La Fortuna: Your Perfect Adventure Travel in Costa Rica
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La Fortuna
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La Fortuna

Greetings from La Fortuna, Costa Rica’s premiere destination for adventure travel. Located in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, La Fortuna features the world-famous Arenal Volcano. Ascending to over 5,000 feet above lush rainforest and spreading farmland, exciting adventures call from the volcano’s base.

Holiday Amid Natural Hot Springs

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Though there hasn’t been an eruption since 2010, the fiery mantle blazing deep below Arenal Volcano heats the natural hot springs and pools that bubble up throughout La Fortuna. High-end resorts, rustic lodges, and luxury hotels have been built around the most desirable springs, allowing visitors to soak in the rejuvenating waters of on-site hot springs. Hotel reservations in La Fortuna commonly grant guests full access to these warm mineral pools without ever leaving the hotel grounds. Many of the springs are surrounded by spectacular volcano views.

Hike Volcanic Lands

While it is not permitted for travelers to hike to the summit of Arenal Volcano, exploring the diverse contours of Arenal’s lower slopes, and the lush, expansive rainforests with winding jungle rivers that spread from the volcano’s base provide an unparalleled nature experience.

Hiking the Arenal 1968 Trail or Arenal Volcano National Park provide an opportunity to walk amid long-hardened lava flows while taking in glorious views of Lake Arenal and the soaring volcano. A trip to La Fortuna Waterfall is not to be missed, while the most adventurous might chose the gripping adrenaline of canyoning and rappelling, or the sheer thrill of waterfall jumping that takes place near-by.

Adventure to the tranquil setting of a local coffee plantation, or explore natural stalagmites and subterranean rivers on a spelunking expedition of Venado Caves.

People enjoying whitewater rafting

Rushing Rivers and Pristine Rainforests

Exploring the lush landscape of La Fortuna on horseback offers a leisurely way to enjoy the area’s rich, natural beauty. For the thrill-seekers among us, a heart-pounding ATV race through the jungle provides sheer adrenaline. Deep inside the rainforest’s vivid, tropical interior, stroll across picturesque hanging bridges that offer the majesty of the jungle from an aerial view.

Fly like a bird over the rainforest canopy on an exhilarating course of high-elevation zip lines. Rafting adventures provide a heart-pumping ride down the Class II and III whitewater rapids of the Piedras Negras or the Rio Balsa Rivers. The wilder Class IV rapids of the Sarapiqui River grant an even more intense experience. If you prefer a tranquil excursion, kayaking or floating down one of La Fortuna’s more serene rivers offer a peaceful way to enjoy your day.

However you chose to enjoy your nature encounters in La Fortuna, keep a look out for monkeys, sloths, rare birds and other native wildlife that call La Fortuna home. They are never far away!

Enjoy Outdoor Dining

La Fortuna has a wonderful climate that lends itself perfectly to open-air dining. Fine dining can be enjoyed at one of the many hotels and resorts, while mid-priced options offer travelers a chance to experience authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Be sure to stop by one of Costa Rica’s many “Sodas.” These popular quick-service restaurants offer “casados,” a traditional Costa Rican meal of fish, chicken, or beef, served with sides of white rice, black beans and fried plantains.

Visit Costa Rica’s La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, offering spectacular excursions into the great outdoors.

Arenal Volcano Hanging Bridges

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Wildlife
  • Half Day Starting From $75
  • Easy

Per Person (2 person minimum)

La Fortuna Combo Tour

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Wildlife
  • Full Day Starting From $149
  • Easy

Per Person (2 person minimum)

La Fortuna Rafting & Waterfall Rappelling Combo Tour
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La Fortuna Rafting & Rappelling

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Full Day Starting From $165
  • Challenging

Per Person (2 person minimum)

La Fortuna Balsa River Rafting Tour

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Half Day Starting From $79
  • Moderate

Per Person (2 person minimum)

El Silencio del Campo

El Silencio del Campo

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotels
  • Starting From $182

Per Night/ 2 people (+ sales tax)

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

Tabacón

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotels
  • Starting From $310

Per Night/ 2 people (+ sales tax)

The Springs Resort and Spa

The Springs

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotels
  • Starting From $595

Per Night/ 2 people (+ sales tax)

Volcano Lodge & Hotel

Volcano Lodge

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Hotels
  • Starting From $216

Per Night/ 2 people (+ sales tax)

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano

Is a Costa Rican national park in the central part of the country, forming the Arenal Conservation Area.
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro

Is a Wildlife refuge, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area.
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Arenal Lake

Arenal Lake

Is a lake which is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is currently the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometers (33 sq mi). Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters (100–200 feet) seasonally.
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Can I hire transportation to go from La Fortuna to Monteverde?

Absolutely! Our transportation service offers custom transfers between La Fortuna and Monteverde, ensuring a seamless and adventurous journey for our clients. Instead of enduring a long road-only route, we utilize the stunning Lake Arenal to your advantage.

Here's how it works: we'll arrange for a taxi service to pick you up directly from your hotel in La Fortuna and take you to the lake. There, you'll board a ferry for a picturesque journey across Lake Arenal, with breathtaking views of the volcano in the distance. Upon reaching the other side, another taxi will be waiting to whisk you away to your destination in Monteverde.

This unique transfer experience is available in both directions, providing you with an unforgettable way to travel between these two beautiful destinations. Simply contact us to arrange this adventure transfer and embark on a memorable journey through Costa Rica's stunning landscapes.

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How long is the drive from Jaco to La Fortuna or vice versa?

The drive from Jaco Beach to La Fortuna typically takes around 4.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions, weather, and any stops you may want to make along the way. With our VIP in-country private transport service, we prioritize efficiency and comfort, ensuring you arrive at your destination swiftly while enjoying a smooth and pleasant journey through Costa Rica's scenic landscapes.

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Can I include a rental car in my vacation package?

Yes! Adventure Tours Costa Rica creates custom vacation packages tailored to your preferences. Our packages typically include a combination of private airport transfers and localized tour transport. For packages that feature multiple destinations, VIP in-country private transport is used. If you prefer to have a rental car during your vacation, we are more than happy to accommodate your request, while those traveling to Jaco or Los Suenos also have the option to rent a motorcycle. To begin planning your perfect Costa Rican vacation, contact us today!


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Can I include private transportation in my vacation page?

Absolutely! Adventure Tours Costa Rica offers custom vacation packages designed to suit your preferences. Our comprehensive vacation packages include accommodations, tours, and a combination of private airport transfers, VIP in-country private transport, and localized tour transportation, providing convenience and flexibility for our customers. Whether you're looking to explore Costa Rica's stunning destinations or simply relax and unwind, we've got you covered. Contact us today to start planning your dream Costa Rican vacation.

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Is La Fortuna good for families with kids?

Yes, La Fortuna is a great destination for families with kids. There are plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions in the area. Kids can enjoy activities such as horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, and exploring the Arenal Volcano hiking trails on a guided tour. Spelunking the Venado Caves is a magical adventure for children and adults alike. Additionally, many accommodations in La Fortuna cater to families, providing amenities such as swimming pools, play areas, and lovely manicured gardens. [View Full Blog Post]

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What are the best restaurants in La Fortuna?

La Fortuna boasts an array of exceptional restaurants that cater to various culinary preferences. Pollo Fortuneo is a popular spot known for its mouthwatering rotisserie chicken. Nanku is a standout restaurant that specializes in Japanese cuisine. Rancho La Casada is another notable establishment, where visitors can savor authentic Costa Rican fare, including typical casados, grilled meats, and traditional dishes. These are just a few of the excellent dining options available in La Fortuna. [View Full Blog Post]

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How are hot springs in La Fortuna heated?

The hot springs in La Fortuna are heated through the geothermal energy generated by the nearby Arenal Volcano. The volcano provides the necessary heat for the hot springs. Water from rain and other sources seeps into the Earth's crust and is heated by the residual heat from the volcano's activity. The heated water then rises to the surface, creating the hot springs.

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How hot are the hot springs at Arenal?

The temperature of the hot springs in La Fortuna can vary. Hot springs resorts and facilities in La Fortuna regulate the temperature of their hot spring pools to maintain a comfortable range for visitors, typically between 90-104 degrees Fahrenheit

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What are the best La Fortuna combo tours?

La Fortuna offers a variety of exciting combo tours to choose from. One popular option is the La Fortuna Waterfall and Hanging Bridges combo tour, where participants can traverse the suspension bridges for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest and then experience the spectacle of the area’s most famous waterfall. Other notable combo tours include a thrilling Canopy Combo, which features a zipline tour paired with hanging bridges and a high-altitude gondola ride, or River Rafting and Canyoning & Rappelling. [View Full Blog Post]

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Can you spend a week in La Fortuna?

Yes, you can definitely spend a week in La Fortuna and have plenty of activities and attractions to explore. If you would like to create a customized itinerary for your week in La Fortuna, working with an agent who has specific expertise in the La Fortuna area is the best way to save money and maximize your adventure. [View Full Blog Post]

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Are there adventure tours in La Fortuna?

Yes, La Fortuna is renowned for its adventure tours that offer exciting experiences to thrill-seekers. Visitors can indulge in activities such as ziplining through the rainforest canopy, whitewater river rafting, canyoning tours, ATV tours and more!

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What’s the best coffee in La Fortuna?

My Coffee is a highly recommended choice, offering a cozy atmosphere and serving delicious Costa Rican coffee alongside pastries and light snacks.

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Is La Fortuna Volcano Active?

Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna was active until 2010 but has since entered a resting phase. Currently, the Arenal Volcano is considered to be dormant, though volcanic activity could resume at any time.

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Is it safe to walk around La Fortuna Costa Rica?

La Fortuna is considered a relatively safe place to walk around in Costa Rica. It is a popular destination, and the town has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. If you exercise general caution and follow normal travel safety guidelines, you should be able to safely enjoy La Fortuna. [View Full Blog Post]

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How do you get from La Fortuna to Monteverde?

There are primarily two ways to get from La Fortuna to Monteverde. The first way is to drive around Lake Arenal, and the second way is to travel by ferry across Lake Arenal, which is the perfect solution for vacationers who don’t have a rental car to deal with. The trip across lake Arenal is not only shorter, it offers incredible views of the volcano and the lush landscape surrounding the lake. You'll want to arrange the taxi, boat, taxi transfer from La Fortuna to Monteverde ahead of time to guarantee smooth connections on both sides of the lake. You can also do this transfer in reverse, starting from Monteverde and ending in La Fortuna.

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Does La Fortuna have a nightlife?

While La Fortuna is primarily known for its natural beauty and adventure activities, it does offer a modest nightlife scene. The town has a handful of bars and clubs where visitors can enjoy some evening entertainment. That said, the nightlife in La Fortuna is relatively low-key compared to other destinations in Costa Rica, and the town tends to quiet down earlier in the evening as well.

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What are the best La Fortuna Tours?

One of the most popular options is the Arenal Volcano hike, where visitors can explore the volcano's trails, learn about its history, and marvel at the breathtaking views. Another must-try is the Hanging Bridges tour, where adventurers can traverse suspension bridges high above the rainforest canopy, witnessing diverse flora and fauna, and enjoying stunning vistas. For those seeking relaxation, a visit to one of the many hot springs resorts allows one to unwind in the soothing, mineral-rich waters. Other popular adventures include a La Fortuna ATV tour, La Fortuna Waterfall tour, and whitewater rafting on the Class III Sarapiqui or the Class II Rio Balsa.

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What are some fun facts about La Fortuna?

La Fortuna has several interesting and fun facts worth knowing. One of the most interesting facts is that there is a submerged town under Lake Arena. When the Arenal Dam was constructed in the 1970s, the resulting Arenal Reservoir flooded an entire town known as El Burio. Another interesting fact involves the Arenal Volcano eruption of 1968. Arenal Volcano had been dormant for centuries before a massive eruption on July 29, 1968 changed the surrounding landscape drastically. You can visit the 1968 hiking trails on a guided tour. [View Full Blog Post]

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Is sitting in hot springs good for you?

Yes, we believe that sitting in hot springs can be beneficial for your health. The warm water of hot springs can help to relax muscles, alleviate stress, and promote blood flow. The heat of the water can also help to open up pores and cleanse the skin, resulting in improved skin health. Additionally, hot springs often contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, which can have therapeutic effects on the body. If you have a medical condition that might be impacted by soaking in hot springs, you should check with your doctor beforehand. [View Full Blog Post]

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Are hot springs sanitary?

Yes. The hot springs in La Fortuna are well-maintained and supervised to ensure cleanliness and hygiene for visitors. The water in hot springs is naturally heated by volcanic activity from Arenal Volcano, which helps eliminate harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Additionally, hot springs resorts and facilities in La Fortuna have strict protocols for water treatment and regular monitoring to ensure the water is safe and sanitary for visitors.

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Do you wear a bathing suit to hot springs?

Yes, it is common practice to wear a bathing suit when visiting hot springs. Bathing suits are typically worn for hygiene reasons and to maintain modesty while enjoying the hot spring pools. Additionally, wearing a bathing suit allows for easy movement and comfort while in the water. [View Full Blog Post]

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Can you see sloths in La Fortuna Costa Rica?

While there are sloths in La Fortuna Costa Rica, the best opportunity to see them is by doing a tour of the sloth territory. Doing a tour led by a naturalist guide increases your chances of spotting one, since the guides are familiar with the sloths' habits and habitat. If you are trying to spot sloths on your own, visiting the hanging bridges in La Fortuna is a good idea. Sloths are known for their incredible camouflage skills and their tendency to remain high up in the trees. [View Full Blog Post]

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What wildlife is in Lake Arenal?

Lake Arenal and its surrounding areas offer a unique ecosystem that supports a variety of animals. Common wildlife sightings include different bird species like herons, toucans, and kingfishers, as well as reptiles such as iguanas. On the shores, one may spot various mammals, including howler monkeys, coatis, and raccoons. The lake itself is inhabited by a wide range of fish species, making it an ideal fishing spot.

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Are there monkeys in Arenal?

Yes, there are monkeys in the Arenal region. La Fortuna is home to several different species of monkeys. The most commonly seen monkey species in this area include howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and Capuchin monkeys. These playful and curious creatures can often be spotted swinging through the treetops or foraging for food in the forests surrounding Arenal Volcano.

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Is the La Fortuna Waterfall hike hard?

The trail to La Fortuna Waterfall is well-maintained, but it consists of a descent with around 500 steps. The ascent back up the steps can be somewhat physically demanding, especially for those who are not accustomed to hiking or have mobility issues. The hike requires a moderate level of fitness and stamina over all. If you wear comfortable clothing, use proper hiking shoes, take your time, and rest when needed, we find that most people in average physical condition are able to enjoy a visit to La Fortuna waterfall.

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Is it easy to get around in La Fortuna without a car?

Taxis are readily available in La Fortuna and can take you to different attractions or nearby destinations. In addition, many providers in La Fortuna offer transportation as part of their tours. Finally, private transportation can also be a great option, especially if you have a larger group, or if you would like to visit a local attraction on your own and need a ride back to your hotel once you’re finished.

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Is Arenal too touristy?

La Fortuna has many attractions and activities, including Arenal Volcano, nature reserves, natural geothermal hot springs, a beautiful lake, La Fortuna waterfall, and a huge variety of adventure tours - all of which make it a popular destination for travelers. While some people may consider it too touristy, we find that the amount of activities available and the amenities in the area make La Fortuna well worth the visit.

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How far is the beach from La Fortuna?

La Fortuna is located inland, in the central Alajuela province of Costa Rica. You would need to travel to the Pacific coast in order to arrive at the closest beach. Playa Hermosa in the Guanacaste province is the closest at about 3 hours driving distance. Jaco Beach in the Puntarenas province is about 3.5-4 hours from La Fortuna by car.

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Is La Fortuna family-friendly?

Yes, La Fortuna is a great destination for families with kids. The town offers a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Kids can explore the Arenal Volcano National Park, go on nature hikes, and discover the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica. La Fortuna also offers adventure activities suitable for children, including cave spelunking, ziplining, horseback riding, and guided nature tours. [View Full Blog Post]

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Why is La Fortuna popular?

La Fortuna is popular for several reasons. One of the main attractions is the majestic Arenal Volcano, which provides a stunning backdrop for the town. The volcano offers opportunities for hiking, wildlife observation, and adventure activities like ziplining tours. Additionally, La Fortuna is known for its hot springs, where visitors can relax and soak in the natural geothermal waters. The town is surrounded by lush rainforests and natural wonders such as La Fortuna waterfall, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts.

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Does Arenal volcano glow at night?

No, Arenal hasn’t glowed at night for quite some time, and when it has previously, it’s never been consistent. While Arenal is an active volcano, its volcanic activity fluctuates and has been quiet for some time now. Glowing lava hasn’t been spotted since 2010, though it could return at any time. Regardless of this, Arenal volcano is a truly breathtaking site that brings visitors from around the world.

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Do you shower before hot springs?

Yes. Showering helps to remove any lotions, oils, or dirt from your body, ensuring that the hot springs remain clean and hygienic for all visitors. Showering also helps to regulate your body temperature and remove any sweat or impurities, allowing you to fully enjoy the relaxing and therapeutic experience.

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What are common animals in La Fortuna Costa Rica?

La Fortuna, Costa Rica, is known for its diverse range of wildlife. Some common animals found in this region include sloths, monkeys (such as howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and squirrel monkeys), reptiles like iguanas and various species of snakes, colorful birds like toucans and parrots, amphibians such as frogs and toads, and a variety of insects and butterflies. [View Full Blog Post]

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Are there sloths in La Fortuna?

Yes, there are sloths in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The region is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to a variety of wildlife, including sloths. These slow-moving creatures can often be spotted hanging from tree branches in the rainforests surrounding La Fortuna. [View Full Blog Post]

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Can you go to La Fortuna Waterfall for free?

Yes, you can go to La Fortuna Waterfall for free. This stunning waterfall is located near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, and it is a popular tourist destination.

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What to wear to La Fortuna?

When heading to La Fortuna, it is important to dress appropriately for the climate and the activities you plan to do. Lightweight, breathable fabrics are ideal for the hot, humid weather. Shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops are great for keeping cool, while a light jacket is recommended for cooler evenings. For outdoor activities such as hiking and zip-lining, comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty are essential. A swimsuit is also a must for taking a dip in the hot springs or swimming in the lake. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sunglasses to protect your face from the sun. [View Full Blog Post]

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How hard is the La Fortuna waterfall hike?

The La Fortuna waterfall hike is a challenging but rewarding experience. The hike is approximately two miles long and includes some steep terrain. The hike starts with a steep climb up the mountain, which can be quite difficult for some hikers. Once at the top, the trail winds through the jungle before reaching the waterfall. The trail can be slippery and muddy, so it's important to wear the proper footwear and be careful. Once you arrive at the waterfall, you'll have to descend, (and eventually ascend), 500 stone steps that are carved into the mountainside if you want to enjoy a swim. There are plenty of places to stop and rest along the staircase, or if you prefer you can simply view the waterfall from the observation platform without tackling the stairs. While the view of the waterfall is amazing, swimming in the natural pool is well worth the effort. [View Full Blog Post]

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What is the best month to visit Arenal Costa Rica?

Arenal Costa Rica is an amazing place to visit any time of the year, but the best month to visit is usually April or May. During this time, the weather is usually warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day. The rain is usually light and scattered, and the humidity is usually low. April and May are also the driest months of the year, so you won’t have to worry about getting wet too often. Additionally, these months offer some of the best views of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rainforest. [View Full Blog Post]

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Can you swim in the La Fortuna Waterfall?

Yes, you can swim in the La Fortuna Waterfall. This majestic waterfall is located in Costa Rica and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The waterfall is surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest and cascades down from a height of 70 meters into a large pool of crystal clear water. The temperature of the pool is perfect for swimming and you can even take a dip beneath the falls for an unforgettable experience. [View Full Blog Post]

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Is La Fortuna Costa Rica safe for tourists?

La Fortuna Costa Rica is a popular destination for tourists and is considered to be a very safe place to visit. The town is located in the northern region of the country which is largely rural and has a low crime rate. The local police force is well trained and equipped to handle any type of emergency. Additionally, the town has a strong tourism industry that is monitored by the government to ensure the safety of visitors. (View Full Blog Post)

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Does it rain every day in La Fortuna Costa Rica?

No, it does not rain every day in La Fortuna. La Fortuna is located in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, and it is known for its tropical climate. The rainy season in La Fortuna runs from May to October, and during this time, the area receives an average of 12 to 13 inches of rain each month. However, the rest of the year is characterized by sunny and dry weather, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. During the dry season, there are occasional showers, but they are typically short-lived and don't last more than a few hours. [View Full Blog Post]

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Is la Fortuna waterfall worth visiting?

Absolutely! La Fortuna Waterfall is definitely worth it. The waterfall is located in the heart of the rainforest, making it a breathtaking natural wonder. It's a great place to go for a swim, take a hike, and admire the natural beauty. The waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and is a great place to take photos. The hike to the waterfall is relatively easy and the view from the top is spectacular. The sound of the waterfall is soothing and the water is crystal clear. It's an experience that you won't forget and one that is absolutely worth it.

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Is la Fortuna Costa Rica worth visiting?

Yes, La Fortuna Costa Rica is definitely worth visiting. It is a beautiful destination with plenty of activities to partake in. From the Arenal Volcano National Park to the La Fortuna Waterfall, there is something for everyone. You can go hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, or swimming in the nearby hot springs. The area is also home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the country, making it a great place to relax and enjoy the nightlife. ( View Full Blog Post )

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How many days do you need in la Fortuna?

Visiting La Fortuna is an unforgettable experience that shouldn't be rushed. Depending on your interests and the type of vacation you are looking for, you will need to plan accordingly. Generally speaking, if you are looking to explore the area, relax, and enjoy a few activities, three to four days in La Fortuna should be enough to get a good feel for the area. You can use the first day to explore the town and its attractions, the second day to take a tour of the Arenal Volcano, and the third day to go rafting, zip-lining, or take a relaxing hot springs soak. (View Full Blog Post)

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How far is it from Jaco to Arenal / La Fortuna?

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna are approximately 3.5-4 hours from Jaco.