On Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the small town of Jaco draws visitors with its opportunities for rainforest adventure, relaxed social climate, and surfing, all just a 1.5-hour drive from the capital, San Jose. On dry land, travelers can take adventure tours in the jungle via horseback; get muddy on an adrenaline-filled ATV tour; fly through the air by zipline or tram; or get wet with waterfall tours, whitewater rafting, crocodile river cruises, and mangrove kayaking. In the Manuel Antonio National Park, tours offer views of native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, and agoutis in their natural environment, along with 180 species of birds and stretches of white sand beach. The Arenal Volcano brings the heat with visible plumes of smoke and rivers of molten lava and, after viewing, tours often stop for a soak in nearby geothermal hot springs. Cool off with surf lessons on Jaco beach, where the waves are surfable year-round and the long beach offers a variety of waves for different levels, from rookie to expert. Cruises from the Gulf of Nicoya take passengers to the white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise waters where snorkeling and sunbathing opportunities abound on nearby Tortuga Island, while other boats offer full-day fishing trips for marlin, mahi mahi, and even tuna.