Guidebook for La Fortuna

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Guidebook for La Fortuna

Entertainment & Activities

Our neighbors and friends at Leaves & Lizards have beautiful horses and great guides...even a private waterfall you can visit on one of their tours!
Leaves and Lizards Retreat Hotel
Our neighbors and friends at Leaves & Lizards have beautiful horses and great guides...even a private waterfall you can visit on one of their tours!
Pure Trek Canyoning is a great tour in town that takes you rappelling down waterfalls...a lifetime experience! Let us know if you'd like us to make you a reservation.
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Pure Trek Canyoning
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Pure Trek Canyoning is a great tour in town that takes you rappelling down waterfalls...a lifetime experience! Let us know if you'd like us to make you a reservation.
Tabacon is "world famous" for its hot springs but there are many more to choose from. We'll help you choose the right one for you!
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Tabacon is "world famous" for its hot springs but there are many more to choose from. We'll help you choose the right one for you!
This is one of our favorite places to go to Hot Springs in the area. There are many pools of all temperatures to choose from and currently the entrance fee is only $15!
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Los Lagos
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This is one of our favorite places to go to Hot Springs in the area. There are many pools of all temperatures to choose from and currently the entrance fee is only $15!
Baldi is THE place if you want to go to a party atmosphere. It's a beautiful place but not for the "we're looking for a nice/quiet/romantic place".
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Baldi Hot Springs Resort Hotel & Spa
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Baldi is THE place if you want to go to a party atmosphere. It's a beautiful place but not for the "we're looking for a nice/quiet/romantic place".
Eco Termales hot springs has 4 small hot springs/pools all in a row so not a lot of privacy but quiet with great food. Reservations ARE definitely required.
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Ecotermales Fortuna
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Eco Termales hot springs has 4 small hot springs/pools all in a row so not a lot of privacy but quiet with great food. Reservations ARE definitely required.
This is our FAVORITE place to go for so many reasons! It's just 4km from the Villa Hermosa, the staff is the friendliest in the entire area, the food is AMAZING (including the sushi) and the hot springs are divine! The other thing is that because it's off a dirt road, rarely is it busy...and if it is, it's 10% of what all the other hot springs have! We go here weekly...you'll love it!
The Springs Resort & Spa
This is our FAVORITE place to go for so many reasons! It's just 4km from the Villa Hermosa, the staff is the friendliest in the entire area, the food is AMAZING (including the sushi) and the hot springs are divine! The other thing is that because it's off a dirt road, rarely is it busy...and if it is, it's 10% of what all the other hot springs have! We go here weekly...you'll love it!

Essentials

Monterrey is a great little Costa Rican town with restaurants, grocery stores, butcher, bank and gas station. It's only a 5 minute drive.
Monterrey, San Carlos
Monterrey is a great little Costa Rican town with restaurants, grocery stores, butcher, bank and gas station. It's only a 5 minute drive.
This is the best & last store on the way to the Villa Hermosa from the center of La Fortuna. It's located on the main road past the cemetery and has the BEST selection of items. Items you can get here that you cannot get at our closer stores: Fresh Poultry, Fresh Fish & good selection of fruits & veggies.
Super Cristian #4
This is the best & last store on the way to the Villa Hermosa from the center of La Fortuna. It's located on the main road past the cemetery and has the BEST selection of items. Items you can get here that you cannot get at our closer stores: Fresh Poultry, Fresh Fish & good selection of fruits & veggies.

Sightseeing

A great hike for all fitness levels and no reservations are needed. If you want to see animals, go with a guide, or just go for a nice hike.
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Arenal Volcano National Park
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A great hike for all fitness levels and no reservations are needed. If you want to see animals, go with a guide, or just go for a nice hike.
This is a beautiful iconic church and on a clear day you can see the volcano in the background. The church and main square are a beautiful feature of La Fortuna.
Iglesia Católica
This is a beautiful iconic church and on a clear day you can see the volcano in the background. The church and main square are a beautiful feature of La Fortuna.
This is an easy tour you can do by yourself...located only 5 minutes outside of the center of town it's a 15 minute walk down & back up. Easy & you can swim by the waterfall!
La Fortuna Waterfall
This is an easy tour you can do by yourself...located only 5 minutes outside of the center of town it's a 15 minute walk down & back up. Easy & you can swim by the waterfall!
This beautiful resort that has a great spa and hot springs is just 3.5km from The Villa Hermosa. They also have an animal rescue that is a must see-this is included with the hot springs entrance.
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The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal
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This beautiful resort that has a great spa and hot springs is just 3.5km from The Villa Hermosa. They also have an animal rescue that is a must see-this is included with the hot springs entrance.
For birders this is a "must see" when in this area. You'll spend time on the river in a great place for birding and it's only 1.5 hours from Fortuna.
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Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro
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For birders this is a "must see" when in this area. You'll spend time on the river in a great place for birding and it's only 1.5 hours from Fortuna.

Food Scene

One of our favorite restaurants and the menu has something for everyone; one of the few bars in town with a nightlife too!
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Lava Lounge
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One of our favorite restaurants and the menu has something for everyone; one of the few bars in town with a nightlife too!
For a more authentic dining experience, this is a definite favorite dining spot. Bring your camera as the presentation of the food and the wait staff are unique!
La Choza de Laurel
For a more authentic dining experience, this is a definite favorite dining spot. Bring your camera as the presentation of the food and the wait staff are unique!
This is one of the best restaurants in town and the bar is a beautiful place to stop & get a tropical drink! This is more of a "special occassion" place vs. daily dining.
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Restaurante Don Rufino
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This is one of the best restaurants in town and the bar is a beautiful place to stop & get a tropical drink! This is more of a "special occassion" place vs. daily dining.
This is a favorite bakery in town and they bake bread fresh daily. Also one of the few places you can buy cakes & pastries.
Musmanni La Fortuna
This is a favorite bakery in town and they bake bread fresh daily. Also one of the few places you can buy cakes & pastries.

Parks & Nature

Sky Trek is one of the best canopy (aka Zip Lining) tours in the area. You can take a hike on Hanging Bridges, take the gondola up the mountain then zipline down (or gondola down). @40 minutes away.
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Sky Trek Sky Tram
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Sky Trek is one of the best canopy (aka Zip Lining) tours in the area. You can take a hike on Hanging Bridges, take the gondola up the mountain then zipline down (or gondola down). @40 minutes away.
This is a beautiful place to hike, best to get there as soon as they open when it's less crowded and the animals are the most active. It's very thick & jungly so you can go for a "beautiful hike" but if you want to see animals through the foliage, hire a guide (ahead of time). Close to Lake Arenal.
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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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This is a beautiful place to hike, best to get there as soon as they open when it's less crowded and the animals are the most active. It's very thick & jungly so you can go for a "beautiful hike" but if you want to see animals through the foliage, hire a guide (ahead of time). Close to Lake Arenal.

Everything Else

Nuevo Arenal gets confused for La Fortuna (aka Arenal) all the time. Just make sure you know the difference and where it's located!
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Nuevo Arenal
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Nuevo Arenal gets confused for La Fortuna (aka Arenal) all the time. Just make sure you know the difference and where it's located!
One of two International Airports. It will take approximately 3 hours to drive here-either through San Ramon OR Ciudad Quesada. See website for directions: http://www.theVillaHermosa.com
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Juan Santamaría International Airport
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One of two International Airports. It will take approximately 3 hours to drive here-either through San Ramon OR Ciudad Quesada. See website for directions: http://www.theVillaHermosa.com
One of two International Airports. It will take approximately 3.5 hours to drive here-you'll drive through Tilaran & around Lake Arenal. See website for directions: http://www.theVillaHermosa.com
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Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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One of two International Airports. It will take approximately 3.5 hours to drive here-you'll drive through Tilaran & around Lake Arenal. See website for directions: http://www.theVillaHermosa.com

Drinks & Nightlife

Great place to people-watch, right across from the park. Great drinks!
Kazan Bar Restaurante
Great place to people-watch, right across from the park. Great drinks!