Make sure to watch the sun rise or set over the Arenal Volcano—it's simply magical. As we sat on our deck enjoying the last of the sunset I noticed a faint glow coming from the top of the Arenal Volcano. Initially we were excited as we thought we were about to witness an eruption—which had not occurred in over a year. Instead, we sat transfixed as we watched the full moon rise from the apex of the volcano and it seemed like Arenal was spitting a fireball across the night sky.
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Ziplining in Arenal
I had NEVER seen so much greenery in my life... If you're planning to go ziplining in Costa Rica, I highly recommend having the experience in Arenal. The air is so fresh and pure, the plants and trees are so full and healthy and the view is mesmerizing. Tip: Rumor has it you can see both Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal in entirety on a clear, sunny day.
We checked in to our hotel near the Arenal volcano and were sitting on the deck of our hotel and I was able to take this shot. It's rare that the clouds completely clear off from the mountain and it didn't last long but the view was stunning while it lasted.
This shot was my view from hotel room at Hotel Kioro at base of Arenal Volcano.... Beautiful lush grounds on 20 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. I was here for some work shooting a piece on Arenal, and we were fortunate enough to stay at the Kioro. It is luxury, no doubt. Not your standard hostel or budget hotel, but sometimes, it is great to spend a bit more and enjoy the surroundings in luxury! A room will set you back about $300, but you will be immersed in beautiful food, amenities, proximity to outdoor pursuits, ziplines, hot springs; Not to mention a surreal view of a classic cone volcano right in front of your room! Day or night, weather permitting.. and the evening sometimes reveals lava streams down the volcano, along with the rumblings of car size rocks being shot out of the cinder cone.....
This amazing retreat, run by a fantastic married couple, is a must for those wanting the views of Arenal but not the tourism beat of La Fortuna. Located off the beaten path, this retreat houses its own farm, with the benefit being eating fresh milk and butter from the cows daily. Highly recommend taking the horse trek, which takes you through pastures and rain forest, to the retreats own private waterfall.
We could've sat there poolside all day staring at this volcano, watching it smolder into the early dusk hours. We just arrived at Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens after a red eye flight so we planted ourselves on lounge chairs with a cocktail and just stared. Exotic birds fluttered about chirping sweet sounds of Pura Vida. Within minutes rainforest clouds rolled in. The air smelled clean, sweet and soon Arenal Volcano reappeared looking majestic as ever. So obviously we didn't mind waiting for our room to be ready. The real treat is that we had this same view from our private balcony. I could wake up to this everyday. There's something mesmerizing about any volcano but the nervous excitement of staying this close to an active one is quickly tamed by the peaceful beauty of the rainforest setting. We returned the following year to this same resort for another dose of volcanic magic.