Costa Rica is home to some of the best tropical fruit in the world! You don't want to miss trying a mango, pineapple, papaya, guanabana, or a lychee. They taste very different from your local grocery store in the United States - trust us.
Costa Rica is also famous for its delicious, fresh seafood! And their traditional dish, gallo pinto. The daily diet is primarily based on wholesome ingredients like rice and beans, meats, vegetables, and fruit.
We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, but your chances of seeing a two-toed or three-toed sloth are high in this part of Costa Rica.
There are also three different types of monkeys in Manuel Antonio: the white-faced capuchins, howler monkeys, and the endangered titi monkey. It's likely you'll see at least one type.
We’ve included many activities in the price of the trip giving you plenty to do. However, we pride ourselves in helping you make the trip perfect for you. Therefore we’ve sought out the best activities and vendors to help you have the experience you want.
And don’t worry, your trip leader can help set up any of the following optional activities for you so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.
-Canyoning: $85 per person
-Surf Lessons: $60 per person
-Salsa Lessons: $10 per person (cash only)
-Waterfall Entrance: $7 or 18 per person (depending on the waterfall)
-Yoga: $15 per person (cash)
Manuel Antonio and Quepos have several nightlife options. Most of our trips fall on Wednesday to Sunday and coincide with Friday and Saturday nights.
Keep in mind it is a small town so don’t expect Miami Beach. Nightlife in high season, Christmas until Easter, is much more lively than other times of the year.
Please drink responsibly and remember you’ll need to be up at a reasonable hour the next morning to join the group.
Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
We are staying in the jungle so expect to see lizards, frogs, or bugs. Costa Ricans prefer not to kill insects as they understand we are a visitor in their environment.
Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos. Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.
You will stay in boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip. Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout.
If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.
Moderate. Some travelers will find the hills on the hikes challenging, while more athletic people will not find them particularly difficult.
Weather conditions like heat, humidity, and rain can change trail conditions and the intensity of the activity. If you work at a desk all day, expect to do a lot more physical activity than normal.
Our Trip Leaders are great at challenging you while keeping you safe and waiting for hikers who like to take their time.
La Ceiba Waterfall Hike
The hike to La Ceiba Waterfall is a 3.5-mile moderate hike one way. You will be picked up on the way back.
Secret Beach Hike
A moderate to intense 1.5 miles hike one way to Under30’s favorite beach. Enjoy a half day adventure swimming and sunbathing in an untouched jungle paradise. The hill is well worth it.
Los Campesinos Hike
This includes 100 to 600 meters of relaxed hiking trails, access to the waterfalls, natural swimming lagoons and the 127 meters long and 40 meters high suspension bridge, plus parking service. The estimated walking time is 30 to 40 minutes, but you can stay as long as you want in the pools.
Bring cash with you! We recommend you have at least $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency.
Average temperature in Manuel Antonio is 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 75-80 degrees at night. Your hotel will have air conditioning.
Please expect showers and thunderstorms that pass through the tropical forest on most days.
Mid-November to Mid-April is considered summer or dry season. Expect more people and better weather. The sun is intense so please cover up. Please use eco-friendly non-aerosol sunscreens. Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate damage reefs and are outlawed in places like Hawaii, so please do not bring them.
May - October is considered winter or “green season”. Expect fewer people and more rain. The rainiest months at the beach in Costa Rica are September and October. We run fewer trips during this time, but if you have a positive attitude most activities are fun in the rain. Occasionally, activities like surfing or hikes can get canceled if conditions are dangerous.
Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, just like in the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
The local authorities state that the drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly potable. Your Trip Leader will let you know if it is better to drink bottled water in certain areas.
We encourage our travelers to travel sustainably. Please bring a reusable water bottle.
When traveling with a passport, citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Latin American and European countries are entitled to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days. They must enter the country with a departure ticket and a valid passport that does not expire within 30 days of their arrival in Costa Rica.
To find specific visa requirements or restrictions for your home country, visit the Costa Rican embassy page.
Activities near San Jose we recommend are La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Doka Estate Coffee Tour in Alajuela. If you have more than one day we recommend visiting the Poas or Irazu Volcanoes.
Alajuela Backpackers is our favorite budget hostel close to the airport. The most convenient places to stay are the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, or Courtyard by Marriot, although we recommend staying at locally owned places whenever possible. If you want to stay in the San Jose city center, 30-60 minutes from the airport, check out Hostel Casa del Parque. It’s near the Barrio Escalante/La California neighborhoods, which are known for their nightlife.
Selina’s Hostels offer good vibes throughout the country and have hip co-working spaces in case you need to get a little work done.
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. English is widely spoken in many tourist areas and hotels.
Knowing a second language is not required to enjoy this trip.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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