Arenal National Park

Castillo, Costa Rica

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The guard station (open daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is two kilometers down a bumpy dirt road. If you pay the entrance fee ($10/person), you can visit their four-kilometer “Los Tucanes” trail, which leads through the area devastated by the 1968 eruption. Visits can only be made with an experienced, certified guide and in groups no greater than ten people at a time. In our opinion, you don’t gain anything by being on the volcano. It is more interesting to observe from a distance. A taxi from La Fortuna to the park costs about $12.

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Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Lost Iguana Resort
Tabacón Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Kioro Hotel
Arenal Lodge
Rancho Margot
Arenal Nayara Hotel
Mountain Paradise
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Oasis Ecolodge
Arenal Backpackers Resort
Pura Vida Hotel y Restaurant
Hotel La Amistad Arenal
Hotel Arenal Carmela
Hotel Arenal Rabfer
Hotel La Fortuna
Leaves and Lizards
Rancho Makena

The nearest town is Castillo, 4.1 km away and Aeropuerto Arenal airport is 17.9 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The exact gps map coordinates of Arenal National Park are latitude 10.46241, longitude -84.73901. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)