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Top 10 Things to do in Arenal

Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal and La Fortuna

Planning the Vacation of a Lifetime? 


You know that you are overdue for a vacation but where to?  If you are still trying to figure out what to do on your much needed time off, we’ll make it simple for you.  Enjoy our list of Top 10 Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica in Pictures.  We don’t have to say too much, the pictures speak for themselves.

#10.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – La Fortuna Waterfall

Get there by bus, car or even horse! The waterfall of La Fortuna is a beautiful gift of nature waiting to be admired!

Get there by bus, car or even horse! The waterfall of La Fortuna is a beautiful gift of nature waiting to be admired!  The La Fortuna Waterfall is 70 meter / 230 foot glistening cascade of fresh water in a dense ecological reserve.  The hike worth the view of Cerro Chato and a much deserved cool off in the various natural swimming holes nearby. Reserve Your Adventure Today!


#9.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Ecological Parks and Zoos


Costa Rica is busting with life!  Costa Rica, “one of the highest biodiversities in the world” has over 500,000 species. This small country, the size of the state of Virginia, possesses four percent (4%) of the world’s species. 

The flora in Costa Rica is a botanist’s dream.  In this small democracy in Central America, there are approximately 10,000 different species of plants, 2000 species of trees and 1300 species of orchids.  Arenal is an amazing place to take in the the abundant flora and fauna of Costa Rica.  There are a multitude of zoos, wildlife refuges, butterfly conservatories, two national parks and four volcanoes including the ever famous Arenal VolcanoReserve Your Adventure Today!

Source:  Wikipedia & Lonely Planet


#8.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Free Natural Hot Springs


Why spend money on something that the jungle gives away away for free?  For more fussy tastes, there are many lovely hot spring resorts but if you have an adventurer spirit, the free natural hot springs are only a few meters away from the resorts.  With so many things to do in Arenal, many find it wise to take advantage of the attractions that are available to all. 

Whether you opt for the paid or free types, after your adventures tours and hikes are done, head for the natural hot springs.  It’s a delicious back massage by mother nature herself in the middle of the Arenal forest that you won’t want to miss.  Best of all, you can enjoy them for free!  I advise that you bring water shoes in order to get to the best spots downstream away from the crowds.  Reserve Your Adventure Today!


#7.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Adventure!


Considered the “Adventure Capital of Costa Rica” Arenal is the place to be for the experience of a lifetime.  Whether you are 1 or 100, there is something for everyone in Arenal.

Relaxtion & Light Activity: Hot Springs, Sky Tram, Canoeing, Bird Watching and Private Day Tours.

Adventure for All Ages: Nature Hiking, ATV tours, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Zip Lines, trip to La Fortuna Waterfall, tour of Venado Caves, Wildlife Conservatories and Hanging Bridges.

Adrenaline Rush: White Water Rafting / River Rafting and Tubing, Wind Surfing and Canyoning.

From gentle nature hunt strolls to advanced white water rafting, Arenal is like a “choose your own adventure” book.  Reserve Your Adventure Today!


#6.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Costa Rica is has more species of birds than all of the U.S. and Canada combined!  With fruit trees flourishing all year round, Costa Rica is the home of 894 species of birds.  Of these, 600 of these being residents, the rest just dropping by to say hello.  Seven of the native bird species are endemic, which means that they only exist in Costa Rica. 

The Arenal is one of the best spots to enjoy birding.  With near 400 reported species of birds, you only need to wake up early and the morning to enjoy their angelic choir.   Stay at the Jungle Suite and be prepare to be greeted by quetzals, toucans, oropendulas, hawks and hummingbirds from through the floor to ceiling panoramic view.  Reserve Your Adventure Today!


#5.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Finding Flash


Interested in a game of hide and seek?  Meet Flash.  He’s one of the members of the families of sloths in the Arenal neighborhood.  In Arenal, the wildlife is so abundant that you don’t even have to head for the zoo’s to see them!  Other lovely critters that you will encounter range from butterflies, exotic frogs, iguanas to mammals like Flash:  white faced monkey, mantled howler monkey, congo, armadillo, ocelot, jaguar and deer. 

Be careful when you are driving up the mountain as you may have to stop to allow a group of adorable and friendly coati pass by.  They appear out of nowhere when you least expect them but when you look for them, they are nowhere to be found.  Go on an exploration nature hunt in our own back yard!
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#4.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Lake Arenal


Once upon a time there existed the small town of Arenal.  Then on July 1968, the once sleeping titan, the Arenal Volcano awoke and erupted bringing a close to the small Costa Rican town.  Today, the town sleeps beneath the extensive Arenal Lake only frequented by fish and divers.  The largest lake in Costa Rica, this picturesque lake is the home of abundant flora and fauna, helps provide the country with electricity through it’s hydroelectric power plant and a gorgeous backdrop to the scenery. 

The Arenal Lake is the perfect place to enjoy fun aquatic activities such as:  fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, jet skiing, wind surfing and more!  The Toad Hall Hotel is the perfect place to either enjoy a delicious view or easy access to the water sports of Lake Arenal.  Reserve Your Stay Today!

#3.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Arenal Volcano


The magnificent ruler of the Arenal Jungle!  The Arenal Volcano is one of the most perfectly cone shaped volcano in the world.  It embodies exactly what we imagine a volcano to be like.  It’s also one of the few active volcanoes that is calm enough to allow hikers to climb up it’s towering walls.  The Arenal National Park, just 30 minutes away from the Toad Hall Hotel is a great place to encounter a number of activities.  Within it’s exuberant realm, visitors can climb lava rocks, enjoy a nature hike, bird watching, free hot springs, and even zip linking, hanging bridges and  simply gorgeous landscapes.  Reserve Your Adventure Today!

  • Area : 29,692 acres
  • Volcano Arenal National Park Schedule – Hours : 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Make sure you bring either tennis shoes or hiking shoes and a poncho to be prepared for anything!

#2.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Wine and Dine


A wide array of international and local cuisine!  From chocolate tours to gourmet Costa Rican cooking courses, the Arenal region is a culinary delight!  We invite you to savor the flavors of Arenal, Costa Rica.  If you are looking for a place to sit back and enjoy the Arenal lake and jungle, make sure to take a trip to the Lake View Restaurant & Bar.

We offer you our own fabulous creation:  Tico-Tex.  It’s a delightful fusion of Costa Rica and Texas cuisine at affordable prices.  As soon as you walk through the door you’ll feel like home.  The experience is one of a kind!  Just make sure you let the chef know how spicy you like it!  Reserve Your Stay Today!

#1.  Things to do in Arenal Costa Rica – Toad Hall Hotel


Looking for a perfect spot to enjoy the Arenal?  Look no more!  Past the touristy landscape and car fumes of La Fortuna lies a delightful place in the jungle!  The Toad Hall Hotel is a cozy boutique hotel located conveniently between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal.  We’re the first hotel going up the mountain on the main road 142 with Lake Arenal in our back yard! 

Stay at the Toad Hall Hotel and be less than one hour away from all of the best attractions of Arenal.  The Toad Hall Hotel is the best hotel near the Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica.

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Come to the Toad Hall Hotel Arenal Volcano Costa Rica Today!

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