Welcome to my La Fortuna travel guide!

Chances are you are looking to visit Arenal Volcano on your Costa Rica adventure and you’ve realised that La Fortuna is the gateway location for doing so?

You have been doing your research well! La Fortuna is the town that most people will choose to stay in when planning their adventures around the famous Arenal Volcano.

It’s staying in La Fortuna or booking into one of the hot spring hotels in Arenal itself (which can be a lot pricier).

Whichever you choose as your base for exploring, you’re close to the Arenal Volcano National Park and all the attractions in the area. La Fortuna is just a 10-minute drive from Arenal and so the two choices are very close indeed.

There is no best place to stay for visiting Arenal Volcano, just the place that feels good for you.

If you choose La Fortuna as your base when exploring Arenal Volcano National Park and the surrounding area, then you are choosing to rest in a town that is filled with restaurants, life, shops and more… all with a postcard-perfect backdrop of the symmetrical volcano.

It’s so gorgeous! Particularly on a sunny morning and when the view of the volcano is clear!

More about Arenal Volcano…

Until 2010, Arenal was Costa Rica‘s most active volcano. Though Arenal is still active (one of the 5 active volcanos in Costa Rica), the regular spewing of lava, gas and ash following the 1968 explosion came to a standstill in 2010.

Between 1968 and 2010, visitors to the area could marvel at the 5,673ft, symmetrical, cone-shaped appearance of Arenal volcano as it displayed activity. Since 2010 though, Arenal volcano has been considered ‘sleeping’. Experts do believe we will see Arenal volcano’s activity once more, but when? No one knows.

Some of the best things to do in Arenal include tours of the cacao farms (where you make your own chocolate), soaking in the geothermal springs, sloth watching, river rafting and hikes through Arenal Volcano National Park.

See my complete travel guide to visiting Arenal Volcano here.

In this blog post, I am going to share with you the best things to do in and around La Fortuna, my top tips for La Fortuna, the best places to stay when visiting La Fortuna and much more.

This is a complete travel guide for those of you planning to add Arenal / La Fortuna to your Costa Rica road trip or central America adventure.

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