Welcome to Central Pacific Coast

With so much biodiversity packed into a small geographic area, it’s no wonder the region is often thought of as Costa Rica in miniature. Given its close proximity to San José, and its well-developed system of paved roads, this part of the country is a favorite weekend getaway for domestic and international travelers.

While threats of unregulated growth are real, particularly with a new $3.5 billion international airport approved for construction in Orotina, it’s also important to see the bigger picture: namely the stunning nature that first put the central Pacific coast on the map.

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$98.99 Outdoor Activities

Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour at Adventure Park Costa Rica

When you arrive at Adventure Park Costa Rica, one of the country’s most extensive canopy parks with a variety of treetops experiences, meet your expert guides, who will provide tips on getting the most out of this unforgettable experience that combines energy-charged adventure and stupendous Costa Rican views.Taking you high above Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy, your five-hour zipline tour packs in 25 cables, 11 waterfalls, two rappelling mountaineering maneuvers and a swing over a hanging bridge, plus the opportunity to swim in a mountain pool. Let your adrenaline flow as you rappel more than 180 feet (56 meters) next to a waterfall. Water is provided during the zipline tour, and you’ll enjoy your included lunch at the park’s Tucan restaurant afterward.Bring your bathing suit and a head for heights!Note: You must be physically fit to do this tour, and wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.

$139 Day Trips & Excursions

Tortuga Island Tour from Jaco

Fortified with a hot breakfast you will enjoy the included snorkeling tour in the crystalline clear turquoise waters Tortuga Island is famous for. Dine in casual elegance under giant parachutes enjoying a 4- course exceptional lunch while listening to the soft sounds of the marimba - the instrument of Costa Rica - playing softly as you eat.Enjoy the Banana Boat, play volleyball or take a nap in a hammock after lunch.This is the only tour with a certified sustainable rating CST that will take you to Tortuga Island and also includes a Tour of Discovery through the islands in the afternoon as you watch the setting sun.

$109 Shore Excursions

6-in-1 Combo Tour: Puntarenas Highlights

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Catedral de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Province of PuntarenasDuring City Tour we visit the Cathedral of PuntarenasStop At: Tarcoles Bridge, Tarcoles, Tarcoles District, Garabito Municipality, Province of PuntarenasOn this tour you will be able to enjoy a boat tour in the Tarcoles River for enjoy the huge crocodilesDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Carara National Park, Carara, Province of San JoseWe will enjoy the rainforest and hanging bridges in Villa Lapas Private ReserveDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$195 Day Trips & Excursions

Jaco Jungle Full Day Adventure Pass Including Lunch

You are picked up from your hotel for the short ride to the 850 acre private river valley. A professional guide will greet you and saddle you up on a Costa Rican stepping horse and you will ride for the next 1.5 hours past giant trees, monkeys and macaws. Arriving at the waterfall you dismount and gear up with safety harnesses at the jungle classroom for a lesson on rappelling and zipline. A short walk up the trail to the top of El Encanto where English-speaking guides tether you to the rappel line and you lean back into the tropical waterfall. You drop down 180 feet through pools and shear drops to a cheering crowd below. Next, a short hike to the first canopy zipline platform you are hooked in and fly through 8 stations with over 2000 feet of cable. You finish at the Rancho, where and authentic Costa Rican lunch is served. Lastly, an afternoon ATV ride through the river and streams to the top of the valley and back makes this the ultimate Adventure Tour.

$79 Day Trips & Excursions

Jaco Rainforest Aerial Tram and Zipline Tour with Admission

After hotel pickup in Jaco, take a short drive through a pastoral landscape of egrets and grazing cattle and arrive at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific, an ecotourism reserve located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Full of wildlife, this private nature sanctuary spans 222 acres (90 hectares) and includes the transitional zone between the drier climate of the northwest and the more humid climate of the southern coast.Your 1-hour aerial tram ride takes you into this transitional rainforest. Step into an open-air gondola with a canvas awning, which lifts you from the forest floor to 130 feet (40 meters) into the sky. Glide peacefully over a rugged valley and admire panoramic views of the Pacific, waterfalls and giant tropical trees. Your guide points out the various ecosystems thriving on all levels of the tropical forest, from the ground up into the canopy. During your quiet ride, your might spot or hear white-faced monkeys and toucans, or glimpse the flutter of hummingbirds and blue morphos.Disembark up in the mountains and then fly back down on ziplines! After a safety briefing, don a helmet and gloves. Clip on, jump off and zoom into the rainforest on 10 cables and 15 platforms, soaring along ziplines over 656 feet (200 meters) long. After your speedy descent, unwind by taking a pleasant 45-minute stroll on a natural trail led by a guide. Then meander through the reserve’s heliconias gallery, medicinal garden and serpentarium featuring 20 species of snakes and reptiles. Your quest for nature and adventure over, enjoy transport back to your Jaco hotel.Note: Click on the 'View additional info' below to ensure your hotel is included in the pickup and drop-off zone.

$95 Shore Excursions

Rainforest Skywalk and Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Catedral de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Province of PuntarenasPuntarenas City Tour