By Paul De Barros
The intoxicating lava pumps the life of this
hidden oasis, exciting the locals and
tourists a like. Who knew volcanoes could be
this much fun?
The Arenal Volcano looms over the enchanting
town of La Fortuna de San Carlos. Nestled at
the feet of the volcano, this bustling
tourist destination packs a mighty punch of
fun and excitement. A must see destination
for roaming backpackers, jetting tourists,
as well as an ideal weekend getaway for
those tired of the monotony of San Jose.
This town offers anything and everything.
Weather you’re an avid adrenaline seeker,
eager to try on Tarzans shoes and swing
through the jungle or a worn out worker bee
just looking to slow down and soak up life
in one of the many natural hot springs
surrounding the volcano, the town is famous
for the viewing spots where you can watch
the rolling lava light up the night.
A beaconing tourist spot, you’re sure to
find whatever type of accommodations you are
after. If you like paying a little and
getting a whole lot then look up the
For the best stay in town, look up the
Arenal Backpackers Hostel.
Offering resort like amenities at unbeatable
prices, travelers from all around know to
stay here. With staff friendlier than a Jack
Johnson concert, rooms from $14, a
picture-perfect view of the volcano, and
sprawling pool complete with a swim-up bar,
there truly is only one place to stay in
When you’re looking for the right place to
grab a bite, simply walk downtown and look
for one of the local Sodas. These
restaurants offer quick service, good food
and large portions. All at a price that’ll
make you feel smart.
For the romancing couple looking for that
spark of fire, why not let the Lava Lounge
heat it up? A warm, lava-laden ambience sets
the tone, and practically does the talking
for you, while the tasty food and cooling
boat drinks make those worries drift away.
This spot is everything you could ask for –
all at a great price. (2479-7365)
So when you are planning your next place to
explore, grab your duffle and hop on a bus
headed to La Fortuna de San Carlos. You
won’t be disappointed, I guarantee it.
Paul De Barros is a contributor to Inside
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