Between Arenal National Park, Lake Arenal, and all of the convenience waiting for you in the heart of La Fortuna, it can be difficult to know which hotel to choose. Sure, it’s a little more obvious if you’re booking a romantic and luxurious getaway, but what if you want simple accommodations that offer volcano views? Maybe you want to see what all of the fuss is about when it comes to ecolodges and sustainability. Or perhaps you just don’t want a long ride to and from your activities. That’s why the first step to picking your accommodations is understanding what in-town and remote accommodations have to offer you.
Let La Fortuna charm you.
At the beginning and end of each day of adventure, you’re going to need a place to rest your head. One of the great things about staying in La Fortuna is that the town itself is attractive, bustling, and centrally located — sitting at the base of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s northern lowlands. Although small, the town has a number of appealing features, and is the gateway to outdoor adventure in the Arenal region.
The in-town experience.
If you choose one of our in-town La Fortuna, Costa Rica hotels, you will be able to easily navigate La Fortuna’s colorful streets and can peruse shops. There is a quaint and well-cared-for central park that has inspiring views of the volcano, as well as a nearby river that is great for swimming or picnicking. La Fortuna has grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, tour operators, souvenir shops, and churches.
Looking to get something to eat or drink? There’s an ample number of restaurants and bars within the central area of town. Sample the national dish, gallo pinto. It’s a hearty serving of beans and rice that’s excellent with chicken, eggs, or fried plantains. Wash your meals down with delicious tropical fruit beverages. Be sure to grab a slice! Costa Rica has a sizable Italian expat community, and they’re serving up authentic pizzas every day!
Staying in La Fortuna provides you with the conveniences and services you’re accustomed to, even though you’re traveling. It’s easy to arrange bus trips or tours, shopping excursions, or quiet nights at your home away from home.
Hotels within La Fortuna include the:
Retreats outside of town.
Staying in-town seems like such a great option that you may be wondering why you would even want to venture further out. If you just want to take things slow and have a moment of solitude, then a remote location is ideal. You can still book transportation to all of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal activities you want to take part in, but also enjoy the tranquility of nature. Plenty of outdoor space means the children can roam around and play outside.
Stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens and trails. Birdwatch from the grounds of your hotel. Book the most eco-friendly adventure of your life when you stay at ecolodges that produce their own food, are home to sloths, and practice sustainability. Wouldn’t it be amazing to catch glimpses of tree dwelling creatures as you enjoy your morning coffee? Imagine falling asleep to the gentle rustle of forest dwelling creatures after you’ve spent the entire day unplugged.
The following destinations will place you 25-30 minutes outside of La Fortuna proper, ensuring that there's no city noise to deal with. Make sure you pack your camera and binoculars, because these locations offer you unique views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal that you'll miss if you stay within the city center. If you're hoping to stay outside of La Fortuna, but still want to soak up some of the region's authentic local culture, then add the town of El Castillo to your list. This quaint little village is located on Lake Arenal, and is a great for experiencing what the locals themselves enjoy.
Get in touch with nature when you stay at:
The perfect hotel for you.
From Jacuzzis to hot springs, and modest cabins in the forest to impressive resort accommodations, whether you stay in the center of town or venture further out, choosing the perfect La Fortuna hotel is the first step toward your next travel adventure.
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