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 volcano spews out hot rocks, lava, and ash, attracting tourists 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. Follow the link to learn more fun and interesting facts about Arenal Volcano.
One thing that makes the area unique is the fact that there is almost no distinction between the 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. In the months of March and April, you can expect less rainfall.
But don’t expect gloomy skies all day long, rain mostly comes during the afternoon. So get up late and go exploring.
Arenal volcano draws thousands of tourists 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 monkeys are the most often spotted monkeys and the colorful toucan seems to be in almost every treetop.
Another amazing highlight for every tourist is to go for a dip into one of the natural hot springs, whose mineral waters claim to cure almost any ailment. There are several to choose from. There is the 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Arenal Area
What is the best time of year to visit?
Really all year round with March and April being the driest months.
What is the weather like?
You can expect a warm and humid weather in the area that surrounds Arenal Volcano. Temperatures are often around 75-80 F.
What should I wear?
I would advise you to wear cotton, bring a rain jacket, comfortable walking shoes, mosquito repellent, and your camera. For women, skirts and shorts sound fine but when you are actually there and go out on nature adventures, these can be a bad idea, you will get your legs scratched and bitten by bugs.
Pro Tip: When planning a trip to Arenal, make sure you reserve your tours and hotels. A lot of people come to the area and you might find yourself having to settle for a lesser hotel or to be put on the waitlist for some tour.
And most importantly, have fun!
This article was provided by a fellow blogger and friend. Read more of Ann’s resourceful articles from her on-line Costa Rica Travel Guide at www.costaricalearn.com.