Located just ninety minutes away from the capital of San José, Playa Jacó is Costa Rica’s closest beach town featuring all sorts of activities, dining, and great nightlight. Just five minutes north of Playa Jaco you’ll find the famous Los Sueños Resort and Marina, an amazing property that offers high end private condos, an 18-hole golf course, a laundry list of amenities, fine dining and most importantly, some of the best sport fishing in Central America.
Since Jacó is one of the most visited beaches in Costa Rica, you can find lots of different activities to enjoy. The Los Suenos Resort and the surrounding area has so much more to offer than just sport fishing, so below is a list of our top activities in the area:
Los Sueños Marina is the standard of excellence in Costa Rica and is arguably the nicest marina in the region. The 201 slip marina features state of the art fuel services, dry storage, a full time staff, and a quaint marina village featuring boutique shops, six restaurants and bars, and even a grocery store. Most importantly, Los Suenos is home to some the best boats in Central America. With the combination of first class luxury, world class fishing, and a top rate sport fishing fleet it is little wonder that they host one of the biggest billfish tournaments of the year, the vaunted Los Suenos Triple Crown.
Head just 20-30 miles offshore to enjoy world class sport fishing for black and blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, yellow-fin tuna, and wahoo. Double digit sailfish days are common in the peak season and overnight trips for incredible marlin numbers are growing in popularity. If offshore trolling isn’t your thing spend a day bottom fishing for grouper and snapper or hunt the mighty roosterfish.
Includes: All fishing gear & tackle, gas, bait, drinks (beer/water/soda), snacks, and lunch.
What to bring: shoes that can get wet/sandals, sun lotion, sunglasses, hat, camera, cash to tip your crew.
If sport fishing isn’t the signature tour of Costa Rica then certainly the canopy zip-line tour is. Canopy Vista is located just outside of Los Sueños Marina and features exciting adventures and a nice scenic ride overlooking the Pacific Coast. Within the property you’ll have the opportunity to view scarlet macaws, toucans, and monkeys all the while enjoying spectacular views of Herradura Bay and the Gulf of Nicoya. You’ll be transported to the top of the mountain where your bilingual guides will explain all the safety procedures and equipment needed for the tour. Once you are ready you’ll make your way back down to sea level via a series of 12 zip lines and 14 platforms. In total you’ll cover a distance of 3.5 kilometers, including the longest cable in the area (2,400 ft.).
What To Bring: Light clothes, sunscreen, tennis shoes or strap-on sandals, sunglasses. You can bring a GoPro or smart phone if you like but we don’t recommend you bring your own camera as professional photography will be included with the tour.
Includes: Transportation, 12 cables, 14 platforms, bilingual guides, safety equipment, insurance, fruits, water and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Before the Los Suenos Resort was built the main attraction to Playa Jaco was it’s incredible surfing. Playa Jacó is one of the most popular surfing destinations in Costa Rica for both beginners and skilled surfers. The surfing here and at the neighboring beaches is so good that the area has hosted many world wide championships over the years. The beach break at Playa Jaco features both left and right hand waves at varying sizes for different skill levels.
Your guides will pick you up at your hotel and will take you to a calm spot on the beach where you will receive an hour of intense training on how to paddle out, stand up, and ride a wave. They’ll take you out into the small waves as you learn to find your balance, then you’ll progress at your own speed. Learning how to surf in warm Costa Rican water couldn’t be easier!
Includes: Bilingual instructor, transportation, surf board, rash guard, and surf lessons.
What to Bring: Swimsuit, sunscreen, and extra money for drinks and tips
Manuel Antonio National Park
One of the benefits of staying in the Los Suenos/Jaco area is that it is centrally located to both the SJO Airport and many other attractions along the Central Pacific Coast. Once if these is certainly the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, which is located just one hour south. Formed in 1972, this is now the most visited national park in Costa Rica. The park offers it’s visitors well walking trails, bathroom facilities, incredible wildlife and some of the most pristine beaches in the country.
Your tour will pick you up early in the morning and transport you down to the Manuel Antonio National Park where you will meet up with your bilingual nature guide. You’ll enter the park where your guide will help you spot hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles in the park – including the popular white-faced capuchin monkey, sloths, and iguanas. You can also climb the Cathedral Point that juts out into the Pacific Ocean where you will have stunning 270 degree views of the Pacific Coast and surrounding rain forest. After the hiking and wildlife viewing relax and unwind at one of the secluded beaches and we’ll sure you’ll see why Forbes ranked it as one of the ‘top 12 national parks in the world.’
Includes: Transportation from Jaco/Los Sueños, bilingual and certified naturalists guides, entrance fee, fruits and juice.
What to Bring: Water, walking shoes, camera, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars while you hike in the park, and bring your bathing suit and towel for a relaxing beach time during the tour.
Carara National Park
If you love nature but don’t want to travel down to Manuel Antonio to see it fear not, the beautiful Carara National Park is just minutes away from the Los Suenos Resort. Carara National Park is a unique in that starts the transitional zone between Costa Rica’s rain forests and the dry forests found along the coast. The 11,600 acre national park was formed in 1979 and is now one of Costa Rica’s most popular parks due to it’s convenient location between San Jose and the major ports and marinas along the Central Pacific Coast. It’s surrounded by countless rivers, the largest being famous Rio Tarcoles.
White-faced capuchin, howler, and spider monkeys as well as the two-toed sloth can be found in park – not to mention hundreds of species of birds. Perhaps the two most popular residents of the park are the beautiful scarlet macaws you’ll surely see flying overhead as well as the numerous crocodiles and caiman that inhabit the rivers.
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides, park admission.
What to bring: Camera, hat, sun lotion, walking shoes, repellent, binoculars.
Tortuga Island Tour
Enjoy a day on Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean as you visit an island most visitors never see. Featuring a 90 minute catamaran ride which is relaxing and scenic in it’s own right, Tortuga Island is one of the most picturesque spots in Costa Rica. Isla Tortuga is blessed with white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise waters where you can swim, kayak, jet ski or snorkel!
You’ll be picked up early in the morning and taken to the Caldera Port where you’ll enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast. You’ll then board your 71′ catamaran, the Manta Raya, where you’ll enjoy a scenic 90 minute ride into the Pacific Ocean. On the boat you’ll enjoy drinks, a DJ, two small plunge pools to stay cool, and netted seats near the bow. Once you arrive at the island you’ll enjoy a gorgeous white wand beach complete with volleyball and beach chairs. Enjoy a relaxing swim, go for a ride on the banana boat, or go snorkeling. You’ll enjoy a delicious fresh lunch under the palm trees then head back to the boat to be home for dinner.
Includes: Transportation, breakfast, lunch, drinks (fruit drinks, sodas, rum drinks), snorkeling, banana boat, beach chairs, DJ.
What To Bring: Comfortable clothes, swimsuit, sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses, and cash for beer, tips or renting a jet ski!
Horse Back Riding
Horseback riding is one of the best ways to discover the wonders of the rainforest. Enjoy a relaxing day on an exclusive 80-acre property where you will visit local farms, dense rain forest, and have the chance to see incredible wildlife like monkeys, scarlet macaws, and sloths. Best of all, after the horseback ride put on your bathing suit and take a dip in a refreshing private waterfall.
What To Bring: Light clothes, sunscreen, tennis shoes or strap-on sandals, swimsuit.
Includes: Bilingual guides, safety equipment, insurance, fruits, water and well kept horses
This is a thrilling adventure that is suitable for all adult members of your family, and is a great way to get to explore Jacó and the surrounding mountains. You will get picked up at your hotel in the morning and will be given a quick training on how to operate the ATV. After this quick class your journey will begin driving through the local beach town of Jacó which is a great way to check out the shops, restaurants and bars you may want to visit throughout the week. Next you’ll head into the mountains and trails through the rainforest as you enjoy a five mile ride alongside Jaco’s coastline
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, safety equipment, ATV.
What to bring: Secure shoes, camera/Go Pro, bug spray, sunscreen, glasses, and clothes you can get dirty in.