Mirador de Jaco, the perfect place for photography || Wandering around Jaco, Costa Rica

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. 


The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.


Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco.

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. 

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. 

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. 
The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. 

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. 

The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.
I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed.  
The trip to town wasn't ever on the cards when we planned for Costa Rica, or even after we got there. It just happened. And it probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our fellow passenger, during our shared cab tour of Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Cartago City. Our fellow passenger, a German diplomat, stationed in El Salvador, had somehow got the tour at exceptionally high prize and was rightfully upset about it. And throughout our Irazu and Cartago tour was quite vocal about it too. By the end of the day, our cab driver, who was also our guide, had had enough of it. And I guess he also felt a little bit bad for the experience this expat was having in his country. So he offered us a very good package for a half-day tour of Jaco. The deal that we got was for USD 45 per person for half-a-day tour. This including travel in a comfortable cab as well as sight-seeing. Jaco town was about 2 hours away from San Jose, so distance-wise and itinerary-wise, it seemed completely worth the price. But in this post, I will not talk much about Jaco town. That has already been covered in this post. Things not to miss in and around Jaco Town. In this post, I will talk about one particular point - Mirador de Jaco. Mirador, in Spanish, means a lookout or a view point. And this is point definitely offers a great view of the Jaco beach. The viewpoint is marked by the colorful JACO sign, which is a popular stop for touristy photographs and selfies. The sign sports 4 four of the most iconic animals and birds of Costa Rica - the toucan, white-faced capuchin, sloth, and scarlet macaw - all of which can be seen in Jaco. These are apart from the crocodiles that sometimes flow into the bay area in search of fish. The Mirador de Jaco offers amazing views of the surf, sands and the distant islands. It is also very common to see the scarlet macaws flying overhead at and close to this spot. With the beach on one side and a tree-covered hill on the other, this is just the right place for a lot of photography. On clear days, the view from the Mirador is quite breathtaking. Whisps of white cloud cast shadows on the hills and the deep blue ocean below. White sands and surf lined with tropical greenery is like a tonic to the eyes. However, if you expect this to be pleasant because of the beach, you are in for a surprise. In the absence of the breeze, it is usually quite hot and humid throughout the day. I am quite a beach person myself. Given a choice, I would have a home near a beach. However, I only like it when a pleasant sea breeze is blowing. Heat and humidity aren't my cup of tea. That is why, even though this spot was beautiful, I wanted to get somewhere more comfortable. Dipping my feet in the waves always helps. And so I got down to the beach close to the Mirador as fast as I could. And our guide was kind enough to buy us one large coconut each. The water was just the thing we needed. Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.

Mirador de Jaco can get crowded on good days. However, we turned out to be exceptionally lucky. The day was clear of rain clouds as well as of other tourists. :) At about 4 kilometers from the Jaco Walk shopping center, this requires a bit of an extra effort to get here, but we felt that it is completely worth it. If you find yourself headed to Jaco, do take out an extra one hour and cover Mirador de Jaco and the nearby quiet(er) beaches.  

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