The city of Jacó has a large beach for enjoying sea and sun. Its proximity to San José makes it one of the most popular beaches in the country, visited by both Costa Ricans and foreigners.

Shaped in a pleasant curve, its four-kilometer-long beach is bordered by hills at either end. Swimming with caution, due to strong currents, and surfing are the favorite activities here. Visitors can walk or ride horses along the beach, rent mountain bikes or scooters, or take a turn around a go-cart track. Boat travel is possible from Jacó to Playa Escondida, a well-known beach among surfers.
Jacó hosts several bars, nightclubs, discos and has the reputation of being a "party beach". However, the fun here is casual and relaxed, and the people here are nice and friendly.