Nature in Panama

Under the tropical waters of Panama lies a plethora of amazing fish and coral reef! While scuba diving or even just cruising along the sandy beaches, you can see the colorful arrangement of amazing marine life throughout the Panama Sea. 1. Parrot Fish These colorful fish ranging up to 4 feet have beak-like jaws and […] Read More >

Girl Scouts Destinations Update- July 23rd

Saturday was a big day as we welcomed our last round of Girl Scout Destinations programs for the summer! Rainforest, River & Reef, Catching Waves, and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure bonded together sharing their experiences on Saturday as they awaited their Outward Bound Costa Rica adventures! Every Wednesday stay up to date with for […] Read More >

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #3 Update- July 18th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay started on the trail Sunday heading only a few feet away to our local reserve where they geared up to complete their first service project. During the service project students teamed together as they shoveled and raked away scattered debris throughout the trails while learning about the importance of preserving the […] Read More >

Pacific Wave & Water #1 Update – July 18th

Our first Pacific Wave & Water summer expedition course  kicked off their week with a service project on our local reserve at the Tres Rios rainforest base before heading out to catch their first waves! The students plus instructors Jorge and Spencer headed behind base on Sunday where they gave a helping hand in clearing […] Read More >

Top 5 Reasons to Take a Gap Year

The gap year, already an established rite-of-passage in the UK and Australia, is quickly gaining popularity among U.S. students and parents. Many top universities such as Harvard and Princeton are now encouraging students to take a gap year before entering college and even providing sponsored opportunities for students to work and live abroad before their […] Read More >

Girl Scouts Destination Update-July 16th

This week our Girl Scout Destination Programs were out and about throughout Costa Rica & Panama keeping busy with service projects, scuba diving, turtle conservation and many more exciting activities! Join us every Wednesday for the latest Girl Scout photos and information! Scuba & Sea Turtle #2 Last week, Girl Scouts of Scuba & Sea […] Read More >

New Staff Update!

Every season we get excited for new staff to join our energetic team here at Outward Bound Costa Rica! Although some new members spend more time here than others we are eager to welcome three new faces to the rainforest base. Our first new staff member is Valerie McKeon coming on board as our new […] Read More >

The Journey to Piedras Blancas

Step into your boots, strap on your backpack, and open your eyes to prepare for the beautiful journey to Piedras Blancas, one that few outsiders ever see on their average trip to Costa Rica.  The trek to Piedras has many scenic routes with views of high mountain ranges, sweeping flatland’s and machete-carved trails that  lead […] Read More >

Caribbean Scuba & Service #1 Update- July 11th

This week after students completed and passed their National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) certifications they took to the waters for a sea kayaking and sail expedition on the island of Solarte. Students paddled four hours through the calm rapids around  the archipelago Bocas del Toro weaving in and out of mangroves while enjoying the tranquility […] Read More >

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #2 Update-July 11th

Last week, students rounded out their July 4th weekend rappelling down the rushing waterfall and headed to the last homestay of their hike at the Hernan residence overlooking the beautiful Rio Savegre. During one students reflection after the hike he described his overall best memory of the course saying, “Arriving at the homestay after a […] Read More >

Girl Scouts Destination Update- July 9th

We have had a busy week here at Outward Bound Costa Rica as we said “adios” to some amazing  Girl Scouts and “bienvenidos” to others as we geared up for our next Girl Scout Destinations programs. This week, the girls arrived to the rainforest base during the exhilaration of the World Cup as local Ticos […] Read More >


Hola! The students left the rainforest base early Monday morning with instructors Zach and Danny to start the their rugged trek through Cruce Tonito. The heavy rain made good use of their hiking equipment as students trudged through the challenging conditions and bonded together as they set up camp for their first stay under the […] Read More >

Caribbean Scuba & Service Update #1- July 4th

This week marked the beginning of our first summer enrollment scuba diving course as the students made their way to the beautiful islands of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. The students had many activities to look forward to in Panama including viewing the intricate coral reefs and wide variety of sea animals, an official NAUI Dive certification, […] Read More >


Here is another Girl Scout Destination programs update! Join us every Wednesday to stay up to date with the latest Girl Scout news and also check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more updates. Pura Vida!   Service Challenge #1 Today, the girls are testing out their teamwork skills as they raft down the […] Read More >

Rainforest Hike & Homestay Update: June 27th

Hola! When we last left off, students had made the trek to the Lopez family homestay where they got a first-hand lesson on how to harvest pure Costa Rican sugarcane and turn it into candy using the traditional Trapiche tool, cauldrons, molds and a lot of hard work. After getting their fill, they spent their […] Read More >

Girl Scout Update: June 25th

Our Girl Scout Destination programs kicked off this weekend to begin exploring Costa Rica and Panama Outward Bound style! Join us every Wednesday to stay up to date with the latest Girl Scout news and also check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more updates. Pura Vida! Service Challenge #1 The Girl Scouts […] Read More >


This Saturday, our first batch of Summer Expedition students were greeted with the exhilaration of the World Cup as the small airport pickup area came alive with Ticos celebrating the unprecedented win of Costa Rica versus Uraguay. Upon arrival to the rainforest base students were welcomed by local instructors Diego and Danny and descended down […] Read More >

Girl Scout Alum Chosen By Microsoft To Spread Her Love Of Sciences To Girls Around The World

Many of our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni go on to do amazing things after course. Our Girl Scout Destination alumna Laura F. has taken the lessons and confidence that she gained on course and is spreading her love of science to other girls around the globe. Laura’s Science for Success program started out as […] Read More >

A Weekend of Whitewater, Canopy, and Waterfalls

The communications team can usually be found plugging away on our computers at the rainforest base. During the week we focus on connecting with talented instructors, chatting with future students, and making sure stories and photos from course are shared with the outside world. But when the weekend rolls around, we can be found pursuing […] Read More >

Live the Adventure Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Our Live the Adventure Photo Contest is now closed! We received a range of entries, all of which highlighted our fans’ adventurous lives and were accompanied by inspirational captions and quotes.  We loved seeing peoples ideas of what “Live the Adventure” really means, whether that was an epic sunset or spending time with friends. We asked fans on our […] Read More >