Fortuna Travel Guide

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Fortuna Things to Do

  • Zip line adventure

    This zip line company runs a tour through cables set up on the grounds of Los Lagos Hotel. Operated separately from the hotel and open to the public. Prices were $50, up from last year but because we were a group we received a $10 discount. However this was not offered. I had to ask if we could get a discount. A few phone calls by the receptionist...

  • La Fortuna Falls

    Update January 2015: The entry fee is now $11usd. They have made some serious upgrades to the access trail. Cement formed stairs and metal preformed staircase leaf the way. Still steep but takes a little away from the adventure. But definitely much safer.This is a nice 1/2 day trip. Entrance to the park is $10 usd. It is a steep walk down to the...

  • Active Volcano - need I say more!

    Arenal Volcano National Park is small but worth the visit. The entrance fee is only $6. The is a several kilometer trail that takes you onto the lava field which is very interesting. You can see smoldering rocks falling from the cone down the slope of the volcano.They are open Sunday to Monday from 8am to 4pmUPDATE 2013: The entrance fee is now...


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Fortuna Restaurants

  • Good food and awesome desserts!

    This is my new favorite place to eat in La Fortuna. It is a small place with less than 10 tables. It is best to make a reservation. It is a very casual place. We almost did not eat here as the focus on some reviews seem to be geared towards a coffee and dessert shop. It is much more with a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. For...

  • expensive for lunch

    This place offers typical Costa Rican food. Nothing special jumped out as far as the menu. This is the former location of Plato De Chancho. Great decor now, but the food is not as good. They actually still had the same wait staff though.I had a chicken burrito. This came with four pieces of fried Yucca. A rather sparse looking plate. I asked for...

  • Thin crust pizza, yum!

    A nice open air restaurant across from the park in the town center. Seated right away with menus. Fast service by Costa Rican standards. I ordered the pizza that had pepperoni, ham and meat sauce. It was excellent. MIT was a personal size pie so I was able to eat the entire pie.I also order a small dish of fried pork that was not very good. It came...


Fortuna Nightlife

  • Don't Stay In At Night!!!!!!

    While in La Fortuna we went to two bars in the area and both were a blast. The first was set in what looked like a large barn, and it served lots of the locals, and more of the mid-adult range. There was a karaoke set-up in both English and Spanish and it was a blast, if your in town definately check that place out.There is also a discotecha in...

  • mostly jus chillin

    drank at a few bars, went to this one club where everyone knew how to dance (and how to dance salsa..bit intimidating for a person who doesnt know) and played so pool...wasnt very crazy just relaxing and nice to chill wear whatever feels comfortable

  • Hot springs and drinking

    This place was just excellent. It a gathering place for both (younger) tourists and locals. They have several thermal pools and one of them serving as a swim-up bar. Whatever...


Fortuna Transportation

  • Going local

    There is a bus from San Jose around 10 o'clock in the morning. It takes approximately 3.5 hours. The trip is worth it - climbs the mountains north of the capital and then plunges into the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Meanwhile one can observe the changes in climate and vegetation. The crops nurtured along the way differ significantly. Coffee...

  • From Ciudad Quesada to San José

    When you are travelling to the south from Ciudad Quesada, you will almost always have to take a bus to the capital San José first. From here busses depart to all parts of the country and even abroad. Busses to San José run very often from the main busstation (every 30 minutes).This trip takes about 2,5 hours and costs about 4 dollars. You arrive at...

  • From Ciudad Quesada to Nicaragua

    A very nice way to cross the border towards Nicaragua is by taking the boat from Los Chiles to San Carlos in Nicaragua. From Ciudad Quesada (odd enough also called San Carlos most of the tmes) to Los Chiles there is a direct bus to Ciudad Quesada. It takes about 2,5 hours to get there and the price is about 4 dollars. These busses depart at the big...


Fortuna Shopping

  • Food, wine and other supplies

    This super market is located in the center of town across from the south corner of the Central Park. It is reasonably priced and has all the necessities. Conveniently located in the center of town. A good place to pick up water and they have a nice wine selection.

  • A good place to shop

    La fortuna has quite a few good little family run shops that offers the general lot of touristy trinkets that one would want to buy. Wood working is popular here and lots of these kinds of items can be bought for cheap. The prices are good (always bargain) and the selection is great. Not the same kind of hassle as in San Jose as well. Take your...

  • Gifts

    There are lots of shops all over town selling typical fare like hats TShirts , and ornaments. The prices are slightly higher here than other areas of CR. They ddidn't offer anything unique.


Fortuna Local Customs

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    While traveling in Costa Rica it is law to tip 10% of the bill (in restaurants for example). For the most part this is included because it is law, but sometimes it isn't so make sure to ask. If the service was particularly good you should leave an extra 5%-10% of the total.

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Fortuna Warnings and Dangers

  • Stray Dogs

    There are stray dogs in many areas of Costa Rica, but for some reason there are especially a lot of them in La Fortuna. We probably saw more here than we did in the rest of the country combined.They are almost always harmless, but don't get too friendly or else you'll have a very hard time getting rid of them. In fact, we had one follow us for over...

  • Don't get too close to Arenal!

    Arenal is one of the world's most active volcano. It woke up one day in 1968, wiped out 3 villages at its base, killing numerous ppl. Since then, it constantly has smaller eruptions on a daily basis, spewing toxic gases, rocks and lava regularly. A tourist and a guide were killed when they were in the path of the deadly pyroclastic flow in...

  • ATM - Can't Use Banc Nacional

    Banc Nacional will only dispense money for its customers who have its ATM card. Luckily there are two other banks in La Fortuna. Banc Popular is in the center of the main street and will dispense cash readily. I used it a couple times and didn't have problems. The other bank was at the far end of the main street as you enter from the east. I didn't...


Fortuna Tourist Traps

  • Everything is More Expensive in Fortuna

    The entire city / area is, in one way, a big tourist trap.That is not to say that there isn't anything great to do here, there certainly is. The Volcano is really amazing to see, the waterfall is great, you can do a lot of stuff like zip-lining, rappelling, eat at SODAs, etc. However, you can do all of this stuff at numerous locations throughout...

  • Tourist meca

    La Fortuna can be a disappointment if you're looking for anything Costa Rican . It's over run by tourists so the venders are here in droves with everything they can think of to sell . The alumimum volcano restuarant reminded me of Vegas.It's OK for a base while you explore the natural surroundings...

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Fortuna What to Pack

  • Plop-plop, fizz-fizz

    With a weak stomach constitution, you may get a upset stomach/Montezuma's revenge/something. I know you're not supposed to because the water is good, but ....believe me--you will. So bring along a handful of tums, or some alka-seltzer, or something. You can always buy it there too like I did.

  • A few tips on packing lists.

    An extra duffle bag to carry around all the suvenirs you might buy. Water sandals for white water rafting. The river bank is rocky and some walking is required. Swim trucks for rafting and for hot springs. Hiking shoes for hiking around Arenal. Sun Screen. First Aid Kit. Skeeter repellent. Baby Wipes. Lots of it!

  • Binoculars!!

    Travel need for fancy clothes here. Good hiking shoes You can get everything you need in Fortuna Tons of digital space We were happy we had binoculars can watch the fire balls rolling down the volcano !!


Fortuna Off The Beaten Path

  • Surprises

    You'll have delightful surprises on your road trips anywhere in Costa Rica!! This was on our way to our hotel, so every time we went back we crossed this landscape!

  • Petting a cute calf

    On one of the roads outside of La Fortuna there were 2 calfs "mowing" the grass. They were so cute, and 1 member of our group had never petted a calf before.

  • Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge

    This is another tour I took from La Fortuna. Cano Negro is about 1.5 hr from La Fortuna. We got off the tour bus at the dock at Los Chiles, a small village 3km from the Nicaraguan border. Then we switched onto a tour boat and on Rio Frio. We headed north first and reached the unguarded Nicaraguan border at one point. Cano Negro is a paradise for...


Fortuna Sports & Outdoors

  • Ecoglide Zipline

    Zip lining is one of the most popular activities in La Fortuna and Costa Rica. Ecoglide has 13 cables with the longest one being 1400 feet long. They also have a Tarzan swing. This is the best zipline company we have used in La Fortuna. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for children. It is $45 for students with ID. The entire course takes about...

  • Sendero Camp Verde

    Behind the Hotel Camp Verde is a trail that is well defined and only marked while you are on the grounds of Campo Verde. Wood signs point the way until you enter the jungle. The trail descends and the comes to an intersection. It is best to turn left here and in fact there is a sign pointing in this direction. The trail winds through the jungle and...

  • White Water Rafting

    A great time with Desafio white water rafting. A great work out and pretty intense. Sometimes people do get hurt, but luckily our group went unscathed. A well run operation. Remember to bargain amongst the different companies when you get there!


Fortuna Favorites

  • If weather permitting

    The trip to La Fortuna/Volcán Arenal was an awesome experience. We got to live for a few days in the rainforest, meet wonderful people and see beautiful sights. The area is something that if you ever get the opportunity to visit, you should definitely go. Unfortunately for us, the weather was cloudy and rainy, but that didn't stop us from having...

  • Be kind to the animals

    During our stay in Fortuna, we noticed the warmth, caring and hospitality of the people which we met. It made our time there a wonderful experience. Throw in the flora and fauna that surrounds you and this is truly a magical place. We noticed that many of the animals roam freely along the roads and they seem to be in very good health. One thing...

  • Book when you get there

    You may be doing a lot of your travel research online for your Costa Rica trip and feel it necessary to book activities (white water rafting, trips to Arenal and the hot springs and etc.), jeep-boat-jeeps to Monteverde online. Trust me, there is a ton of availability for these activites and you can book when you get there. There is a lot of...


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