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Arenal Volcano

Stay - Arenal Volacno
This is the view from our room in Arenal, which had its own natural hot spring. This was the splurge of our trip, but the views were well worth it.

Arenal Volcano
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.

An unusual sight...the volcano without its cloud cover.
Great hike over the lava rocks with views of the volcano and Lake Arenal.

Fire in the Sky
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.

Enjoying the Hot Springs!
After a fantastic day of adventure, which including zipling, river tubing, horseback riding, waterfall swimming, it was time to relax in the hot springs in Costa Rica!!!

Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
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.

Hypnotic view of majestic volcano.
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.

ATV-ing Across The Countryside In Arenal
ATVing across the unspoiled countryside in Arenal Costa Rica on a beautiful day with good friends. It was adventurous and relaxing at the same time. We even went up to the base of the Arenal Volcano.

Hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall
Hiking down to swim at the base of La Fortuna waterfall was a highlight from our trip to Costa Rica a few years ago. The cold water feels wonderful on a hot afternoon and the view from the lookout point is breathtaking. Arenal is quite touristy - and even though there were other people around at La Fortuna, getting out into nature like this was a welcome escape from the center of town.