The La Fortuna area has a wealth of activities for expat retirees

One of the pluses of relocating to Costa Rica is the abundance of exciting outdoor activities for staying busy and happy. You simply cannot be bored!

The town of La Fortuna is good starting point for exploring once you more here. Tourists have been flocking to this area for years to take in the natural wonders that surround it.


The most imposing site in the area is the perfectly conical shaped Arenal Volcano. Surrounding the volcano are natural hot springs that are the perfect spot for relaxing after a day of busy adventure tourism. Many hotels and resorts have their own hot springs where you can buy a day pass if you’re not staying there. Some of the most well known hotels with hot springs are Tabacon, Baldi, Ecotermales, Paradise and Nayara. Some hotels also include spas and wellness centers where you can further rejuvenate yourself.

The Fortuna/Lake Arenal is perfect for practicing variety of water sports like whitewater rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, and stand up paddle boarding. You can also visit one of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. The best and biggest one is La Fortuna. Dropping 75 feet into an emerald pool, the waterfall and is right in the middle os a rain forest. Visitors should be in good physical shape to make the 400 – step hike to the base of the fall and another 400 steps back up to the top. I visited the falls a few years ago and the trek back up was difficult especially since I had to carry my large dog up the steep and muddy trail.

Mountain biking, horseback riding, zip lining, canopy tours and hiking on nature trails through the Arenal National Park are also readily available. For more daring souls, there activities like waterfall repelling, bungee jumping, canyoning tours and ATV off road adventures.


Fishermen can catch the country’s famous guapote at Lake Arenal. Tours include an experienced bilingual guide, some snacks and beverages, and all the gear and tackle. Fishing on Lake Arenal is a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Arenal Volcano and the incredible landscape surrounding lake.

Nature lovers will be overwhelmed by the abundance of flora in the area. The famous hanging bridges are a series of suspension bridges that provide the perfect opportunity to view the flora and fauna of the forest canopy. It is an easy 3.1 kilometer trail with 16 suspended and hanging bridges, so that visitors can get different perspectives of the rain forest. Along the way it’s common to spot wildlife like bats, snakes and birds.

Lodging is plentiful in La Fortuna and all around Lake Arenal.

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