Suggested stay: 3-4 nights    

Setting: Nature          

Best time to go: Year round

In a nutshell: An active volcano rising 1,633 meters on the horizon, cloud forests, hot springs naturally heated by the volcano, and an incredibly diverse wildlife is what you will find in this area of Costa Rica. The Arenal volcano, with its beautiful conic silhouette, stands out as one of the most active in the world, its charm enhanced at night when the color of its eruptions and lava rivers can be fully appreciated. The spectacular evening show can be enjoyed from many of the hotels surrounding the imposing mountain. Lake Arenal, a man-made lake with a worldwide reputation as one of the fastest lakes for windsurfing, and Caño Negro, a bird watching hot spot, are also worth checking


  • Arenal Volcano
  • Hiking on lava fields in Arenal National Park
  • Natural hot springs
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Windsurfing on Lake Arenal

How to get there

  • Overland transfer from San Jose, Monteverde or Guanacaste (3 hours)
  • Daily flights from San Jose and Tortuguero (30 minutes)

 What to do

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Canopy Tours
  • Rafting
  • Wildlife Observation
  • ATV tours
  • Windsurfing