shows all 56 bird species commonly sighted along the river.

Location: Tarcoles River
Departure Times: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm; pick up from Jaco is 45 minutes
before the departure time
Duration: 2 hours
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: $35; $45 with transportation. For children (ages 4-12), $25; $35 with transportation
What To Bring: Light cotton clothes, tennis shoes or sport sandals, hat, binoculars, camera, and sun block
Distance from Jaco: 25 minutes
Highlights: River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild, crocodiles
up to 15 ft. long, 50 different kinds of birds, intriguing reptiles
Includes: Spectacular crocodile jumping show, brochure that shows all 56 bird species commonly sighted
along the river, bottled water, Costa Rican coffee and tropical refreshments, visit to handicraft store

Manual Antonio National Park Tour

Costa Rica’s most visited National Park, Manuel Antonio, is a must see during your Costa Rica vacation. World renown for its expansive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line, Manuel Antonio is nothing short of Paradise. There is a varied fauna, 109 species of mammals and 184 types of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; at times, dolphins and migrating whales can be observed. Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and are excellent for snorkeling. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. Manuel Antonio offers some fabulous hikes with spectacular views. The park is easy to reach and is near a good selection of hotels and restaurants.

The tour includes private drivers who will give you a personalized trip to Manuel Antonio with stops along the way such as El Avion, an airplane converted into a restaurant and bar that was famous for its role in the US Iran Contra Scandal in Nicaragua. Far more appealing than a loud, crowded tour bus, these drivers have comfortable, spacious vans and act as your personal tour guide. Travel at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Montezuma Tour Via Water Taxi

A drive to the quaint seaside town of Montezuma will take several hours, but only 1.5 hours by boat. Montezuma has several craft venders, beautiful beaches and lazy restaurants. Return the same day or let us book you for an overnight oasis in a seaside bungalow listening to the crashing waves, enjoying a gourmet, Costa Rican meal and simply relaxing in your own hammock. Boats depart daily from the center of Montezuma a 9:30am for the one-hour ride across to the mainland. Departures leave from Herradura beach, just north of Jaco, at 10:45am for the return trip to Montezuma. You’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, Manta Rays and other marine wildlife. It’s the fastest and most exciting way to travel.

Location: Herradura Beach & Montezuma
Departure Time: 9:30 am from Montezuma to Jaco
10:45 am from Jaco to Montezuma
Duration: 50 minutes
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 1 person
Cost/Person: $50 per adult, per way (11+ years old)
$30 per kid, per way (4-10 years old)
Kids age 0-3 are free
What To Bring: Comfortable clothes, camera, sun block, and a ziplock bag to keep your camera dry
Highlights: Opportunities to see dolphins, whales, Manta Rays, and other marine wildlife

*Taxi Boat VIP Service: $450 per way, from 1-6 people. Extra person after 6 clients, $30 TamborBeach.
*Surf boards have an extra charge of $10 each; bicycles have an extra charge of $30 each

Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

This Sea Kayak and Snorkeling tour is serious fun. The scenery is spectacular, the equipment is top notch and easy to paddle. Snorkeling (when conditions permit) is done from the beach so people also have the option of monkey watching or beachcombing. The tour is a half day affair with departures from Playa Agujas. Transportation is available from Jaco and all the surrounding beaches.

Location: Playa Agujas
Departure Time: 8:05 am and 2:05 pm
Duration: 4 hours (including transportation from Jaco and tour)
Available Days: Daily
Minimum # of Persons: 2 people
Cost/Person: $70/person with transportation
What To Bring: Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, hat, sun screen, change of clothes, and camera
Distance from Jaco: 17 minutes
Highlights: Beautiful paddling conditions, the nicest beaches on the Central Pacific
Coast, swimming, nature hikes and waterfalls, and snorkeling when conditions permit
Includes: Expert guides, bottled water, fresh fruit buffet, and drink after the tour. Shower and changing rooms.

Sailing Tour / Sunset Cruise

Looking for a relaxing sunset cruise? Or how about a day out on the water to sunbathe and swim? Well, then this private sailing tour is for you! Ashuma is comfortable, spacious, fast, well equipped and all yours. Ashuma has a big cockpit with room for 8 and trampolines for lounging with lots more space. Ashuma charters by the hour with a 2-hour minimum. Soft drinks, beer and wine are included, as well as snorkeling equipment and trolling for big fish. Upon Ashuma you will have the opportunity to whale and dolphin watch, as well as view gorgeous sunsets and scenery. More snacks are included as the time of your tour extends.

Location: HerraduraBeach
Departure Time: Flexible
Duration: Rents by the hour
Available Days: Daily
Maximum # of Persons: 6 people
Cost: $90/ hour for 1-4 people, $105/hour for 5-6 people
What To Bring: Swimsuit, towel, sun screen, sandals/flip flops
Distance from Jaco: 7 minutes
Highlights: Whale and dolphin watching, gorgeous sunsets and scenery
Includes: Soft drinks, beer, wine, snorkeling equipment, and trolling for big fish; more snacks are included as the time of your tour extends

*You may get wet on this tour, so wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet
*Cash Only

Diving Tours

Diving on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica can be simply described as spectacular. This diving experience explores several sites around the small island of Caño. Protected as a biological reserve by the Costa Rican Government, the water surrounding the island is extremely pristine and teeming with life. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, Caño Island offers some of the most exciting diving anywhere in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. Schools of mobula rays (devil rays), turtles, and white tip reef sharks can be seen on many dives. On almost every dive, the large schools of fish swimming around and overhead can be breathtaking. Although not as common, the elusive whale shark and the giant bull shark are often spotted in the area. Water visibility is good and can range from 45-90 feet. Temperatures hover in the upper seventies to low eighties throughout the year and provide for an exquisite diving experience.

The dive center is a certified pure air station and carries only well serviced, name brand equipment from Sherwood and O’Neill. PADI instructors teach courses ranging from basic open water to dive master and can conduct many specialty courses of interest.

For information regarding scheduling diving tours please contact Us.

Sport Fishing Charters

Costa Rica has some of the best sport fishing in the world and we have a variety fishing charters to fit your budget. If you are into fishing, then fishing Costa Rica’s waters is a must! The ocean off Jaco and its surrounding areas are known for incredible deep sea and inshore fishing. Many of the waters are uncharted and full of Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, and more! Book your Costa Rican fishing charter today!

Boat: 32’ Custom Carolina Express
Location: Los Suenos Resort and Marina – Herradura Bay
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Duration: Full (ends 3:30 pm) or half day (ends 12:30 pm)
Available Days: Daily
Maximum # of Persons: 4 people
Cost: Half Day – $950 Full Day – $1,200
What To Bring: Camera and sunscreen
Distance from Jaco: 10 minutes
Includes: Snacks, lunch, beer, soda, water, all bait, tackle, and gear

Boat: 28’ Carolina Classic powered by twin 315 h.p.Cummins diesel inboard, full electronics, Penn and Shimano rods and reels, live well, tuna tubes, life raft and safety epirb Coast Guard beacon.
Location: Los Suenos Resort and Marina – Herradura Bay
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Duration: Full (ends 3:30 pm) or half day (ends 12:30 pm)
Available Days: Daily
Maximum # of Persons: 4 people, 5th person can go for an extra $100
Cost: Half Day – $900 Full Day – $1,200
What To Bring: Sunscreen, Dramamine pills (if get sea sick), rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, and camera
Distance from Jaco: 4 miles
Includes: Drinks, beer, ice, lunch, fruit, bait, all equipment offshore, inshore, bottom and fly fishing

Boat: 24′ Ponga
Location: Playa Herradura Bay
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Duration: Full (ends 4:00 pm) or half day (ends 12:00 pm)
Available Days: Daily
Maximum # of Persons: 4 people
Cost: Half Day – $450 Full Day – $650
What To Bring: Sunscreen and camera
Distance from Jaco: 10 minutes
Includes: Beer, soft drinks, sandwiches, water, fruits, live bait, fish equipment

Note – other boat options are available upon request including boats for larger groups. Captains will fish for the type of fish you request