Jacó Beach  is the closest beach to San Jose, just 1.5 hour drive away. It  has long been a popular Pacific Beac h vacation spot for Costa Ricans. The warm tropical waters off the broad sandy beach are well known among surfers, while the surrounding region offers visitors magnificent rainforests and a variety of tropical wildlife . Carara National Park, the Tarcoles River Boat trips, waterfalls, mangrove forests, scenic rocky coastlines and large populations of wild, free flying scarlet macaws are just some of the area attractions.