La Fortuna Town
The community of La Fortuna, San Carlos also known as Villa Fortuna or Villa Burio, is located in the valley of the Arenal Volcano, bordering the Rio Burio. It is the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. The town belongs to the district of La Fortuna of San Carlos, in the Alajuela province and is situated at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level.
The climate is mostly warm and humid and the temperature is usually between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, complimented by a pleasurable moderate breeze. During the months of November to January it is a little cooler and the temperature varies between 23 and 25 degree Celsius (73 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
The region of La Fortuna is very fertile and allows visitors to experience a naturist environment of lush green landscapes and all form and types of flora and fauna. Inclusive, this fertile area makes it possible to grow a variety of crops, such as papaya, ginger root, oranges, pineapples, sugar cane, beans and cassava root that are being exported to the United States and Europe. Agriculture, milk and meat production are important sources of income, aside from the ever expanding tourism industry.
Something very special and unique about La Fortuna is that the Arenal Volcano is visible from every vantage point within the village. You can see plumes of smoke emanating from the crater without being in danger of an eruption, since, the volcano is constantly observed by the Smithsonian Institute.
In La Fortuna you will find all kinds of facilities such as a post office, banks, ATM and Internet services.
The area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica and has a wide selection of charming hotels as well as a great number of restaurants serving up both traditional and international food.
Restaurants near La Fortuna Arenal
Que Rico Aqui en Arenal Breakfast 7:00am to 10:00am. Open Daily From 11:00am to 10:00pm. We serve Italian food and International Tel.: 2479-1122 / 2461-2021
Las Brasitas Open daily from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Serving Mexican inspired dishes, grills and steaks at a cost of $5,00 - $15,00. Tel.: 2479 98 19
Choza de Laurel Open every day from 6.30 a.m to 10 p.m. A traditional Costa Rican restaurant that serves typical food as well as grills. Breakfasts from $ 2,00 to $ 4,00. Meals from $ 4,00 and up. Tel.: 2479 92 31
Restaurante Rancho la Cascada Serving Italian and typical dishes as well as sandwiches that cost around $ 3,00 to $ 9,00. Open every day from 6.30 a.m to 10 p.m. A traditional Costa Rican restaurant that serves typical food as well as grills. Breakfasts from $ 2,00 to $ 4,00. Meals from $ 4,00 and up. Tel.: 2479 92 31
Restaurante Rancho la Cascada Serving Italian and typical dishes as well as sandwiches that cost around $ 3,00 to $ 9,00. Tel.: 2479 91 45 or 2479 93 51
Restaurante el Jardin Popular among tourists due to its central location. Serving pizza, pasta, steaks, traditional food, fish and seafood. Prices vary between $ 4,00 and $ 9,00. Tel.: 2479 93 60
Restaurante Nene Open daily from 10 a.m to 11.30 p.m. This restaurant offers a variety of dishes and steaks at good value from $ 5,00 to $ 8,00. Tel.: 2479 91 92
Restaurante La Fortuna Restaurant version of the traditional soda, serving hamburgers, sandwiches, snacks and typical food Tel.: 2479 91 97
Luigi's Restaurant Open daily from 6 a.m to 11 p.m. Italian, international and typical dishes are offered at the price of Tel.: 479 99 09 or 479 96 36
Lava Rocks Café Open daily from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. Offers a great variety of different types of coffee as well as sandwiches, hamburgers, spaghetti and traditional dishes. Breakfasts and meals between Tel.: 2479 92 22
More about Arenal Volcano Inn
The Arenal Volcano area has been known for its impressive natural beauty and, in the past few years, for its growing development as a tourist destination. There are plenty of options for lodging in the Arenal and La Fortuna area, however, only few hotels can offer guests the comforts and first-class services the way the Arenal Volcano Inn does.
This small and cozy hotel is conveniently located – only minutes away from the many main attractions in the area, including the small town of La Fortuna (6.5 km north of La Fortuna Catholic Church) and the majestic Arenal Volcano (a 20 minute drive to Volcán Arenal National Park).
The views from the hotel are amazing. In fact, all of our rooms have views of the Arenal Volcano and the adjacent lush area, composed of all forms of fauna and flora, which can be admired through large windows specially designed for this purpose.
The hotel’s facilities include 15 Deluxe rooms, 10 Standard Superior rooms and one Honeymoon Suite, ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. It also has a small pool, Jacuzzi, a relaxing Spa and a high-ranking restaurant which is known for its savory Pit fire pizza.
Qué Rico Aquí Arenal is an in-house restaurant that specializes in Italian and other types of International food. Our professional chefs provide a wide variety of specialty dishes, as well as delicious typical Costa Rican food. Our guests may enjoy a breakfast buffet at no additional cost, when staying at the Arenal Volcano Inn.
The Arenal Garden Spa has over 15 treatments to choose from, including but not limited to a classic relaxation massage, aromatherapies, exfoliations, and much more. In addition, we offer special treatments with volcanic mud, aloe vera and natural oils – products are often based from some of the region’s natural resources.
For the adventurer seekers, the Arenal Volcano Inn offers tours which can be booked in advance or upon arrival to the hotel. Some of the most popular tours in the area include several volcano hikes, horseback riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall, a visit to the many hot thermal springs in the area (Tabacon Resort, Baldi Hot Springs, The Springs Resort and Eco Termales Arenal) and the hanging bridges. Guests can also purchase our private transportation services, to and from other regions in Costa Rica, at a very reasonable cost.
When it comes to prices and value, the Arenal Volcano Inn has the lead – high-quality accommodations and services at unbeatable rates. We also have special packages which include lodging, meals and special discounts when using the Arenal Garden Spa and/or dining at the Que Rico Aquí en Arenal Restaurant.
In addition, the Arenal Volcano Inn is fastly becoming a sought after location for weddings and honeymoons, as it is situated right in front of the Arenal Volcano, and provides for a breathtaking backdrop to a most special life changing event. Just go to our weddings section and check out some of the photos.
For these many reasons and more, the Arenal Volcano Inn is, without a doubt, the best accommodation alternative in Arenal. We hope to see you here soon!