Arenal Volcano

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Arenal Volcano, photo by Peter Andersen
Arenal Volcano (photo by Peter Andersen)
 

Arenal Volcano (Volcán Arenal) is an active volcano located in northern Costa Rica, about 55 miles (90 km) northwest of San José.

The volcano measures is slightly over one mile high (5,358 ft or 1,633 m).

It was dormant for hundreds of years, but in 1968 it erupted unexpectedly, destroying the small town of Tabacón, and has been active ever since.

In addition to hiking around the volcano, outdoor activities on nearby Lake Arenal include boat tours, fishing, kayaking, and wind surfing.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Amapolas del Arenal

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Amapolas del Arenal offers accommodation in Fortuna. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

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Hotel Arenal Montechiari

Offering spectacular views of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Montechiari offers cottages set in tropical gardens. Located 400 metres from La Fortuna’s central park and church, it offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi in the reception. Average score from 75 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$82 - $85

 
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Cabinas Las Palmas

Cabinas Las Palmas features a garden, terrace and free Wi-Fi throughout. It is located 10 km from Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. La Fortuna Main Square is 230 metres away. The rooms offer wooden furniture, wardrobe and TV. Average score from 355 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$27

 
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Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa is located in Fortuna, 20 minutes’ drive from Arenal Volcano site. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 505 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$157

 
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Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul

Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul is located in La Fortuna, Alajuela and offers free WiFi access and stunning views of the surrounding gardens, mountain side and the Arenal Volcano. Average score from 450 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$77

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel El Silencio del Campo

Hotel El Silencio del Campo

Offering an outdoor pool, relaxing volcanic hot springs and a restaurant, Hotel El Silencio del Campo is located 6 minutes’ drive from Fortuna. Free WiFi access is available. Average score from 281 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$200

 
$2009.5
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa is located in Fortuna, 20 minutes’ drive from Arenal Volcano site. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 505 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$157

 
$1579.4
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Featuring hot spring baths, sauna, massages services, luxury spa treatments and 5 swimming pools, Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is 15 minutes’ drive from the Arenal Volcano National Park. Average score from 486 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$312

 
$3129.2
Mussaenda Hotel & Gardens

Mussaenda Hotel & Gardens

Situated in Fortuna, Mussaenda Hotel & Gardens boasts an outdoor pool and hot tub. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$83

 
$839.1
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

Located just outside Arenal Volcano National Park, this eco-friendly hotel offers an outdoor pool, a spa and a grill restaurant, surrounded by tropical gardens. Rooms have views of the volcano and rainforest. Average score from 362 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$116 - $145

 
$1169.1
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs

Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs

Featuring an extensive garden, a sun terrace with swimming pool, spa treatments and free Wi-Fi throughout, this hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from the Arenal Volcano National Park and from La Fortuna Town Centre. Average score from 421 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$150

 
$1509.1
The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

Offering amazing views of Arenal National Park and volcano, Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa features an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Its luxurious rooms overlook attractive gardens and water features. Average score from 292 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$231 - $410

 
$2319.1
Hotel Arenal Volcano Inn

Hotel Arenal Volcano Inn

Hotel Arenal Volcano Inn is located next to Arenal Volcano National Park and 7 minutes’ drive away from La Fortuna town centre. It features a garden spa and swimming pool. Average score from 60 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$113 - $122

 
$1139.0
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa offers an outdoor pool, a gym and lush gardens with a maze. Each room has views of the Arenal Volcano, located just a 25-minute drive away. Average score from 169 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$196

 
$1969.0
Hotel Lomas del Volcan

Hotel Lomas del Volcan

Located 14 km from Arenal Volcano National Park, Lomas del Volcan offers lush gardens, an outdoor pool and a hot tub. Each air-conditioned cabin has free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 248 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$85

 
$858.9
Encantada Guest House

Encantada Guest House

Set in the mountains of El Castillo, Encantada Guest House offers tropical gardens and spectacular views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Free WiFi is included. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$135

 
$1358.9
Arenal Villa

Arenal Villa

Arenal Villa is a holiday home set in Fortuna and featuring free WiFi and a terrace. You can relax by the outdoor pool in the garden in fair weather. Free private parking is available on site. The kitchen comes with a microwave. Average score from 269 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$230

$2308.9
La Fortuna Suites

La Fortuna Suites

Located 250 metres from La Fortuna Park, La Fortuna Suites features free WiFi access and shared lounge with TV. Each functional and simple room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$85

 
$858.8
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort

This tropical hotel is located next to Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano, 6 km from La Fortuna. It offers a natural hot spring, outdoor adventure activities, a luxurious spa and scenic volcano views. Average score from 511 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$135 - $442

 
$1358.6
GreenLagoon Arenal Waterfall Villas

GreenLagoon Arenal Waterfall Villas

Located in Fortuna, GreenLagoon Arenal Waterfall Villas offers an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness centre. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. The villa will provide you with air conditioning, a patio and a terrace. Average score from 66 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$252

 
$2528.6
Hotel Linda Vista

Hotel Linda Vista

Offering stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding rainforest, Hotel Linda Vista features an outdoor pool, a hot tub and lush gardens. Lake Arenal is just 600 metres away. Average score from 313 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$83

 
$838.4
Villas Eco Arenal

Villas Eco Arenal

Located 1 km north from central Fortuna and overlooking the Arenal Volcano, Villas Eco Arenal is immersed in lush vegetation. It features a swimming pool and offers free Wi-Fi. Average score from 33 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$110 - $99

 
$1108.4

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Windsports
Considered one of the worlds great wind and kite surfing spots. From November through April the strong, dependable winds attract windsurfers and kite surfers to its western end.
Scenic Waterways

Lake Arenal

Located at the foot of the volcano, Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometre (33 sq mi). Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters (100–200 feet) season. It offers diverse water sports opportunities.
Volcanoes
Geologically, Arenal is considered a young volcano and the age is estimated to be less than 7,500 years. It remains active today.
Other Interests:
Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
Kayaking and Canoeing
Fishing
Tropical Forests
Hiking and Trekking

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