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Starter Costa Rica Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Price does not include optional activities and subsequent transportation.

Afternoon
  • Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica before 1:00 pm.
  • Your Trip Leader will pick you up from the airport and we’ll head to the beach!  (~1.5-hour drive)
  • Make a quick stop at Rio Tarcoles where you can see groups of Costa Rican Crocodiles. These crocs can reach lengths of up to 12 feet!
  • Arrive at Playa Hermosa. A beautiful black sand beach recognized as having one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world. Soak in your first sunset in Costa Rica. Remember to bring your bathing suit!
Evening
  • Enjoy your first dinner (and drinks?) right by one of the coolest black sand beaches in the country.
  • Depart for our boutique hotel in Manuel Antonio. (~1-hour drive)
  • Get settled into your hotel and afterward hit the town or just relax after your long travel day.

Day 2

Waterfalls and Costa Rican Culture

Morning
  • Have a delicious Costa Rican breakfast.
  • For those craving an even further off-the-beaten-path activity, you can spend your day hiking to epic hidden waterfalls in Quepos. Even the drive will be an adventure as we traverse through little known dirt roads.
Afternoon
  • Take the local bus to the local farmers market in Quepos to sample tropical fruits, cheeses, and much more.
  • Relax on El Malecon with a perfect view of the sun setting over the ocean.
Evening
  • Enjoy dinner in town and have an optional night out on the town with your new friends.

Day 3

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Morning

  • Enjoy an authentic Costa Rican breakfast right at your hotel.
  • Depending on the tide and the weather your Trip Leader will take you to our favorite secret beach in the area.
    The hidden beach is accessed after a demanding hike. The beach is a unique place in Costa Rica that's well known to locals but rarely discovered by tourists. The hike will require some stamina, but the reward is well worth the effort.
  • Spend the morning lounging under the Costa Rican sun away from tourists.
Afternoon
  • Relax at the local beach with your group and soak in the tropical views of Costa Rica.
  • Sip on a coconut cut straight from the tree as you enjoy these special moments in paradise.
Evening
  • Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner at our boutique hotel.
  • Optional night out and salsa lessons. ($10 per person + transportation)

Day 4

El Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Morning
  • Immerse yourself in the local community of El Cocal by learning how to cook a delicious Costa Rican meal.
  • Learn about Costa Rican culture and traditions from local friends.
Afternoon
  • Have lunch in El Cocal with your new friends.
  • Enjoy local music and dancing with the community.
  • Head to the beach for an optional surf lesson (not included).
  • Learn how to surf from some of Costa Rica’s best surf instructors on one of Costa Rica's best beaches (depending on the tide).
Evening
  • Enjoy the last dinner out at Manuel Antonio.
  • Optional night out or star gazing.

Day 5

Relaxation & Departure

Morning
  • One final Costa Rican breakfast with your group.
  • Depart for Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on included transportation. (~2.5-hour drive)
  • Be sure your flight departs after 1:30 pm.

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