La Fortuna town
The charming town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica is 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) from the Arenal Volcano and 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) from Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa.
After the tragic 1968 eruption of Arenal Volcano that destroyed three of the area’s main villages, the town of La Fortuna (“The Fortune”) was created as the central population center for the Arenal Volcano area.
La Fortuna is the main entrance point to the Arenal region. On a clear day, the majestic Arenal Volcano dominates the skyline of this peaceful town. In La Fortuna you can find services such as banks and ATMs, clinics, pharmacies, supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, ice cream vendors, and a 24-hour gas station. There are many tourist information centers, and the central park is a nice place to stroll and experience local life.
The La Fortuna and Arenal area are known as the center for Costa Rican adventure tours, including canopy zip lines, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking, aerial trams, kayaking, and Arenal’s famous volcanic hot springs.
La Fortuna is located 118 kilometers (73 miles) from the San José International Airport; driving time is approximately 3 hours. Domestic flights in Costa Rica are a great inexpensive way to save time between destinations. Nature Air and Sansa Airlines offer daily flights to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano from San Jose.