- Surf the waves at one of the best places in the country
- Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean
- Enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches
- Mountain biking in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
- Savor the awesome flavors of the Afro-Caribbean cuisine
Get your adrenaline pumping as you catch a wave on this action-packed 9-days tour of Costa Rica during your gap year. From hiking along the Arenal Volcano to surfing at Santa Teresa - this adventure tour has everything that one can ask for! You can also go for whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. If you've been procrastinating your trip to Costa Rica since forever - then now is the time to start planning, and make it happen with Go Discover Abroad.
Day 1 - Arrival in San José
Welcome to Costa Rica! You will have to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José. Travel to your hotel and take rest after a long flight. You have a free day to explore the city's beautiful parks, museums, and an ornate National Theatre. A Welcome Meeting will be organized for you, to give you an idea of the entire trip in details, so make sure to return back by 6 PM.
Day 2 - San José to La Fortuna
It's time for a road trip across the countryside of the Central Valley. It's a 3 hours journey to the base of the Arenal Volcano, and on the way, we shall stop to meet Doña Mara and learn the art of making tortillas, and eat them too! Once we reach our destination, you'll get enough time to relax in the hot springs that are heated by the volcano's lava.
Day 3 - La Fortuna
This morning, you'll be going for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on Lake Arenal. You'll have free time to indulge in some more adventure and explore on your own.
Day 4 - La Fortuna to Monteverde
You'll fall in love with today's journey and explore the stunning Costa Rican scenery up into the cloud forest. For lunch, we'll stop at a local farm. Soak yourself in the beauty and freshness of the surroundings and prepare for an adventurous night walk in the cloud forest. Your guide will be there to assist you and you can learn more about the habits of the area's nocturnal wildlife including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, and keep your eyes and ears open on this slow-paced walk.
Day 5 - Monteverde
You have a free day to roam around Monteverde. Explore the cloud forest region, go for canopy zip lining and hanging bridge tours, visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden to see and opt for a horse ride as well.
Day 6 - Monteverde to Santa Teresa
It's time to head off to the Pacific Coast of Santa Teresa and enjoy the waves. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Beginners and intermediate surfers alike should take advantage of the two included surf lessons to fine-tune skills. Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located next to Malpais, take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.
Day 7 - Free Day at Santa Teresa
Hit the beach for another surfing lesson and then, you can simply chill & relax, and soak yourself in the sun! Explore the beach shacks and savor the flavors of the authentic cuisine.
Day 8 - Travel back from Santa Teresa to San José
You can go for the last surf at Santa Teresa, before embarking on your journey back to San José. In the evening, you can opt to explore the markets and pick up some souvenirs for your friends & family back at home.
Day 9 - Depart from San Jose
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
Dates & Cost
- Surfing Lessons & Beach time (Santa Teresa)
- Guided mountain biking excursion (Arenal)
- Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Hotels (8 nights)
- Meals - 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hotels (8 nts).
Meals Included - 2 breakfasts
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.