La Fortuna / Volcán Arenal is a family friendly adventure hub!


The Fortuna area is a family friendly adventure hub! It is a wonderful place to visit for at least 3 days! There is so much to do in this area. La Fortuna is the town that sits at the base of Arenal Volcano. This area is known for it’s volcanic thermal springs, many adventurous excursions (zip-lining, hanging bridges, waterfall rappel and more), Arenal National Park, Lake Arenal, lush vegetation, incredible views of the Arenal Volcano when there are no clouds. This is a must see area, that should not be skipped. We love to combine a 3 to 4 day trip to Arenal / La Fortuna with a 4 to 5 day trip to the beach. Then you get best of both worlds.

There are so many options for lodging in this area…Here are two of our favorites

Leaves and Lizards Retreat

Leaves and Lizards

Leaves and Lizards Retreat is just that, a retreat! It is about 30 minutes outside of the town of La Fortuna away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists, nestled up on a ridge with a spectacular view of the volcano. It is a small, boutique retreat that offers various sizes of cabins to stay in and fresh farm to table food! It also has a spectacular infinity pool that faces the volcano, private trails and many equestrian activities.

Here are our Roses (advantages) and Thorns (disadvantages) of Leaves and Lizards Retreat

 Leaves and Lizards – Roses

  • It is off the beaten path, away from the tourist bustle
  • Offers spectacular views from porches of the cabins and from the restaurant, bar, pool area
  • Private, short hiking trails that are kids friendly
  • Wonderful, hospital owners and service
  • If you love horses you will be impressed with Diane and Steve’s horses, trail rides, classes and seminars
  • Safe, family friendly
  • Great breakfast included in the rate
  • Our kids loved to wake up and milk the cow, Valentina, in the morning and drink fresh milk at breakfast
  • Once you get there, it is a slower pace life and can sometimes be hard to leave:)

Leaves and Lizards – Thorns

  • While you can hire transportation, it is really nice to have a car in order to get to town and participate in the fun, adventurous things that La Fortuna offers
  • It is about a 30 minute drive into town

Leaves and Lizards Contact Information


Phone Number: 1-888-828-9245


Hotel Silencio Del Campo

Hotel Silencio del Campo

Hotel Silencio del Campo is a another small, boutique hotel that offers individual bungalows set amongst lush gardens. It is centrally located on the main road to town. Here are our Roses (advantages) and Thorns (disadvantages) of Hotel Silencio del Campo.

 Hotel Silencio del Campo – Roses

  • Clean, beautiful private cabins with hot water and AC
  • Set in lush gardens with spectacular views of Arenal Volcano
  • Fantastic breakfast included
  • Wonderful family run business with great service and hospitality
  • Private pool and hot spring area
  • Spa Services
  • Centrally located on main road to town and to various tours, excursions

Hotel Silencio del Campo – Thorns

  • We cannot think of a thorn?

Hotel Silencio del Campo

Hotel Silencio del Campo Contact Information


Phone Number: 011 (506) 2479-7055


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 Our Favorite Things to do in La Fortuna

Visit one of the many Hot Springs Resorts for the day. Our favorite are…

img_5210Tabacón Hot Springs We enjoy going in the afternoon and soaking in the pools and wrapping up the day with a delicious dinner full of fresh foods at their outdoor restaurant while viewing the thermal springs and lush gardens

Thermal pools on family Spanish immersion in la fortunaBaldi Hot Springs Claims to be the “largest thermal waters of the world” and has more than 20 hot spring pools to soak in. And two killer water slides for kids. You can also wrap up the day with a delicious dinner at the balcony restaurant.

Do adventure! Go Zip-lining, waterfall rappelling, hanging bridges…

Sky AdventuresSky Adventures is a fantastic adventure company that offers many tour options for the dare devil and the tame adventurer. Our family favorite tour is the SkyTrek, SkyWalk and SkyTram combo tour. This is a tour filled with zip-lines, hanging bridges and an gondola type ride into the canopy of the rainforest. Be sure to check them out, they are safe, fun and a once and in a lifetime experience! 

Catarata La Fortuna ASHike the La Fortuna Waterfall! Be sure to wear your swimsuit, bring a towel and pack some snacks and make a half day excursion out of it. There is a park entrance, but it is worth it!

Catarata la Fortuna

We hope you enjoy your family vacation in Costa Rica! Pura vida and happy adventuring!

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