So close, yet worlds away. Ker & Downey’s unique Costa Rica travel ideas will jump-start your journey to this Latin American haven.
Costa Rica is one of those rare gems – easily accessible to the United States, yet ripe with a fascinating wonderland of wildlife-filled jungles, towering volcanoes, pristine beaches, and active adventure for the entire family.
It is one of the many places where Ker & Downey is passionate about offering unique and under-the-radar experiences to travelers. Our team in Costa Rica excels at matching your specific interests to experiences you can’t find through a Google search. Tell us your passions, and we’ll make magic happen – even in an accessible and well-traveled destination like Costa Rica.
Here are just a few specially curated Costa Rica travel experiences Ker & Downey can create in the country of personality and Pura Vida.
VIP Arrivals and Vehicles | Special VIP service begins the moment you step foot in the country. Our friendly team will take care of everything to ensure a smooth arrival experience at San Jose and Liberia airports to all over country. Transfers to your next destination are provided in a luxury vehicle with a professional bilingual driver, including bottled water, snacks, and wireless Internet.
Special access to the Jade Museum | The Jade Museum in downtown San Jose is a true definition of modern architecture – the famous four-story building holds one of the largest pre-Columbian jade collections in the world. Ker & Downey can grant you access to its major exhibitions, and our guides will ensure you learn about the tico culture and Costa Rica’s past inhabitants in the most rewarding way.
Private wine cellar access | Step inside the Grano de Oro’s private wine cellar for a tasting – whether you are staying there or not! The basement wine cellar at Hotel Grano de Oro is the ultimate treat in San Jose. Our travelers will enjoy a private tour with its famous certified sommelier.
Rainforest Canopy Breakfast | During a stay at the Pacuare Lodge you really must indulge in the ultimate experience – The Nest – savoring fresh coffee and breakfast on the tree platform. You’ll feel like Tarzan (or Jane!) with a deluxe twist above the canopies of the trees. It is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable spots in the whole country.
Private helicopter tour | Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Costa Rica’s unique topography on a private luxury helicopter. Take in amazing views of the vast mountain system and peaks, flowing rivers and endless miles of pristine coastline. Helicopters are also the fastest and most luxurious way to travel between destinations, with landings possible on helipads, fields, and open spaces all over the country. We’ll arrange it all!
Beach hopping in Guanacaste | Discover some of the most secluded beaches in Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula, most only accessible by the ocean. You’ll explore miles of coastline along the North Guanacaste province, while observing abundant marine wildlife such as dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles, and humpback whales. Your captain will situate you in the best spots to jump into the water and enjoy world-class snorkeling. Try stand-up paddle boarding, ocean kayaking, deep sea fishing, or simply relax on isolated white-sand beaches with a private picnic.
Batsu Hummingbird Garden at Sunset | Batsu Garden is intentionally designed for photographic opportunities of mountain birds. We’ll arrange private sundowners – a selection of cocktails with fine wine and cheese, local tropical fruits drinks, and typical tico snacks. Sip and nibble while observing and photographing the birds and their superb natural backgrounds.
Local tico personalities | Ker & Downey is passionate about creating cultural connections. Some of our favorite one-on-one experiences in Costa Rica include: a “learn and taste” coconut storytelling tour with Cloyd in Tortuguero; a private Costa Rican cooking class with a local chef in Arenal featuring mint mojitos, fresh ceviche, and amazing views of the Arenal Volcano; a history talk with a local farmer in Arenal Vida Campesina to learn about sustainable agricultural techniques in the Costa Rican countryside; and an immersive dance lesson in Puerto Viejo, Limon to learn the local Caribbean styles of merengue, bachata, salsa, reggae.
Doña Lunches | Enjoy the warmest tico welcome over lunches hosted in the homes of Doña Tula, Doña Miriam, and Doña María. We have developed and cherished wonderful relationships with individuals and families throughout the country. What we’ve learned is there is no better way to remove boundaries than to be invited into a local family’s home to share a delicious homemade meal – sometimes even being invited to help cook! These meals allow you to freely experience the essence of country life with warm hosts and plenty of tico flavor. Each local lady will welcome you into her home to introduce you to her family and share their favorite family recipes, passed down over generations.
Use our Costa Rica travel ideas to start planning your own journey with a Ker & Downey designer – contact us to get started.