Arenal Costa Rica Map
Driving San José to Arenal
From San José, there are two ways to get to Arenal. The shortest – the blue line on the map – runs through San Ramon and takes around three and a half hours. The other route, marked in green, is a more cultural drive—you’ll pass through quaint villages, including Sarchí, the country’s handicraft capital. This route takes about four hours.
Arenal to/from Monteverde Cloud Forest
The road to Monteverde is in poor condition; along this route, dirt roads and potholes are the norm. For the reason, a 4x4 is strongly recommended. The only route runs through Tilarán and takes about four hours to complete.
For shortcuts and alternatives, see Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Costa Rica