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HERRADURA BEACH TO SAN JOSE
Collective Shuttle: (Herradura to San Jose) The collective shuttle departs three times a day: departing: 10:20am arriving: 12:45pm departing: 01:50pm arriving: 02:35pm departing: 03:05pm arriving: 05:25pm Pick up available from the main hotels in Herradura. The collective shuttle is rated in $35 per person, per way.
Private Shuttle: (Herradura to San Jose) This is a private door to door service with your own driver and own vehicle. Pick up would be directly at your location in Jaco and at the time of your election and drop off would be your at destination in the San Jose area. The total rate for this service is $150 (per way, from 1 to 4 guests and $25 the extra guest after 4) Includes: Your own private driver, own private minibus or large SUV
Rates between 6pm and 6am (overnight service) The total rate for this service is $200 (per way, from 1 to 4 guests and $25 the extra guest after 4)
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* Thanks for contacting us. Please send us all your questions and comments, we would be more than happy to assist you. * Regular Shuttles: All rates per person, per way and when using the ferry also includes all ferry fees. * Private Shuttles: All rates from 1 to 4 passengers, per way. $25 per the extra passenger after 4 pax. (When using the ferry all ferry fees included as well) ***** Please contact us to double check rates, departures and arrivals times since that can change at the time due road conditions, weather and ferry schedules. (Low Season Rates and Times change, please contact us) Email:
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Jacó (pronounced ha-ko, not ja-ko and never ya-ko) has a special place in the hearts of Ticos as it is the quickest ocean-side escape for landlocked denizens of the Central Valley. Many joséfinos recall fondly the days when weekend shuttle buses would pick up beach-seekers in the city center and whisk them away to the undeveloped Pacific paradise of Jacó. With warm water, year-round consistent surf, world-class fishing and a relaxed, beachside setting, it was hard to believe that a place this magical was only a short bus ride away from San José. The secret got out in the early 1990s when Canadians on package tours started flooding Jacó, though for the most part tourism remained pretty low key. Things picked up a bit in the late 1990s when surfers and anglers from North America and Europe started visiting Costa Rica en masse, though Jacó remained the dominion of Central Valley Ticos looking for a little fun and sun. And then, something happened that was completely beyond anyone’s control – Baby Boomers started getting old.
In only a few years time, Jacó became the most rapidly developing town (some would argue city) in all of Costa Rica due to the constant stream of Western retirees looking for their own little slice of beachside paradise.
Plots of land were sub-divided, beachfronts were cleared, hillsides were leveled and almost overnight Jacó became the exclusive enclave of moneyed ex-pats. Ticos were happy that development brought coveted Western institutions like paved roads and fast-food restaurants, but suddenly the majority of residents in Jacó were pronouncing the beach’s name without the soft ‘j’.
And then, the problems started. Costa Rica’s carefree attitude towards drugs meant that Dick and Jane could buy a little reefer on the street and relive their misspent youth. Jack’s wife left him three years ago, but since prostitution is decriminalized in Costa Rica, his pension checks made him the most popular guy at the bar. It all started out as fun and games, but when the drugs got harder and the women younger, people started to worry.
Not surprisingly, most people in Costa Rica will tell you that you shouldn’t go to Jacó, though this is certainly unwarranted as the majority of people who stay there enjoy themselves thoroughly. The beach is also the party destination on the central Pacific coast and attracts a slew of sportfishing enthusiasts, surfers, spring-breakers, cruise-shippers (who disembark in Puntarenas) and package-holiday makers who all come to paint the town red at night and pass out on the beach during the day. The surf is also a killer, and on most days of the year you’re guaranteed consistent swells that are dreamy if you’re a beginner or intermediate surfer. But, if you’re looking for an authentic Costa Rican beach scene, it’s probably better to head to the beaches further south or west to Nicoya.
Jacó is expensive and during the high season it’s jam-packed with tourists, so reservations are recommended, especially around the winter holidays.
Playa Jaco is the closest beach to San Jose, the Central Valley and is one of the most visited coastal destinations in Costa Rica. The beach is a 2.5 mile (4 km) strip which offers world renowned surfing and more. Much like Costa Rica's metropolitan areas, Jaco's offers most services, such as a post office, health center and branches of major banks. Furthermore, there are an abundance of surf shops, hotels and restaurants affordable for the budget travelers as well as those wishing to live a bit more luxuriously.
Activities include surfing, swimming, deep sea fishing, ATV tours, bicycle rentals, horseback excursions, crocodile safari, national parks and reserves, boat and kayak excursions, white-water rafting, canopy tours and popular night life. With all there is to offer it is no wonder Jaco is as popular as ever.
In the surrounding areas, Playa Herradura, just 4.4 miles (7 km) north, provides a more tranquil environment than Playa de Jaco. Also, just south of Jaco is Playa Hermosa, a quieter 6 mile (10 km) section of black sand beach loved by beach goers and surfers alike. This is where the International Quicksilver Championships are held every year in August. The Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Playa Hermosa) is the beach of choice for the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come ashore to nest every year. If a hotel with an undisturbed location is what you desire, these surrounding beach towns are recommended.
The Carara Biological Reserve (Reserva Biologica Carara) is located just 9.3 miles (15 km) north of Jaco. With several miles of trails open to visitors (some only with a tour group), it is a great place to view much of Costa Rica's wildlife. Early morning or around sunset is often the best time to see the wealth of scarlet macaws that rest among the mangroves. It is also possible to see caiman, white-faced monkeys, peccaries, coatimundis and a wide variety of birds. The park opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm. The entrance fee is $6.
The Tarcoles River (RioTarcoles), which borders the park and flows into the Pacific Ocean, is an amazing place to witness the American crocodile close up. Boat tours are available to see the crocodiles, many of which grow to be several meters in length! At the mouth of the Tarcoles, the Guacalillo mangrove plays a vital role for the survival of many species of wildlife that may be viewed here.
Manuel Antonio National Park is within driving distance of Jaco as it sits majestically, 43 miles (69 km) to the south. Punta Leona Wildlife Refuge (Refugio de Punta Leona) is another place visitors have a good chance of seeing wildlife, which is located along the drive north from Jaco towards the town of Tarcoles.
There are, however, concerns in Jaco about drugs, crime and prostitution. Being aware of your surroundings and using common sense should help you to avoid any undesirable situations.
Club del Cielo
Club del Cielo is located on the south end of Jaco beach in northern Puntarenas province. Jaco, which lies along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, has fantastic surf and a hopping nightlife, and is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country.
Club del Mar Hotel
Nestled in the cove of Jaco Beach, Hotel Club del Mar is located on the Central Pacific coast, just two hours from San Jose. Jaco, once known as a small fishing village, has now become a lively town and tourist destination, especially amongst surfers. Here you can find all the necessities and luxuries of a city yet also find yourself amidst tranquility and peace.
Club del Sol
Hotel Club del Sol is located on the south end of Jaco beach, five minutes from the bustling town center. Jaco is full of wonderful restaurants, shops, cafes, and lively night life. With easy access to the beach to catch a few waves or another gorgeous sunset, Club del Sol, with a mountainous rainforest backdrop, will make your stay a virtual paradise.
Vista Mar Luxury Vacation Condos
The Vista Mar Luxury Condos are located along a central stretch of Jacs famed beach. Guests of Vista Mar will enjoy unbeatable oceanfront views and superb levels of indoor and outdoor comfort. Whats more, these condos are connected to a four-star boutique hotel, which allows guests the use of a swimming pool, restaurant, spa, and casino.
Hotel Blue Palm
Centrally located in the happening beach town of Jaco, the Blue Palm offers affordable accommodations for those seeking to explore Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast. Two hours from San Jose, the town of Jaco is the closest beach town to Costa Rica's capital city. In the Jaco area you will find fantastic surf, a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as exciting adventure tours.
Canciones del Mar Hotel
The quaint and distinctive hotel, Canciones del Mar is situated in the Central Pacific Zone of Costa Rica in the former fishing village of Jaco. This beachfront hotel sits on a fine volcanic sand beach and amidst lush tropical gardens. Beside the hotel property is a small lagoon and river which abounds in wild life. The hotel is a few minute walk up a rustic laneway to the many and varied shops and restaurants of Jaco.
Hotel Villa Lapas
Hotel Villa Lapas is an eco-resort, all-inclusive hotel located in the Pacific rainforest of Costa Rica near the bustling town of Jaco. Our close proximity to the Carara National Reserve, the Trcoles river and our own private reserve allows us the singular luxury of offering you the unique comparison of two different ecosystems and two different climates.
The bustling and popular beach town of Jaco, located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to the Hotel Amapola. The hotel is a few minutes away from the renowned Carara Biological Reserve and the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Visitors will find the Amapola Hotel in the midst of lush vegetation and exotic tropical fauna.
Cocal and Casino Hotel
The beachfront Cocal and Casino Hotel is situated on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the happening town of Jaco. The ideal location of the hotel allows for endless beach time and sunset strolls just outside its doors. The Shops and restaurants of the bustling village of Jaco are all within a 5 minute stroll! Here you'll delight in the endless sunshine, fiery sunsets and gorgeous coast line sure to leave you with life long memories.
Mar de Luz Garden Suites
Hotel Mar de Luz lies on the Central Pacific Coast in the town of Jacó. The town is easily reached from San José and the Central Valley, making Playa de Jacó one of the country’s most popular beach destinations. Here visitors will find world-class surfing, a wide selection of small shops and restaurants, and an active nightlife.
Pochote Grande Hotel
Hotel Pochote Grande is situated in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, in the popular beach town of Jaco. The town is stretched out along the beach to the south and the center is a 15 minute stroll away. At Jaco Beach you will find small, typical restaurants, fruit stands, mini-marts, souvenir stores, a pharmacy and two banks. In the evening, the town livens up so visitors can enjoy the local bars and discos. Conveniently located, visitors can reach a number of picturesque beaches along the same coast, heading in either direction from town.
The Aparthotel Girasol is situated on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the bustling community of Jaco. This popular tourist destination provides a host of amenities such as restaurants, great nightlife, shops, supermarkets, banks, spas and more. The hotel is directly on the beach and conveniently located within walking distance to the center of town.
Morgans Cove Resort and Hard Rock Casino
Morgans Cove Resort & Hard Rock Casino is settled along the Pacific coast in Jac, a lively town in Costa Ricas Central Valley. Jac is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, stellar surfing, and abundant traveler services.