Costa Rica Family Adventure

7 days from $1,599 pp based on a family of 4*
  • Private wildlife tours and activities ensure fun for the whole family.
  • Visit the scenic La Paz Waterfall Gardens deep within a rainforest.
  • Enjoy a day of kayaking, river tubing, mountain biking, wall climbing, and rope courses.
  • Spot an array of exotic wildlife in Manuel Antonia National Park.
  • Family-friendly accommodations.
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Experience the exotic as a family, as you hike through cloud forests to serene waterfalls, explore the ecosystem of the jungle canopy from hanging bridges, and discover the incredible wildlife of renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.

If hitting the local arcade is your family’s idea of an adventure, then you’re in desperate need of a Costa Rican vacation. This package will have the whole family exploring tropical rainforests, volcanos, and discovering an array of exotic wildlife from toucans and parrots to monkeys and sloths . Catch your breath in San Jose, the country’s capital, then set off to discover family fun in Arenal and Manuel Antonio accompanied by your private guide & driver. Visit the crater's edge at Poas Volcano, and explore La Paz Waterfall Gardens deep in the rainforest. Find your family suspended within the jungle canopy as you walk along hanging bridges. Enjoy an exciting float along the Peñas Blancas River on a rafting safari. Experience the vast and active wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park with a private guide – a place where monkeys are no strangers, and often come right down to the beach in a moment of brave curiosity. At night, spend time in relaxing accommodations that offer all the comforts of home. It’s all here for you and your children. As they say in Costa Rica, pura vida! ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José
    San José
    • Meet and Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (30 mins) - Vehicle/Driver(5)
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package(4)
  • Day 2 San José to Arenal
    San José to Arenal
    • San José - Arenal [via Poas & La Paz Waterfall Gardens (with Lunch) (approx 7.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Wildlife Safari Float (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Raft/Guide
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 5 Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    • Arenal - Manuel Antonio [with Crocodile Boat Tour (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Si Como No Resort: Butterfly Garden entrance included - Entrance
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Manuel Antonio - San José [ Airport - 3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: San José

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Relax during your short, 30 minute private Airport transfer in San Jose.

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.

Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson

Situated three blocks from Paseo Colón, the city's main avenue, and walking distance of downtown, the Park Inn hotel's location in San José is perfect for vacations. Sample local and international cuisine at RBG Bar & Grill, and enjoy a dip in the shimmering outdoor pool. After a long day exploring San José, Costa Rica, this hotel's comfortable accommodations are just what you need to relax. In-room amenities like free wireless Internet access and 42-inch flat-screen televisions make it easy to unwind after your adventures in the city. This hotel's property in San José provides you with all the features you need for a perfect stay.

San Jose
San Jose
Park Inn by Radisson
Park Inn by Radisson

Day 2: San José - Arenal

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel to transfer north towards la Fortuna and Arenal volcano via the mountains of the Central Valley. Your first stop is at the Poas Volcano where you will have a chance to walk right up to the craters edge. You will then head over for a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  As you ascend up the central valley mountain range we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation dotted with coffee plantations fern plantations and strawberry farms. Continue to the La Paz Water Fall Garden where your guide will walk you through a trail leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest.  Inside the park, will visit the serpentarium, hummingbird gallery, toucans, a butterfly garden and frog exhibit where you will get an up close and personal encounter with the many animals that are housed at the La Paz rescue center and animal exhibit. Lunch is included at La Paz. After lunch, continue the trip north towards the Arenal Volcano.

 Includes: private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance & guided tour, lunch at La Paz Waterfall.

 

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort

The Arenal Springs Hotel provides guests with a harmonious combination of relaxation and comfort in a truly surreal and picturesque tropical setting. The hotel features colonial style rooms with all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious retreat. The rooms feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows, and well as a spacious private bathroom with a garden-style shower. Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park. Marvel at the outstandingly green, and fertile natural beauty that surrounds you and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano.

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Springs Resort

Day 3: Arenal

Prepare for an exciting outing as you explore the jungles of Arenal on a private guided tour atop the famed Hanging Bridges.  This weaving system of hanging bridges allows visitors to explore the upper and lower canopies of this amazing area.  This bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 metres through some of the dense jungle area which surround the Arenal mountainous sub-forest.  A variety of wildlife can be seen whilst walking about on this dynamic bridge system including howler monkeys, and a plethora of exotic birds.  For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3.5 fun-filled hours.

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort
Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 4: Arenal

Prepare for a unique, floating wildlife safari today beginning at your hotel, as you are warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for a transfer to the Peñas Blancas River embarkation point.  Once aboard the vessel, enjoy a privately guided, 2 hour safari-style floating adventure down the lower Peñas Blancas River. Relax and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the beautiful rainforest; listening to the sounds and observing the sights of this amazing tropical setting. Keep keen eyes out for locale wildlife including monkeys, toucans, Jesus Christ Lizards (they actually walk on water!), caimans, iguanas and a wide assortment of bird species. Some of the many birds that call this forested area home include the Costa Rican National bird the yigüirro, various species of macaws, quetzals, hummingbirds and pelicans.  The tour will begin in the morning and span approximately 3 exciting hours.

Today is a full day spent at leisure.

Optional Activities (Not Included):
Here is your chance to explore while visiting the Arenal and La Fortuna area. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try some white-water rafting, waterfall rappelling, zip canopy tours, lake kayaking, biking, ATV touring, extreme hiking and much more!  If you prefer something a little more low-key, why not head out for some horseback riding, a wildlife safari float or visit Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve!

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort
Scarlet Macaw with ruffled feathers
Scarlet Macaw with ruffled feathers
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

Day 5: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Your driver & guide will meet you at your hotel to transfer to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. At about the half way point, you will stop for a private guided Crocodile Boat Tour. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of 4 rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals measuring up to 15ft long. In addition to the crocodiles, over 50 different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards are very common as well.

The Jungle Crocodile Safari tour time is 1.5 hours in length. You will head down river as the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. Enjoy a local buffet lunch after the boat tour.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance, tour to Tarcoles River and Lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Si Como No Resort

Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a very special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.  Borrowing its name from the local expression, “si como no,” this stunning Greentique Hotel resort is the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. The rooms all strike the perfect balance of design and comfort; contoured into the surrounding jungle hillside of the property’s ten acres. The two dining concepts featured present an elegantly poised atmosphere set in a jungle terrace location, as well as a more casual experience providing a Banana Flambé fire show and canopied dining area.  Furthermore, utilizing many natural ingredients from local gardens, the Cala Spa is dedicated to providing a comfortable and tranquil ambience for revitalizing care. Of all the resorts in Manuel Antonio, you won’t find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel.

Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for your transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park for a private guided tour. Get ready to relax on beaches with troops of monkeys that frequent the area. The park consists of mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands and is bordered by the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is a haven for over 100 mammal species including the highly endangered squirrel monkey, or "mono titi". For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3 fun-filled hours and a return transfer to the hotel is provided at the conclusion of the tour.

Please note: If you would like to stay within the park, on your own, to enjoy the trails and/or beaches please ensure you bring cash with you to take a return taxi to the hotel later in the day.

Your stay at Si Como No includes free admission to the Butterfly Garden located in front of the hotel. Your self-guided tour here will allow you to find more than 10 species of butterflies inside a uniquely designed 1000 square foot atrium garden.

Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time in Manuel Antonio. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and much more! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add in anything activity-wise to your itinerary on this day.

Accommodation: Si Como No Resort
White-Headed Capuchin Monkey
White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José Airport today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Park Inn by Radisson : San José

Situated three blocks from Paseo Colón, the city's main avenue, and walking distance of downtown, the Park Inn hotel's location in San José is perfect for vacations. Sample local and international cuisine at RBG Bar & Grill, and enjoy a dip in the shimmering outdoor pool. After a long day exploring San José, Costa Rica, this hotel's comfortable accommodations are just what you need to relax. In-room amenities like free wireless Internet access and 42-inch flat-screen televisions make it easy to unwind after your adventures in the city. This hotel's property in San José provides you with all the features you need for a perfect stay.

Park Inn by Radisson
Park Inn by Radisson

Arenal Springs Resort: Arenal

The Arenal Springs Hotel provides guests with a harmonious combination of relaxation and comfort in a truly surreal and picturesque tropical setting. The hotel features colonial style rooms with all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious retreat. The rooms feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows, and well as a spacious private bathroom with a garden-style shower. Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park. Marvel at the outstandingly green, and fertile natural beauty that surrounds you and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Springs Resort

Si Como No Resort: Manuel Antonio

Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a very special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.  Borrowing its name from the local expression, “si como no,” this stunning Greentique Hotel resort is the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. The rooms all strike the perfect balance of design and comfort; contoured into the surrounding jungle hillside of the property’s ten acres. The two dining concepts featured present an elegantly poised atmosphere set in a jungle terrace location, as well as a more casual experience providing a Banana Flambé fire show and canopied dining area.  Furthermore, utilizing many natural ingredients from local gardens, the Cala Spa is dedicated to providing a comfortable and tranquil ambience for revitalizing care. Of all the resorts in Manuel Antonio, you won’t find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel.

Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Bob More — April 21, 2014 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

  • MikeCoke — April 09, 2013 — Central America

    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.

    Have fun.

    Mike

  • L Huber — April 03, 2013 — Central America

    Hi Erika

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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