Costa Rica Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

This trip include optional activities that are not included on the price. Local transportation such as public buses and taxis are not included

  • Arrive at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica and be ready to begin your adventure at 3:00 p.m.
  • 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!
  • 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 relax after your long travel day.

Day 2

Rainmaker Riverwalk


  • Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast right at your hotel.
  • Explore the Rainmaker river walk along the Rio Seco's edge.


  • Enjoy a traditional casado before heading to El Cocal.
  • Visit the local community of El Cocal where you will learn how to make tortillas, practice your Spanish and make friendship bracelets.
  • Return to your hotel and relax.
  • As an optional activity, 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).
  • Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner at our boutique hotel.
  • Optional night out and salsa lessons. ($15 per person + transportation)

Day 3

Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Have a delicious Costa Rican breakfast.
  • For those craving an even further off-the-beaten-path activity, you can spend your morning hiking to the epic Cathedral Point trail in the Manuel Antonio National Park. This trail is a great opportunity to see white-faced monkeys in their natural habitat, especially in the mornings. The trail also has several great viewpoints along the way. If you have a sharp eye, you may be able to find a sloth.
  • Enjoy lunch and the afternoon free for some cocktails on the beach or any optional activities such as kayaking or a catamaran ride.

*During rainy seasons, Day 3 morning and afternoon activities may be swapped to accommodate weather and activity availability.

  • Enjoy dinner in town and have an optional night out on the town with your new friends.

Day 4

Rapell waterfalls


  • Enjoy an authentic Costa Rican breakfast right at your hotel.
  • Enjoy a morning of adventure rappelling waterfalls, crossing hanging bridges, and zip-lining through the trees.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the last dinner out at Manuel Antonio.
  • Optional night out with your new group of friends.

Day 5

Relaxation & Departure

  • One final Costa Rican breakfast with your group.
  • Depart for Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on included transportation. (~2.5-hour drive)
  • Arrive at the airport at 11:30 a.m and say 'see you later' (never good bye!) to your new friends.

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