Arenal Costa Rica MapsThe Arenal region offers a full range of hotel accommodations and tour activities (displayed on our map below.) La Fortuna is a small town located next to the volcano. Hover your mouse over the map to learn more about a particular location. Click on the location if you would like to view a full page about the hotel or activity.
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La Fortuna is a small town located next to the Arenal Volcano. In La Fortuna you can find services such as clinics, pharmacies, banks and ATMs, supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, bars, and a 24-hour gas station. The town enjoys wonderful, western-facing views of the volcano.
MAP TO ARENAL / HOW TO GET TO ARENAL VOLCANO
We don’t recommend driving at night – you’ll miss the scenery and will likely have trouble distinguishing signs and the road’s painted lines. The roads in Costa Rica are extremely windy and often in poor condition. Because of this, daytime driving is generally much easier. As Costa Rica is set along the Earth’s equator, the sun is in the sky from 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM. This is the time of day that we advise visitors to drive.
Driving San José to ArenalFrom San José, there are two ways to get to Arenal. The shortest – the blue line on the map – runs through San Ramon and takes around three and a half hours. The other route, marked in green, is a more cultural drive—you’ll pass through quaint villages, including Sarchí, the country’s handicraft capital. This route takes about four hours.
Arenal to/from Monteverde Cloud ForestThe road to Monteverde is in poor condition; along this route, dirt roads and potholes are the norm. For the reason, a 4×4 is strongly recommended. The only route runs through Tilarán and takes about four hours to complete.
For shortcuts and alternatives, see Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Costa Rica