Heading to a part of Costa Rica without beaches may seem like a bad move for families. But at La Fortuna in Costa Rica’s
Arenal region, families won’t miss the sea. This lush,
green terrain in the northern part of the country
is home to Arenal Volcano, ziplining, horseback
riding, rappelling and many other activities. Plus,
the area’s slightly cooler climate and five-star luxury
hotels make for a comfortable experience for even
the most adventurous of families.
La Fortuna, located in the Alajuela province, is
home to only about 1,300 full-time residents
(according to the 2011 census), but the actual
number of people in town fluctuates drastically as
travelers move in and out. The temperature stays
around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, though the humidity
can make it feel warmer. The town is well-known
for its natural hot springs, and many resorts include
these healing waters in their pools and spas.
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, for example,
features a series of hot tubs that allow the hottest
water to fill in at the top and trickle down, slowly
cooling as it moves through the lower pools. This
is the closest hotel to the base of the volcano,
which means that folks staying in family suites,
which can easily accommodate up to five people,
are treated to unobstructed views. The Springs, a
luxury property in the hills outside of La Fortuna,
special water without the hefty price tag. Families
traveling on a budget can still find comfort and a
friendly staff at Hotel Kokoro Arenal.
Over the years, Costa Rica has become known for
ziplining courses that bring riders through the rainforest and offer picturesque mountain views. Sky
Trek by Costa Rica Sky Adventures has an excellent
record, which is good for families concerned with
safety. Attentive guides understand people can get
scared while ziplining, and Sky Trek offers views of
Arenal Lake that travelers won’t see elsewhere.
When families need to unwind after their
adventure, they can head back to La Fortuna’s
Adventure and hot springs make La Fortuna, Costa Rica, a great match for families
BY KERYN MEANS
On a clear day, clients staying in La Fortuna can catch a view of Arenal Volcano.