Jaco is a surf town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas province. Despite its small size, Jaco is among the country’s most popular beach spots – thanks mainly to its close proximity to the capital San Jose.
Its highlights are definitely its constant waves and vibrant nightlife. But Jaco boasts of a number of beaches. Some of them are calm enough for swimming, rafting, and kayaking. Day trips to the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park (1 hour south) and Bijagual Waterfalls (1 hour north) are also very popular!
The best way to travel the 50km distance from Montezuma to Jaco is via a combined taxi boat and shuttle. This takes 1.5 hours. Rates start from $40 (28000 CRC).
When travelling from Montezuma to Jaco, you’ll first have to take a 1-hour taxi boat to Playa Herradura. And then, a shuttle will take you 10km south to Jaco.
The opening of this more direct route made it easier and faster for tourists to travel between these two popular destinations. Years ago, you would have had to travel the winding road up north to Paquera, board a slow car ferry, and then travel by land again going to Jaco. This would have taken 3 to 4 hours!
There are 2 companies offering combined taxi boat and shuttle rides from Montezuma to Jaco. These are Zuma Tours and Tropical Tours Shuttles. Both are trusted companies so you can simply choose which one suits you best.
Are you going back to Montezuma after visiting Jaco? If yes, then you might want to book a roundtrip ticket to save a bit. This costs $80 (55000 CRC) with Zuma Tours.
Both companies depart from Montezuma’s main beach at 08:30 in the morning. You will take a taxi boat to Playa Herradura for about an hour. From here, you will then transfer to a shuttle van that will take you to the town of Jaco in around 30 minutes.
As there are limited trips, we highly recommend booking your ticket days ahead. You can do this online via their respective websites.
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