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  • Learn how to make chocolate with local experts on the edge of a rainforest.
  • Stand in awe at Guanacaste’s stunning Llanos de Cortés waterfall.
  • Swing through the treetops like Tarzan on a thrilling zip-line ride.
  • Take time out from the adventure on Papagayo’s picture-perfect beaches.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxurious family-friendly eco-lodges, resorts, and boutique hotels.
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An all-natural theme park filled with misty volcanoes, rainforests that teem with exotic creatures, delicious sweets, and miles of pristine beaches, Costa Rica was practically made for families. This all-encompassing itinerary pulls together the country’s very best experiences with a dash of luxury, much-needed downtime, and more than enough fun for everyone.

It starts in Vara Blanca – a village flanked by a pair of volcanoes – where you’ll head into the wilderness on a guided ecology tour in search of butterflies, hummingbirds, exotic flowers, and secluded waterfalls before meeting up with an expert for a tree-frog safari at dusk, when the colorful amphibians are at their liveliest. Along the scenic ride to Arenal, you’ll get the chance to transform cocoa into chocolate on a fun and informative visit to the Tirimbina Chocolate Tour before splashing about in the hot springs at a five-star resort spa. (The adults may enjoy this even more than the kids.) Next, meet (and feed!) the patients at a wildlife rehabilitation center and soar high above the rainforest floor on a zip-line before moving west to Guanacaste and the sunny beaches of Papagayo, stopping in to check out the spectacular Llanos de Cortés waterfall along the way. Finally, settle in for a few days’ well-earned rest at the dazzling Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort and swim or snorkel the golden shores of Culebra Bay in grand style from the deck of your own private catamaran. Volcanoes, fluorescent frogs, zip-lining, and chocolate? Who needs roller coasters and costumed mascots? Not you, and certainly not Costa Rica. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José to Vara Blanca
    San José to Vara Blanca
    • Meet & Greet Airport Service - Local Representative
    • Private Transfer - San José - Vara Blanca [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Vara Blanca
    Vara Blanca
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Waterfall Gardens Guided Tour (3.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Night out with the Frogs (1 hr) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Vara Blanca to Arenal
    Vara Blanca to Arenal
    • Private Transfer - Vara Blanca - Arenal [(Peace Lodge) with stop at La Tirimbina Chocolate ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Natural Hot Springs - The Springs Resort & Spa
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Private Tour - Wildlife Rescue Center & Tortilla Making Tour (with Lunch, 4-5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Zip-Lining with Tarzan Swing Tour (2-3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 6 Arenal to Papagayo
    Arenal to Papagayo
    • Private Transfer - Arenal - Papagayo [via Llanos del Cortez Waterfall (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)
  • Day 7 Papagayo
    Papagayo
    • Private Tour - Catamaran & Snorkeling Cruise (with Lunch, 4-5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat/Skipper
    Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)
  • Day 8 Papagayo
    Papagayo
    • Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Beach Resort at Leisure
    Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)
  • Day 9 Papagayo
    Papagayo
    • Private Transfer - Papagayo - Liberia [Approx. 50 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: San José - Vara Blanca

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will guide you to your luggage pickup and will provide an ID sticker in meeting up with your private driver.

Enjoy a private transfer from San Jose to your hotel in Vara Blanca. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

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: Peace Lodge

Located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and one hour from the San Jose International Airport, Peace Lodge encompasses the rustic past and natural beauty of the rainforest and the essence of Costa Rica. Located less than one hour from the San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport, the Peace Lodge is the perfect place to begin or end your vacation. The hotel is also only 20 minutes from the Poás Volcano, another “must see” attraction in Costa Rica. The ultra upscale accommodations are uniquely themed to complement the inherent beauty of its rain and cloud forest setting. The detailed architecture exudes a natural elegance and sophistication with every room boasting a Jacuzzi tub and stone fireplace along with showers that transform into waterfalls with the turn of a knob. Picture perfect views of the La Paz River Valley and the towering Poás Volcano complete the experience.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Peace Lodge
Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool and Hot Tub
Pool and Hot Tub

Day 2: Vara Blanca

A member of the Peace Lodge staff will guide you through the trails of Waterfall Gardens. Every step of the way they will impart information that you might otherwise miss. This will be an intimate Costa Rican experience of flowers, butterflies, orchids, hummingbirds, Cloud and Rainforest, snakes, frogs and waterfalls. The tour offers the history and ecology of the area and interesting aspects of the construction of Waterfall Gardens. A true behind the scenes guide to Waterfall Gardens!

The leaf and tree frogs are most active at night and you will not want to miss seeing them in action. Head out in the evening to see some of these impressive amphibians during the twilight tours on a brief guided hike through the grounds of the Peace Lodge. It is a truly un-frog-ettable experience.

Accommodation: Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tree Frog near Peace Lodge
Tree Frog near Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Red Eyed Tree Frog
Red Eyed Tree Frog

Day 3: Vara Blanca - Arenal

After breakfast, depart from the Peace Lodge for a comfortable ride along the scenic route through Varablanca before heading down the Caribbean slope to the lowland rainforest of Sarapiqui where you will make a stop at the Tirimbina Chocolate Tour.  This 2.5 hour tour will open the secrets and wonders of one of mankind’s favorite foods: chocolate!  A guided hike through the property is followed by a hands-on chocolate making session!  You’ll get to crack open the cocoa fruit, hand grind, and add your favorite extra ingredients. Each step is explained and the entire tour is peppered with fun historical tidbits. Perfect for kids and every adult’s inner child! The Tirimbina is connected to the Amazilia del Caribe Women’s Association, composed of rural women from Pueblo Nuevo de Guácimo, in Limon Province, which has dedicated itself to the production of hand-made organic chocolates.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance and tour at Tirimbina Chocolate Tour

Drive times:

·        Peace Lodge  to Tirimbina, Aprox 1 hour

·        Guided tour at Tirimbina, Aprox 2.5 hour

·        Tirimbina to Arenal , Aprox 2 hours

 

Be sure to save some time to enjoy the natural hot mineral springs, pools and waterfalls at The Springs Resort and Spa. There are eighteen 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. Separated into two distinct areas, Las Lagunas encompasses two acres of lush landscaping and an assortment of multi-level sun and shade terraces surrounding twelve pools, ranging in temperature from 83˚F to 103˚F. Perdido Springs is a connected system of trails and seven spring fed pools located within a forest canyon just a short 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, along with a water flume called the Monkey Slide. 

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa

A world class resort featuring spectacular hot springs, picture perfect views of Arenal Volcano and four superb restaurants, The Springs Luxury Resort & Spa is a top choice for guests seeking a deeply relaxing Costa Rican vacation, wedding, or honeymoon. 28 mineral laden, artesian hot springs are spread across a sprawling and exotic property, while a spectacular, oversized spa and fitness center offer a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies. Guest rooms are spacious, modern and inviting, featuring earthen tones, fresh linens and views of Arenal Volcano. Award winning, the resort has received several certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor and was the host hotel for ABC's The Bachelor in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Thermal Waterfall at The Springs Resort & Spa
Thermal Waterfall at The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -

Day 4: Arenal

After a hotel pickup, spend the morning at a local wildlife rescue center where you'll participate on an in-depth tour of the facility and learn about the volunteer efforts under way to help rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals. After learning about the programs, roll up your sleeves alongside your guide and an educational manager to help prepare food for the animals and then get set to feed them! Later in the day, discover the world of Costa Rican cooking at the ranch of Dona Mara. Here you will be warmly greeted with a refreshing tropical drink and then learn how to prepare your own delicious homemade tortillas. Dona Mara will demonstrate how to flatten the masa dough into perfect circles and how to get them ready for cooking. These delicious homemade tortillas will then accompany lunch, cooked over wood-fire stove, which will be served in the afternoon (included). After a fond farewell from Dona Mara's ranch, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tortilla Making
Tortilla Making

Day 5: Arenal

Experience one of Costa Rica's most popular outdoor adventures - the canopy tour. On this exciting tour, speed along a number of zip-lines set within the gorgeous Arenal rainforest. Cruise from one platform to the next, enjoying views that were once reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of birds. Divided into three sections, the first circuit has six cables, varying in length from 10 feet to 360. The second section has five cables, with lengths ranging from 130 feet to 525. At the end of the second section, you'll find the beloved Tarzan Swing. Here you'll have the opportunity to swing from the trees like Tarzan himself! The final section of the tour has four cables, the longest spanning an impressive 1400 feet. The ideal adventure for guests traveling with children, the Ecoglide is recommended for ages five and up.

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Canopy Zip-Line
Canopy Zip-Line

Day 6: Arenal - Papagayo

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel to transfer to the dry forest of Guanacaste. Midway to your beach destination, stop to visit the spectacular Llanos del Cortez Waterfall located near to the town of Bagaces. This waterfall is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls. The falls drops into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After your visit to the waterfall, time to make a stop for lunch (included).  After lunch, continue to your beach hotel. 

INCLUDES: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance to Llanos del Cortez Waterfall and Lunch.

 

Accommodation: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive "Pura Vida" (pure life) philosophy. The breathtaking setting - a relaxing ocean with a mountainous background - will make you feel like you belong in this lush natural setting. Featuring elegant deluxe rooms, this lifestyle resort is designed to poetically integrate your favorite necessities with charming indigenous culture. Images of creatures of the tropical forest are found throughout the beachfront property while unique rooms become one with the lush natural vegetation found behind the resort. Vibrant yet stylish, Andaz welcomes guest to relish in their personal style and ignite their inner creativity through specially designed amenities and accommodations. Indulge in nine spa treatment rooms, three themed restaurants, and 2 cascading outdoor pools.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Llanos del Cortez Waterfall
Llanos del Cortez Waterfall
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jungle views from above
Jungle views from above

Day 7: Papagayo

On board of a Fountaine Pajot, amenities are plentiful and comfort is considerable in the finely finished teak interior, complete with air conditioning. Relax and be spoiled on this luxury vessel during an all inclusive sailing tour. Professional crew will serve you a chilled cocktail, wine, fresh seasonal fruits and take you on an exhilarating snorkeling and swimming adventure. Trailing along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and rain forest, lounge in the sun before arriving at the ideal spot for snorkeling. Snorkel equipment is provided and you will be able to enjoy the exhilarating experience of, with luck, spotting dolphins, rays and reef fish. 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. Following your cruise and snorkel adventure, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Catamaran Tour
Catamaran Tour

Day 8: Papagayo

Indulge in an afternoon of relaxation with a dip in the resorts sparkling pool, experience the “pura vida” lifestyle at the colorful and casual beach restaurant on expansive Nacascolo beach, and for younger guests, exciting games, arts and crafts, and a fun place to meet new friends can be found at the on-site kids club. The resort also features a fitness center for guests looking to keep fit while traveling, and pampering spa services are available daily at Onda Wellness & Spa.

Accommodation: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room)
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Beach
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Beach

Day 9: Papagayo

Relax on your chauffeur driven transfer from Papagayo to the Liberia Airport. The transfer should take approximately 50 mins.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. 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.

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.

Peace Lodge: Vara Blanca

Located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and one hour from the San Jose International Airport, Peace Lodge encompasses the rustic past and natural beauty of the rainforest and the essence of Costa Rica. Located less than one hour from the San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport, the Peace Lodge is the perfect place to begin or end your vacation. The hotel is also only 20 minutes from the Poás Volcano, another “must see” attraction in Costa Rica. The ultra upscale accommodations are uniquely themed to complement the inherent beauty of its rain and cloud forest setting. The detailed architecture exudes a natural elegance and sophistication with every room boasting a Jacuzzi tub and stone fireplace along with showers that transform into waterfalls with the turn of a knob. Picture perfect views of the La Paz River Valley and the towering Poás Volcano complete the experience.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Peace Lodge
Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Peace Lodge Garden
Peace Lodge Garden

The Springs Resort & Spa: Arenal

A world class resort featuring spectacular hot springs, picture perfect views of Arenal Volcano and four superb restaurants, The Springs Luxury Resort & Spa is a top choice for guests seeking a deeply relaxing Costa Rican vacation, wedding, or honeymoon. 28 mineral laden, artesian hot springs are spread across a sprawling and exotic property, while a spectacular, oversized spa and fitness center offer a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies. Guest rooms are spacious, modern and inviting, featuring earthen tones, fresh linens and views of Arenal Volcano. Award winning, the resort has received several certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor and was the host hotel for ABC's The Bachelor in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Springs Resort & Spa
The Springs Resort & Spa

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (B) (Andaz Room): Papagayo

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive "Pura Vida" (pure life) philosophy. The breathtaking setting - a relaxing ocean with a mountainous background - will make you feel like you belong in this lush natural setting. Featuring elegant deluxe rooms, this lifestyle resort is designed to poetically integrate your favorite necessities with charming indigenous culture. Images of creatures of the tropical forest are found throughout the beachfront property while unique rooms become one with the lush natural vegetation found behind the resort. Vibrant yet stylish, Andaz welcomes guest to relish in their personal style and ignite their inner creativity through specially designed amenities and accommodations. Indulge in nine spa treatment rooms, three themed restaurants, and 2 cascading outdoor pools.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. 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.
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.
  • Beth D. — May 22, 2018 — Central America

    Our Trip to Costa Rica couldn't have been more perfect! Everything and everyone was on time and ran smoothly. We will definitely use Kensington Tours again!

  • Robert H. — April 07, 2018 — Central America

    A superb trip from beginning to end. All of our guides were were on time and thoroughly knowledgeable. Everything flowed smoothly.

  • Karen P. — March 10, 2018 — Central America

    Best trip ever! Everything was coordinated so well and thee excursions were awesome. Our drivers were not only polite but educational. Our accommodations fit our family perfectly and our consultant was outstanding.

  • Robert Z — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive. Drivers and guides were all top rated, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. The Springs hotel in La Fortunate was great!

  • Natalie D — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great. Kensington has always made an effort to have a representative meet with us upon arrival and go over the itinerary and discuss any matters we had questions about.Fabian was a very nice man and was attentive after our meeting. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with us. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Angela C — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    We were lucky to have Victor as our guide in Arenal. He was fantastic. We learned so much from him. His enthusiasm was contagious.

  • Jean V — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Brandi Merchant is fantastic!!!! Her patience with my many questions and attention to detail, coupled with her warm, personable manner is just the best!

  • Cecelia B — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The experience exceeded my already high expectations. The guides were excellent: personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with.

  • Robert Riordan — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    The guides were key. Very knowledgeable and fun. They were very attuned to the level of exertion we could handle. Thanks to your eagle-eyed guides, we saw such a diversity of plants, birds and animals -- which we could never have spotted on our own. Great memories!

  • Angela Watson — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip to Costa Rica. Our guides Francisco and Bernie both exceeded our expectations. They were able to answer any question we had on subjects that ranged from culture and customs to environment, ecology and much more. During our afternoons in the rainforest we were able to see a multitude of birds, two toed and three toed sloths, Congo and Capuchin monkeys, eyelash vipers, and all of the rainforest scenery. We came away with an understanding of the forest and its inhabitants and real respect for our guides who work hard to preserve the natural beauty of their country through preservation and ensuring responsible tourism. We couldn't be happier with any portion of our trip. It really was wonderful.

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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