Get your adrenaline flowing with a group of fellow adventurers in Costa Rica! Zipline through the Cloud Forest, whitewater raft the exotic Pacuare River, rappel down waterfalls and surf at world-famous Tamarindo Beach on this Costa Rica adventure travel tour for teens. Led by outstanding summer program leaders, this is a truly unforgettable small-group experience in a beautiful country. After this incredible experience, you’ll bring home the “Pura Vida” lifestyle along with memories that will last a lifetime!
About This Program
What it’s Like
Experience new cultures and thrilling activities in a smaller, tight-knit travel group.
This program requires an open mind towards a different culture, new foods and comfortable hotels.
A professional guide accompanies the group to assist, educate and immerse the students into the local culture.
Hotels & lodge.
Includes three meals daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Chartered deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.
Up to 24 participants.
• Zip-line and hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
• Learn to surf with professional instructors at Tamarindo Beach.
• Whitewater raft thrilling rapids on the Pacuare River.
• Sea kayak along the Pacific Coast.
• Taste the famous and delicious local coffee at Café Britt.
• Horseback ride through a Costa Rican forest.
• Experience waterfall rappelling & canyoning by Arenal Volcano.
• SCUBA dive or snorkel near Las Catalinas Islands.
• Relax in all 25 thermal water pools at Baldi Hot Springs.
• Taste traditional Costa Rican dishes like Gallo Pinto.
• Enjoy a volcanic mud bath.
• Marvel at the night sky during a beach bonfire.
Fly to San Jose and head to the Central Valley, where your orientation officially begins with some of our favorite icebreakers and “get to know you” activities.
Kick off the summer with a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure on the Pacuare River!
Explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park by horseback and hike near the volcano crater. Cover yourself at the natural mud baths and enjoy some downtime by the pool at our eco-resort.
Get set for professional surf lessons at Tamarindo Beach, where you’ll be catching waves in no time! Hop back in the water and SCUBA dive or snorkel near Las Catalinas Islands. Enjoy an evening of karaoke and a beach bonfire with new friends.
Experience a waterfall rappelling & canyoning adventure in Arenal Volcano National Park. Relax in the Baldi Thermal hot springs after an exciting day.
There is no better way to experience the unique wildlife in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve than with a thrilling zip-line excursion! Your adventure continues with a hike through the Reserve - how many sloths can you spot? End your exciting day making local cuisine at a Tico cooking class.
Taste the famous and delicious Costa Rican coffee at Café Britt while learning how it’s grown. End the day with a night of Latin dancing.
Enjoy your second set of surf lessons at Playa Dominical! Sea kayak along the Pacific Coast, paddling past scenic rock formations. Hike Diamante Verde and find hidden jungle waterfalls.
Stand-up paddleboard in the Pacific Ocean before a guided naturalist tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. You’re sure to see monkeys and sloths during this amazing experience! Continue to connect with the biodiversity this country has to offer with a visit to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation center for indigenous wildlife. End your stay here with a sunset catamaran and snorkel cruise.
Visit the Central Market filled with local handicrafts, art, and Costa Rican treats. Enjoy the Farewell banquet with your new friends.
Return Flight Home From San Jose
Say farewell to your new friends as you part ways for your return home. The summer might be over, but all the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Our groups will be staying at a few carefully selected hotels in the Central Valley. Properties include Hotel Autentico, Hotel Adventure Inn, and La Rosa de America. Amenities at all hotels include air conditioning, internet access, and a swimming pool to enjoy.
Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica
Hacienda Guachipelin is an eco-resort set atop the mountains with an open-air restaurant overlooking the valley. Facilities include a pool, patio with hammocks, air-conditioned rooms, Wi-Fi, and recreation space.
Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica
Our group will be staying at one of the following carefully selected hotels near Flamingo Beach: Hotel Casas del Toro Hacienda, Hotel Cabinas Isolinas or Seis Playas Hotel. Amenities at all hotels include air conditioning, internet access and a swimming pool to enjoy.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Your group will stay at one of the following hotels near Arenal volcano: Hotel San Bosco, Hotel Montechiari, or Lavas Tacotal. All of the hotels offer great views of Arenal Volcano. Rooms are air-conditioned, Wi-Fi enabled, and have refreshing swimming pools.
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Enjoy incredible views of the Cloud Forest while staying in Monteverde at either Hotel Poco a Poco, the Monteverde Country Lodge, or Hotel Fonda Vela. All rooms have Wi-Fi.
Dominical, Costa Rica
Villas Rio Mar, located on the banks of the Baru River, is surrounded by lush nature in the beach town of Dominical. Located a short walk from the white sand beach, each room is air-conditioned and has wireless Internet.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Set amongst this beach resort area on the Pacific Coast, Hotel Mimos offers the ideal location to explore Manuel Antonio Park. The hotel features air-conditioned rooms, a pool, wireless internet, and a restaurant.
Flight to Costa Rica
Participants on this program have the option of joining us on a chaperoned flight to Costa Rica. The chaperoned flight will be from either a NY/NJ area airport and/or Miami, determined in the spring. Our staff will be with you from the time you check-in onward. For our many travelers from outside these areas, you can choose to join the chaperoned flight and we are happy to assist you with arranging connecting flights at suitable times. If you prefer, you may meet us in Costa Rica and we will help you coordinate your flight and times and greet you as you come through immigration and customs.
Return Flight Home From San Jose, Costa Rica
For your return from San Jose, we offer a chaperoned flight back to the USA. You may choose to join that flight and arrange transfers (if required) at suitable times after the group has cleared customs and immigration in the USA; or you may fly from San Jose to your home city and our leaders help with check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed.
Meals & New Cuisines
Part of your travel experience will be immersing yourself in the local cuisine and culture, so please bring with you an open mind and a willingness to try new things. For example, Costa Rican traditional cuisine offers plenty of rice, beans, meat dishes and tons of fresh fruit, but don’t worry, they also have North American style options on the menu.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
It’s generally okay to drink tap water in Costa Rica, except for a few select areas. As a precaution, we will provide purified drinking water in large containers so that travelers can fill up their reusable water bottles as needed.
We recommend you follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and consult with your physician for current immunizations and medication required for travelers to Costa Rica. These recommendations may change from time to time. We will send you detailed information in March (or upon enrollment if later) regarding the current recommendations for this itinerary.
You will only need one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in the packing list that will be sent to you prior to departure. Every week you may drop off your laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go.
Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes.
Not included is transportation to and from the program, snacks, personal spending money for souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?
Our staff are educators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university students, former camp counselors, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and other leaders with diverse backgrounds. Many are former participants themselves who couldn’t get enough of the Westcoast experience! Learn more about our summer leaders.
What if I need to contact my teen during the program?
Participants may bring their cell phones so parents may call and message their kids directly. You may also contact our Communication Centers which serve as the official link between programs on the road and parents. We are staffed every day during the summer and have somebody on call for after hours emergencies ready to assist you 24/7.
What is the difference between an Active Teen Tour and a Global Adventure program?
Our Active Teen Tours offer larger group sizes (generally 35-48 participants) and travel in deluxe motor coaches. Accommodations include quality hotels and fun college residences.
Global Adventures are smaller group experiences (generally up to 26 participants). Groups travel by private motor coaches and occasional public transportation internationally, and use passenger vans in the USA. While these programs have a slightly bigger focus on adventure travel, we stay in quality hotels and lodges, always ensuring a good night’s rest.