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Starter Costa Rica


5 Days / 4 Nights

Early Signup: $645

Regular: $845


Our most popular and affordable trip with pleny of off-the-beaten-path adventures like hiking, surfing, yoga, canyoning, and more.

Plus, experience the best beach in the country & some of the best biodiversity on the planet.


San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
To ensure shuttle service:
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 pm


San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
To ensure shuttle service
Plan to depart Day 5 after 1:30 pm

Physical Activity:


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:


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:


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. Stop to see crocodiles and 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. Enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail right on the black sand beach.

Head to Manuel Antonio to settle into your hotel nearby the beach and town known for its wildlife.

Unwind in the pool and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Wake up by the sound of toucans or scarlet macaws and enjoy your first Costa Rican breakfast.

All the activities on our Starter trip are optional, but we highly suggest you rappel down waterfalls and zip line through the jungle today. Alternatively, lay under an almond tree at Playa Espadilla, consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world.

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.

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

Day 3

Waterfalls and Costa Rican Culture

Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and a gallo pinto breakfast to start your day off right.

Today's optional adventure is a hike to a waterfall guaranteed not to disappoint. Swim in the lagoon and take a shower provided by mother nature.

Catch sunset from the beach and head to the farmer’s market on the bus like a local. Shop for unique artisan gifts, try local fruits, cheeses, ceviche, or homemade ice cream in the fishing town of Quepos.

Day 4

Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Start your day with an optional yoga class in the jungle.

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.

In the afternoon, paddle into the Pacific Ocean and catch waves like a Tico during an optional surf lesson.

Kick off the last night with dinner and a night out on the town.

Day 5

Relaxation & Departure

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.

Transportation is provided back to San Jose International Airport (SJO). Be sure your flight departs after 1:30 PM.

Looking to see the rainforest and volcanoes on your visit to Costa Rica? Check out our Costa Rican Rainforest trip or do all nine-days at a discount on Costa Rica Extended.

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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 Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
-El 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


5 Days / 4 Nights

Early Signup: $645

Regular: $845

OUR travelers LOVE US

Starter Costa Rica Trip Reviews

"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.

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