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Arenal is known as the adventure capital of Costa Rica. Located in Alajuela province, a few hours drive from capital San José it’s a place where you can really connect with nature. With abundant outdoor activities, rainforests, lakes, volcanos and hot springs, there’s something in Arenal to appeal to all travellers. 
Arenal Volcano towers above the region, an active stratovolcano which dates back around 7,500 years.  The most devastating act of nature occurred in July 1968, when lava, rocks and ash from the volcano spewed down the mountainside, covering the villages of Tabacón, Pueblo Nuevo and San Luis. Today the volcano, now in passive state, continues to simmer silently in the distance, and if you wish to view it up-close there are treks along dedicated rainforest trails and old lava flows.
Visitors to the region can enjoy a whole host of activities from caving, mountain biking and waterfall rappelling to zip-lining through dense rainforests! Expect to see diverse wildlife such as armadillos, sloths and capuchin monkeys and birdlife including toucans, Amazon kingfishers and the rare jacana. For awe-inspiring views of wildlife and scenic Arenal Lake, head for Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and don’t forget your camera!

Why should you go to Arenal?

If you’ve exhausted city and beach life on your Costa Rican tour, Arenal is a welcome change. A tranquil area with calm lakes, hot springs and fresh air, you can discover flora and fauna in rainforests or horseback riding through lush countryside with Arenal volcano as your backdrop. There are several activities for water sports enthusiasts too, with kayaking, fishing, wakeboarding or white water rafting along rivers with class II, III and IV rapids!

What is the best time to visit Arenal?

Temperatures rarely vary in Arenal throughout the year. Weather is hot and humid most months with highs of mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows barely dropping below 68 degrees. Rainfall is highest between May and October, creating a lush, tropical environment perfect for rainforest trekking, but if you wish to indulge in watersport activities on lakes and rivers December to April are great months to visit.

How do I reach Arenal?

It’s possible to fly to Arenal from the Costa Rican capital San José, with a flight time of around half an hour. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the views as you travel by bus. Several coaches depart for La Fortuna from San José daily with a journey time of approximately 4 hours. If there are a few of you travelling together, consider taking a shuttle transfer from the Costa Rican Beaches or San José or if you prefer a little more flexibility, why not hire a car in Costa Rica and stop off on the way to Arenal?

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