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Two guys toast their fruity cocktails to a sunset on the beach.
Chelsea Autor
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Chelsea Autor
A group of travelers sit on their paddle boards out on a calm ocean watching the sunset.
Mirjana Wright
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Samuel Dow
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Josh Fink
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Costa Rica Intro: 7 days in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Intro

Join Free & Easy Traveler in Costa Rica for an in-depth Intro Trip that offers adventure activities, epic parties, and that Pura Vida! The good life is calling, be sure to answer and you’ll get to experience 7 days of amazing surf spots along the Pacific Coast in Tamarindo and Santa Teresa. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, this trip is for you, and we’ll make sure you get the challenge you’re looking for!

Be sure to check out some of the hikes, and you’ll be lucky enough to see some amazing wildlife of land, sea, and sky. Once the sun sets and the surfboards are put away, it’s party time! From beach dance sessions to fun nights out on the town, you’ll be sure to hit your stride as a party animal. This road-trip style adventure is full of incredible sights and amazing experiences you’ll be remembering forever! 

 
Costa Rica Intro: 7 days in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Playa Tamarindo

One of the greatest surf spots on the planet, Tamarindo draws a huge array of different crowds to its huge beach lined with several amazing surf breaks. Surfing is definitely not the only thing to do here, but you're crazy if you don't at least try to paddle into a few sets. The water is warm, the sand is soft and there are perfect waves for every level of surfer whether it's your first time or you're looking to get straight pitted! We also use Tamarindo as a jumping point to explore the incredible and much more quiet beaches surrounding the town. Playa Minas, Playa Grande, Playa Negra and Playa Avellanas are just a few of the amazing beaches found near Tamarindo and we'll have our pick for where to spend the day when we feel like getting out of town. Being such a popular surf spot, Tamarindo has also grown into an infamous party spot so when you feel like throwing down there is certainly no shortage of places and people to turn it up with! 

 
Costa Rica Intro: 7 days in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
Santa Teresa

The small, surfer town of Santa Teresa stretches across a long, gravel road that runs parallel to several kilometres of very, very good beach breaks for every level of surfer. The waves of Santa Teresa have been pulling in surfers since people began travelling to Costa Rica and it continues to be the town's most popular activity. There can be a ruckus nightlife scene the odd night in Santa Teresa, but the priority of every backpacker, shopkeeper and ex-pat who's settled here is always: surf, surf, surf. And our time here on our 10-day Costa Rica trip is no different, even if we may dip into the rum at night, it'll be worked out sweating on the beaches and paddling out into the waves, because the waves and beach here is just way too good to let yourself sleep away the day in your room. Remember, there's no better cure to a hangover than catching a good wave!

Costa Rica Intro

Costa Rica Trip: 7 Days

Costa Rica Trip: 7 Days

Costa Rica Intro

Join Free & Easy Traveler in Costa Rica for an in-depth Intro Trip that offers adventure activities, epic parties, and that Pura Vida! The good life is calling, be sure to answer and you’ll get to experience 7 days of amazing surf spots along the Pacific Coast in Tamarindo and Santa Teresa. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, this trip is for you, and we’ll make sure you get the challenge you’re looking for!

Be sure to check out some of the hikes, and you’ll be lucky enough to see some amazing wildlife of land, sea, and sky. Once the sun sets and the surfboards are put away, it’s party time! From beach dance sessions to fun nights out on the town, you’ll be sure to hit your stride as a party animal. This road-trip style adventure is full of incredible sights and amazing experiences you’ll be remembering forever! 

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Costa Rica Intro: 7 days in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Intro

Join Free & Easy Traveler in Costa Rica for an in-depth Intro Trip that offers adventure activities, epic parties, and that Pura Vida! The good life is calling, be sure to answer and you’ll get to experience 7 days of amazing surf spots along the Pacific Coast in Tamarindo and Santa Teresa. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, this trip is for you, and we’ll make sure you get the challenge you’re looking for!

Be sure to check out some of the hikes, and you’ll be lucky enough to see some amazing wildlife of land, sea, and sky. Once the sun sets and the surfboards are put away, it’s party time! From beach dance sessions to fun nights out on the town, you’ll be sure to hit your stride as a party animal. This road-trip style adventure is full of incredible sights and amazing experiences you’ll be remembering forever! 

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Itinerary for this adventure

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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.

Day 1-2 Playa Tamarindo
The group flight arrives into Liberia, and we take shuttle transfer to Playa Tamarindo to meet up with your group. Stay at Chocolate Hostel (AC and pool). The following days will involve beach road trips, surf lessons (incl), frisbee, hammock time and pacific sunsets!
Day 3-7 Playa Santa Teresa
Road trip in our private coaster bus, Chocolito Express (AC, mini cooler and sound system), to the beautiful and tranquilo surf town of Playa Santa Teresa. Spend a day on a short road trip to Montazuma (incl) where you can hike to two waterfalls, take a dip in a natural swimming pool and cliff jumping! Spend the rest of your days in Santa Teresa with optional activities like surfing, fishing, horseback riding, beach parties and infinity pool parties overlooking the pacific coastline!

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

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.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Surf a Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it. *** PLEASE NOTE surfing is dependent on the right conditions and not always possible

Stand Up Paddling in Santa Teresa

Let’s be honest, after all the partying you’ll most likely be doing down here in Central America, you might feel the need for a little workout (or not, but let’s be optimistic). So why not try one of the most popular new sports in the Americas–Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Down in the small, surfer town of Santa Teresa you can find several kilometres of gleaming sands, crystal-clear waters and wicked beach breaks for every level of surfer…and that makes it ideal for SUP-ing as well! You don’t want to be sleeping the day away in this paradise. Time to get out in the sun and waves, and get a full body workout on your paddleboard. And hey, if you need a little break you can just stretch out and catch some rays on your board before picking that paddle back up. Not only that, but rental includes a coupla’ bevvies (we can’t say no to free booze) and even a photographer so you have some wicked pics of your ocean adventure!

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Bathe Under a Waterfall

When leaving home and hitting the road with your backpack, one thought you may have in mind is that you're not going to have another good shower for awhile. In most parts of the world water pressure is lower, there is often no hot water and you just can't seem to scrub off that distinct backpacker odour. However, there is one place where hundreds of gallons of refreshing fresh water can pour all over you in a surreal bathing experience and that spot is found at the bottom of a waterfall. When hiking around jungles, one of our favourite things to search out is a good tropical waterfall where you can swim, relax, and get right under it and let the huge torrent of water pour all over you and wash you clean! But the best part is often the simple sight of the waterfall itself, because for whatever reason there are few things in the world we find more captivating to watch than water dropping from great heights. Maybe it's because nothing falls with the grace of water, but either way it's an amazing feeling to come upon a gorgeous waterfall in the jungle and head straight into its downpour for the best shower of your life!

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation (Intro)

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight or airport taxes

Leaders

  • Knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Costa Rica (7 Days)

  • 2 amazing destinations
  • Half day surf lessons w/ snacks drinks and music
  • Beach BBQ or sushi night at Funky Monkey (weather dependent, alternative options available)
  • Day trip to the funky beach town Montezuma
  • Hike, swim & cliffjump at the Montezuma Waterfalls

Optional Activities: Costa Rica (7 Days)

  • Spearfishing / free diving / snorkelling day
  • Booze cruise
  • Horseback riding
  • Sup sunset paddleboarding
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Sunset infinity pool party 

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

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