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Overview of Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica
Before visiting Arenal Volcano National Park, here is some important information to keep in mind:
The park entrance fee for Arenal Volcano National Park is $15 per adult and $5 per child. The day pass fee covers a one-time entrance, so if you want to visit both the Volcano and La Peninsula sectors, you’ll need to see both on the same day or purchase tickets for two separate days.
Popular Attractions in Arenal Volcano National Park
La Fortuna Waterfall Hike
El Ceibo Trail
Because of the volcanic activity in the region, Arenal Volcano National Park is filled with natural hot springs. Visitors love soaking in the mineral waters and therapeutic baths after a long day of hiking, white-water rafting, or adventuring in Arenal Volcano National Park.
Tabacon Hot Springs
- Kayaking — Rent a kayak (or SUP) and go kayaking on the lake to enjoy stunning views of Arenal Volcano. If you’d like a break from paddling, you can also take a refreshing swim in the lake.
- Fishing — Though deep-sea fishing is popular on the coast in Costa Rica, you can also catch freshwater species, like rainbow bass, machaca, and blue tilapia, in Lake Arenal.
- Boat Ride — Let someone else do the driving and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Arenal so you can soak up the stunning scenery in the surrounding rainforest.
Canopy Tours & Ziplining
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What to Bring to Arenal Volcano National Park
- Hiking Shoes — Bring your hiking boots, as well as any other necessary hiking gear, like trekking poles, on the trails with you. We also recommend bringing plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day.
- Swimsuit — Whether you’ll be kayaking on Lake Arenal, swimming at the base of La Fortuna Waterfall, or soaking in the natural hot springs, there are plenty of reasons to bring a swimsuit to Arenal Volcano National Park. We also recommend bringing water shoes, a towel, and a comfortable change of clothes.
- Sunscreen — Though much of this national park is shaded, it’s worth wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. We also recommend bringing bug spray to avoid pesky bites from mosquitos and other insects inside the park.
Stay with Special Places of Costa Rica While Visiting Arenal Volcano National Park
- Arenal Volcano Waterfall Rappel Tour — Embark on the adventure of a lifetime during this tour in Arenal Volcano National Park. You’ll be able to rappel down a 260-foot waterfall, zipline on seven cables through the rainforest, and take a horseback ride to a nearby village.
- Arenal Volcano Nature Walk, Waterfall & Hot Springs Tour— On this tour, you’ll be able to spot wildlife, like sloths, lizards, and tree frogs, on a walk through a private rainforest reserve before visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and ending the day at EcoTermales Hot Springs.
- Arenal Volcano Deluxe Combo Tour — This tour is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. You’ll start the day with a ziplining and canopy tour through Arenal Volcano National Park and end the day soaking in the gorgeous natural hot springs at Tabacon Resort.