Arenal Volcano 2018 Travel Guide


Arenal is a destination located in Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province at only 3 hours away from SJO International Airport and 3.5 Hours away from LIR International Airport.

This is one of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica since is in this area where all people have something to explore, there are nature, hiking, adventure, wildlife, combo tours so there is no an option to be bored here.

The main attraction at Arenal is the Arenal Volcano National Park, where you have a good numbers of tours to visit the location.

Arenal Volcano Things To Do

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Arenal Volcano Family Tours

Are you traveling with children or someone with difficulty to walk long distances? We have a great list of tours around Arenal Volcano area to recommend to you based on your travel conditions and expectations.

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Arenal Volcano Family Tours

If you love hiking, Arenal Volcano area offers a great combination of trails in the rain forest that you can not miss, we have a lot of options for you to explore! Check out the list.

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Arenal Volcano Family Tours

Trying to take advantage of your time in Arenal and see as much as possible? We have created amazing combo tours for you to see the highlights in an organized and advantageous way.

Arenal 2 in 1 Tours
Arenal Volcano Family Tours

Being the epicenter of nature tours, you should not want to miss a piece of Arenal area, which gathers a rich biodiversity and great chance to find real wildlife, whether you enjoy hiking, boating, swimming, or seating, Arenal offers options for all preferences.

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Arenal Volcano Family Tours

Enjoy a full day at Arenal Volcano visiting the most popular attractions and activities in this area.

Arenal 4 in 1 Tours
Arenal Volcano Family Tours

Explore the Arenal Volcano area in one day, visiting 3 of the most popular attractions in Arenal Costa Rica.

Arenal 3 in 1 Tours
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Natural thermal springs are another wonder that describes Arenal Volcano area, certainly an attraction you should not miss. The pools temperature vary from 91˚F to 106˚F. Visitors find the hot springs relaxing, calming, very enchanting, unique, and healing. There are different options for you to visit based on your preferences and expectations, from big resorts, romantic, kid friendly, party mood, and private atmosphere.

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Frequently Questions About Arenal Costa Rica

Where is the Arenal Volcano Located?

Arenal Volcano is located in the Central lowlands of the beautiful Costa Rica, known for being home of this famous volcano, Arenal also gathers a lush and exuberant rain forest filled with nature, wildlife, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking parks and scenery. Making it a top destination to explore the beauties of Costa Rica and offering a number of activities for your vacation, anything from Nature to Adventure can be found here. To mention a few tours we can list: Naturalist hiking, Hanging Bridges and trails, Volcano hike, Horseback riding, Safari float, White water rafting, Waterfall Rappelling, Zip lining, Night hikes, and much more that you can find on our tour menu. (Aqui ponemos el link de tours)The vibrant town is called La Fortuna, and offers a nice environment to check it out, you can find souvenir shops, a number of Restaurants, nightlife, ATM, groceries, pharmacy, and a beautiful park.Arenal is easily accessible from either International airports, 3 hours from SJO airport and 4 hours from LIR airport approximately.

Which is the closest International Airport from Arenal?

SJO airport is the closest airport from Arenal, located 3 hours away, depending on traffic you may spend less time, around 2.3 hours, traffic is nothing heavy on this road though. This journey involves a very scenic but narrow and curvy road, if you get car sick, packing a pill on your bag is a good idea, you can also stop to enjoy the scenery, take pictures, or just breath and strength your legs.LIR airport is located 3.5 to 4 hours away from Arenal, that being said, in terms of driving distances there is not much difference between landing into SJO or LIR airport. Check out the option with the airline of your preference and make your choice.From either airport it is possible to head towards Arenal right upon arrival, we can coordinate your pick up based on your arrival time..

What restaurants do you recommend?

As most destinations that welcome travellers, gastronomy is a very good part of Arenal and there is a number of options for you to experience different environments and dishes. Costa Rican food is very tasty and is an option everywhere, as well as you can find international food. The small local restaurants are called “Soda”, a good mix of fancy restaurants and sodas are available. If you plan to visit a fancy restaurant you can budget around $50 USD per person for a dinner, and if visiting a Soda you can budget from $10 to $20 USD.

  • Cafe Mediterraneo
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Lava Lounge
  • Las Brasitas
  • Don Rufino’s
  • Benedictus Restaurant
  • Rancho Perla
  • Cafe Mediterraneo
  • Soda El Rio

What can I do in Arenal Volcano?

Arenal is multi-faceted, if you are thinking of an adventurous or relaxing vacation, this is your best choice. Surrounded by an exuberant rainforest, Arenal offers a great selection of the best tours you can enjoy in Costa Rica.