Summer is rapidly coming to an end, which means that Labor Day weekend is approaching. Many people choose this weekend to leave town and enjoy the last bit of summer before the leaves turn. Those who have planned a trip to Jaco, Costa Rica have their fair share of options of activities, which can be exhilarating for some and overwhelming for others. If you fall into the latter group, use the guide below to help plan your Labor Day weekend seamlessly.
Playa Mantas and Playa Blanca
Relax and experience a beach day like a local this Labor Day weekend by skipping the more tourist-heavy beaches and heading north to Playa Mantas and Playa Blanca, which, due to their lack of signage, are beaches inhabited mainly by locals. Playa Mantas is a beautiful cove covered in gray sand and tall palm trees that is great for swimming due to its calm waters.
Playa Blanca is one of the most picturesque white sand beaches in Costa Rica. You have to walk there from Playa Mantas, but it is worth the hike. The sand is fluffy and white while the water is crystal clear- this beach does not disappoint. This beach is only advised if you’re looking for the local experience as it does not have tourist attractions like snorkeling, other water sports or restaurants. However, we encourage you bring any food or beach equipment you may want and spend the whole day on one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches.
To get in more of that local feel during your Labor Day weekend, be sure to stop at Rustico for lunch one day of your trip! This restaurant is a favorite among locals due to its authentic Costa Rican taste and low price point. You may see a long line inside, but it’s only because local surfers love filling up at this buffet-style restaurant for so little money. We recommend that you get in line- you won’t regret getting a taste of a variety of Costa Rican cuisine.
Day Trip to Tortuga Island
Take a break from Jaco and go experience a different island by taking a Calypso Cruise to Tortuga Island. With this excursion, you not only get to explore uninhabited islands that are still pure in natural beauty, but you will also be able to snorkel and take a ride on a banana boat. All of your needs will be tended to as drinks and meals are provided on this adventure! Whether your idea of island fun is adventure and watersports or relaxing on a luxurious boat and listening to live music on the beach, a Calypso Cruise is the perfect way to spend your Labor Day weekend.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Touring Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful parks, should be experienced at least once. With an experienced tour guide, you can be up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic biodiversity- you’ll be able to see everything from rare flowers to sloths and monkeys all while the tour guide teaches you all about the ecosystem and the animals’ life cycles, behaviors and special traits. One of the best parts of the tour is you will be able to have access to beautiful white sand beaches that are only accessible from the park.
Pacific Rainforest Tranopy Tour
If exploring the miles and miles of rainforest in Costa Rica by foot is not for you, explore the 222 acres of rainforest via Aerial Tram. This guided tour allows you to learn all about the beauty of the immense biodiversity of the rainforest while riding on an open-air gondola. You’ll be able to see everything from birds to waterfalls to flora of all kinds from a completely different perspective. Also included on this tour is a zip line experience complete with 10 cables and 15 platforms, with five of the 10 cables being more than 600 feet long!
Jaco is one of the most beautiful beach towns in Costa Rica, not to mention jam-packed with attractions and activities for visitors. If you are unsure about where to go, use this guide to help with the planning process. If you haven’t already booked your Labor Day weekend in Costa Rica, contact us and we can help book one of our magnificent villas!