Hike near the Arenal Volcano
Learn about the history and most importantly, the geography of the Arenal Volcano. Although this huge volcano can be seen from most of the nearby places, set aside some time to hike near the Arenal Volcano to see the exotic birds and flowers. Spend a few hours relaxing on the patio of the Arenal Observatory Lodge, looking at the volcano slopes through your binoculars and enjoying its magnificence. Click here for more info.
Muster your courage and walk on the Arenal hanging bridges
The hanging bridges in Arenal are unique and must-do in Costa Rica. Walking through the long suspension bridges that span through the cloud forests and overlook the canopy below is an experience by itself. Some of the bridges are so high that it caused vertigo. But breathtaking views of the Lake Arenal and the waterfalls were the treat to muster all my inner-strength and cross these bridges.
The 2 mile trail took us through 6 hanging bridges and a few crossing bridges. The trails offer plenty of opportunities to see exotic birds, flowers, trees, spiders. We even spotted a snake curled up on one of the branches.
Take a day-trip to the sky-blue color Rio Celeste waterfalls
Ever seen water that is literally sky-blue in color? Rio Celeste is just where you’ll see such a beauty. The hike through the rain forests will be worth it. Hike even further to see the exact spot whether the water gets its sky-blue color. Click here for more info.
Relax in the natural hot springs
Soak yourself either in the natural hot springs near the Arenal Volcano. A number of resorts offer classy pools; pick a resort of your choice and make a reservation. Relax, unwind and pamper yourself. Don’t forget to end the day with a delicious dinner – you’ve earned it!
We picked the Baldi’s hot springs and ended up having a blast. A long and tiresome bath and the buffet dinner was the perfect way to end the day.
Stroll around the cute town of La Fortuna
This town’s name has an interesting history. It was called El Borio until the volcano erupted in 1968, destroying two other towns and left the El Borio town untouched. For obvious reasons, the locals thought that this town was “fortunate” and renamed it to “La Fortuna”. The main park in this town with a church nearby and several other restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops nearby is a great place to spend an evening.
During our visit to Costa Rica, we stayed in the La Fortuna downtown and we immensely enjoyed aimlessly strolling through the streets.
Indulge in Costa Rican coffee and eat authentic Costa Rican food
Normally, I don’t like repeat visits to a restaurant, but the Rain Forest Café in the La Fortuna downtown was extraordinary. We came here for breakfast one day and ended up having breakfast in the same place every day until we left Arenal. In fact, there was a day when we came back for lunch as well. Their coffee and espresso drinks are just mind-blowing.
Dine at Soda La Viquez. Their interiors are not-so-fancy, but this place offers delicious and authentic Costa Rican food. The portions are large and you’ll leave with a full stomach and a gratifying meal.