Costa Rica Highlights
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Arrival: Apr 1, 2011
Duration: 10 days (9 nights)
Group Size: 2 people
 
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Costa Rica Highlights

Costa Rica Highlights

Observe turtles nesting in scenic Tortuguero (seasonal), relax in the hot springs at Arenal, enjoy a tour of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and relax on the Pacific beaches in Manuel Antonio.

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TRIP SUMMARY

A complete Costa Rican adventure of the best this diverse and fascinating country has to offer including a rainforest lodge experience in Tortuguero, the hot springs and wildlife of Arenal and the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve with its profuse wildlife, skytram vistas and exhilarating zipline thrills. Next, change your pace in beautiful Manuel Antonio where you can rest along pristine beaches of the Pacific Coast for two nights, amid wildlife's best kept secrets. Note: Baggage restriction of 25lbs per person for domestic flights (excess items can be stored in San Jose).

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel
  • Day 1
    Fri, Apr 01 2011
    San Jose
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Dinner (not included)
    Grano de Oro
    Superior
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2
    Sat, Apr 02 2011
    San José to Tortuguero
    • Transfer to Tortuguero (shared) with guided tour of National Park (with breakfast)(7.5 hrs)
    • Turtle Beach Lodge - Arrival & Welcome
    • Lunch (included)
    • Self-Guided - Turtle Beach Lodge: Explore Tortuguero Village
    • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Dinner
    Turtle Beach Lodge
    Standard 2N/3D
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Sun, Apr 03 2011
    Tortuguero
    • Turtle beach Lodge: Canal & Jungle Tour (shared tour)
    • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Lunch
    • Self-Guided - Turtle Beach Lodge: At Leisure
    • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Dinner
    Turtle Beach Lodge
    Standard 2N/3D
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Mon, Apr 04 2011
    Tortuguero to Guaplies
    • Shared Transfer to Guapiles
    • Lunch (included)
    • Transfer - Arenal - Vehicle/Driver
    • Dinner (not included)
    Royal Corin Hotel & Spa (B) (Standard)
  • Day 5
    Tue, Apr 05 2011
    Arenal
    • At Leisure
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Private - Volcano Hike & Thermal Pools at the Springs Resort & Spa (with Dinner) (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Royal Corin Hotel & Spa (B) (Standard)
  • Day 6
    Wed, Apr 06 2011
    Arenal to Monteverde
    • Transfer - Monteverde (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Boat/Guide
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Shared - 1/2 d Zip Canopy Tour
    • Dinner (not included)
    Fonda Vela
    Junior Suite
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7
    Thu, Apr 07 2011
    Monteverde
    • Private - 1/2 d Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Dinner (not included)
    Fonda Vela
    Junior Suite
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8
    Fri, Apr 08 2011
    Monteverde
    • Transfer - Manuel Antonio - Vehicle/Driver
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Dinner (not included)
    Si Como No Resort
    Deluxe
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9
    Sat, Apr 09 2011
    Manuel Antonio
    • Optional Activities
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Dinner (not included)
    Si Como No Resort
    Deluxe
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 10
    Sun, Apr 10 2011
    Manuel Antonio
    • Transfer - San Jose - Vehicle/Driver
    • Kensington Cares - 2

DETAILED ITINERARY (DAY-BY-DAY)

Day 1: Fri, Apr 01 2011 - San Jose, San José

Enjoy a private airport transfer with vehicle, and professional driver. The transfer is approximately 30 mins (22km/14mi).

Accommodation: Grano de Oro
San Jose
San Jose
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Day 2: Sat, Apr 02 2011 - San José, Tortuguero

Prepare for a day of adventure this morning as you board a comfortable, shared touring bus at your hotel in San Jose.  Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you make your way through the city to Braulio Carrillo National Park. En route you’ll pass through the agricultural region of the Limon Lowlands, where crops of pineapples, paddies of rice, and various forms of cattle flourish.  An opportunity to enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast presents itself along the way. Once you’ve arrived at the port, you will be transferred by boat to the lodge. Here is your chance to experience the beautiful Tortuguero River and Tortuguero National Park canals.  The total transfer time including stops along the way is approximately 7.5 hours across a distance of 267 kilometers. All included transfers and activities in Tortuguero are offered on a shared basis with other guests of the lodge.

You will be warmly welcomed to the Turtle Beach Lodge with a refreshing, fresh fruit cocktail, as well as a deliciously prepared lunch featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables. Relax and settle into your room at Turtle Beach Lodge.

This is your chance to explore the fantastic Tortuguero Village on your own. Take your time to appreciate the most popular sightseeing attractions of the area. Visit the National Park office to purchase entrance tickets.

Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the Turtle Tavern and Restaurant.

Accommodation: Turtle Beach Lodge
Tortuguero
Tortuguero
Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Day 3: Sun, Apr 03 2011 - Tortuguero

Rise and shine bright and early this morning, where you have a chance to enjoy a famous Costa Rican coffee, or tea at the restaurant before heading out in search of adventure. You’ll join an early morning, guided Canal Tour with fellow vacationers to experience the awakening of the jungle which surrounds the nearby canals. These early morning hours are the most exciting times of the day in the jungle as the wildlife is most active.  After some touring you’ll head back to the hotel to replenish your energy with a healthy, typical “Tico” style breakfast in the Turtle Restaurant. After breakfast, you’ll suit up with a pair of complimentary boots provided by the lodge for some further exploration of the mysterious Tortuguero Jungle with your guide. Your guide will explain what they’ve learnt about this beautiful jungle flora and fauna.  Their experience in the field has provided them with plenty of knowledge about the many species of wildlife that call this jungle home. This full day of excitement begins at 5:30 a.m.

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the lodge.

Enjoy some leisurely time partaking in the many optional activities in and around the resort.  This is your opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding area on your own.  Why not schedule an exciting adventure into the wild with an expertly trained guide for an interesting and informative tour?  This lush area provides the bases for a variety of tours suitable for all ages to enjoy, such as canopy hikes, garden strolls, kayaking, white water rafting or Cerro Tortuguero Mountain treks.  Then again, since you’re on vacation, why not enjoy a very low-key afternoon.  Test your patience as you listen to the harmonious sounds of the waves during a relaxing fishing trip as your try to catch the preverbal “big one” or just absolutely unwind whilst sprawled out on a hammock or with your toes in the warm sandy water!  Another great way to maximize relaxation and stimulate the mind is by sampling some of the delicious food, and refreshing cocktails at the resort and the surrounding area.  Please note that some of these activities incur an additional cost which you’ll have to take care on your own.

Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the Turtle Tavern and Restaurant.

Accommodation: Turtle Beach Lodge
Squirrel Monkey Fun
Squirrel Monkey Fun
Relaxing on the Beach
Relaxing on the Beach
Fine Dining
Fine Dining
Day 4: Mon, Apr 04 2011 - Tortuguero, Guaplies, Arenal

Prepare your mind, body and soul for an adventurous morning with a replenishing breakfast featuring authentic “Tico” breakfast options including eggs, corn tortillas, rice, beans, and Salsa Lizano. After breakfast, double-check that you’ve packed all your belongings, keeping aside any borrowed hotel items, and head to the reception area to complete the check-out process.  You’ll then embark on a boat transfer; travelling along the picturesque canals before disembarking the boat and boarding a shared coach for the final transfer to Guapiles.  En-route a typical Costa Rican lunch will be provided.

Private transfer to Arenal.

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
Day 5: Tue, Apr 05 2011 - Arenal

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the rainforest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a leisurely hike for 1.5 hours through the rainforest while your private guide offers the history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with wildlife including monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. Conclude the tour at the Springs Resort - soak in the hot mineral baths and enjoy! After a soothing soak in the hot springs, enjoy a lovely dinner at The Springs Resort, prepared in a colonial style rustic kitchen. Enjoy the local cuisine - a true authentic experience. Return to your hotel in the evening after a delicious dinner (included in the tour cost).

Hot Springs at The Springs Resort & Spa
Hot Springs at The Springs Resort & Spa
Day 6: Wed, Apr 06 2011 - Arenal, Monteverde

Pick up from your hotel in Arenal and transfer to Lake Arenal (25 mins). Board a motor boat and cross the lake while observing scenic views of the Arenal Volcano (45 mins). Private vehicle transfer to your hotel in Monteverde (approx 2.75 hours). Time/Distance Approximately 3.5 hours (112km/70mi).

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the tour starting point. You will see beautiful views of the area all from a bird’s eye view flying through the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest . You will get your adrenaline pumping when between each one of the points on the cables that stretch jungle. Morning/Afternoon Departures, Duration 3 Hours (approximately) Return to the hotel after the tour.

Accommodation: Fonda Vela
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Day 7: Thu, Apr 07 2011 - Monteverde

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Monteverde Cloud forest. Explore the enchanted Monteverde Cloud forest with a set of expert eyes during this privately guided walk. Explore different trails in search of birds and mammals and discuss the amazing diversity of plants. Half day excursion (4 hrs).

Accommodation: Fonda Vela
Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
Day 8: Fri, Apr 08 2011 - Monteverde, Manuel Antonio

Pick up from your hotel in Monteverde and transfer to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. Time/Distance: Approximately 4.5 hours - 141 miles/225 kms

Accommodation: Si Como No Resort
Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Day 9: Sat, Apr 09 2011 - Manuel Antonio

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

Accommodation: Si Como No Resort
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies
Day 10: Sun, Apr 10 2011 - Manuel Antonio, San José

Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose. (car/driver) Time/Distance: Approximately 3.5 hours - Approximately 120 miles/192 kms

Kensington Tours donates a portion of proceeds to our charitable initiative www.kensingtoncares.com which supports education-based initiatives in disadvantaged communities.

Kensington Cares
Kensington Cares

ACCOMMODATION

Grano de Oro - San José

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Located 20 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, this San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.

Room: Superior
Superior rooms are slightly larger than the Standard rooms and also offer a pillow-top queen size bed with fine linens. The Superior suite also includes all the perfect amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. All rooms have tables at which to enjoy room service or plan your excursions of the city.
Restaurant Amenities
Grano de Oro Restaurants

Restaurante Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of French-trained Chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose's finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike. Specialty cocktails, classically presented dishes and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of an intimate dining room and elegant courtyard. Friendly, bilingual waiters serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The restaurant, patio, and bar are non-smoking.

Recreation Amenities
Grano de Oro Activities

Guests delight in the tranquil ambiance of tropical plants and flowers found throughout the hotel. Additionally, a rooftop garden terrace with lawn beds and Jacuzzi provides blissful, secluded lounging. The Gallery gift shop displaying quality Costa Rican handicrafts is the perfect place to browse for that special souvenir of Costa Rica.

Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Turtle Beach Lodge - Tortuguero

Turtle Beach Lodge is a secluded resort spanning 175 acres. It encompasses miles of jungle trails, a meandering private canal and a half mile of isolated beach on the Caribbean Sea. Each of the airy cabins feature comfortable beds, ceiling fans, cool tiled floors, private baths with hot showers and wide, screened windows that let in gentle ocean breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. The experienced chef and staff combine local and international cuisine along with fresh juices, fruits and vegetables to create a mouth-watering buffet three times daily. There is always enough to choose from and even the pickiest eaters never go hungry. Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation or a combination of the two, the unique location and diversity of Turtle Beach Lodge provides an unforgettable experience for all.

Room: Standard 2N/3D
Each of the rooms feature comfortable beds, ceiling fans, cool tiled floors, private baths with hot showers and wide, screened windows that let in gentle ocean breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. Standard rooms are available with one double bed, two twins, or one double and one twin. Larger rooms are available for family groups. Includes meals, transportation, guide and regular tours.
Restaurant Amenities
Turtle Beach Lodge Restaurant

The lodge's chef and staff combine local and international cuisine along with fresh juices, fruits and vegetables to create a mouth-watering buffet three times daily. There is always enough to choose from and even the pickiest eaters never go hungry. Unwind from your jungle explorations in the thatched roof bar rancho with your favorite mixed drink, a local cervesa or a glass of wine. Eat dinner in the spacious open-air restaurant, or dine in romantic solitude with only the sound of the ocean's roar. Ask your guide or a gardener to open a coconut with his machete and let you drink the "pipa" water or sample the delicious meat.

Recreation Amenities
Swimming Pool

The uniquely designed pool complex at Turtle Beach Lodge features a shady thatched hammock hut overlooking a large turtle-shaped pool, both conveniently situated near the restaurant and bar. The waters of the pool are kept sparkling with an environmentally friendly salt filter, which is equally healthy for skin and hair.

Grounds at Turtle Beach Lodge

The grounds practically explode with a breathtaking array of colorful flowers and plants, herbs and a special medicinal garden with plants native to Costa Rica. Lush trees bear fruit such as lemons, papaya, mango, bananas, avocado, and of course coconuts.

Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Beach at Turtle Beach Lodge
Beach at Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Turtle Beach Lodge
Royal Corin Hotel & Spa (B) (Standard) - Arenal

Located in Arenal, Costa Rica, with a glowing and clear view of the Arenal Volcano, the Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa sits surrounded by pools and bathed in relaxation. The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa has 54 rooms with an elegant design, quiet atmosphere in harmony with natural wealth of the area of the majestic Arenal volcano. Each room has a fantastic view of the volcano mainly because of the excellent architectural design. Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa is the best answer if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious destination in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica.

Fonda Vela - Monteverde

The Hotel Fonda Vela is located in beautiful Monteverde, famous for its rare and gorgeous cloud forest and friendly community. Each room is designed with the environment in mind with large windows helping to bring the outdoors inside. Experience Hotel Fonda Vela's natural approach to life -- with style! Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the buildings are an attractive part of the lush, tropical mountainside. The rooms are cozy, yet elegant, spacious and comfortable. Each room is designed with the environment in mind. Situated near the continental divide, Hotel Fonda Vela is home to some sixty different species of migratory birds, and over 200 species of non-migratory birds. The climate of Monteverde is refreshing, often referred to as "eternal spring". Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the building is an attractive part of the lush, tropical mountainside.

Room: Junior Suite
For guests that would prefer a more spacious option, the Junior Suite is the best choice. Junior Suites feature a private bath, mini-bar, telephone, coffee maker and cable TV. Junior Suites have a king and a queen sized bed.
Restaurant Amenities
Fonda Vela Restaurants

Hotel Fonda Vela has two restaurants. The elegant and spacious Galleria seats 100, and has walls of large windows with beautiful, tropical views. Sometimes, cute, wild animals come to the windows to watch the diners! The cozy Fireside Room seats 40 and is accentuated by the crackle and dancing flames of a wood-burning fireplace. Terrace seating on the balcony offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The sunsets are truly beautiful. The Canopy Bar is a full service bar offering exotic beverages. The bar's TV, of course, brings you the current sports events.

Recreation Amenities
Fonda Vela Amenities

The pool is perfect for a good exercise before dinner, also you can enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the sunset. In 2010, the indoor swimming Pool and two jacuzzis, bar and pool table were added.

Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Fonda Vela
Si Como No Resort - Manuel Antonio

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

Room: Deluxe
Deluxe Rooms feature panoramic ocean and jungle views from each and every window and jungle private balcony. There are high ceilings, showers, wet bar, stocked mini-bar menu, custom king size beds, sitting area or extra bed (some split level), A/C, ceiling fans, telephone and security box and NO televisions.
Restaurant Amenities
Si Como No Resort Restaurants

Si Como No features two dining concepts, each a unique Costa Rica experience that will fit your budget and your appetites. The unsurpassed jungle terrace location of the Claro Que Seafood Grill & WIne Bar offers an elegant dinning setting with fresh seafood and the very best wine and cocktail selections in the region. For more casual dining, try the Rico Tico Bar & Grill, famous for it’s Banana Flambé fire show, canopied dining area, and poolside service. Both restaurants offer a warm, engaging wait staff who’s service standards are unsurpassed in Pura Vida charm and personalized attention.

Recreation Amenities
Si Como No Resort Activities

Si Como No brings you one-of-a kind tours in the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area. As a Greentique Hotel Nature Resort, Si Como No offers several exclusive nature-based tours that connect you with the flora, fauna and culture of Costa Rica. There’s thrilling rural mountain excursions, amazing guided night walks in a private wildlife refuge and a combination canopy zip line, mountain horseback and waterfall swim.

Cala Spa

At Cala Spa the staff is dedicated to providing a comfortable atmosphere for healing care, utilizing many natural ingredients from local gardens here in Costa Rica. The staff is experienced at massaging away sore muscles and reducing stress to enhance relaxation and rejuvenate positive energy bringing even more enjoyment to your holiday experience in “Harmony with Nature”! Specials of the Month Si Como No’s Cala Spa offers a unique beach & jungle experience with special added values on popular spa treatments.

Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort

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