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Starter Costa Rica

Duration:

5 Days / 4 Nights

Early Signup: From $645

Regular: From $845

OR Just $195 Down!

THE EXPERIENCE

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.

Start

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.

Finish

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.

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.

Cancellation Policy:

Very Flexible

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.

Cancellation Policy:

Flexible

Because this trip has non-refundable tickets 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.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica! It's time to see what the Pura Vida lifestyle is all about.

See crocodiles at the Tarcoles River before arriving at a black sand beach famous for its surf called Playa Hermosa.

Your first Costa Rican dinner will be right on the Pacific Ocean for sunset. Enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail with your new friends as you settle into this beautiful country.

Then head down the coast to Manuel Antonio and check in to your hotel located near the beach in an area known for its wildlife.

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

Day 2

Waterfalls and Costa Rican Culture

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 that's guaranteed not to disappoint. Swim in the lagoon and take a shower provided by mother nature.

Wander along the promenade for sunset. Afterward, head to the farmer’s market on the Tico bus like a local. Shop for unique artisan gifts, try local fruit, cheese, ceviche, or homemade ice cream in the fishing town of Quepos.

Day 3

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Wake up to 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.

Day 4

El Cocal Community Cooking Experience

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.

Play games, dance to Latin music, and understand how Under30Experiences supports the local community.

Spend your afternoon relaxing at the beach and 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.

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 our nine-day Costa Rica Extended experience.

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Starter Costa Rica

What's Included:

  • 5 days / 4 nights shared boutique accommodations
  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Local community cooking experience
  • Swim in a waterfall immersed in the jungle
  • Discover secret beaches
  • Relax on the best beach in Costa Rica
  • Savor famous cuisine at a local farmers market
  • Witness a sunset from a black sand beach
  • Experience the Pura Vida lifestyle
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • 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 are responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica

When should I book my flight?

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.

Duration:

5 Days / 4 Nights

Early Signup: From $645

Regular: From $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.

our awesome travelers