Holidays in Arenal bring you to the northern highlands of Costa Rica. Here you can hike through forested canyons, swim and kayak in majestic lakes and gaze upon the breath taking Arenal Volcano - the most active in all of Costa Rica.
The spectacular natural attractions don’t end there. Beautiful Lake Arenal is to the east of the Arenal Volcano national park. This enormous body of water spans 33 miles, and is surrounded by gently rolling hills. The lake offers opportunities for fishing, sailing, swimming and kayaking. If you’re looking to unwind take a trip to the local hot springs and feel the daily grind drift away.
Arenal holidays: spectacular hot springs and emerald jungle
Costa Rica is one of the most richly biodiverse countries on earth; home to a staggering array of animals like tapirs, ocelots and three-toed sloth. It’s also a bird watcher’s paradise. You can take a wildlife tour of Arenal, or hit the trails yourself. The Roca Dura reserve is a popular spot, as it offers a high chance of seeing the rare Uniform Crake.
The Arenal region boasts some stunning waterfalls; with La Fortuna justifiably the most famous. Located at the bottom of the Chato Volcano, the waters plunge 70m into a pool below. It’s a short climb to the site and you can swim beneath the falls. For a shot of adrenalin, take to the Toro river for white water rafting. Toro is Spanish for bull, which should give you an idea of the intensity of the ride. It isn’t all white-knuckle thrills - the nearby Balsa and Penas Blancas rivers offer a more sedate ride if you prefer to stay more relaxed. Alternatively, take to the treetops on a canopy tour or tear through the skies on a zip line through the jungle.
Great sample itineraries
Costa Rica’s soaring mountains and deep jungles provide a stunning backdrop for your adventures. Browse our selection of Arenal tours and itineraries below.
Costa Rica Highlights Tour
Costa Rica Wildlife Tour
"Visit one of the most active volcanoes in the world at Arenal Volcano on horseback for an unsurpaseed tropical adventure. See howler, squirrel, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys in their natural habitat in Corcovado National Park. Don't miss out on the experience of the zip line on your holiday in Arenal, soar through the lush rainforest like a bird."
“White water rafting is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Costa Rica. It’s perfectly safe and a brilliant way to get your adrenaline going.”
This delicious one pot dish is traditionally served for breakfast alongside scrambled eggs. It consists of black beans and rice, and is cooked with stock and spices. You’ll find it on menus across Costa Rica.
Sopa Negra is a rich black bean soup and a popular comfort food in Costa Rica. It’s traditionally cooked with pig’s blood and contains boiled eggs, although vegetarian versions are also common.
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