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Waterfalls in the jungle in Costa Rica.

The
 
COSTA RICA
 
TRIP

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For the love of

RIDING WAVES 

FRUIT COCKTAILS 

 

TROPICAL WILDLIFE 

 

PURA VIDA

 

 HAMMOCKS 

 

FRESH SMOOTHIES 

RAINFOREST HIKES 

MORNING COFFEE

HOT SPRINGS

COSTA RICA

New friends on boat days during the Costa Rica trip.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Costa Rica caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s searching for lush jungles in Rincon de la Vieja, surfer's paradise in Tamarindo, and golden strips of secluded Pacific beaches.

 

You'll find friendly, laid-back Ticos and Ticas all along the way on this five-day adventure as you unwind in some of the most pristine nature Central America has to offer. Expect to spend a lot of time out on the water, whether you're riding the waves, lounging in balmy seas, or soaking up sizzling hot springs.

 

Add on a bit of canyoning, some jungle zip-lines, and beachside laughs, and yeah, it's an all-around good time. By the end, you'll have a pretty good idea of what the Pura Vida is all about.

5 days/4 nights

starting at $1,699 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $689 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.


Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

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INcluded

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • In-country transportation for included activities 

  • Group airport transfers

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

  • Welcome drinks

  • Ziplining experience in the mountains

  • Waterfall experience in the jungle 

  • Surfing lessons (beginner to advanced)

  • Beer tasting  

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (fly into and out of Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica)

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $150, depending on consumption habits)

  • Incidental expenses 

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Day by day
A Costa Rica sunset by a sandy beach.

Day by day 

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

 
 
Day 1 - Tamarindo
Arrive

 

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Arrive at Liberia International Airport by 2 pm, and we'll take a group shuttle to the region of Tamarindo, a fun little beach town that will be our home base for the next few days.

We'll check into our hotel, get settled in and kick off this trip with a celebratory cocktail on the beach!

This evening, we'll walk to a local Costa Rican restaurant and get to know each other over dinner and drinks!

Cocktails on the beach in Costa Rica.

UNWIND

 
 
Day 2 - Rincón de la Vieja
BUENOS DIAS!

 

Rise 'n' shine - get ready for an adrenaline-filled morning in the mountains and volcanoes!

We'll stretch our legs after our flights by heading to a local national park, where we'll be ziplining through trees, around waterfalls and canyons.

In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild and afterward head over to nearby waterfall to continue relaxing in the jungle. 

 

We'll make our way back into town for an evening at your leisure - unwind with cocktails with your travel mates, do some exploring, or hit the pillow early for a good night's sleep.

 

 

Travelers zip line through jungles in Costa Rica.

ADVENTURE

 
 
Day 3 - Beach
EN LA PLAYA

 

Surf's up! Today is all about enjoying one of Costa Rica's best features: its beaches. 

We'll be getting surfing lessons and catching some waves with a local instructor. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or have never touched a board in your life, you're going to have a blast.

The afternoon is free.

We recommend exploring local beach bars or grabbing lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants.

In the evening, we'll head to a local brewery for some drinks!

Travelers on a tour of waterfalls in Costa Rica.

RELAx IN NATURE

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Day 4 - Beach
EXPLORE

 

Today is a free day for you to indulge Costa Rican spontaneity. 

 

Kick back at one of the nearby beaches or try out a local activity, such as fishing, biking or surfing.

This evening, we'll enjoy one last family dinner and "salut!" to our new friends and our unforgettable Costa Rican memories!

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PURA VIDA

 
 
Day 5 - Tamarindo
PURA VIDA

 

Today is our last day in Costa Rica. 

We'll share one final breakfast together and bid our farewells before check out, at noon.

 

A group transfer will then be available back to Liberia International Airport at that time.

*Please note, this will be the only airport transfer slot that is arranged by us. If you plan to hang out a bit longer, we recommend arranging a separate transfer on your own.

Pura Vida
 
(phr) lit. "pure life"; to live a peaceful, simple, uncluttered life with deep appreciation of nature, family and friends; a "real living" that reflects happiness, well-being and satisfaction.

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FAST FACTS

Fast facts

JUST FOR FUN

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Locals refer to themselves as "Ticas" (for females) and "Ticos" (for males). The term is a mesh between the two words: Costa Ricans.

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Costa Rica is one of the only countries in the world that runs almost entirely on renewable energy.

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This amazingly and relatively small country holds an estimated 5% (!!) of the world's biodiversity — that's wild!

TRIP NOTES

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • Book your flights into and out of Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, also known as Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica (not to be confused with the country Liberia!).

  • You'll have free time to indulge the activities that you love best locally, such as surfing, swimming or just kicking back and taking in the views. 

  • Costa Rica tends to be more expensive than other Central American and South American countries. 

  • All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

About Costa Rica

​Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a popular destination for those who are traveling to a Latin American country for the first time, as it is known to be extremely safe and many locals also speak some level of English. Ecotourism also draws in people who love nature and the outdoors.

This beautiful country is known for its lush jungles, surf towns, numerous waterfalls, coffee and chocolate plantations and of course, the amazing and relaxed approach to life that the locals embrace - the "pura vida" or the "pure life." You might hear this term used commonly as a greeting or farewell, to serve as a reminder to stop and savor the little pleasures of life!

If it's not the natural environment, it's the food; if it's not the food, it's the people. Whatever it might be, you are bound to fall in love with many of things (if not all!) that Costa Rica has to offer.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Language: Spanish (and many locals also speak some level of English).

  • Currency: Costa Rican colón.

  • Costa Rica is located in Central America.

  • Daily expenses tend to be higher in Costa Rica than other Latin American countries. 

  • Weather can be rainy, cooler in the mountains, warmer on the beaches; but in any scenario, be prepared for lots of insects and mosquitos.

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Flights

FLIGTS

Fly into Liberia (LIR)

Please Arrive at Liberia International Airport by 2pm local time on Day 1. We have arranged a group shuttle from the airport to the hotel, scheduled to depart at 3pm. Should you arrive earlier or later than the shuttle's scheduled departure time, you may need to consider alternative transportation options.

Feel free to leave whenever you like on day 9. 

Heads up - we don’t recommend using Avianca Airlines.

Feel free to leave whenever you like on day 9. 

Heads up - we don’t recommend using Avianca Airlines.

Fly out of Liberia (LIR)

We will be taking a shuttle back to LIR (arriving at the airport at 1pm), but you are welcome to stay longer and arrange your own transportation.

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Liberia so you can grab the best deal!

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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