Costa Rica South

Costa Rica South Trip: 10 Days

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We really get to know where this country got its name by visiting both coasts in one 10-day adventure!  

We will have a real chance to soak in those Caribbean vibes, traditional foods, local music, and SLOTHS! Sloths everywhere! Sit back, relax, and get your tan on or hike, bike, and raft through the heart of the jungle and along the beaches. Epic wildlife and adrenaline-fuelled activities will keep you thinking about returning to Puerto Viejo before you even leave

Catch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea in the morning, then head over to the Pacific Ocean to catch the sunset that night with drinks in hand! It is now time for the other culture that Costa Rica is known for - Surf Culture! Try it out for yourself or sit back and watch. Either way, you will feel at home visiting this sweet little surf town. With heaps to do with loads of fun people, you can finally start that healthy yoga and surf lifestyle.  In addition you can explore the mangroves, swim under waterfalls and finish off the day with unforgettable beach fires and ice-cold cervezas. It is time to learn the real meaning of PURA VIDA.

Just got back from the 10-day trip and it was amazing! It was my first time traveling solo and I can’t wait to do another Free & Easy trip soon. The group was awesome and the activities were well-planned and so much fun. White water rafting (included in the trip cost) was incredible and the leaders went out of their way to set up a zip-lining excursion for a few of us even though it wasn’t on the original itinerary. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience somewhere new, make new friends and enjoy the culture and beautiful beaches of Central America.

- Lindsey, March 2018


  • Day 1   (Alajuela)

    Group flights arrive in San Jose, stay at nearby Alajuela Backpacker’s and get to know your new travel family over cold beers and pizza.  The next morning we head out and start our adventure!

  • Day 2-5   (Puerto Viejo)

    Early morning departure for white water rafting on Costa Rica’s infamous Rio Pacuare (includes buffet breakfast and lunch in the jungle, the whole trip covered by FnEZ).

    Road trip in our own private minibus (A/C, stereo & cooler) and arrive in the late afternoon into the rasta Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo. Spend the following days with optional activities like our FnEZ beach bicycle parade, waterfall day trip, Jaguar Rescue Centre tour and the infamous Tasty Tuesday Party with our good friends at Tasty Waves Cantina!

  • Day 6-10   (Dominical)

    Catch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea as we say "adios" to Puerto Viejo, then road trip over to the Pacific Ocean to catch the sunset that night.

    Domincal is a small little surf town on the south Pacific coast.  Rather than shiny 5-star hotels and large supermarkets you will find locally grown farmers markets, unique independent run bars/restaurants.  Some say the janky road to Domincal is what has helped keep its authenticity.

    The open beaches are perfect to explore, grab a cool beer, or surf and swim in the warm pacific water.  Keep an eye our for wildlife because the south pacific side of Costa Rica is the most prolific part of when it comes to land and marine animals alike. 

    On Day 9 we head back to Alajuela (as late as possible) just to get some sleep and be ready to head home the next day.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure.

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

What's included?

  • The Free & Easy Commitment

    We strive to ensure everyone who wants to travel has the opportunity to have the most epic experience ever. Free & Easy delivers awe-inspiring travel experiences and creates lifelong connections between incredible people + incredible places.

    See below for more details about what else is included in this amazing adventure.

  • Included Experiences: Costa Rica South 10
    • White Water Rafting down the Pacuare River
    • Visit Jaguar Rescue Centre & Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Kayak / Stand Up Padde (SUP) board through Mangrove forrest
    • Rainforest hike in the Marino Ballena national park
    • Visit secluded waterfalls
    • Visit the Whale Tail Beach at Uvita
    • Swim in both Caribbean and Pacific oceans
    • All Free & Easy travelers will have access to our industry leading app to help manage your trip.  This provides pre-trip planning advice, itinerary management, activity suggestions for free time, maps, chat support and more!
  • Accommodation: Costa Rica South 10

    All accommodations - We send our trip planners to each of our destinations so they can do on the ground, research. Checking for the best location, comfort and vibe that we can get for our budget while also supporting local businesses.

  • Transportation: Costa Rica South 10

    All transport - On this trip we will be using our own private minibus (A/C, stereo & cooler).

  • Leaders: Costa Rica South 10

    1-2 group leaders - Our staff is consistently ranked as the #1 reason that people loved their trips. We meet most of our leaders while traveling with them so we can see in person if they are fun yet responsible, cool yet down to earth, professional yet laid back. This creates that perfect mix which makes our "tours" feel like a group of friends.

  • Optional Experiences: Costa Rica South 10
    • Yoga lessons
    • Horseback riding
    • Snorkeling
    • Surfing
    • Ziplining
    • See sea fishing
    • Scuba diving
    • Whale and dolphin watching 
    • National park day trips
    • Overnight hike to observatory lounge in Corcovado national park
    • Day trip to Caño Island
    • Swim in waterfalls
    • Caribbean cooking class 
    • Beach BBQ
    • Explore museums in the capital city

    And so much more! If you're interested in something that isn't on the list just ask us, if it's possible we will find you some options. We are here to help you find your ideal trip!

  • Not Included
    • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
    • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
    • Any Visa or Visa fees

    Find out how much spending money you will need here.

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