Guest Post from my blogger friend and mutual Costa Rica Lover, Ann Creed, from Costa Rica Learn.
Arenal Volcano National Park, located in north central Costa Rica is one of the country’s most visited national parks. It’s a must for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. In almost constant small eruptions, the mighty Arenal spews out hot rocks, lava, and ash attracting tourist from all around the world. Arenal lay dormant for over 400 years until early on July 29, 1968, it violently erupted and buried the small village of Pueblo Nuevo, located on the volcano’s north face.
There is no rainy or dry season as in other areas of Costa Rica. The rain comes all year creating lush rain forests, tropical flowering plants, and hundreds of colorful birds. Actually in the months of March and April, there is less rainfall.
Arenal volcano draws thousands of tourist each year, and hotels of all sizes and prices have popped up along the one road that runs from the little town of La Fortuna to Lake Arenal (approximately seven miles or eleven kilometers). Several different tour companies have their offices in La Fortuna and offer everything from the Sky Tram and canopy tours to horseback riding, bungie jumping, rain forest hikes, over hanging bridges, river safari adventures, and much more.
The howler is the most often spotted monkey and the colorful toucan seems to be in almost every tree top. The highlight for every tourist seems to be a dip into one of the natural hot springs, whose mineral waters claim to cure almost any ailment. The are several to choose from. There is famous Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa being the most popular, to Baldi Hot Springs or Ecothermales Hot Springs. A few smaller ones are sprinkled around which seem to attract the locals.
What is best time of year to visit? Really all year round with March and April being the driest months.
What should I wear? Weather is warm, around 75-80 F. with high humidity, so wear cottons, bring a rain jacket, comfortable walking shoes, mosquito repellent, and your camera .
And most importantly, have fun!
Read more of Ann’s resourceful articles from her on-line Costa Rica Travel Guide at www.costaricalearn.com