When you think of Costa Rica, images of the majestic Arenal Volcano, verdant forests, and exotic wildlife come to your mind. Whether it is for the hiking trails, the picturesque lakes, and the rich flora or the friendly locals, a relaxed lifestyle, and the Pura Vida experience, Costa Rica attracts more than two million tourists every year from all over the world. So, to help you make the most out of your Costa Rican trip, here are three fundamental ways to improve your vacation time in this Central American country:
- Take a Guide Along
Whether you are exploring the Arenal Volcano National Park or the Manuel Antonio National Park, always hire a professional guide if you want to make the most of the nature tours. Meander through the deep forests spotting sloths, white-faced Capuchin monkeys, ocelots, toucans, and red-eyed leaf frogs, on your way. A guide has the first-hand experience of the forests and knows about the exact places where you can spot wildlife. Without a guide, you may not be taking the correct route and never see the animals you always wanted to watch. Instead, you may just end up crossing paths with the most visible iguana basking under the Costa Rican sun. Wild animals are likely to hide when tourists come trudging along the forest paths. Hiring a guide will let you avoid the obvious trails and take the ones to spot birds, monkeys, reptiles, and amphibians.
- Choose a Combined Tour
If you want to see most of Costa Rica in a short time, opt for combo trips. You can book the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna waterfall tours, the hot springs and hanging bridges tours, or combine a coffee plantation, Sarchi and OxCart, and a Poas Volcano tours for a single day. Most of these combo trips come with a meal. So, you don’t need to carry your lunch.
- Consider a Long-Range Tour
Taking a long-range tour is the best option if you have more places to cover in less time. Instead of booking hotels in different locations, you can take longer excursions. If you love the place, we suggest investing in a vacation villa in Arenal Hill with financing options. For example, if you are staying in the Arenal region for a week or so, but don’t want to miss scuba diving or snorkeling in Guanacaste, we recommend a day tour to the place instead of booking a hotel there. It’s a long trip, but it is more convenient than checking in and out of different hotels in different locations.
Traveling to Costa Rica is fun if you know how to make the most of your trip. So, plan smart. And if you want to make this tropical paradise your second home, invest in our vacation villas. Call us at 1-844-MY-HILLS to learn more.
The Costa Rica Star recently warned its readers that some tour operators based in La Fortuna in San Carlos are offering guided tours to the peak of the volcano. Be forewarned that they aren’t authorized by local tourism authorities. The National System of Conservation Areas, or SINAC, has been warning residents and tourists alike that tours to the peak are off limits because they are dangerous. SINAC sites that there are no trails, steep slopes, and the area is prone to falling rocks and landslides. Plus, the temperature rises dramatically and uncomfortably near the peak, putting hikers at further risk.
A better option is a trip to see the volcano through approved access points through the Coladas and Peninsula sectors. You can find quality, guided tours at the Arenal Volcano National Park, where you’ll find both volcano hikes and hot springs visits.
But perhaps the best way to experience the beauty of the volcano is from your very own veranda at Arenal Hills. The community is designed so that nearly every home has a commanding view of the volcano.
For more information, visit: www.arenalhills.com.
Do you enjoy relaxing in a hot bath after a long day at work? What if this bath had therapeutic qualities, making you feel better every time you took a dip? Now, imagine that this bath is surrounded by a tropical forest canopy, waterfalls, and a wide array of exotic birds and animals. This is what you’ll find when visiting Arenal Hills in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is home to five active volcanoes that make hot springs a popular attraction. Although thermal water pools exist in various areas throughout the country, the majority and the most popular ones are located in the La Fortuna or Arenal region, thanks to the Arenal Volcano situated nearby. What could possibly be better than soaking in natural thermal waters heated to therapeutic temperatures by a volcano? Here is a list of some of the most popular hot springs that you must visit during your next trip to Costa Rica:
- Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa
It is one of the first hot springs resorts in the Arenal region that is situated in a rainforest near the Arenal Volcano. There are two natural rivers divided into a number of bathing areas. Here you can also find secret bars, private spaces, a water slide, and a swim-up bar offering delicious cocktails.
- Arenal Springs
One of the best in Costa Rica, this spa resort offers you a five-star experience. This resort’s hot springs are absolutely natural because they reach the pool from the underground sources of Arenal Volcano. The water is naturally heated and is rich in mineral salts.
- Baldi Hot Springs
There are more than 25 thermal mineral hot water pools in this resort that originate from the base of the Arenal Volcano. The size, shape, and temperature of water in each pool vary. On clear days, the pools provide anice view of the volcano.
- The Springs
The Springs Resort has hot springs in abundance, some of which offer water slides and swim-up bars. Being a combination of wildlife preserve and hot springs, this resort is a great option for a family getaway.
- Eco Termales Hot Springs
Unlike the large hot spring resorts in the Arenal region, Eco Termales is a small facility that focuses on its pools and offers an intimate hot springs experience. It is the only hot spring in La Fortuna where water springs up naturally on the site.
This list is just a fraction of the numerous hot springs that you can find across the country. So, why not own a vacation home in this beautiful country and explore more at your leisure? You can contact us at Arenal Hills to get one of the best single-family style luxury villas in a gated, master-planned community.
With so much to see and do in Costa Rica, many people find themselves overwhelmed with options upon touching down at the airport for the first time. Fortunately, we’ve spent enough time here to familiarize ourselves with some of the most well-loved vacation destinations in this lovely little Caribbean country. In this entry, we’ll look at a few of our favorites.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Located just a stone’s throw from Areanl Hills, La Paz is a popular attraction which features an animal sanctuary populated by animals rescued by the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment. Guests can follow a jungle boardwalk to 5 waterfalls and an aviary to see some of Costa Rica’s most colorful bird species.
Tabacon Hot Springs
Unwind in some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and well-known hot springs. Another destination located just around the corner from Arenal Hills.
Costa Rica Sky Adventures
Sky Adventures has three locations, each with a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family. Zip line, kayak, bike, or explore some of Costa Rica’s most breathtaking landscapes on foot.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
The gauzy fog that hangs over the unsullied forests of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is like something out of a dream. A favorite destination of ecotourists from all over the world, this reserve offers visitors a chance to gaze on stunning views of the pristinely preserved forest of Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Alright, so we might be a little biased, but we can’t help but marvel at how lucky we are to have this spectacular sight right in our back yard. The park is home to two volcanos, Chato and Arenal, as well as a lively assortment of wildlife native to Costa Rica. At the summit of Chato Volcano, visitors can take in the emerald green waters of a lagoon in the volcano’s collapsed crater.
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Right in our back yard, Arenal Volcano National Park provides visitors with breathtaking views of the largely untouched natural beauty of Costa Rica.
Home to two volcanoes – both the dormant Chato Volcano and Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Arenal – the park offers visitors the opportunity to view scenic vistas of the still-flowing lava from Arenal to the west. Several trails in the park allow visitors to see the lava fields from previous eruptions up close, providing a unique chance to see the aftermath of lava flows in person.
Other paths allow guests to trek to the collapsed crater at Chato Volcano that is now home to a beautiful lagoon. At the summit, visitors are able to view the emerald waters of the filled-in crater. The mineral contents of the water make it unsuitable for swimming, but the view is a reward of its own. It is also important to note that the trails approaching the crater are steep, and the park’s website advises that they only be tackled by hikers in good physical condition.
Situated at the foot of its namesake volcano, Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest landlocked body of water. The lake offers fishing, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing opportunities for guests. With steady and reliable winds, the lake is an ideal destination for windsurfing.
Many different animal species inhabit the park – from tapirs, monkeys and snakes to tropical orioles and parrots – the forest houses a colorful collection of wildlife to observe.
The park is also home to some of Costa Rica’s renewable power sources. Lake Arenal was dammed in the 1970s, and now is responsible for the generation of more than 12 percent of the nation’s power. The lake’s west shores are home to an array of wind farms, while to the east the Miravalles Volcano Geothermic Plant generates power from the activity of the Arenal Volcano.
With so much to do, see and experience, the Arenal Volcano National Park should rest comfortably at the top of your list of must-see sites in Costa Rica. For more information on the Arenal region, check out our information page on the area here.