Arenal Volcano Inn, la Fortuna, San Carlos
Arenal Volcano Inn, la Fortuna, San Carlos

Have you ever wanted to wake up and see a towering volcano out your window? At the Arenal Volcano Inn, that's a reality! During my recent travels across Costa Rica, I was lucky enough to stay here, and I must say it lived up to all the hype! Featuring 25 hotel rooms, this Inn is fairly secluded so you'll be able to relax, but it's within just a few steps or hops in my case to some of the best resources available at in La Fortuna. Not convinced yet? I'll share with you the tales of my adventure and it might just change your mind.

Amazing Arenal Volcano view from room at Arenal Volcano Inn
Amazing Arenal Volcano view from room at Arenal Volcano Inn

The Inn

There are no better Costa Rica hotels to stay in if you're coming here on a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon! The Arenal Volcano is surrounded by an exotic garden where you can go on a stroll through tropical flowers and lush greenery you may even catch a glimpse of wildlife in their native habitat! If this isn't relaxing enough for you to melt away your worries, Arenal Inn also has an on-site spa with massages, manicures, exfoliation and more. From all the hopping I do, my froggy legs get a bit sore, so I got a massage while I was here and I've never felt better! There is also a restaurant here with some of the best food I've ever tasted but, I'll tell you more about that later.

Tours offered

Whether you want to go canyoning, get muddy on an ATV Tour, zoom through the canopy or trek to Arenal on horseback, the Inn has a tour to offer you. If you're an ultimate adventure seeker, than the canyoning tour is a perfect match. The Lost Canyon trek has you strapped into a safety harness rappelling down a serious of eight waterfalls. This thrilling experience is one of my favorites because you get to finish by going down a 200-foot waterfall while looking over the entire lush rainforest. It's truly spectacular!

Javi the Frog having a delicious Focaccia Capresse at Arenal Volcano Inn restaurant
Javi the Frog having a delicious Focaccia Capresse at Arenal Volcano Inn restaurant

If you love exploring diverse flora and fauna, then the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve cannot be missed. Bird watching is one of the most popular attractions here because there is a high population of aviary species that differs throughout the year. If you're traveling during the wet season, which is from July to November, Caño Negro serves as a home for migrant American birds. Between December and April, black-bellied whistling duck, green-backed heron, olivaceous cormorant, wood stork and many other species can be seen.

Another great excursion offered by the Inn is a horseback riding trip to the Arenal Volcano. Since I'm so small, I don't get to experience much of a view of anything unless I'm far away but not with horseback riding! Jumping up onto the saddle is one of the greatest ways to venture through the terrain leading up the volcano. You'll go through a private farm next to the national park and then be able to view all the nature of the area, including rivers and rain forest, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to snap a few pictures.

Beautiful Lake with white horse at Arenal Volcano Inn, La Fortuna
Beautiful Lake with white horse at Arenal Volcano Inn, La Fortuna

Now, it's time to arrive at the crown jewel: Arenal Volcano. There are plenty of reasons why this is one of the most visited attractions in the region - and you'll understand the moment you see it! Seeing the volcano from your hotel room is beautiful enough, but getting up close to the stunning summit is a whole new experience. Although it used to be one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, it has been stable for a few years now. Don't forget to make a stop at the Arenal Lake Reservoir!


Arenal Volcano view from terrace at Arenal Volcano Inn
Arenal Volcano view from terrace at Arenal Volcano Inn