The area around the Arenal volcano offers something for everyone. My personal favorite activity is soaking in one of the numerous hot springs around the base of the volcano. Admission fees vary, but once inside you can enjoy the waters in several different fashions.
There are waterfalls that offer a wonderful natural massage, small pools surrounded by tropical flowers, and modern swimming pools of different temperature. Most offer swim up bars and cool down pools.
There is also terrific fishing to be enjoyed on Lake Arenal – fly fishermen go after both Rainbow Bass and the spirited Machaca. Lake Arenal is also world renowned for wind surfing, and hikers also enjoy trekking to the waterfall outside of the town of La Fortuna. Trips to the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve can be arranged by most hotels.
Of course, the most compelling reason to visit this area is the volcano itself. Once you have heard it sigh, groan, and rumble, you will understand why some ancient people worshiped volcanoes as gods. All lodges in this area offer spectacular views of this awe inspiring natural spectacle.
- Hotel La Pradera
- Hotel El Silencio del Campo $$
- Lomas del Volcan
- Arenal Lodge $$: Spectacular views of both the volcano and the surrounding rainforest!
- The Lost Iguana Lodge $$$: Luxury hotel with outstanding volcano views
- Arenal Kioro $$$
- The Springs Resort and Spa $$$$
- Hotel Nayara
The per night rate for the hotels in this area are priced as follows.
$$$$: $300.00 and above
$$$: $175.00 – $300.00
$$: $100.00 – $175.00
$: Under $100.00