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Costa Rica & Panama

Costa Rica Panama Trip: 10 Days

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Caribbean Retreat

This chilled out 10-day trip is all about the Caribbean vibe: white-sand beaches, reggae music, hammock siestas, and serene turquoise water. We journey down to the Rastafarian town of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica by rafting down the extravagant Rio Pacuare, named 1 of the 5 most beautiful rivers in the world by National Geographic!

We then settle in the wonderland of Bocas del Toro in Panama to experience everything that the Caribbean has to offer. There's a very cool mixture of Latin and Creole culture present in this region and English-speaking locals give you a break from practicing your Spanish to joke about with the people here.

There’s also some stellar diving and snorkeling in the unbelievably clear water, as well as very underrated waves for surfing on the picturesque Caribbean beaches. And no trip through the Caribbean is complete without hopping on a yacht and gliding across the crystal waters with a beverage of your choice in hand and your entire Free & Easy group around you!

Just got back from the Costa Rica/Panama 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

Itinerary

  • Day 1   (Alajuela, San José)

    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, Costa Rica)

    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).

    Continue on a coaster bus (with AC) 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 6-8   (Bocas del Toro, Panama)

    Take a short shuttle to the Costa Rica border and cross into Panama! Take another shuttle and then a speedboat to the islands of Bocas Del Toro and stay right on the water at our guesthouse.

    Spend the following days with optional activities like coral surfing (under sea deep boarding), snorkeling, surfing, fishing, a catamaran booze cruise, or exploring and shopping around the funky vibes of Bocas Town.

  • Day 9-10   (Alajuela, San José)

    Take a speedboat back to the mainland, shuttle to the Costa Rica border and shuttle to a lunch spot along the Caribbean coastline.

    Continue on via a coaster bus (AC) to Alajuela Backpackers where you can laugh about your adventure with your new best friends over cold beer, rum, and pizza! 

Pura Vida!

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 & Panama 10
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    • NEW for 2021! 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!
    • White Water Rafting down the Pacuare River
    • Underwater surfing session (Deep Boarding)
    • Jaguar Rescue Centre Tour
    • Party at the Famous Tasty Waves Cantina
    • Sunset beach BBQ
    • Buffet breakfast and lunch during White Water Rafting day trip
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  • Accommodation: Costa Rica & Panama 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 & Panama 10

    All transport - This trip will find us taking private A/C vans and boats

  • Leaders: Costa Rica & Panama 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 & Panama 10
    • Caribbean bicycle tour
    • Caribbean Cooking Class
    • Fishing
    • Wreck Diving and SCUBA 
    • Night Snorkeling over bioluminescent reefs
    • Hike to a Waterfall
    • Chocolate farm tour
    • Catamaran booze cruise
    • Caving
    • Surfing 
    • Spa day and Massage
    • Rent ATV's and Explore Caribbean the island
    • Visit Red Frog Beach and other Islands
    • 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 try and 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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