Arenal Volcano

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 4 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 Bijagua

Hotel Bijagua

Offering a garden, wooden terrace and an outdoor swimming pool, Hotel Bijagua is located 2 km from Baldi Hot Springs and 3 km from La Fortuna Waterfalls. Free Wi-Fi access and bikes are available. Average score from 590 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$53

 
$539.3
Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul

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

 
$779.3
Hotel Roca Negra Del Arenal

Hotel Roca Negra Del Arenal

Offering outdoor pool and a hot tub, Hotel Roca Negra Del Arenal is located in the suburbs of Fortuna. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with cable TV, air conditioning and a terrace. Average score from 441 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$80

 
$809.0
Hotel Brisas Arenal

Hotel Brisas Arenal

Set on the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Hotel Brisas Arenal has tropical gardens with a small pool for kids. Each room has air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 445 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$67

 
$678.9
La Fortuna Rooms

La Fortuna Rooms

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, La Fortuna Rooms offers city accommodation in Fortuna. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each room has a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Average score from 62 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$59

 
$598.7
Arenal Green

Arenal Green

Situated on the slopes of Arenal Volcano, just 30 minutes’ drive from the national park, Arenal Green offers its guests air conditioned facilities with safety deposit boxes, room service and Wi-Fi access throughout free of charge. Average score from 140 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$80

 
$808.7
Hotel Miradas Arenal

Hotel Miradas Arenal

Offering views of El Arenal volcano, Hotel Miradas Arenal has a garden and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi access and free parking is available. Average score from 73 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$81

 
$818.7
Hotel Monte Real

Hotel Monte Real

Featuring a sun terrace with swimming pool, an extensive garden and free Wi-Fi throughout, Hotel Monte Real is located 200 metres from La Fortuna Town Centre and 400 metres from a bus station. Average score from 264 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$81

 
$818.7
Hotel Arenal Montechiari

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

 
$828.7
Tío Felix Eco Lodge

Tío Felix Eco Lodge

Offering free WiFi and a garden, Tío Felix Eco Lodge is set in Fortuna. Monteverde is 24 km away. Free private parking is available on site. There is a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries in each unit. Average score from 104 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$52

 
$528.6
Cabinas Los Tucanes

Cabinas Los Tucanes

Cabinas Los Tucanes is located in El Castillo de La Fortuna, Costa Rica and offers free WiFi access. Arenal Ecozoo is located just 19 metres away. A dining table and coffee machine is included in every room. Average score from 120 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$50

 
$508.4
La Fortuna Backpakers Resort

La Fortuna Backpakers Resort

La Fortuna Backpakers Resort is an inn located in Fortuna. It features a garden and free WiFi access. Juan Santamaría International Airport is 117 km away. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$52

 
$528.4
Hotel Vista del Cerro

Hotel Vista del Cerro

Hotel Vista del Cerro is located 2 km from La Fortuna Central Park and 25 minutes’ drive from Arenal Volcano National Park. It features an extensive garden with stunning volcano views and a swimming pool. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$50

 
$508.3
Cerro Chato Ecolodge

Cerro Chato Ecolodge

This Costa Rican family-owned La Fortuna Cerro Chato Ecolodge features an outdoor pool and rooms with free WiFi. Arenal Volcano National Park is 18 minutes' drive away. Average score from 255 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$50

 
$508.3
Hotel La Pradera del Arenal

Hotel La Pradera del Arenal

Offering an outdoor swimming pool, an extensive garden and a furnished terrace, Hotel La Pradera del Arenal is located 5 minutes’ drive from La Fortuna Central Park. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$74

 
$748.2
GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort

GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort

Located 5 minutes’ walk from La Fortuna waterfalls and 6 km from La Fortuna Main Square, this eco-friendly hotel features a swimming pool, a garden, massages service and free Wi-Fi throughout. Average score from 168 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$79

 
$798.1
Cabinas Los Guayabos

Cabinas Los Guayabos

Cabinas Los Guayabos is a self-catering accommodation located in Fortuna. Free WiFi access and free private parking are available. The villa will provide you with air conditioning, bed linen and a patio. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$50

 
$508.0

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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