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Jaco is a great place to relax with your family while visiting Costa Rica. While it has somewhat of a reputation as a party town, there are plenty of wholesome activates during the day to keep the kids happy and a good variety of restaurants to feed the family when the sun goes down. Also, there are many Tico families who choose this spot for their annual vacations - so the kids also have a good chance of making some local friends and language is usually no barrier for playmates.
If relaxing by the beach or pool is your idea of a good vacation, Jaco is the place for your clan. Lined with coconut trees, the beach has a very tropical feel and is a good place to watch surfers, play in the sand or go for a dip in the Pacific (be careful of strong currents if children play in the surf).
In addition to lounging by the beach, there are a plethora of adventurous and interesting activates located within a 5 mile radius of town. Tour operators offer a variety of tours: horseback rides on the beach, atv excursions, canopy tours, and hikes in the rainforest. You name it, they have it. Also, there are butterfly farms and serpentariums located and are well marked by signs on the road into Jaco from San Jose.
To have a great time with the family in Jaco all you need is sun screen and your sense of adventure!