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: 18 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 our 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.
Eating and Drinking in Costa Rica:
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
Shared private shuttle to and from the airport.
Public bus and taxis around Manuel Antonio/Quepos.
Some optional activities such as yoga and salsa do not included transportation.
Boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip
Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex
Laundry available at hotel (ask front desk for details)
*Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can 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 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.
Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
Please bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $250 USD cash on you during the trip.
Quepos Canyoning - $85/pax
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/pax
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 hours lessons)
Includes: Transportation, local instructors, Rash guards, Fruits, Boards
Salsa Lessons - $10/pax (cash)
Learn the art of latin dancing as your private group instructor takes you step-by-step on mastering the latin rhythm while enjoying great music.
La Ceiba Waterfall Hike and Swim - $7/pax
Hike to the La Ceiba Waterfall. It is a 3.5 mile hike in to the famous falls one way, and the way back we will be picked up.
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.
Includes: Transportation and entrance fee.
Yoga - $15/pax (cash)
Take a relaxing yoga class with Under30’s very own private yoga instructor. Listen to the sounds of the jungle as you stretch out your body after the weeks adventures. This is a class for all levels, beginners and advanced yogis are welcome!
Includes: yoga instructor, mat
Secret Beach - 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 (Farmer's market)
Throughout the year, a Farmers’ Market is held in Quepos along the waterfront. You’ll find an abundance of fresh, local produce for at 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
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/pax
Spend the afternoon on a boat checking out Costa Rica’s stunning coastline. Watch for dolphins and other marine life as you hang out with your new friends. 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 your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.***
We reserve the right to decline any traveler that may affect the welfare of the other travelers or trip leaders.
Illegal drugs or any illegal activity will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or any other illegal activity like prostitution.
Come with us to the Rainforest of Costa Rica!
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