Most Popular Destinations in Costa Rica – La Fortuna de San Carlos

The district of La Fortuna was founded by Mr. Elias Koper, who arrived to the area in the year 1932, other founders were Red Porfirio, Martial Jarquin, Alberto Quesada, Juana Vargas, Jose Garro, Rufino and Isolina Quesada, Juan Ledezma, Julio Murillo and other.

an active volcano of La Fortuna de San Carlos

Often simply referred to as La Fortuna, the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos is the gateway to the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Other than the famous Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is home to the surging 230-foot high waterfall: La Catarata de la Fortuna. The Arenal Volcano is a destination for scientists and tourists alike as it erupts on an average of 41 times a day.

Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos


Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens


beauriful Arenal Nayara hotel and spa under blue sky


Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time. The beautiful Arenal Nayara’s 44 individual bungalows, restaurant, wine bar, and spa are all tucked into incredibly lush grounds. Some of the amenities are small (pool, spa, fitness center), but guests come here for the private bungalows with special touches like an outdoor garden shower and a deck with a Jacuzzi and hammock. The hotel is one of the most luxurious in the entire region, and offers up easy access to some of the region’s best activities.

Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat


some joyful moments at Leaves and Lizards


Discover the real Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards. Our rural/community tourism program offers guests a truly cultural experience. Private guided tours and on-site horseback riding offer guests a one-of-a-kind, customized vacation. Imagine yourself rocking gently in a hammock on the porch of your private cabin enjoying the best view of Arenal, sipping a tropical drink while listening to Howler monkeys complain about the afternoon rain. Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is an intimate facility situated on 26 acres of rolling hills with a spectacular, panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano, the surrounding mountains and valley. 6 cabins, perched like tree houses, on a hill are surrounded by tropical plants, covered with a riot of butterflies and humming birds.

Tree Houses Hotel


uniquely designed tree house

Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel conveniently located off the main road that runs through La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano. On the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, in the heard of the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, you’ll find a hidden treasure and your best choice of Natural and Eco-friendly Tree Houses in Costa Rica. Tree House is uniquely constructed and enjoyable. Mark and Lucy do a wonderful job managing the place and are genuinely good people.

Restaurants in La Fortuna de San Carlos



Kappa Sushi Fortuna


delicious dish at kappa sushi


It is the best Place to eat Sushi in La Fortuna. Tempura is delicious. Teriyaki not so great. The rice was fresh, light and tasty. Prices are reasonable. Here you will find delicious edamame, California, and a variety of rolls and all at great prices! So come and enjoy the experience of fusion sushi in La Fortuna de San Carlos.


New York Grill n Pizza


testy burger at NY Grill n Pizza


Are you looking for Unbelievable burger, Incredible nachos, and Perfect fries? New York Grill n Plazza is the perfect place for you. Prices are reasonable. John, the owner, is friendly enough. The drinks are fine and the service very friendly. Great food, great people, great service!


Don Rufino


spacious dining hall at don rufino


It’s probably one of the most expensive places in town, but the food is amazing and an experience. Their appetizers of Marlin Ceviche is really good as is the grilled tuna steak. The atmosphere is casual and the staffs are friendly. Excellent service and innovative will make surprised but satisfied.

 Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Ecoglide Arenal Park


beautifull woman having fun at Arenal Ecoglide Park


Arenal Ecoglide Park, one of Costa Rica’s newest adventure parks,  has been built following the highest standards, approved by I.C.T.  and insured by I.N.S. This park ensures major security to their customers. Their canopy tour is perfect for observing all the animal life in its natural habitat. You can observe the forest from different angles from carefully designed platforms.

Alberto’s Horses Tours

some beautiful healthy horses from Alberto's Horses Tours


Rental of horses for people with experience and without experience. Tour to the waterfall of La Fortuna. Farm with turkeys, parrots, chicken, horses, and dogs. All of their Wild Horse Tours are designed with family enjoyment in mind. They have all the facilities you have been craving for. They ensure safety and comfort.

So come  and enjoy the beauty of La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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