Fortuna Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
    by blueskyjohn

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...

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  • La Fortuna Falls

    This is a nice 1/2 day trip. Entrance to the park is $10 usd. It is a steep walk down to the bottom of the falls but definitely worth the effort. Be sure to wear a bathing suit to swim at the falls and the area below that. The approach is very slippery and uneven rocks be very careful.%s

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  • 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 Hotels

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  • Hotel Los Lagos

    Los Lagos is one of the best affordable hotels on Arenal Volcano. It is one of the closest to the...

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  • Arenal Volcano Inn

    We were more than pleased with this hotel . Nice adobe style room with spanish style furniture and a...

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  • Volcano Lodge

    I shared a room, #309, at the Volcano Lodge with my boss/friend Connie. We had two beds, television...

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Fortuna Restaurants

  • The name says it all!

    This is a nice little find. Small and tucked away on the main street into La Fortuna. We were a large group some things seemed tight but still plenty of room. The owner is an ex-pat from the US. Very personable and really strives to serve the best food he can. The wait staff were great. Unique, especially in CR, the waiter took our order with an...

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  • Fast, inexpensive and good!

    This is an open air cafe restaurant. The wait staff were very attentive. I was very surprised on how fast my food came. Very inexpensive. I had the chicken casado tipico which comes with a fresh fruit drink. The drink was Guayaba and was very good. I added an order of fresh chips and guacamole which was the highlight. Everything was good though and...

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  • Nice atmosphere with great food!

    This restaurant in located in Los Lagos resort. It is higher class than what you would find in La Fortuna. They offer a buffet breakfast that is incredible. Amazing fresh fruit, eggs, pastries, all great.Dinner is very good. Food is perfectly prepared. Portions are a bit smaller and more expensive than an average meal in La Fortuna. Still one of my...

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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...

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Fortuna Shopping

  • 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...

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  • 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.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Binoculars!!

    Travel light...no 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 ...you can watch the fire balls rolling down the volcano !!

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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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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Fortuna Sports & Outdoors

  • 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!

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  • El toro

    Do not miss out on spending a day river rafting on the el toro river (Bull river). The river has many class 3 and 4 rapids and is therefore a lot of fun and will give your heart some pumping action. The scenery is stunning. There are some calm streches where you acctually will be able to enjoy it :-) There is quite some wildlife to spot as well. We...

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  • Bike Arenal

    You can rent bikes or take a guided mountain bike tour from Bike Arenal, www. bikearenal.com. They have a whole fleet of well maintained mountain bikes with shocks, including helmets and small repair kits and locks. We rented bikes for a half day and rode them from the shop out to the Rio Fortuna waterfall. This is a short ride (maybe 8...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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