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.

Fear not though, safety is at the forefront of tourism decisions here in Arenal and around Arenal volcano. It is absolutely safe to visit. There are limits on how close people can get to the volcano (you cannot climb or ascend it) and if there is any volcanic activity recorded, park rangers will not hesitate to close the trails.

Regardless of volcano activity though, the Arenal region is a stunning addition to your Costa Rica bucket list. There is a plethora of activities and adventures to go on here and so much flora and fauna to witness.

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. More on the best things to do in Arenal later in this post.

I have just spent 5 days exploring Arenal, La Fortuna and the surrounding areas and so in this Arenal travel guide, I am going to share with you the best things to do in Arenal, my top tips for Arenal, the best places to stay when visiting Arenal and much more.

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

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