Arenal Springs Resort and Spa

Overall 97.8% (2547 Guest Ratings)

Arenal, Costa Rica

Located in front of the imposing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Springs Resort and Spa provides a great base for your La Fortuna vacation. Of course, you’ll love relaxing in the private on-site hot springs after a day of exploring! The eco-friendly bungalow style Junior Suites provide modern comforts while maintaining the essence of Costa Rica. There are over fifty tours and activities to choose from and we offer transfers to Arenal Springs Resort from everywhere in Costa Rica.Select your activities and transfers when customizing.

Sample Itinerary
  • 3 nights at Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
  • Choice: Riverboat Safari or Rio Balsa Rafting
Starting at $486 per person*

*Sample rates are per person, double occupancy [Oct dates]

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Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens

Overall 94.0% (538 Guest Ratings)

Arenal, Costa Rica

Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens provides the ultimate in eco-friendly luxury. This award winning hotel is among the best boutique hotels in the world as rated by TripAdvisor members and Travel & Leisure. Of course, you’ll want to explore and discover the Arenal area by day, and there’s plenty to do! Many guests of Arenal Nayara add a visit to the Tabacon hot springs. Adventurers will love rafting, zip lining, or canyoning. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge or a hike through the canopy at Arenal Hanging Bridges.

Sample Itinerary
  • 3 nights at Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens
  • Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs with Dinner
Starting at $789 per person*

*Sample rates are per person, double occupancy [Oct dates]

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Los Lagos Hotel Resort and Spa

Overall 95.6% (385 Guest Ratings)

Arenal, Costa Rica

Looking for affordable family fun? Look no further than Los Lagos Hotel, Resort & Spa. This budget-friendly hotel is all about value with on-site hot springs, family friendly attractions, trails, and more! The hotel sits as close as you can get to the massive volcano, providing fantastic views. Gorgeous tropical gardens grow throughout the property. It’s almost like visiting and staying at a mini Jurassic Park! In addition to hot springs, there is a family-friendly pool area with waterslides making this the coolest budget-friendly family hotel in La Fortuna!

Sample Itinerary
  • 4 nights at Los Lagos Hotel Resort and Spa
  • Choice: Canopy Hanging Bridges or Zipline
Starting at $436 per person*

*Sample rates are per person, double occupancy [Oct dates]

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Enjoy World Class Eco-lodges and Hot Springs Resorts

Visitors come from all over to stay at the world-class hot springs resorts and eco-lodges in front of Arenal Volcano. The volcano sets the stage with captivating views and soothing thermal springs. Opportunistic hotels in the region integrate the scenery, views, and springs into their designs, allowing guests to experience the wonders of Costa Rica! The following are among the most popular, ranging from 3 - 5 stars and budget-friendly to the ultimate in Costa Rican luxury. Click on any hotel and start customizing your perfect Costa Rica vacation today! 

The Adventure Capital of Central America!

There’s no shortage of fun stuff and things to do at Arenal! La Fortuna is often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of Central America” and for good reason! Brace yourself for thrilling adventures, gorgeous scenery, exotic wildlife, and soothing volcanic hot springs. Here are a few of the most popular Arenal tours to add to your vacation. Scores of other amazing adventures and activities can be viewed here.

Book Your Transfer to Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna

We provide private transfers to Arenal Volcano from all locations in Costa Rica. Based on your schedule, private transportation allows you to stop along the way to eat, take photos, stretch your legs, or really for any reason.

We also offer budget friendly set schedule shared transfers from most popular destinations. Many visitors choose a combination of both, using private transportation from and back to the airport and then shared transfers between destinations. The combination allows them the convenience to schedule private transfers according to their flight itinerary and save money on the other transfers.

What destinations should I combine with Arenal on my vacation?

It depends on what you are interested in and how far you are willing to travel. No matter where you go, there will be drive times to consider. Arenal is several hours from the closest beach destination, but you will be passing through gorgeous countryside, no matter which direction you go.

The most common destinations to combine with Arenal are the Guanacaste beaches to the west. Tamarindo is a cool little surfside village with swimming and surfing beaches, shops, and nightlife. Flamingo and Conchal are near Tamarindo, providing excellent swimming beaches, but are quieter towns. Playa Hermosa is a beautiful, quiet beach town that is right around the corner from LIR Airport. Further south, Samara and Carrillo are fun little off the beaten path beach towns that offer traditional Costa Rican charm. These beaches range from 3.5 - 4.5 hours from Arenal depending on which one, type of transfer selected and traffic that day.

Many visitors to Arenal that are interested in the jungle, wildlife and beaches choose to combine with Manuel Antonio to the south (4-5 hours) or even the Southern Caribbean (around 5.5 hours). Jaco Beach (around 3 - 3.5 hours) is good for those looking for a Central Pacific beach town with surfing, great sport fishing, and nightlife. 

There are several options for those seeking other inland destinations for wildlife or adventure. Monteverde Cloud Forest is only a few hours away and is perfect for highland bird watching, canopy adventures and of course, cloud forest. The Rio Celeste Waterfall is a couple of hours north of Arenal, offering lush rainforest and the most beautiful waterfall in Central America. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, a lesser-known adventure destination, is located a few hours west of Arenal. Sarapiqui is a nearby region to the east with great birdwatching. Further to the east, Tortuguero is a remote area with loads of exotic wildlife. Of course, you can’t leave the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park off the list. While driving is not recommended, flights are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I stay?

Most visitors stay 3 - 5 nights. 

Is it safe to visit Arenal?

The last major eruption that harmed people was in the 1960’s, so it is highly unlikely to occur while you visit.

Similar to most other areas of Costa Rica, violent crime is practically non-existent.

When will I find the best prices?

May through November

What is the weather like?

The temperature is more affected by current weather systems than seasons. Most of the time, daytime temperatures hover in the upper 70s and 80s, though if a severe front comes in, temps can dip into the 60s during the day. Night time temperatures are usually around 15 degrees cooler. Arenal is a rainforest area, so expect rain. It can rain at any point in time, so always be prepared. At the same time, the frequent rains keep everything lush, green and beautiful.

Is the volcano active?

Arenal stopped spewing lava in October 2010. However, it is still the country’s top attraction as the hot springs are still hot, and the volcano remains an iconic backdrop for the country’s best adventure activities.

When is the best weather?

February through July, but people visit year-round. Also, keep in mind, the weather is very unpredictable in this area.

Is it touristy?

Some may view Arenal as touristy, but most would not when considering the big picture. There are only a few thousand year-round residents in La Fortuna. With tourists, even in the busiest of seasons, this number only swells to 5-6 thousand people. There are many small hotels and a handful of larger resorts. You'll find shops, restaurants, and plenty of tourist-geared activities. But when compared to popular “touristy” destinations in other areas such as Mexico or the Caribbean, 5-6k people is a drop in the bucket.

Where is Arenal Volcano?

Arenal Volcano is near La Fortuna, Costa Rica in the Alajuela Province. It is 130 km northwest of San Jose and 142 km east of Liberia. Use the interactive map below to see where Arenal is when compared to your airport or other destinations.


Latitude: N 10° 29' 13.07"
Longitude: W 84° 41' 2.94"

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