(San José, Arenal, Manuel Antonio)
Fact: Monkeying around can bring families closer together.
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 waterfalls and tropical rainforests, meeting howler monkeys and toucans, and taking an exciting river safari. Discover family fun in San Jose, Arenal & Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve accompanied by your private guide & driver. At night, spend time in relaxing accommodations that offer all the comforts of home.
Visit La Fortuna Waterfall on your way to Arenal and swim in the crystal blue waters below. Check out the nocturnal wildlife brimming with activity on a night adventure through the rainforest. Spend an adventure filled day at The Club Rio Outdoor Centre where you can choose to go river kayaking, river tubing, horseback riding or mountain biking. Take a safari down the Penas Blancas River, a gorgeous tropical setting where you may see monkeys, Jesus Christ Lizards that actually walk on water, iguanas and a variety of exotic birds. When hunger calls, sip a tropical fruit drink as you learn to make tortillas from one of the friendly locals!
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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.
Grano de Oro is the hotel of choice for those who visit San Jose, with a reputation for hospitality and fine quality. The 40 rooms are magical and full of allure, each possessing a carefully chosen color scheme and theme. Pleasant features such as a fountain or balcony add to the appeal of each room. Grano de Oro's restaurant is recognized for its culinary success, surpassing the expectations of even the most critical guest. Set under a high ceiling, or in the romance of the outdoors, each dish is prepared with local and international influences. The subtle ambiance of the restaurant is what makes visitors return. Spend time lounging on the lawn beds of the rooftop garden terrace or choose to sink into relaxation in the jacuzzi.
Relax during this 5-hour private transfer travelling between San Jose and Arenal. En route, a scheduled stop at La Fortuna Waterfall is planned. You’ll head to the entrance of the waterfall for your first chance to marvel at the spectacular views of the actual waterfall, volcano and the surrounding area. Take time to relax and take in the natural beauty of this unique area teeming with an abundance of indigenous wildlife, flora and fauna. An opportunity to cool down and swim in the crystalline waters of the river is presented to you this afternoon if you choose. This tour is not recommended for travelers with sensitive knees. Entrance fee to waterfall is included.
Under the glow of the stars this evening you’ll head out for a two hour tour to immerse yourself in one of the most amazing natural show that you’ve ever seen, and one of the most requested and renowned tours in the area of La Fortuna. Discover the habitats that exist within the secondary forest. It is here where you will view creatures like the fascinating sloth, coatis (also known as Brazilian aardvarks), fruit bats, the impressive spectacled owl, and even the bizarre stick insect. There will also be a rare opportunity to observe over 15 rainforest frog species, including the strikingly colorful red-eyed tree frog. The advantage of this evening tour is that you will have an exclusive opportunity to view the local frog pond and snake terrariums that during these hours is magically transformed into a habitat brimming with life and activity.
Los Lagos Hotel Resort & Spa sits on 1050 acres of tropical forest and enjoys wide landscapes, with a clear, safe and spectacular view to Arenal Volcano. The property includes tropical gardens complete with butterflies, frogs, crocodiles and leave cutter ants, as well as an outstandingly large natural outdoor area. The property has elegantly designed rooms, fine dining options, and hot springs facilities. The natural hot springs get their water supply directly from pristine rainforest springs, and are natural looking hot tubs, strategically placed to receive the continuous flow of hot fresh water, full of healthy minerals, from the Arenal Volcano’s underground heat source.
An adventure filled day begins this morning as a variety of activities perfect for families are made available for you. The Springs Resort & Spa welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy some of the many adventurous activities at The Club Rio Outdoor Centre. Enjoy inflatable river kayaking, river tubing, mountain biking, wall climbing and ropes challenge courses. If you are looking for something a little more low-key, activities such as horseback riding and guided nature tours are also offered. One of the most memorable adventures for families is the tour of the spectacular Jungle Cat & Wildlife Sanctuary.
You will have a choice of enjoying two (2) of these activities today. After all that excitement, you’ll be sure to have worked up an appetite, so relax and enjoy a deliciously prepared, traditional Costa Rican lunch. Please note you must choose your two included activities a minimum of 30 days prior to the departure date.
Soak in all the sights and sounds of the beautiful tropical setting of the lower Peñas Blancas River, as you glide across the natural wonderland. This 2 hour floating safari operates at a peaceful pace, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Your expert bilingual guide will provide you with informative insight about the local flora, fauna and animal species during this tour. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of monkeys, caimans, iguanas, Jesus Christ Lizards (they actually walk on water) and a wide assortment of colourful bird species.
Enjoy this next activity perfect for the entire family, as you arrive at the residence of Doña Mara's for an exciting tortilla-making lesson! Doña Mara and her husband will welcome you with a tropical drink (pineapple, orange, coconut water) at her “rancho” (like a gazebo), where she will prepare a delicious, traditional lunch on her rustic, wood-fired stove. The entire family will enjoy getting their hands dirty as they mix corn masa and water to create the dough for some delicious home-made tortillas. Doña Mara will demonstrate how to flatten the masa dough into perfect circles, and get them ready for cooking. These delicious home-made tortillas will then accompany the lunch served this afternoon (included).
Here is your chance to explore or enjoy leisure time 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!
A privately driven vehicle will act as your means of transportation as your journey continues towards Manual Antonio. The transfer should take approximately 5 hours.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and 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. 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. The hotel strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres. What immediately strikes you about the rooms is just how much you become a part of this exotic environment and how comfortable being this close to nature can be! Each spacious room has a well-appointed bathroom, fully stocked mini-bar, most have a private balcony, direct dial telephones and energy efficient lights and air conditioning.
What stands out the most is the hotel’s ability to immerse you in a Costa Rica experience born of the surrounding habitat. Ideal for families or couples seeking comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, it features a full array of spa & other resort amenities, superb dinning, custom designed nature-based tours and adventure activities – each designed to deliver both value & the authenticity of an exceptional Costa Rican experience.
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.
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.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.
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. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
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.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
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