Arenal Volcano Region

Mighty and daring adventures, gorgeous relaxing spas, breathtaking rainforests, warm cultural experiences, hot springs of all kinds, fantastic wildlife sightings and the presence of the massive volcano overlooking this incredible land.

Distance from San José

215kms/133miles from San José (around a 3.15 hours drive)

132kms/82miles from Liberia (around a 2 hour drive).

Great for:

Relaxation (Abundance of spas and Hot Springs)

Adventure (Rafting, Canopy Tours, Hikes, Canyoning, etc.)

Located in the northern part of the Alajuela province, close to the Nicaraguan border, the Arenal Volcano region is an ideal place for a vacation in Costa Rica having a most beautiful and varied scenery and a great array of adventures.

Refreshed by gentle tropical rains, the Arenal Volcano Region stays green and humid almost all year round. The lowlands boast gushing rivers, hot springs, lagoons, remote national parks, and plentiful wildlife. Their climate and terrain also provide perfect conditions for agriculture – some of the most advanced in the country.

Most Striking about the Arenal Volcano Region

  • The Arenal Volcano: Sitting within a National Park, this colossus is a stunning sight. It boasts a perfect conical shape, and although it has entered a resting phase, it is still a wonder to behold from any of the hotels in Arenal.
  • The park’s primary rainforest is exuberant and includes four different micro-climates, making it the home of an enormous amount of flora and fauna. These include snakes (such as the boa and the fer-de-lance), white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, coatis, deer, and much more. It is a great place for wildlife sightings.
  • Birds are abundant here; almost 75% of Costa Rica’s total 850 species reside in these forests. A wonderful region for birdwatchers in Costa Rica.

Weather in the Arenal Volcano Region

Average of 16 feet (5,000 mm) of rainfall  yearly.

Rainy season: May to September and November to February.

Sunny Season: September and October.  March and April.


Yearly average temperature, 75 °F (22°C).

(Rain is expected all year round however).