There is a beach right before Jaco...there are a few rentals out there and great surf. I believe it's called Hermosa. We rented some bikes in Jaco and hung out in Hermosa..it's stunning! Does not have all the tourists of Jaco, just beach and nice people.
Sounds like it's scary, huh? Well to my surprise it was safe, simple, non taxing and fun!
When you arrive, they fit you out in a harness and helmet. They explain the procedures and safety requirements. From there, it is off to the gondola for a lift to the top of the mountain. All of the way you are accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide who usually has a degree in eco-tourism. Our guide was able to explain in English all of the flora and fauna we were seeing on our ride to the top.
At the top of the gondola, you take a short walk to the first slide, one of the shorter ones. The guides connect you to the slide, you relax and hang on! You go down the slide wire at a reasonable pace, a little fast, but not outrageous. At the other end, there is a device that slows you down for a smooth landing. There is no need to worry about slamming into a tree.
In 13 more slides, the longest being 1050 ft, you are at the bottom wishing you were back at the top.
Our tour included a delicious lunch of local favorites, shopping time in the little souvenir stand, and a tour of the gardens and snake zoo, where they have one of every poisonous local snake on display.
For those who just can't get up the courage to ride the slides, you can just go on the gondola ride.
Awesome surfing. Although we only had one really good day the beaches were great. The miscellaneous rain throughout the day was so refreshing and smelled great. It was neat to see black sand and beautiful water. We stayed just outside of Jaco and drank milkshakes at the local restaurant and made a lot of friends.
Zip-Line Canopy Tour
The Zip Line Canopy tour is the most popular “Must Do” tour when visiting Costa Rica. You’ll safely glide high under the Rainforest Canopy treetops, down a series of 13 Zip Line cables and 15 Landing platforms, enjoying spectacular views of the Jungle canopy below and the Pacific Coast line.
The Vista Los Suenos canopy tour located in Herradura, just 10 minutes from the Los Suenos Marriott and Resort, and 10 minutes from Jaco Beach, offers the region’s most professional, safest, and highest quality canopy tour experiences.
Canopy tours run daily and start at 8:00am -10:00am -1:00pm -3:00pm.
Cost of Tour:
$60.00 per person without transportation. $65.00 per person with round Trip transportation. (Adults and children pay the same)
You can get exclusive discounted rates on the canopy tour and pay less, through email at email@example.com or by calling Toll Free from the USA 1-877-446-0653
Pick up and return transportation to and from your hotel/condo/rental home to the tour is easily arranged. Pick up times are 30 minutes prior to tour start time that you choose.
What to Wear:
Shorts, T-shirts, Sneakers or Sandals with heel supports (Teva or Keene style) No flip flops.
Hats are not necessary as you will be wearing a light safety helmet. Sunglasses are also not needed as you are under the treetops and shaded the entire time.
Length of Tour:
It takes between 1.5 to 2hrs from start to finish
Children from age 4 and up can safely participate. Ages 4-7 go tandem with a guide.
Advance reservation are strongly suggested, especially for weekend days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Reservations can be made in advance through firstname.lastname@example.org
You can bring a small camera and clip it to your harness, however large cameras and large camcorders are not suggested. There will also be a professional photographer on the tour with you who takes great pictures of your group throughout the tour. At the end of the tour a nice photo CD of your group is available to purchase.
Arranging an airport meet & greet and private transfer service in a nice new model van/bus, is the safest, easiest, and best way to get from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO), to the Jaco Beach and Los Suenos Marriott and Marina area.
A good option for arraning airport transfer service is through the folks at email@example.com or Toll Free from the USA
at 1-877-446-0653 as they offer nice vans, bi-lingual drivers, and good rates.
It is always better to take transfer service from the airport as opposed to renting a car in San Jose and driving yourself to the Jaco Beach / Los Suenos area as the roads leadingt there are not well marked and getting is easy to do and can be stressful to those that dont speak Spanish.
If you wish to rent a car once you arrive in the area, you can easily do so however Taxis are abundant, cheap, and easily accessed 24/7 to take you anywhere.
We love Jaco beach early in the morning for a beach walk . It's hard packed and very long...it helps work off all that beer!!