Time Magazine calls Costa Rica the happiest country in the world.
Our experienced trip leaders take you to some of the best beaches in the world, introduce you to a unique to a cultural experience, and let you choose plenty of other adventures like off-the-beaten-path hikes, surfing, yoga, canyoning, etc.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Start: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
To ensure shuttle service: plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 PM
Finish: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
To ensure shuttle service: plan to depart Day 5 after 1:30 PM
-5 days / 4 nights in villas with roommates
-4 Breakfasts and 4 dinners
-Airport transportation to and from San Jose Airport (SJO)
-El Cocal community cooking experience
-Under30Experiences staff members
-The chance to meet some kick-ass people
*Attendees are responsible for their own airfare
*Transportation to optional salsa & yoga not included
When should I book my flight?
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 PM and to depart Day 5 after 1:30 PM local time
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details
-Sunset dinner at Playa Hermosa
-El Cocal community cooking experience
-Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast
-Get hooked on some of the best coffee in the world
-Get a taste of the local culture in Manuel Antonio & Quepos
-Make your own adventure with other optional activities like surfing, yoga, canyoning, etc.
You want to go where the locals go, dodge the touristy attractions, and spend time on some of the best beaches Costa Rica has to offer.
Get to know our community on our most affordable experience!
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 15
-Physical rating: Moderate. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like hiking, walking, etc.
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.
Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Eat like a local with delicious Costa Rican dishes such as gallo pinto and some of the best fruit in the world.
Fresh fruit, delicious coffee, lots of gallo pinto, casados (casado is a typical Costa Rican lunch consisting of: rice, beans, plantains, veggies or salad and chicken, fish, beef or pork), salads and smoothies or local juices
*Breakfasts and dinners can be modified to accommodate dietary restrictions
Private shuttle to and from the airport.
Public bus and taxis around Manuel Antonio & Quepos.
Some optional activities such as yoga and salsa lessons do not include transportation.
Boutique hotel rooms for duration of your trip
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender
Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
*Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.
When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.
The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel 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 transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
We highly recommend packing active gear as we'll be exploring hidden beaches, hiking to waterfalls, and staying active throughout the trip.
Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with! All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.
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Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
Pura Vida is a lifestyle in Costa Rica that literally translates to "Pure Life". It's also a very common phrase that means hello, thank you, and much more.
Costa Rica is a very eco-conscious country. Please do not disturb the natural environment by feeding animals, removing shells, or littering.
Smoking is prohibited in public areas.
To say "you're welcome" we use “con gusto” instead of “de nada”.
Please bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $300 USD cash on you during the trip.
Quepo Canyoning - $85 per person
This tour combines all the BEST elements of the most exciting adventure tours in Costa Rica: Skilled Suspension Bridges, Waterfall Rappelling, The Famous “Monkey Drop”, Inclined Rappel, Tree Climbing Ladders, Canopy Tour Zip Lines, and Tree-Top Rappelling.
Includes: round-trip transportation from hotel, water, snacks, typical Costa Rican lunch.
Surf Lessons - $60 per person
This is a “must do!” Learn the Art of Surfing in one of the most popular surf towns of the Central Pacific Coast. Surfing lessons take place on the Manuel Antonio main beach every day. Our surf lessons are for people looking to develop their surf skills and those who just want to have fun.
Tour times: 9am and 2:00pm. (3 hour lessons)
Includes: Transportation, local instructors, rash guards, fruit, surfboards
Salsa Lessons - $10 per person (cash only)
Learn the art of latin dancing as your private group instructor walks you step-by-step through mastering the latin rhythm while enjoying great music.
La Ceiba Waterfall Hike and Swim - $7 per person
La Ceiba Waterfalls in Costa Rica is the ideal place for lovers of nature and adventure where the tourist can expand the cavalcade, walk, swim, climb, jump, take pictures and enjoy a wonderful day, in one of the most beautiful places beautiful of the pacific south of Costa Rica.
Hike to La Ceiba Waterfall. It is a 3.5 mile hike in to the famous falls one way, and you will be picked up on the way back.
Includes: Transportation and entrance fee.
Yoga - $15 per person (cash)
Take a relaxing yoga class with Under30Experiences’ very own private yoga instructor. Listen to the sounds of the jungle as you stretch out your body after the week's adventures. This is a class for all levels, beginners and advanced yogis are welcome!
Includes: yoga instructor, mat
Secret Beach Hike - Free!
Hike 1.5 miles one way to Under30’s favorite secret beach. Enjoy a half day adventure swimming and sunbathing in an untouched jungle paradise.
La Feria in Quepos (Farmers' market) - Free!
Throughout the year, a weekly Farmers’ Market is held in Quepos along the waterfront. You’ll find an abundance of fresh, local produce for good prices. You’ll also find free-range eggs, cheese, and freshly-baked breads and cakes.
Farmers set up every Friday mid-afternoon and sell their products until noon on Saturday.
Los Campesinos Hike and swim with lunch - $18 per person
This includes 100 to 600 meters of hiking trails, an access to the waterfalls, natural swimming pools 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
Sunset Catamaran - $80 per person
Spend the afternoon on a boat soaking in Costa Rica’s stunning coastline. Watch for dolphins and other marine life and take advantage of an opportunity to jump off the boat or ride down the slides.
Includes: Free drinks, appetizers, transportation
While your trip leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
Come with us to the Rainforest of Costa Rica!
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