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Starter Costa Rica

Duration:

5 Days / 4 Nights

early signup:

$645

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$845

Never any hidden fees!

Is This Trip For You?

Time Magazine calls Costa Rica the happiest country in the world. 
We take you to some of the best beaches in the world, introduce you to unique cultural experiences, and let you choose plenty of other adventures like off-the-beaten-path hikes, surfing, yoga, canyoning, and much more.

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

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities.  Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.  Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Physical Activity:

High

This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO) before 1:00 PM and be shuttled to Playa Hermosa. Watch the locals surf one of the most famous waves in the world.

Enjoy your first Costa Rican dinner and a beautiful sunset as you get to know your new friends. Perhaps even enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail right on the beach.

Then we head to Manuel Antonio to settle into your hotel conveniently located minutes from the beach and the town.

Unwind in the pool or relax in your villa and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Wake up by the sound of birds and enjoy your first Costa Rican breakfast right at the hotel.

The adventure begins, this morning rappel down waterfalls and zip line in the forest as one of our optional activities. Alternatively, you can hang out at Playa Espadilla laying under an almond tree and listening to the waves.

In the afternoon, head to our favorite secret beach and enjoy an untouched slice of paradise.

After dinner, make your way to the local bar for salsa lessons and get to know your peers over drinks in paradise.

Day 3

Costa Rican Culture

Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and a home cooked breakfast to start your day off on the right foot.

The adventure continues. There are several different optional activities to choose from, and we highly recommend spending the day at the hidden waterfalls in the area.

After returning from the waterfall, catch the sunset from the marina and then head to the local farmer’s market in the nearby fishing town of Quepos. Shop for unique artisan gifts, try local fruits, cheeses, ceviche, or homemade ice cream.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel while you continue to get to know your peers over delicious food and meaningful conversations.

Day 4

Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Start your day with an optional yoga class.

After breakfast, walk through the town of Quepos and into the island of Cocal for a cooking experience. Many different families from El Cocal have welcomed us into their community and offered to teach us how to cook delicious traditional food. Learn how to cook a delicious traditional meal and of course, taste the fruits of your labor.

Enjoy the block party as you sip on a coconut straight from the tree, dance to Latin music, and listen to stories from your new local friends.

In the afternoon the adventure continues with optional activities. Paddle out to the waves like a true Costa Rican and take an optional surf lesson, or take a sunset boat ride on a catamaran.

Kick off the last night with a delicious meal before hitting the town for a fun night out.

Day 5

Relaxation & Departure

On our final day wake up early for a delicious breakfast and reflect on the week’s adventures while celebrating the new relationships you’ve made.

As our Under30Experience comes to a close, we hope you are feeling rejuvenated after spending five days with great young minds.

Depart with the amazing new connections you've made as transportation is provided back to San Jose Airport International Airport.

Your SJO flight should depart after 1:30 PM.

...Or continue your journey with us to the Costa Rican Rainforest!

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What's Included

We've got you covered:

-5 day / 4 nights in bungalows with roommates
-4 Breakfasts and 4 dinners
-Airport transportation to and from San Jose Airport (SJO)
-Cocal community cooking experience
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-The chance to meet some kick-ass people
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
-Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out

*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality
*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

Duration:

5 Days / 4 Nights

early signup:

$645

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$845

Never any hidden fees!

OUR travelers LOVE US

Testimonials

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yelp review

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