Coast-to-Coast Abroad: Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua

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What’s the best way to explore two Central American countries? Go on a cross-country expedition with Outward Bound Costa Rica and trek from the Caribbean to the Pacific! Our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester is an 85-day course with an immersive journey on foot through valleys and lush rainforests for 26 days.

You will have the opportunity to brush up on your Spanish and immerse in Costa Rican traditions while through a homestay with a family in a rural area. Boost your leadership and raft-guiding skills through challenging and exhilarating whitewater rafting excursions. Explore remote tropical islands on a kayak and catch some waves on world-renowned beaches.

Then, travel to neighboring countries - Panama and Nicaragua. Go scuba diving in tropical waters and take part in service learning projects. Engage with natives through activities like sailing, wakeboarding, and snorkeling. At the end of the program, you will earn First Aid and CPR certifications, as well as up to 12 academic credits.

Visit our website to learn more, send us an inquiry, or contact our Enrollment Manager directly by calling +1 800-676-2018 (toll-free) or emailing

Program Highlights

Enroll in an exciting semester course that enlightens you of Central America’s beautiful outdoors and rich cultures.

Experience the diversity of three picturesque Central American countries: Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.

Become truly immersed with the environment and distinct cultures of these countries.

Take part in exhilarating outdoor activities, such as kayaking, scuba diving, and surfing.

Earn CPR/AED/First Aid and Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver certifications, as well as academic credits.

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Coast to coast 2018

- United States

May 1, 2018

Outward Bound Costa Rica exceeded every expectation I had for my 85 day Coast to Coast semester. The course allowed us to experience the traditional culture of 3 different countries in Central America as well as teaching us everything we needed to know to get started with a career in the outdoor education industry. From community service projects to whitewater rafting, backpacking, surfing, scuba diving and more, this course was built for anyone that wants to push themselves both physically and mentally to become a better person, and for anyone that loves adventure. I couldn't recommend this company or their instructors enough, I wish everyone could experience OBCR!

Open up!

- United States

May 18, 2016

Open up your view of the world physically, emotionally, mentally. spiritually, and everything in between with Costa Rica Outward Bound. I was a student on the Coast to Coast Expedition, and while the title expedition was my favorite part of the trip, every phase had strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. Surfing is a lesson in perseverance. With no surfing experience, for me the phase was just continuous wipe-outs in the exhausting waves, but I think I got somewhere toward the end.... Anyway, SCUBA diving was absolutely amazing. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in Panama were just absolutely glorious ways to experience the wonders of the Caribbean. And the hike! The hike was an ever-evolving journey as a team to traverse the width of the fabulous country of Costa Rica. I loved the roads, the people, the group development, the mountains, the food, and the satisfying pain from having walked miles and miles carrying heavily loaded packs. The organization of the trip could be frustrating at times, but it really just takes a positive attitude to get through lateness, missing gear, an absent sailboat captain, etc. As for group dynamics, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe your instructors are perfect for you and your group; maybe you clash. Maybe your group works ridiculously well together; maybe you fall apart daily. Maybe you do a bit of both. Everything about the trip is a risk worth taking.

Program Details

  • Age Requirement Varies
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  • Costa Rica: Cartago, Guanacaste, Limon, Manuel Antonio, Nicoya Peninsula, Quepos, Rural Areas, San Jose, Talamanca, Turrialba

    Nicaragua: Rivas

    Panama: Bocas del Toro

  • Subjects & Courses


    Conservation & Preservation


    Earth Sciences


    Environmental Studies

    Foreign Language

    Latin American Studies


    Liberal Arts

    Marine Biology


    Service Learning


    Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

  • Year(s) Offered


    Terms Available



  • Age Requirement Varies

  • Worldwide

  • Contact Provider for Cost Details

  • Plenty of fun outdoor activities!
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  • Dormitory


  • Experience Required


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