(Mountain Pine Ridge)
Kids of every age go wild for this unBelizable adventure packed with family flair. Encounter sea turtles, manta rays, monkeys and a kaleidoscope of nature’s wonders on this exotic escape by land and sea aboard your family’s own private catamaran from Ambergris Caye, through the Cayes tropical islands and ending in the jungles of Belize. Enjoy swimming with friendly sharks, playing with dolphins, tropical villages, biking adventures, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, mouthwatering beach picnics, kayaking excursions, jungle safaris or simply sit back relax and do nothing at all! Customize each day to suit your clan's unique style of action, relaxation and adventure! This unforgettable private guided journey features all the fun listed above, delicious meals, kidtastic guides, pre-post cruise family properties, lots of time at the beach, internal flights and much more. This is the stuff family legends are made of.
A direct flight from Belize City International airport will take you to San Pedro, Amergris Caye.
An airport transfer (courtesy of your hotel).
Enjoy some leisure time on the tranquil shores of Ambergris Caye. Optional activities are available at your resort (scuba diving, watersports, snorkelling, kayaking).
Hol Chan means Little Channel in Mayan, and it's a natural break on the barrier reef where the ocean depth ranges from 3 to 30 feet. Enjoy the breathtaking myriad of marine life and huge coral garden, with its flourishing stag horn corals and sea fans. Shark Ray Alley is a shallow water snorkel where you'll swim with harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays - this trip is a famous snorkel trip and a "must do" for Belize. Note: This is a shared tour, not private. National Park fee of $10 per person not included.
Board the catamaran Aubisque and stow your gear, as you prepare for your three night sailing adventure. Aubisque is equipped with kayaks, snorkel gear, and fishing equipment to keep you occupied, or you could just sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Ambergris Caye is the most northerly Caye in Belize and touches the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico. Lying only a quarter of a mile from the barrier reef, it’s one of the best locations in the world for scuba diving, snorkeling and sports fishing. The main town San Pedro has the broadest range of tourist amenities in Belize, including art and craft shops, boutique hotels, fine dining establishments and plenty of fun local eateries and establishments.
Sail to the sleepy island of Caye Caulker, fish along the way and enjoy a swim on arrival. ‘No shirt, no shoes, no problem’ is the motto of this island and typifies the vibe. The white sandy beaches, ocean breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef on its doorstep make it a perfect place to relax and unwind. A trip to Caye Caulker is not complete without a late afternoon Belikin beer or a rum punch at the Lazy Lizard bar at a place known as The Cut. It is a lively swimming area, which separates the two islands of Caye Caulker.
Swallow Caye has been declared a wildlife sanctuary to protect the manatees and other marine life that call it home. Manatees, which are also known as ‘sea cows’ are gentle, slow moving, plant-eating herbivores and their closest living relatives are elephants and aardvarks. They can grow over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. Despite being an endangered species, manatees are present in the waters of Belize and can be seen throughout the year.
Transfer to San Ignacio by private vehicle.
Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve boasts over 90 miles of well maintained trails for hiking and biking, the largest private trail network in the Pine Ridge. Trails lead through a variety of landscape from Caribbean pine forest to lush broadleaf jungle, and range from short walks to full day expeditions. Each trail has been carefully planned to focus on areas of unique and outstanding natural beauty. Also, the Biodiversity of Flora and Fauna at Hidden Valley Reserve is Vast. It is believed that Hidden Vally contains a large number of Belize's endemic species because of the reserve's many unique ecological areas. Overall, Hidden Valley Reserve is rich in faunal species with 239 confirmed vertebrate species and a total of 419 species nearby.
Hikes range in difficulty, length and interest. The staff at Hidden Valley Inn is here assist guests in custom tailoring daily expeditions to desired tastes and personal ability. All of the trails are well marked and maps are provided. For convenience and safety, hikers and bikers are given two way radios in the event a return ride or directions are needed. And guided tours are available. Hidden Valley Inn can provide pack lunches, but for or a little on-trail luxury, guests can request that lunch and drinks be set up at a pre-designated point along your route -- from a casual picnic to a luxury lunch.
For biking, complimentary use of 21-speed mountain bikes are available to guests
Meet your driver for a private transfer between San Ignacio and Belize City International Airport.
Ideally located across the second largest coral reef in the world, on the Ambergris Caye island, along with a natural white sand private beach, Matachica is a Belize resort renowned for the elegance and refinement of its 26 villas, a perfect vacation spot for calm and relaxation, 5 miles north of San Pedro. Each villa has been carefully decorated and arranged with the charm that characterizes Central America’s bright colors and exotic art. A subtle and tasteful combination of tradition and modernity aimed towards one priority: your comfort and well-being. A stay at Matachica is also the promise to discover Belize in its most authentic side, through various activities: water-taxi rides to the village of San Pedro, scuba diving in the breathtaking turquoise sea, discovering the local cuisine and its seafood influence, relaxing at the spa with organic treatments, jungle hiking within Belize’s lush vegetation. Everything is done to make your stay unforgettable in every way.
The Aubisque is a 47ft Lagoon and is the more 'vintage' boat, gorgeous wooden interiors yet with all the mod cons of AC, water maker, DVD player, TV, stereo system, hot water, etc. She's the best value boat as she as a comfortable price yet guests are going to receive all the same great service from the staff and the same level of excellent food and drinks. She also has on offer all the ‘toys’ (kayaks, fishing gear, snorkel gear, etc.)
Hidden Valley Inn is comprised of an estate lodge and just six surrounding cottages, each with two suites, making for a highly personal and exclusive vacation experience. The lodge, once the main house of the Hidden Valley estate, boasts several fireplace lounges, a handsome bar room that opens to the pool's stone terrace, beautifully surrounding gardens of orchids, lilies and bromeliads. At night, enjoy the jacuzzi under Belize's starry skies, or cozy up with a book after dinner. The interior of Hidden Valley Inn’s main house emulates Victorian plantation style in decor, combining feminine accents of elegance with the the masculine attributes of the lodge's stone hearths. While intimate in size, the common areas provide ample space for relaxation and conversation. All guests are accommodated in the cottage rooms and suites, just off of the main house via stone path.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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