Costa Rica Signature

8 days from $4,104 per person*
  • Discover Manuel Antonio National Park with private guide.
  • Led by private guide, explore the hanging bridges of Arenal.
  • Seek adventure with canopy zip line and rafting excursions.
  • Complete with lots of relaxing resort and beach time to unwind.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Costa Rica hasn’t had an army since 1949. If you’re looking for a little peace, you’re sure to find it here.

Costa Rica is the peaceful oasis you’ve always hoped existed but never believed did. The incredible beauty of the land is almost hard to take in all at once, and the unhurried pace of life seduces you the minute you step off the plane. Immerse yourself in the land’s vast biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes and awesome natural wonders. Experience not only the sights but the sounds of nature as you hear the cacophony of howler monkeys, cicadas and macaws welcoming you with wild song. In the evenings, relax in high-end lodges that offer luxury and community with the natural world around you.

Trek the micro forest near the Arenal Volcano and search for monkeys, toucans and other forest dwellers. Boat across Lake Arenal, taking in the spectacular views on the way, and soar through the treetops on an incredible zipline tour. Head for Manuel Antonio National Park for a private guided expedition through mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands and get up close and personal with over 100 mammal species. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José to Arenal
    San José to Arenal
    • Meet and Greet
    • San José - Arenal [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(7)
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package(4)
  • Day 2 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Springs Resort: Spa facilities
    • Springs Resort; Hot Springs & Pools
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Shared - Balsa River Rafting Class II & III Rapids (with Lunch) (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    • Shared - 1/2 Day Canopy Zip Lines Tour (2.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (30 mins) - Vehicle/Driver(7)
    • Arenal - Manuel Antonio [Direct 30 min] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (30 mins) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Private - 1/2 Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Manuel Antonio to San José
    Manuel Antonio to San José
    • Manuel Antonio - San José [ Airport - 3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • End of Itinerary
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 - Arenal

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

You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for this transfer to Arenal.  The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

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: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Day 2: 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: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 3: Arenal

The fourteen thousand square foot full service Spa at the Springs Resort’s spa reflects the property’s serious commitment to provide a complete treatment experience to replenish mind, body and soul.  Massages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures are offered in a luxurious and holistic setting administered by trained professionals with the latest technology.  The treatment menu utilizes tropical botanical ingredients indigenous to the country as well as a variety of lab-tested, therapeutic volcanic clays harvested on the property near the hot springs.  Choose from the unique treatments including the “floating water massage” offered in the mineral springs.

Be sure to keep some time free to enjoy the natural hot mineral springs, pools and waterfalls at The Springs Resort and Spa. There are eighteen freeform, landscaped pools which provide great views of the volcano.  With temperatures ranging from 83˚F to 103˚F and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences you are sure to find the perfect pool for your mood and the current weather conditions.  Tests of the hot mineral springs reveal an ideal natural combination of high bicarbonate and high chlorides with relatively low sulfur content to provide a safe and clean soaking experience.

Las Lagunas (The Lagoons)   Located at the base of the reception building, the Lagoons area encompasses two acres of lush landscaping and an assortment of multi-level sun and shade terraces surrounding twelve pools.  Four of the pools are fed directly by water pumped from the Hot Mineral Springs and the other eight are chlorinated but heated to various temperatures by the Hot Springs through a heat exchange system.  These pools range in temperature from 83˚F to 103˚F.

Perdido Springs (Lost Springs) is a connected system of trails and seven spring fed pools located within a forest canyon just a short 100 meter walk from the lowest level of the Las Lagunas pools. The trail to these Hot and Cold Springs, called the Heliconia Walk, is lined with 150 different species of flowering Heliconias along with beautiful rainforest trees, plants and vines.  In the center of these pools is a small jungle bar called Los Perdidos (The Lost Ones) along with a water flume called the Monkey Slide.  These pools range in temperature from 90˚F to 101˚F.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Hot Springs and Pool
Hot Springs and Pool
Spa Treatments and Water Massage
Spa Treatments and Water Massage

Day 4: Arenal

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the starting point of your shared white water rafting experience. Feel the excitement and adrenaline of white water rafting on this half day adventure on the Balsa San Carlos River with rapids graded 2/3. After meeting with your river guide at your hotel, you will drive 30 minutes to the river where the fun begins! Your guides explain the safety procedures and safety equipment before embarking down the river. Enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical river. An included lunch will be provided midday. Return transfer to your hotel after the tour.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Balsa River Rafting
Balsa River Rafting

Day 5: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Take a journey through the top of the rainforest, where you fly from one platform to another one zipping on steel cables, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this primary forest from a different angle. Moving through the rain forest, above the Arenal River Canyon, this tour offers all an unforgettable encounter with nature. Here is what guests have to look forward to for their adrenaline rush:

13 platforms reaching up to 130 ft. in high.
10 cables reaching up to 230 ft. high.
9 cables with a maximum length of 1033 ft.
68 ft. long hanging bridge between platforms.

Return transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver. The total transfer time is approximately 30 minutes (30km/19mi).

Enjoy your flight from Arenal to Manuel Antonio (airport located in town of Quepos approximately 30 minutes from Manuel Antonio by car). The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes.

Please note: local airport taxes are not included and are to be paid locally, in cash, by each person. Strict luggage requirements are enforced (refer to terms & conditions). Passengers who are more than 300lbs of physical weight are required to pay 2 airfare seat rates, due to aircraft seat weight capacity, and passenger comfort and safety. It is the travellers responsibility to advise us of their weight if over 300lbs so that we can adjust the number of seats required to board the aircraft.

You will be met at the airport, upon clearing the normal custom processes, by your driver whom will provide a transfer service in a privately driven vehicle. The approximate travel time is about 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar

Crystal blue coincides with emerald green to produce Arenas Del Mar, an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort that encapsulates the sheer beauty of Costa Rica. Situated within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, the haven is set in the heart of an eleven acre private nature reserve, boasting nature trails throughout the forest and access to two beautiful beaches: public Espadilla Beach and private Playitas Beach. Providing remarkable views of the National Park and Pacific Ocean, the eco-luxurious accommodations will carry you to sleep with the distant sounds of crashing waves and the nocturnal speech of the forest. Committed to sustainability in all practices at Arenas Del Mar, this includes the culinary aspect, where the El Mirador and Playitas Restaurant’s strive to produce environmentally friendly dishes from responsible growing and catching. Furthermore, carbon neutral applications, waste management facilities, and water conservation systems have been implemented to demonstrate an environmental commitment and to prove that luxurious living is not exempt from this ecological responsibility. Being the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five (out of five) Sustainability Leaf Award, enter the bliss of Arenas Del Mar, and feel good about it.

Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar

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.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar
White-Headed Capuchin Monkey
White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Enjoy time at leisure in Manuel Antonio. There are many optional activities you can choose to add to your itinerary during your stay here. Please let us know if you wish to add any of the following optional activities (not included in tour price): white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and more!

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San José

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José 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.

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens: Arenal

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Arenal Nayara Entrance
Arenal Nayara Entrance

Arenas del Mar: Manuel Antonio

Crystal blue coincides with emerald green to produce Arenas Del Mar, an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort that encapsulates the sheer beauty of Costa Rica. Situated within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, the haven is set in the heart of an eleven acre private nature reserve, boasting nature trails throughout the forest and access to two beautiful beaches: public Espadilla Beach and private Playitas Beach. Providing remarkable views of the National Park and Pacific Ocean, the eco-luxurious accommodations will carry you to sleep with the distant sounds of crashing waves and the nocturnal speech of the forest. Committed to sustainability in all practices at Arenas Del Mar, this includes the culinary aspect, where the El Mirador and Playitas Restaurant’s strive to produce environmentally friendly dishes from responsible growing and catching. Furthermore, carbon neutral applications, waste management facilities, and water conservation systems have been implemented to demonstrate an environmental commitment and to prove that luxurious living is not exempt from this ecological responsibility. Being the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five (out of five) Sustainability Leaf Award, enter the bliss of Arenas Del Mar, and feel good about it.

Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar
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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