"Arenal Volcano Adventure" Top 5 Page for this destination Arenal by doogienj

Arenal Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 158 photos

Overview

If you only visit one place in Costa Rica, make it Arenal. Grant it I have only been there and to Playa Conchal and Tamarindo, but I don't think you would be disappointed.

You can do several tours around the volcano such as hiking and horseback riding (which I did). Of course you can't go to the crater as it's constantly active.

Eruptions

What makes the Arenal volcano special is the it has daily eruptions. Nothing too serious, but just to remind you that it's there. It last erupted bad in 92 when 3 people died. The dead were a mother, daughter, and guide. They wanted to get closer to check it out and died from the gases.

On the picture to the right you see the side which is all bare and rocky. That is where the lava streams down. The other sides are completely tree covered.

There was also a bad eruption in 68 when 70-some people died and it buried restaurants and other infrastructure.

The daily eruptions sounds like thunder in the distance. When you view it in the daytime you can see smoke coming out of the crater and boulder running down the side.

At night you will see that in red and orange colors. But it's rare as it's usually cloud covered at night.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many adventure tours, hot springs
  • Cons:Not a great single destination, so so food
  • In a nutshell:Don't miss this place if you go to Costa Rica
  • Last visit to Arenal: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 20, 2004
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  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 11:22 AM

    Yes - I loved Arenal and the volcano. But the place where your page is is not that Arenal. It is the one that is about a mile from Cartegena, not the one near the volcano.

  • guanacaste's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2005 at 4:59 PM

    Actually,Tabacon Resort is the BIGGEST RIPOFF IN the Arenal/La Fortuna area. It is way overpriced, and THE SERVICE IS TERRIBLE. Definitely not worth the prices they charge. Tabacon Hot Springs, owned by the resort, is a must-see, however.

  • travelmad478's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 2:52 PM

    Nice page! If I ever go I will take your advice to wear proper footwear on the hanging bridge trail--I'm no fan of snakes either!

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 1:21 PM

    Hi Doug, Excellent Arenal page! Your photos are great, and your tips informative and well written. We were there for our honeymoon years ago, and loved it! Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  • Oct 17, 2004 at 3:15 PM

    HEY, Thanks a lot for taking the time! really enjoyed your pics and info...8 of us going in Feb..

  • Canadian_Traveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 3:21 PM

    Sounds like a great holiday. I'm off to Costa Rica during the Christmas holidays and found your tips very useful. Thanks!

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