Things to do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Things to Do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Things to Do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Attractions in Arenal Volcano National Park

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  • Pattie
    18 contributions
    Before you enter the area you are asked to washing your hands. Then you are given a wrist band. The hike to the bottom is about 500 steps. The steps are metal and evenly spaced making it easy to walk down. There are several places to stop and take a break if necessary. Below the waterfall is an area you can take off you shoes and wade in the water, Remember to take a towel to dry off your feet. If you are so inclined you can wear a bathing suite and get in but you will wear your bathing suite back up to the top as there are no changing rooms at the bottom, or bathrooms for that matter. The waterfall is definitely worth the walk down and back. Very beautiful.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Lyn R
    4 contributions
    As a person with extreme acrophobia, I didn't know if I would be able to do this, but the mesh on the bridges were dense enough, that if I just looked straight ahead, I was able to traverse the bridges, My husband who is not so afflicted loved it and stood in the middle and took pictures.
    We did not have a guide, and did a self guided tour. It was pretty well raining the whole time we were there, but we got some great picture and appreciate, the rainforest very well from this walk.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • Pattie
    18 contributions
    We went in the evening, in the rain and it was magical. They are very safely conscience. We had to wash our hands before going up the the counter. Towels and a locker were supplied. You were asked to choose a time for dinner so it was not overcrowded and the food was very good. Great place to relax in several different temperature pools. They even had a pool to cool you off. Showers and a hair dryer were supplied also. Great way to spend an evening.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Andraparrell
    Philadelphia, PA93 contributions
    We purchased day passes to Baldi and enjoyed our time immensely. We went with our 15 month old baby and our 3 year old and felt that this was an experience that we were all able to appreciate. There are many many pools, a kids area, at least 3 different swim up bars and a ton of water slides. The location is great and so many of the pools had fantastic views of the Volcano. There was a convenient locker room/changing area and towels were made available. The food was also great. We brought a life jacket and floaties for our kids which was a good call because there weren't any available at the resort.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • timpys
    Toronto, Canada144 contributions
    We did the wildlife and the sloth tours. Others visitors were participating in the volunteeering program. In the wildlife session we saw and learn about all the animals which area brought to the Center either because they were household pets (illegal in Costa Rica) or were injured. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge. After that we went cloth watching with Adriana and a powerful scope. Even though there were no sloths in the rescue centre, we area able to see many on the property. This is a non-profit that deserves a visit. Fantastic!
    Written 26 March 2022
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  • Stephanie99
    Central New Jersey486 contributions
    The park is really nice with some good marked trails. We took one up to a view point of the volcano and lake Arenal. If the weather is cloudy, it’s probably not worth going to due to limited visibility. We lucked out and had a clear sunny day with excellent views of the volcano and could even see the steam coming out of the top. I’m sure a visit would have been even better back when the volcano was regularly erupting, but c’est la vie. (Side note, if you have been to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, this park does not pale in comparison, but is above experience if visiting the area).
    Written 9 April 2022
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  • RT
    2 contributions
    William was a great guide, with tons of local knowledge and history. 10/10
    William made sure we saw all the animales we wanted to see.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • bryney
    columbus10 contributions
    A great view of the volcano. Lots of activities. Perfect spot in CR. Our food at La Mansion was the best. It was hard to find a good local restaurant so ask a local tour guide. We could not find any ATM to dispense dollars. They had two banks but neither could allow us access to cash.
    Written 8 January 2022
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  • Zoe Wessels
    Council, ID8 contributions
    Venado caves is an ABSOLUTE must-see! 10/10 would recommend. We explored many different routes and crevices among the caves. We saw bats, cave spiders, crickets, catfish, and more! The geological formations are truly breath taking. The only downside was that our tour guide didn’t speak English and couldn’t explain the history, geological formations, or the wildlife within the caves. Luckily, we had a gal in our group that could translate. Otherwise, this tour is a must-see if you are in Costa Rica. Pure magic and awe during canyoneering the Venado caves!
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • lukas
    Vilnius, Lithuania1 contribution
    Fantastic, unforgettable experience. Really hard and adventurous climb, especially because we did during hard rain
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • Judith O
    43 contributions
    Our guide, Andres, was excellent. Had a lot of information and conveyed it well. The trails were more challenging than we had thought (we are aged 70+) due mostly to the heat and humidity. Andres was helpful and understanding. We were lucky that the cloud cleared from the volcano just as we reached the end of the trail.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Thomas K
    4 contributions
    This is a wonderful place to visit. Entrance is free, but just be cautious. You will find guys asking to be paid to keep your car safe. Do it. Definitely recommend.
    Written 28 March 2022
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  • stonebm
    Nottingham, UK122 contributions
    Choose to visit Paradise Hot Springs due to its smaller size, rather than one of the bigger resorts, whilst staying in La Fortuna.

    A short taxi (uber) ride from the town centre. Able to hire locker and towel when we arrived and stayed for six hours (1pm - 7pm).

    Two main thermal pools (one with a bar) along with half a dozen small (3 or 4 people) jacuzzi type pools, all of varying temperatures. Plenty of loungers and quiet areas to relax.

    For tge majority of our stay it felt like we had the hot springs to ourselves (and about a dozen other guests). Around 4:30pm it did start to fill up with hotel guests(?) and/or a tour group (?) but they stayed for no more than 45mins before we had the place to ourselves again as dusk fell.

    An in all a relaxing day in sight of the Arenal volcano.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • Rosie B
    10 contributions
    My partner and I were super unsure of which hot springs to go to. There are SO many that all seem to do the same 'thing' but have miniscule differences which feel like whichever you choose will be the difference between a good or a bad day. We spent what felt like days researching which hot springs to go to. We wanted affordable, romantic (it was our anniversary), a natural-like feel, aesthetic and we wanted to be able to spend the whole day there to be able to sunbathe and have the peaceful atmosphere of night. We ended up going with Los Lagos- the others were silly expensive (Tabacon & The Springs), sounded too kid-focused (Baldi) or were only for day OR night (eco-termales).

    First of all, the pictures don't do it justice. The image of the pool with the bridge is actually more just a swimming pool with a water slide, not really part of the hot-spring experience and rather, just a bonus as the slide is quite fun. The hot springs themselves were beautiful, of varying temperatures (some a bit too hot for me!), with smaller, more private pools and 2 larger ones. We arrived at 2:30 and it was really quiet which we hadn't expected. There was loads of room and lots of explore. The swim up bar was a nice novelty and they have a food menu too. In total there was over 10 pools, which was more than enough. I do have to add that the service at the bar was terrible- they only had one member of staff on which seemed entirely unfair on them and so you had to wait 20 minutes for a drink. We got the Blue Hawaiian and the Volcan Arenal cocktails and they pretty horrible - too strong and artificial tasting.

    We got dinner included for $35 p.p including the springs which we thought was a really great price. It came with a drink, starter, main and dessert from a set menu. The food was pretty below average, it felt cheap and tasteless, so in hindsight, I'd recommend just going to the hot springs and ordering food from the bar (wood fired pizzas etc). However, the service was really good and a nice restaurant.

    You also get to visit the ant, butterfly and turtle gardens included in the hot spring price which we were really impressed with. I wasn't expecting much but the ant and butterfly houses were particularly interesting and really educational. The Los Lagos grounds are really beautiful.

    Overall, if you are unsure on which hot springs and don't want to spend loads, Los Lagos is the one. We were really pleasantly surprised and wish we had had someone to just tell us to go there straight away to save us all the time researching!
    Written 21 April 2022
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  • OmanRob
    Canmore, Canada1 221 contributions
    We visited late in the day and loved the natural beauty and relative lack of crowds

    Some tips

    - parking is tricky but some dudes will guide you for a few bucks tip
    - parking - if you park where there is yellow markings in Costa Rica the police will take your plate and charge hundreds to get it back
    - water shoes are a must on slippy rock
    - make your way downstream a few pools for more quiet
    - bring a drink to enjoy but don’t bring bottles to somewhere they could break ?
    - don’t let your Apple Watch fall off your wrist

    Rob
    Written 22 March 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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