-World famous beach
-Look for monkeys and sloths
-Local & cultural experiences
-Access to amazing waterfalls
-Beautiful hikes in the jungle
-Optional surf & salsa lessons
Our most popular and affordable trip with plenty of off-the-beaten-path adventures like hiking, surfing, and much more.
Plus, experience the best beach in the country & some of the best biodiversity on the planet.
San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
Plan to arrive before 1:00 pm on Day 1
Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
Plan to depart after 1:30 pm on Day 5
Departure time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
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.
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.
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.
This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Because this trip has included flights we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Welcome to Costa Rica! It's time to see what the Pura Vida Lifestyle is all about!
The first stop will be a beautiful black sand beach famous for its surf called, Playa Hermosa. On the way, see some local crocodiles and small towns.
Your first Costa Rican dinner will be right on the beach overlooking a beautiful sunset. Enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail with your new friends as you settle into this beautiful country.
Then you'll head to Manuel Antonio so you can get cozy in your hotel located near the beach in an area known for its wildlife.
Unwind in the pool and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.
Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and a gallo pinto breakfast to start your day off right.
Today's adventure is a hike to a waterfall guaranteed not to disappoint. Swim in the lagoon and take a shower provided by mother nature.
Explore El Malecon and catch the sunset from the beach. Afterward, head to the farmer’s market on the Tico bus like a local. Shop for unique artisan gifts, try local fruits, cheeses, ceviche, or homemade ice cream in the fishing town of Quepos.
Wake up by the sound of toucans or scarlet macaws and enjoy your second Costa Rican breakfast.
All the activities on our Starter trip are optional, but we suggest starting your day with an active hike to a secret beach. Look out for three types of monkeys and two types of sloths on the hike to our secret beach and enjoy an untouched slice of paradise.
Enjoy lunch in town. In the afternoon, paddle into the Pacific Ocean and catch waves like a Tico during an optional surf lesson. Alternatively, lay under an almond tree at Playa Espadilla, consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world.
Take a short ferry ride to the island of Cocal for a truly unique cooking experience. Families from El Cocal have welcomed us into their community center to teach us how to cook a traditional meal. Hand roll tortillas with local señoras, fry your own plantains, and drink from a coconut straight off a tree.
Enjoy the block party, dance to Latin music, and understand how Under30Experiences supports the local community.
Spend your last afternoon relaxing at the beach and kick off the last night with a delicious dinner and a night out on the town.
Wake up early for a delicious breakfast and reflect on the week’s adventures.
As our experience comes to a close, we hope you are feeling rejuvenated after spending five days as part of our travel community.
Take included private transportation with your group back to the airport for your flight back home.
Looking to see the rainforest and volcanoes on your visit to Costa Rica? Check out ournine-day Costa Rica Extended experience.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 pm and plan to depart Day 5 after 1:30 pm.
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.
"I had an amazing time on the Costa Rica starter trip. This was my first time traveling solo and U30X was a great way for me to safely see another part of the world and meet new people. Our trip leaders were Adrian and Delphine; they were very knowledgeable and fun. It felt more like we were just hanging out with our friends who happened to know a lot about the country rather than following around tour guides." -Amy B.
"Truly unforgettable! For my first experience leaving my home country, I couldn't have imagined anything better. Amazing trip leaders, amazing people, amazing experience. I would give more than five stars if I could!!!!" -Morgan R.
"I wish I could quit my day job and travel the world with U30X, but that's unfortunately not realistic. I just returned from the Starter Costa Rica trip guided by Jonno and Lauren. This experience combined all of my favorite memories from sleep away camp, beach vacations, and the desire to see new cultures into one tremendous trip. Our guides were extremely fun to be with and made sure all of our needs were met. The schedule for each day was flexible based on what we each wanted and was jam packed with some awesome adventures. If I had to pick just two favorite activities, I'd have to say they'd be taking a super legit cooking class taught in Spanish and practicing yoga in the jungle. But, everything else was amazing, too!! Go book a trip immediately and don't think twice! U30X FOR THE WIN!!!" -Cat D.