Guanacaste Zone 2
Take beaches teeming with seashells and turtles, add in volcanos, colorful rainforests, hot springs and some monkey filled safaris and you get this tempting new tour Costa Rica’s tropical northwest coast. Voyage off of the beaten path discover the “Texas of Central America,” Guanacaste’s Rio Celeste and Playa Conchal. Sip rich coffee you help harvest at local plantation, walk along rivers painted the color of the sky, kayak through crystal waters, hike Tenorio Park and set sail on sundrenched catamaran cruise. Snorkel rocky coral reefs alongside dolphins, manta rays, turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Featuring private guide, chauffer, delicious meals and dazzling luxury hotels, Pura Vida!
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Ricon de la Vieja.
Take in a four-hour guided rainforest hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park today. You´ll experience the wealth of flora and fauna of this area, culminating in an astounding view of the main attraction - the Rio Celeste waterfall and river. You´ll also see the teñideros, the place where the river takes on a magical color. This park also has thermal water springs where you can take a rejuvenating hot bath surrounded by the rainforest. (includes water bottle, fruit, guide, and admission fee to the park).
Note on the Rio Celeste: It is possible that during extreme weather conditions of constant, long-lasting, heavy rains, the river may lose its coloration due to mud carried in the water. However, a few hours (5 or 6) of calm weather can restore the expected coloration. With this eventual exception mentioned above, The Rio Celeste can be visited any time of the year.
After a private transfer of approximately 45 minutes, you'll get to learn about how coffee is made on a privately guided 2 hour walking tour today. Leaving from Rio Celeste hotel you'll walk along a trail to a nearby coffee plantation, where you will meet the owner of the mill, “Don Juan”. He will accompany you to start your tour around his farm and will show in great detail, the entire process of collecting and washing coffee. Make your way to his house where you will see a completely handmade process of hulled and roasted beans before tasting a cup of coffee.
The tour will begin from the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel. Touring the village, you will pass through primary forest and secondary forest breathing fresh air and seeing species such as: capuchin monkeys, sloths, howler monkeys, anteaters and raccoons. During the tour you can also observe some birds like toucans, trogons, parrots, parakeets, common hawks, turkeys, white hawk and monarch butterflies. You will then arrive at a viewpoint from where you can see Nicaragua Lake, Caño wildlife refuge, the Arenal, Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. After watching these wonders, enjoy a delicious typical lunch cooked over a wood fire at La Posada Rio Celeste.
After lunch, you will be brought back to Rio Celeste Hotel.
Transfer by private vehicle with English speaking driver from Rio Celeste to Playa Conchal, Guanacaste.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is Starwood's first all-inclusive resort. Embrace blissful relaxation by knowing your food, drink and activities are all included*.
This tour will take you along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and rain forest. Once on board the New Marlin Del Ray an introductory speech is given, the anchor is pulled and you motor sail to one of the many pristine beaches in the area. En route look for turtles, dolphins, flying fish or whales. You can also cast a fishing line off the back. Then eventually pull into a secluded bay and drop anchor. Snorkel equipment is provided and the guests are given an hour to swim among the rocky reefs looking for exotic sea life. You will be able to enjoy the exhilarating performance of a catamaran, lounge in the sun, use kayaks, and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish. While guests enjoy the bay, the crew prepares a light lunch. Following lunch staff pull anchor, raise the sails and casually motor sail across the bay. Then arrive at the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky explodes into a multitude of colors. The friendly, professional crew will ensure your comfort and safety during this spectacular journey along the Costa Rican coast, a trip you’ll be sure to remember. You will disembark the Marlin Del Rey as the sun sinks below the horizon. Light lunch of BBQ chicken, guacamole, cookies/chips, fruit and beer, cocktails, juices and soft drinks included.
Westin Playa Conchal offers an impressive collection of carefully-tailored activities for the entire family. Choose among invigorating water sports, championship golf, healthful spa treatments, inspiring eco-adventures and more!
Family Activities include a Supervised Westin Kids Club® and an Arcade/Game Room.
Leisure activities includes: WestinWORKOUT Gym® , THE SPA at The Westin Playa Conchal, Expert recreation & sports ream, Spectacular lagoon-style swimming pool and whirlpool, Activities center, Royal Beach Lounge, Family Club Lounge, Royal Beach Pool, Championship golf course, Tennis courts, Beach access, Beach volleyball, Skeet shooting, Tennis lessons, Kayaking, Karaoke, Free use of bicycles on site, Snorkeling, Fishing, Close vicinity to inspiring Costa Rican National Parks.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport in Liberia.
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is located on the slopes of the foot of the Tenorio Volcano and just 2 km from the Tenorio National Park Entrance. The comfortable casitas are tucked away throughout the gardens of Rio Celeste Hotel, offering guests complete privacy, with only the sounds of the rainforest to lull you to sleep. Tastefully designed, the casitas reflect the natural setting with ceilings fashioned from bamboo, wood floors and artfully tiled bathrooms with 'his and hers' vanities, soaker tubs and secluded outdoor showers. Relax and unwind on spacious decks as the tropical rainforest melodies.
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is an all-inclusive resort boasting all the features and amenities you could want for a stimulating, balancing, and restful vacation. For outdoor revival, take advantage of the stunning fresh water pool or tee off at the 18-hole Reserva Conchal Golf Course. Work up a sweat at the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or indulge in a decadent treatment at The Spa. Guests of the Royal Beach Rooms and suites enjoy a range of additional amenities, including exclusive access to the Royal Beach Club Lounge and to the adult-only Royal Beach Club Pool with bali beds and swim-up bar.
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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