Costa Rica Family Luxury

9 days from $5,328 per person*
  • Participate in a hands-on chocolate making activity.
  • Guided wildlife boat safari on the Cano Negro.
  • Private guided tour through the wildlife mecca Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Leisure time at the beach in Manuel Antonio.
  • Featuring luxurious, family-friendly eco-lodges, resorts and boutique hotels.
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Perfect for budding nature-lovers and adventurers, this luxury family tour has it all. Zipline through the jungle and meet exotic animals, make chocolate from scratch, visit active volcanoes, play on golden sandy beaches & much more.

Embark on a luxury adventure for the whole family, exploring the renowned natural wonderland known as Costa Rica. Many who've been would agree that Costa Rica is one of those destinations that's almost equally impressive whether you're on the move, or whether you take to relaxation, and just let nature unfold around you. Staying in luxurious, family-friendly eco-lodges, resorts and boutique hotels, this itinerary pairs equal amounts of active exploration with leisure time to enjoy the surroundings at your own pace. With the kids, enjoy a private, hands-on chocolate making experience, then spot wildlife like crocodiles, sloths and iguanas on a river safari. Swim in a serene pool as birds call or monkeys swing in the trees of your nearby jungle backdrop, and revel in the ocean breeze at tone of Manuel Antonio's beaches. A walk through its vibrant national park with a private guide is always a highlight, and will surely captivate even the toughest young critic. Make lasting family memories as you luxuriate in 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
    • Transfer - Private - San José - Vara Blanca [Peace Lodge (1.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Vara Blanca
    Vara Blanca
    • Leisure time at the Peace Lodge
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Vara Blanca to Arenal
    Vara Blanca to Arenal
    • Vara Blanca - Arenal [(Peace Lodge) with stop at La Tirimbina Chocolate ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Club Rio at The Springs Resort & Spa (not included) - Activities
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - Caño Negro & Rio Frio Boat Tour (with Lunch) (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Leisure day at The Springs Resort & Spa - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 6 Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    • Transfer - Private - Arenal - Manuel Antonio [with visit to Carara National Park (with Lunch) (approx 6.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Self-Guided - Arenas del Mar; Beach time!
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Transfer - Private - 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 - 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 to the Peace Lodge, located on the La Paz Waterfall Nature Park grounds, with professional driver. Total transfer time is approximately 1.5 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: 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 2017 - 2018 -  Peace Lodge
Peace Lodge

Day 2: Vara Blanca

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the sights and sounds surrounding the Peace Lodge. All guests are welcome to enjoy the La Paz Waterfall Garden Park, even before it opens and after it closes for the optimal bird watching and wildlife viewing times. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program

Accommodation: Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Toucan at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Toucan at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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

 

The Club Rio Outdoor Centre offers a wide variety of options for everyone! Choose from any of the following activities: inflatable river kayaking, river tubing, horseback, mountain biking, guided nature tour or the climbing wall and ropes challenge course, hiking trails, river pools or tour of the Jungle Cat & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa

A world class luxury establishment, The Springs Resort & Spa promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design. Evoking the sublime with an extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano, allow yourself to be completely submerged in the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Approximately 2.5 hours from the Juan Santamaría Airport, the resort rests one thousand feet above the valley on a mountain ridge just north of the active volcano, safely outside the government declared danger zone. Each guest room and villa includes a private terrace with balcony, accompanied by a gorgeous picturesque view of the fiery mountain. Multiple dining facilities are located at various points throughout the resort, each with a unique setting and atmosphere; pleasing you with a variety of culinary talents and allowing you to truly take in the wonder of your surroundings. In varying temperatures, the natural pools and hot springs present you with environments of cascading waterfalls to forest tranquility; offering different experiences for different moods. Furthermore, the fourteen thousand square foot full service Spa reflects the commitment of The Springs to provide you with complete treatments for your mind, body, and soul, ensuring itself as the leading spa retreat in Costa Rica. Chosen by ABC’s The Bachelor, the Springs Resort & Spa is your ultimate Costa Rican paradise. 

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Springs Resort & Spa
The Springs Resort & Spa

Day 4: Arenal

The reserve is a wildlife lovers paradise, where you can see three species of monkeys, myriad migratory and resident birds, sloths, caimans, turtles and plenty other species. Your day will begin with a one hour and 30 minute transfer to the Rio Frio, where your adventure awaits you. You will ride along the river on a four hour guided safari float, observing the lush tropical rainforest and wildlife as you go. Not even when you pause for a lunch break will your adventure be stifled. This gorgeous excursion is likely to be a central highlight of your Costa Rican vacation. Adventurers are advised to bring light clothing, bug repellent, sun block, a camera and binoculars. Lunch is included. Note: Guests will visit the town of Los Chiles, which borders Nicaragua. In order to satisfy tourist requirements, guests must bring a copy of their passport as well as their official passport on tour.

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Monkey See, Monkey Do!
Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Day 5: Arenal

A World Class Luxury Resort featuring spectacular Hot Springs, picture perfect views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including our famous Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining.  Our eighteen freeform, landscaped pools provide our guests with great views of the volcano and a multitude of options. The hot springs have temperatures ranging from 83 ˚F to 103˚F and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences so that our guests can find the perfect pool for their mood.

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa

Day 6: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel for your transfer to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Carara Biological Reserve is one of the most popular National Parks to visit in Costa Rica due to the immense amount of biodiversity found in the area and its easy accessibility. This protected area is home to 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species and is also an ideal location to spot scarlet macaws, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, antbirds, and manakins. The park is in a transition zone between the tropical dry forest and rain forest and protects the river basin of the Tarcoles river, where you will be able to spot crocodiles.

Your guide will share stories about the parks history and the rich biodiversity found in this area. Their trained eye will help you spot the abundance of wildlife, and with just a little luck you’ll see snakes, lizards, frogs, deer, peccaries, monkeys, sloths. At the end of the hike, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy a home cooked traditional Costa Rican meal.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance, and tour at Carara National Park & Lunch.

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.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

With most hotels in the Manuel Antonio area, one has to choose between the view and the beach. At Arenas Del Mar you are spoilt as you have both! The property is nestled high enough in the rain forest to enjoy stunning views of the Pacific and Manuel Antonio National Park, but low enough to walk to the two beautiful beaches right in front of the property: Playa Espadilla and Playitas Beach. Both beaches have the coveted and prestigious Blue Flag Award, which guarantees that you are visiting a safe and clean, public beach. And at both beaches chairs and towels are provided and a security guard is on site to watch your things while you swim.

Playa Espadilla is a stunning beach on the south side of the grounds with natural rock outcroppings protecting warm tide pools and where tropical shore birds are seen to roost. The natural jungle which surrounds Arenas Del Mar touches the sand, offering natural shade where you can relax in comfort while watching the glorious panorama of the waves breaking onto the shore. This beach is 2 kilometers long and connects to the National Park, which makes it ideal for taking a long walk or run and yet is secluded and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean with its 85 degree water.

This spectacular Playitas Beach is a cozy beach on the north side of the grounds, which ends at Punta Quepos, a peninsula of primary forest and beautiful rock formations. Surrounded by trees, there are beach chairs that can be set up in the sun or the shade—the perfect place for lounging. In either case, staff are  on hand to help you. The Playitas restaurant and pool, along with a private bathing house (for a quick shower), are located right behind this beach.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Playa Espadilla Beach
Playa Espadilla Beach

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

After being warmly greeted in the morning by your driver, you will be transferred to Manuel Antonio National Park to begin a privately-guided tour of this incredible reserve. 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 three 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
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 9: 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: 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 2017 - 2018 -  Peace Lodge
Peace Lodge
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Peace Lodge Garden
Peace Lodge Garden

The Springs Resort & Spa: Arenal

A world class luxury establishment, The Springs Resort & Spa promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design. Evoking the sublime with an extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano, allow yourself to be completely submerged in the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Approximately 2.5 hours from the Juan Santamaría Airport, the resort rests one thousand feet above the valley on a mountain ridge just north of the active volcano, safely outside the government declared danger zone. Each guest room and villa includes a private terrace with balcony, accompanied by a gorgeous picturesque view of the fiery mountain. Multiple dining facilities are located at various points throughout the resort, each with a unique setting and atmosphere; pleasing you with a variety of culinary talents and allowing you to truly take in the wonder of your surroundings. In varying temperatures, the natural pools and hot springs present you with environments of cascading waterfalls to forest tranquility; offering different experiences for different moods. Furthermore, the fourteen thousand square foot full service Spa reflects the commitment of The Springs to provide you with complete treatments for your mind, body, and soul, ensuring itself as the leading spa retreat in Costa Rica. Chosen by ABC’s The Bachelor, the Springs Resort & Spa is your ultimate Costa Rican paradise. 

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Springs Resort & Spa
The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Springs Resort & Spa Pool
The Springs Resort & Spa Pool

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.

Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar
Costa Rica Family Luxury Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar

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.
  • 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.

  • Alicia H. — August 10, 2016 — Central America

    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

  • Amy G. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    I've already passed on the name of my trip planner to friends that are looking to go to Costa Rica. Working with Brandi was invaluable.

  • Kristen E. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Everyone was amazing! We were able to do local activities with our tour guides and they were all very accommodating and great.

  • Margaret H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Beautiful hotels with very friendly helpful staff, and very passionate guides keen to show off their heritage to us, of which they are rightly proud. I think having higher end hotels pays off in terms of personal attention and there was nothing I would have changed. At the Turtle Inn we felt like part of a family which was pretty special. I'd do it all again!

  • Collin B. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Our trip went extremely well. Everything from pick-ups to transfers to accommodations and tours went as smooth as silk. Everybody was prompt and courteous and very friendly. Small changes while in country were happily accommodated. We would highly recommend Kensington Tours to our friends and family.

  • Doug N. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Thanks to all the in country staff for helping me to change one activity just a few days prior to the event. I would also recommend all of my guides, but especially Marcela in Monteverde and Barbara in Manuel Antonio.

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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