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Things to do in La Fortuna

Things to do in  La Fortuna

Welcome to La Fortuna

Crowned by the majestic (and very active) Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is one of Costa Rica's top destinations for both adventure and relaxation. Here, supersized zipline courses and hanging bridges crisscross the lush rainforest, meaning there are plenty of things to do in La Fortuna for thrillseekers and wildlife watchers alike. After a day in the treetops—or a hike to the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall—travelers can soak in the mineral-rich waters of the region’s geothermal hot springs.

Top 9 attractions in La Fortuna

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

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The 16 hanging bridges that line the paths of Costa Rica’s Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park stretch a total of 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) across the steep landscape. See the birds, monkeys, sloths, snakes, and frogs that call the forest canopy home by ascending these spans, suspended above gorges and stretched across jungle floors.More

La Fortuna Waterfall

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La Fortuna Waterfall cascades 200 feet (61 meters) down the sheer cliff face of Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano’s dormant and thickly forested twin. One of the most impressive and accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica, La Fortuna is a great place to picnic, swim, and photograph the waterfall’s perpetual mists and nearby exotic vegetation.More

Tabacon Hot Springs

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Tumbling waterfalls, luxury spa and dining options, and the dramatic backdrop of Arenal Volcano set Tabacon Hot Springs apart from Costa Rica’s many thermal springs. Numerous pools dotting the Tabacon River create a completely natural hot spring experience on a private rain forest reserve, perfect for a day of pure relaxation.More

Venado Caves (Cavernas de Venado)

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These ancient caves were carved by tectonic movement and water currents passing over limestone for millions of years. Inside this deep network of tunnels, visitors will find stalactites, stalagmites, rock formations, and subterranean rivers and caverns. There’s also a chance to spot wildlife, including bats, fish, insects, and frogs.More

Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center

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Proyecto Asis is a wildlife rescue center focused on the protection and rehabilitation of native animals. Visitors can tour the facilities, take Spanish classes, or volunteer to help care for the animals, whose natural habitats are often threatened by expanding development in the region.More
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Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

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Nestled in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica, the Butterfly Conservatory lets visitors discover diverse butterflies and flowers via a network of trails and gardens. Dedicated to the preservation of butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, the conservatory has a learning center and educational exhibits.More

Los Laureles Hot Springs (Termales Los Laureles)

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The hot springs of Termales Los Laureles offer visitors a relaxing experience surrounded by tropical forest. The complex, which comprises thermal baths and cold pools accessible by water slide, is a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive hot springs of Monteverde. Plus, you can see Arenal Volcano from the baths.More
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Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

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A relaxing visit to the local hot springs in the uplands of La Fortuna is a must, and Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park offers the chance not only to sit and soak, but also to have some wet and wild fun. Visitors can relax in thermally heated pools near the base of the Arenal Volcano, while enjoying the thrills you’d expect at a modern waterpark.More
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Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

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Far from the tourist center of La Fortuna, the village of El Castillo offers a more secluded place to view Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa, one of the few hotels on this side of the mountain, offers impressive views of the volcano, plus well-maintained hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking trails.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

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Birthday excursion
Chardane_M, Nov 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
We got to see different animals and plants.
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Best Tour in La Fortuna
Addison_S, Sep 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
We had a chance to see the most beautiful parts of nature, and the tour guides were awesome!
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Muy Divertido Ziplining
James_C, Sep 2022
The Best 7 Zip Lines of Arenal
Fantastic views of La Fortuna waterfall etc
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Great Full Day Experience
BAINDU_S, Aug 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
A great full day experience to see the La Fortuna area.
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3-in-1 Tour
Rochelle_A, Nov 2022
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike
The waterfall was a bit disappointing, as we had been at Nauyaca falls- which were absolutely gorgeous and not crowded.
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Amazing Tour
Daynene_S, Nov 2022
2-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: River Safari Float and La Fortuna Waterfall
The waterfall was well worth all the steps, the river tour was relaxing and exciting all at the same time.
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Don Olivo Chocolate Tour
Baran_B, Sep 2022
Don Olivo Chocolate Tour
This was one of my favorite activities during my 2 week stay in CR.
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MUST DO !!!!!!
Yumiko_R, Aug 2022
Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna
The view was worth it, the waterfall/ river looks magical.
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All in one amazing tour
Kaitlyn_F, Aug 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This was a great tour to see all the main La Fortuna attractions in one day!
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Strongly recommend this tour
Venkata_N, Jul 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Excellent tour of the critical attractions in La Fortuna.
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Great tour of the Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna waterfall!
Hillary_S, Jun 2022
Half Day Adventure from La Fortuna- 2 tours in 1, 4 options to choose!
We chose the hanging bridges and the La Fortuna waterfall.
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Fun filled Day of Exploring
Amanda_T, Nov 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
5 mile hike - Bus travels to Hotel Palmera Real & Hot Springs Note: My fiancé and I are athletes and the hike up from the waterfall made us breathe pretty hard, but you can go at your own pace.
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We had a great time on...
Darren_B, Mar 2022
Wild Life Safari Float
Highly recommended excursion as an alternative to the other adventurous things to do in LA Fortuna.
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Put it on your buket list!
Frank_V, Feb 2022
Sloth Watching Trail
Our guide was super knowledgeable and help us to see the sloths!
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Amazing!!
Rana_K, Aug 2021
Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica
We did Balsa River White Water Rafting with two kids and it was one of the best activities in La Fortuna.
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MUST DO in La Fortuna!
Lyssa, May 2021
Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding
Incredible guides and such a wonderful way to see the volcano!
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great time
Danielle_O, Mar 2020
Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal
the zipline course went over the la fortuna waterfall!
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Enlightening
Rene_L, Feb 2020
Eden Chocolate Tour - The best chocolate tour in La Fortuna
A must do when you plan to visit La Fortuna.
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Excellent horseback riding , beautiful scenery and great guide
Arthur_E, Jan 2020
Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall
He let us trot with the horses and took us on an lazing hike to the magnificent La Fortuna waterfall.
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We were glad we went on this tour...
Chad T, Aug 2017
Best of La Fortuna Combo Tour
We got the history and to see the sights but might be a little pricy for what it is.
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All about La Fortuna

When to visit

The best time to visit La Fortuna is during the sunny dry season, which runs from December until early May. The weather is generally sunny this time of year, and there’s less mud and fewer showers, which makes exploring the area much more enjoyable. However, the dry season can be crowded, particularly around Christmas, New Years, Easter, and during spring break in the US.

Getting around

While you can easily get around the town of La Fortuna on foot, you’ll need a car to get out to key attractions such as the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park or if you want to visit local hot springs. Your best options are to rent a car of your own, hire a taxi, or join a private or group tour that will take you out to area attractions.

Traveler tips

Dine on traditional Costa Rican fare at Soda La Hormiga, a budget-friendly open-air spot that attracts locals and visitors with its hearty meals. The traditional casados, (plated meals with beans, rice, meat, plantains, and salad) are big and filling. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, the restaurant also offers plenty of smaller—but still substantial—side dishes.

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