Which Costa Rican Coast is Better?

For travelers visiting Costa Rica, one of the toughest choices in the trip-planning process is deciding which coast to visit; the Pacific or the Caribbean. Both of our country’s coasts have an array of incredible things to see and do, and ultimately any answer to the question is subjective. In an ideal world, you could explore both and truly immerse yourself in everything that Costa Rica has to offer!

However, most people don’t have the time to take in both, so they face a difficult choice. In this blog, we explain what makes Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast the best option! Of course, as a Jaco-based company on the Pacific Coast, we are probably biased — but we have some persuasive reasons!

Scroll down to find out more. And if you have any questions about our canyoning and waterfall experiences from Jaco or our Jaco adventure activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Pacific Coast is Closer to International Airports

Convenience is key when embarking on your Costa Rican adventure, and the Pacific Coast has the upper hand in this regard. With major international hubs such as Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, travelers can easily access the Pacific Coast with shorter travel times. Whether you’re flying in from North America, Europe, or beyond, you’ll find that reaching the Pacific Coast is a breeze.

And after you’ve arrived, you can count on Costa Rica Waterfall Tours to make travel to the Pacific Coast even easier and more convenient! We offer reliable and comfortable transportation options that link Jaco, Herradura, Los Suenos, and Hermosa with Juan Santamaria Airport and the capital San José.

With flexible pick-up locations and collection times, English-speaking drivers, and air-conditioned vehicles, your transportation is one less thing to worry about!

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is More Developed

For travelers who appreciate modern amenities and a diverse range of accommodations, the Pacific Coast shines brighter! From luxurious beachfront resorts to cozy eco-lodges nestled in the rainforest, you’ll find accommodations to suit every taste and budget. 

And the Pacific Coast boasts a more developed tourist infrastructure all-round. This includes a plethora of restaurants, shops, and other services that add much-needed peace of mind for life on the road. 

Jaco is Home to Thrilling Adventures

As the adventure capital of the Pacific Coast, Jaco offers an adrenaline-fueled playground for thrill-seekers. At Costa Rica Waterfall Tours, we specialize in heart-pounding adventures that showcase the natural beauty of the region. 

From Jaco canyoning experiences to rainforest canopy zipline tours and so much more, our hometown is the perfect base for unforgettable experiences that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.

Browse our full range of Jaco adventure activities and canyoning and waterfall experiences from Jaco to find out more about what’s waiting for you here!

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast Has Incredible Beaches

When it comes to sun, sand, and surf, the Pacific Coast reigns supreme. Picture yourself lounging on pristine white sands, listening to the gentle lull of the waves crashing against the shore. 

Some of the best Pacific Coast beaches in Costa Rica include:

  • Tortuga Islands
  • Tamarindo
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Santa Teresa
  • Nosara
  • Flamingo Beach
  • Conchal Beach
  • Virador Beach
  • Jaco Beach
  • Hermosa Beach

As you can see, we’re spoilt for choice here on the Pacific Coast! Our own Tortuga Island Boat Tour is the perfect way to see one of the very best beaches on this list. Enjoy a relaxing cruise across the Gulf of Nicoya, snorkel in beautiful azure water, tuck into a mouthwatering BBQ chicken lunch, and make the most of the additional fun-filled activities on offer!

There are More National Parks on the Pacific Coast

Nature enthusiasts rejoice! The Pacific Coast is home to an abundance of national parks and protected areas, each offering its own unique ecosystem and wildlife. Explore the lush rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park, where monkeys swing from tree to tree and vibrant birds flit through the canopy. Witness the crocodiles in the Tárcoles River winding through Carara National Park — an experience you can enjoy on our Jaco Crocodile Tour. Venture to Corcovado National Park, hailed as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, where jaguars roam amidst towering trees and cascading waterfalls. 

And these recommendations are only the start! With so many natural wonders to discover, the Pacific Coast beckons adventurers to explore its untamed beauty. If exploring our country’s beautiful natural wonders is a priority on your trip, be sure to read our recommendations for some of the best hikes in Costa Rica.

The Surf is Better on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

With consistent swells and world-renowned breaks, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is a mecca for surfers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, you’ll find waves to suit your style along the Pacific shores. Grab your board and paddle out into the azure waters, where the thrill of riding the perfect wave awaits.

And the good news is that Jaco Beach and nearby Hermosa Beach are widely considered among the best surf beaches on our country’s Pacific Coast! It’s no surprise, then, that you can find a wide range of options for rentals and lessons along the waterfront in both locations.

Looking for more ways to enjoy our country’s great outdoors? We think you’ll love our picks for the best things to do in Costa Rica for outdoor lovers.

It Rains Less on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

While rain is an essential part of Costa Rica’s lush landscapes, travelers seeking sun-drenched adventures will find solace on the Pacific Coast. Thanks to its drier climate, particularly during the high season from December to April, visitors can bask in warm sunshine and near-perfect conditions for outdoor activities. So pack your sunscreen and shades, and get ready to soak up the sunshine on the stunning beaches of the Pacific Coast!

We take a deeper dive into this topic in our blog When is the Best Time to Travel to Costa Rica? You’ll find this especially useful if the weather and climate are key to your vacation planning.

Don’t Miss Out on Our Jaco Adventure Tours!

So, which Costa Rican coast is better? We hope you agree that it’s the Pacific! If you’re ready to start planning your time in the place we call home, check out our range of Jaco adventure activities and our canyoning and waterfall experiences from Jaco. Our thrilling excursions are the perfect way to explore the beauty of the Pacific Coast while making unforgettable memories!

And don’t forget to read what you need to pack for a trip to Costa Rica! Don’t waste precious suitcase space on things you don’t need — read our local tips and bring only the essentials.

Do you have any questions for us? Please just get in touch for all the answers you need.

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