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.

$120 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.

$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.

$109 Shore Excursions

6-in-1 Combo Tour: Puntarenas Highlights

The best tour you can take during your visit to Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Come with us and enjoy our exclusive and unique tour with a professional naturalist tour guide, who will explain you the most important aspects of the Central Pacific Coast and will show you the rich wildlife of this fascinating region. This tour includes: A Rainforest Nature Walk, A Boat tour for admire the huge crocodiles at Tarcoles River, A Puntarenas City Tour, Country Drive and Sightseeing, Shopping Stop, Search for Monkeys & Scarlet Macaws.Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a relaxing drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation for up to 20 passengers due we operate small groups in order to provide a professional and personalized service. Your guide will point out many sights of interest including mango, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands and rural farming communities.You will be heading to Carara Adventure Park & Reserve, about 1-hour drive from the pier. Upon arrival to our beautiful property, you will have some free time for use restrooms and explore the surroundings before to begging the rainforest nature walk. The reserve privileged location, along the border between the Tropical and Dry Pacific eco-systems, gives us the benefit of gathering hundreds of species of birds as well as exotic animals (poison dart frog, monkeys, raccoons, lizards, Deer’s and many more). The nature walk last about one hour along easy Grava trails and small bridges.After your rainforest experience, enjoy complementary tropical fresh fruits and Ice Tea before to continue our journey to Tarcoles River. Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire during our one-hour boat ride. Besides crocodiles, many aquatic bird species, monkeys & scarlet macaws are easy to see.Continuing our tour, you will visit El Jardin Souvenir Store & Restaurant. This is a beautiful souvenir’s store and Art Gallery with excellent products. At this place, free time is allowed for shopping and has lunch at the restaurant, where delicious typical and international dishes are offered for an excellent price. You can taste the typical dish of Costa Rica, “El Casado” a plate that combine rice, beans, vegetables, fried plantain and a meat of your selection (chicken, steak, fish) for an affordable price of $10. (Lunch is not included in the tour’s rate).Returning to the pier, before the drop off, you will enjoy a Puntarenas City 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

The tour begins at port where you hop on a luxury air-conditioned motor coach for a one-hour drive along scenic roads, passing quaint villages on your way to Carara Adventure Park & Reserve. Experience the raw power of the rainforest through our Rainforest walking tour. Of 1 mile in length, this all-ages tour lets you observe a wide array of exotic flora and wildlife firsthand. Make yourself one with the jungle! Carara privileged location, along the border between the Tropical and Dry Pacific eco-systems, gives us the benefit of gathering hundreds of species of birds as well as exotic animals (poison dart frog, monkeys, raccoons, lizards, Deer’s, scarlet macaws and many more.After enjoy a sample of a tropical ecosystem, enjoy complementary tropical fresh fruits and Ice Tea before to continue our journey to Tarcoles River. Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles River is home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild and they are very easy to admire during our one-hour boat tour. Besides crocodiles, many aquatic bird species, monkeys & scarlet macaws are easy to see.After the tour, return to the pier. Upon arrival, you can decide to stay in the city or make your way back directly to the ship. For all those interested in walking along the boulevards, the pier is located right at the city at a very short distance from your ship. So, no worries for an easy return.