Travel Attractions in arenal Volcano area

The Arenal Volcano area

Arenal is an active volcano. When it erupted years ago, large areas were buried in lava. Near the volcano is the town of La Fortuna, named for its luck �€“ when the big eruption occurred, it was unharmed, as the other side of the mountain was hit. The town serves as the local tourism base; it has dozens of hotels and motels of various standards and many guided tours leave from there.


arenal volcano


I recommend a tour in the forests around the volcano: You will see a view of the volcano (if it isn�€™t covered in clouds, which it often is) and go on a tour to see flora and fauna in the area. Everything is green and beautiful; you get to see monkeys on the trees and with some luck, toucans and other animals as well. Many of the tours start in the afternoon and end with another viewpoint overlooking the volcano.


frog  grog  tucan

Another attraction recommended for evenings is the hot springs near La Fortuna. There are two hot springs: Baldi and Tabacon. Tabacon are small and more exclusive, while Baldi are cheaper and more suitable for families and young travellers. Baldi is made of 25 springs, from 35 to 67 degrees, and has waterfalls and waterslides. It�€™s a very big, impressive and fun site.

Located short distance from fortuna is La fortuna waterfalls where you can have a refreshing swim.


hanging bridge  water fall 


There are even more attractions to choose from around Arenal. It is worth coming back there for them.

Some good attractions are:

Kayaking in Arenal Lake:

Go on a calm kayaking voyage in Arenal lake while watching the volcano and the many wild animals.

A guided visit to a butterfly farm:

 During your visit you will see hundreds of colourful butterflies which will fly over your heads, including Costa Rica�€™s beautiful national butterfly.



Those who love action and sports may choose a quad bike tour or cycling on mountain bikes around the volcano.


Driving ATV is a great fun. In this tour you will have great views to the Arenal Lake and Arenal Volcano and see the wild life and plants in the area.




Gliding on ziplines and more adventures at Ecoglide - Arenal Park - Canopy and Tarzan Swing





Vanado Caves:

45 minutes away from Arenal are the Vanado Caves �€“ an exciting and wet experience. A maze of caves and natural tunnels under the earth. You�€™ll walk and crawl through narrow passageways, mazes and rooms as you see the famous shapes in the rocks, the stalactites and the stalagmites.

Recommended hotels in La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano:

Nayara Springs Spa and Gardens

4 Star luxury boutique Hotel and spa with panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by Costa Rican Rainforest. Private bungalows have a private terrace with a 2-person hot tub. Outdoor pool and wet bar. Free parking. Free WiFi in public area. 

Nayara Springs Adults only

5 Star adults-only boutique Hotel surrounded by tropical rainforest. Located just 7 km from La Fortuna Town Centre. Spa and a large outdoor pool, Free breakfast, fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi and free parking. Laundry services are included.
Each luxurious suite have a private thermal pool, a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a free minibar. 

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

5 Star Spa and Thermal Resort  Featuring hot spring baths with unlimited access to it. Sauna, massages services, luxury spa treatments and 5 swimming pools. Restaurants and bars.
The rooms and suites offer garden views, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, coffee maker and minibar.

Free WiFi and free valet parking. 

Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

5 Star Hotel Suites & Spa. Featuring an on-site hot spring bath, a swimming pool. 2 on-site restaurants. Game room, business center and a gym. Free Wi-Fi, free parking.
The suites feature a hot tub, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV and a balcony with Arenal Volcano views.

Mountain Paradise

4 Star Hotel. Outdoor pool, spa centre and terraces amid the gardens. 2 restaurants.

The suites are spacious and air conditioned. They also include a safety box and a balcony offering panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano. Free WiFi, free parking and Free breakfast.

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

4 Star Hotel. Outdoor pool and a restaurant, and views of Arenal Volcano and the garden from all rooms. The property has free parking, a yoga deck, hot springs and On-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi. 

Montana De Fuego

4 Star Hotel. Offering great views of Arenal Volcano, luxurious accommodation set amongst attractive gardens and lakes. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, its own adventure park and a spring bath. Contemporary suites and bungalows, each has a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a bathroom. Free parking.


Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Two hours north of Arenal, near the border with Nicaragua, is Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

This reserve is considered to be one of the greatest bird-viewing sites in the continent and is home to countless animals, such as monkeys, lizards, alligators and bats.

During the wet season (May to October) the Rio Frio river overflows, creating lakes. You can then tour the area in boat on a very unique tour. The place is relatively far and well-conserved. 




Los Chiles is a town 5 km from the border with Nicaragua, from there take a boat down the Rio Frio river with a professional guide who will explain about the local flora and fauna.


river canoeing


At the end of the tour head to the your next hotel in Arenal area (in La fortuna) which has beautiful green scenery (kept fresh year-round by tropical rains), roaring rivers, hot springs, lagoons, natural parks, and wild animals.

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