Arenal Area Attractions
Small villages characterize the area around Lake Arenal. The lake and villages can be seen in a day tour, while some choose to stay overnight in this area that offers excellent views of the Arenal volcano.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
The official name of this small town is La Fortuna de San Carlos, and it receives many visitors due to its close proximity to the Arenal Volcano. Lying 250m/820ft above sea level, La Fortuna offers excellent vistas of the volcano that is only 6km/3.7mi to the west.Several tour companies in La Fortuna offer excursions to the many natural attractions in the area, including night tours of the volcano. Many visitors to La Fortuna choose to rent or horses or bicycles for enjoyment when exploring the area.
Waterfall of La Fortuna
La Fortuna Surroundings
Tabacón Hot Springs
There are several bathing facilities for the Tabacón hot springs. Good views of the exploding Arenal Volcano can be seen from the hot, mineral water pools.
La Fortuna Surroundings - Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is home to the highly active Arenal Volcano. Lava flows down the mountains side and is an impressive sight as it glows in the darkness of night.
Arenal Lake Area - Arenal Lake
Arenal, Costa Rica
Also known as Nuevo Arenal (New Arenal), this village replaced the original that was flooded when Lake Arenal was formed in 1973. The small village offers simple dining and accommodation options, as well as a disco and live music on the weekends.
Arenal Botanical Garden
Founded in 1991, the Arenal Botanical Garden features well maintained trails through primary forest and a small butterfly garden. The garden has 1,200 varieties of tropical plants from Costa Rica and other parts of the world.
Address: Box 1, Costa Rica
Tilaran, Costa Rica
Tilarán is an attractive and pleasant mountain village lying on the northern end of the Cordillera de Tilarán. The town is found at 550m/1,804km above sea level and is only 5km/3mi away from Lake Arenal, the area's principle attraction.As in other towns and villages in the Guanacaste province, cattle farming is the most important industry. A popular rodeo and festival (Días Cívicas) takes place annually on the last weekend in April. The climate is Tilarán is pleasant and comfortable.
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