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La Fortuna

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Introduction

View of Arenal Volcano from our balcony

View of Arenal Volcano from our balcony

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La Fortuna is a town in Costa Rica and the main gatewa to the Arenal Volcano.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Arenal Backpackers Resort350 meters west of central park, towards volcanoHostel87
Arenal Hostel Resort100 m al Oeste de la Plaza de La FortunaHOSTEL86
Brisas del ArenalLa Fortuna AlajuelaHotel81
Los Tres Gatos Vegetarian Bed and Breakfast100 meters east of the clinicGUESTHOUSE91
Cabinas la CatarataLa Fortuna San Carlos, AlajuelaGuesthouse73
Cabinas Lumbres Del Arenal8km west from Fortuna to the VolcanoHostel-
Cabinas LupitaFrom Soda El Rio 1.5 blocks south (about 150 m), aGuesthouse74
Cerro Chato Eco LodgeArenal Volcano AreaGuesthouse84
El Buho150 north east of the catolic chearchGuesthouse73
Essence Arenal Boutique HostelEl Castillohotel-
Hotel Arenal ManoaLa Fortuna La Palmahotel-
Hotel Campo VerdeVolcán ArenalHOTEL-
Hotel Arenal BromeliasCostado Sur de la Iglesia La FortunaHotel-
Hotel Dorothy200 mts south from the central park San Carlos, AlajuelaHotel79
Hotel La Fortuna100 metros sur y 100 metros este del Parque de La One block south of gas stationHotel84
Hotel Las ColinasArenal Volcano La Fortuna downtown.Hotel78
Hotel Lomas del VolcanLa Fortuna San Carloshotel-
Hotel Rio Arenal4 km al norte del cementerio entrada a La GuariaHotel-
Hotel VagabondoApdo 1103 HerediaHOTEL-
Jardines Arenal2 Km. east of Costa Rica Bank P.O. BOX 64Hotel81
La Choza InnSide northwest of the Park 300 meters WestHostel-
Lands in Love Hotel and ResortRoute 272 32 km from San Ramon to La Fortuna, 1 km to the righthotel-
Luigis Hotel and Backpackers Lodge3 blocks from the central parkHOTEL-
Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel Fortuna350 meters south from the bus stop.Hostel-
Villas Vista Arenal500 east of the Central ParkHotel76
La Fortuna BackpackersIn front of the Elementary School 100 mts north from the Popular BankHOSTEL-
Sleeping Indian GuesthouseCostado Oeste del Correo La Fortuna de San CarlosGuesthouse-
Hostal Cabinas Adriana250 Meters West From the Bus Station. La Fortuna de San CarlosHOTEL-
Posada InnDel Banco De Costa Rica 50 meters east of Central Park, Main StreetHOTEL84
Las Colinas Arenal Hotel50 m south from La Fortuna Central ParkHostel-
Ailanto Eco Lodge and Camping500 Meters North Towards Las HornillasHotel-
Hostel Rolopz75 mts Este y 300 Sur de La Estacion de BusesHOSTEL-
The Sleeping Indian GuesthouseLeft of the Post Office, 2nd Floor, La Fortuna Costado oeste del Correo, planta alta La FortunaGUESTHOUSE82
Hotel Los HeroesNuevo Arenal, La FortunaHOTEL-
Arenal Rooms300 mts north and 25 east from the Nacional BankGuesthouse-
Hotel el Castillo del ArenalEl Castillo de La Fortuna 6 km Southwest from the Arenal Volcano Nat. ParkHOTEL80
Hotel Arenal Rossi2 Km West from La FortunaHOTEL-
Hotel Sueño DoradoLa Fortuna De San Carlos, AlajuelaHotel-
Apartahotel Rosymary50 m South of the Fire Department La Fortuna de San CarlosAPARTMENT-
Pura Vida Guesthouse HostelArenal Volcano National Park El CastilloGuesthouse-
Chill Out BackpackersSan CarlosHostel-
Hotel La Amistad125 oeste del parque central La Fortuna San CarlosHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

It's easy to find internet access, and although you can still can find a lot of internet cafes, wifi is growing fast in the country. The further away you get from San Jose, the slower and more expensive it becomes when you are using an internet cafe. Wifi is generally free of charge at most places though and apart from off the beaten track parks, jungles and mountains, the connection generally is ok. Some internet cafés also offer international calls via either phone or IP using services like Skype.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

  • The country calling code to Costa Rica is 506.
  • To make an international call from Costa Rica, the code is 00.

There are plenty of phone booths around and you will get the best rate using a pre-paid international card (can often be purchased in internet cafés and other small stores). There is usually a connection fee making short calls extra expensive. International calls are fairly expensive. The cheapest way to make them is over the internet using a service such as Skype at an Internet café. But making short calls using the domestic calling cards (you can make international calls using these but the denominations of the calling cards are quite small so your call will be short!) or the international calling cards available within Costa Rica (all from the government phone monopoly ICE) is the next best deal.

Those travelling with a mobile phone and willing to pay the roaming costs should ensure it supports 1,800 MHz GSM network. Note that the GSM phone systems in the United States and Canada use different frequencies and that travelers from there will need a "world" handset, such as a tri-band or quad-band phone, if you want to use your existing cell phone. If you want to use a local Costa Rica number, you can rent cell phone service, and of course anyone can buy a cell phone. If you have an unlocked cell phone (either one from home or bought in Costa Rica - all cell phones sold in Costa Rica must be unlocked), prepaid (prepago) SIM cards can provide a local number and service can be purchased throughout the country by anyone with a passport from any country. Try using companies like Grupo ICE under the Kölbi brand, TuYo Movil, Movistar and Claro.

Post

Correos de Costa Rica (website in Spanish only) is the national postal services of Costa Rica. You can find post offices (correos) in almost any city and town and they are generally open from 7:30am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to noon on Saturdays. There are not that many mailboxes, so it's best to ask your hotel or go directly to the post offices. Services tend to be slow but generally reliable and on the whole cheap regarding letters and postcards. It costs about US$0.20 to the USA and Canada (taking about 1 week to 10 days), US$0.25 to Europe (about 2 weeks) and US$0.30 to Asia and Australia (3 weeks or even more). All in all, if you can try and arrange your mail from the capital San José as it's generally quicker from there. Small packages are also no problem, though take them to the post offices unpacked for inspection first! Otherwise, arrange things through private international courier services like UPS, FedEx, DHL or TNT.

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