24 hours in La Fortuna - Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a pretty small country, I mean is about the size of West Virginia, USA or Denmark. But there is so much to see and experience that sometimes is hard when people ask us for recommendations on where to go and what to see.

But we are certainly happy to help, that is why we want to share with you 3 incredible activities to do in the town of La Fortuna if you are short on time but still want to enjoy the beauty of this country.

Arenal Lake Tour

This is a great way to see the Arenal Volcano without having to hike for many hours. Just drive to the Arenal Lake bridge and you will find food stands, souvenir stands, lots of tourists and your boat! Prices can vary depending on the boat, we recommend using your bargaining skills for this incredible tour. We got a boat for 7 people for around $60 (it was only us in the boat) and the tour lasts around 2 hours. Relax and enjoy the ride, with a little luck you will see the magnificent Arenal volcano in all its glory.

La Fortuna Waterfall

This place is a must! We couldn’t get enough of this beautiful waterfall. It’s only about 2km from town and once you get there you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of around $15 per person. Be prepared to go down 500 stairs to see this magical waterfall. Once down there, enjoy this gift of nature and refresh yourself in the crystalline and cool waters. They are open from 7am to 5pm every day. We recommend bringing a bathing suit underneath your clothes, a towel and snacks. In your way up, pace yourself it can get a bit hard in humid temperatures. There is a small restaurant and souvenir shop in the entrance as well as bathrooms.

Baldi Hot Springs

La Fortuna is very famous for it’s hot springs, the town has a couple of options you can choose from but we think Baldi is one of the most beautiful. This resort has 25 hot springs pools, with a wide variety of temperatures, the atmosphere is super tropical with lush vegetation surrounding the resort. The one day pass is $35 per person and you can enjoy the pools from 9am to 10pm. They also have restaurants, a bar, changing rooms, lockers, water slides and a kid’s playground. Aside from paying the all-day pass, keep in mind that you must also pay for the towels (or bring your own) and for renting a locker if you wish to store personal belongings. We recommend spending an afternoon here relaxing, it would do wonders for bed time!

La Fortuna is such a beautiful place, you could stay a whole week enjoying other sights and tours, but if you are short on time, definitely take these 3 activities under consideration because each one is a really cool experience and we believe it gives you the whole package in a really short amount of time. Until the next one, remember to travel more!



Natalia and Hernando