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.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the world’s premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick “carpets” of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is endemic to these habitats. In addition to forest hikes, visitors can enjoy many other area attractions including horseback riding; dining in numerous restaurants; live frog and butterfly exhibits; bird watching; crafts and gift shopping; “zip line” tours and bridge walks in forest canopies; a visit to a native orchid garden and more.