Rewards Arenal Hostel Resort Arenal Volcano La Fortuna

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There are many reasons to visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Weather your trip brings you here to observe the majestic Arenal Volcano or to enjoy the pure natural beauty that the area has to offer



What time is check-in and check-out?

Time of check in is at 3 pm

Time of check out is 11 am

I can leave the room late?

The latest check out time is at 12noon, in case you need to wait for a transport you can hang around our premises

Can i choose the type of bed I want in my room? (Large bed – two beds)

Sure, you can send us an email at with your full name and reservation number, soliciting the type of bed your asking for

The rooms have a balcony or terrace? Can I reserve one?

The Arenal Hostel Resort, counts with first floor romos as well as second as long as we have availability you can check with us to reserve your preference

Is there Rooms for non-smokers?

We do not have rooms for smokers because we are coupled to the law # in costa rica

Indicating that smoking is prohibited in public places

How many floors does the building have? Is There elevators?

Our Hostel has two levels and we do not have an elevator

Is there air conditioning in the rooms? Functioning all year?

All rooms have air conditioning that function all year round

Is your hostel adapted for the handicapped?

We have sidewalks and wheelchair accessibility in some areas of the hostel as well as rooms for disabled

Can you keep my luggage when I leave the room?

The hostel keeps your luggage safely, we have a room where you can store your belongings, in case of any object of high value is lost please report it to reception as soon as possible.

Where I can park my car in a safe place? Does it cost anything?

We have a parking lot that has a gate and it also counts with security cameras, it does not cost anything for our clients

Is there an Internet or e-mail terminal for guests?

There is a common area where you are available to use the internet

Do They offer high-speed internet in the room for my laptop? Is it Wireless?

Everywhere inside our Hostel offers high speed and wireless internet

What languages are spoken in Reception?

Our staff speaks very good English and Spanish

I wish to iron a shirt. Irons are available to customers?

We do not offer Irons

Where can i rent a car?

In Costa Rica there are plenty of car rental services like, adobe, Alamo and mapache with offices all over the country

If I have several stays at a particular period of time, can leave a bag with some clothes for the next stay?

Yes sure! In our hostel we have a luggage storage where you can leave your belongings and come back for them while you’re out somewhere else

Is there pick up service at the airport?

We have available shuttle bus as well as private transfer from and to the airport, they do have an additional cost, to reserve transportation please send us an email at

What bus stop is the closest to the hostel?

The bus station closest to the Hostel is about 100 meters away

How far is the Hostel from the bus station?

We are located on the south side of the Catholic Church on the main street in the town of la fortuna

What recreational activities can i have access to in La Fortuna?

In La Fortuna San Carlos, you can count with plenty of activities, like hikes at the national park Arenal Volcano, The Waterfall, Cerro Chato, also Horseback riding and hanging bridges

You can also reserve at the reception more extreme activities like ATV, Rafting, Rappel, and canopy

Do they have any packages for lodging and tours?

Costa Ricas Hostel Offers you special packages if you reserve at more than one of our premises, also discounts on activities like horseback, atv and hikes

Is there any night entertainment?

Inside our Hostel we have a bar that opens from 2pm to 10pm, delicious cocktail drinks and more, good music and relaxed environment, on Saturdays we have night activities with our guests with food service we do close a little later than 10pm depending on our clients

Outside the hostel in la fortuna town, there is also plenty of night activities like bars, restaurant and even a night club that is open on Saturdays

Should i take precaution walking around town?

Our staff speaks very good English and Spanish

For more information contact our call center +506 4002 1404

How to get to…

As you get to la Fortuna de San Carlos, as a reference is also known to be close to the Arenal Volcano. Get information of public buses, private transportation or other

How to get to La Fortuna

There are a few different ways to get to La Fortuna, one of them is on a public bus, depending on the location, and you can get buses every hour, and sometimes have to wait a little more. You also have an option easier and faster with a higher cost, which is the shuttle, as well as also for privacy, you can hire a private transport.

Private Transfers & Transportation around Costa Rica

The private transfer service is an easy and safe way to travel to and from anywhere in Costa Rica. This service is very flexible, can be scheduled according to your needs and desires (day, hour, pick up place, drop off place).

All vehicles used for private transfer are very safe vehicles, they have air conditioned, comfortable seating and are driven by professional drivers who are well aware of the Costa Rican territory.

The private transfer service is very flexible in terms of locations and times, to reach to La Fortuna, we have some defaults pickup locations to our customers and take them to our Arenal Hostel Resort in La Fortuna, San Carlos; in the list below, and the places are shown, as the prices according to the number of people traveling..

As you can hire a shuttle to get to La Fortuna, also can hire one to go from La Fortuna to the different places in Costa Rica, on the day and time that you want, to book the service, you must reserve in advance (24 hours before) at the reception of Arenal Hostel Resort.


Shuttle service is a shared transportation option between two places. The companies we offer have routes to different destinations every day of the year. The fleet of vehicles used, are usually a minivan or a Coaster, depending of the people that are traveling. They are subject to availability and must be booked in advance.

Costa Rica Hostels recommends the transport company DETOURS COSTA RICA

For more information

Contact our call center +506 4002 1404

Other ways to Travel

Public buses

One of the most economical ways to travel in Costa Rica, is in the public bus. Because of the transport system in our country, sometimes you have to make a transfer bus, and another occasions, just enough to take a direct bus to get where you want.

Heredia to San José

Departure every day, each 10 minutes from the Heredia Terminal, from 5:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and at night from 12:15 pm to 4:00 a.m., each 30 minutes.

Cartago to San Jose

Departure every day, each 10 minutes from Cartago Terminal, from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the ride takes 45 minutes, there is a distance of 22km.

Alajuela (airport) to San Jose

Departure every days, each 5 min, the bus stop it’s outside of the airport.

Limón – San Jose

If you are in the Caribbean, and you want to go to the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, San Carlos, the first you need to do, it’s to take a direct bus from Limon to San Jose, then make a bus transfer and take a new from San Jose to La Fortuna.

Buses from Limon to San Jose, leaves every day of the year, in hours from 4:30 am to 7:00 pm. From 4:30 am until 8:30 am, buses depart every half hour and from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm depart every hour.

There is a distance of 96 miles between the two places, and it takes like 2:30 hours.

The Limon bus terminal, it´s located in Limon Downtown, next to Palí Supermarket, and the ticket bus will cost $6.

Jacó – San Jose

To get from San Jose to Fortuna as in most cases, first you need to go to San Jose city, once in there, you have to make a transfer bus, and take one that is directed towards Fortuna.

The bus station in Jacó is located in Jacó Square Mall, there you have to buy a ticket which costs $4,5.

The bus schedule is at 05:00 am, 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and the last one at 5:00 pm.

The distance between the two places is 100 km and the bus takes about 2 hours to get to San José, and it arrives at the Coca Cola Market bus station.

San Jose – La Fortuna

Three direct buses depart daily from San Jose to La Fortuna, it takes 4hr of trip, leaving the Atlántico Norte bus terminal at 6:15 am, 8:40am and 11:30 am; two daily services make the return run (12:45 m.d. & 2:45 pm ) Alternatively take a bus from San Jose to San Carlos (hourly; 2 hr. 30 min), where there are frequent connections to La Fortuna (every 1 – 2hr; 1hr- 1hr 30 min ). There are also daily buses from San Ramon (4 daily; 2 hr. 30 min).

Nicaragua Border (Peñas Blancas) – La Fortuna

The best way to be transported from the border of Peñas Blancas toward La Fortuna, San Carlos, one time you has crossed the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, will take one of the buses that are parked on the other side of the border has already in Costa Rican land, the schedule of the units are 10:00 am 11:30 am and 1:30 pm with destination to San Jose, Costa Rica your first stop will be in Liberia City, Guanacaste, then in Ciudad Quesada where you will have to make trans-shipment for bus to La Fortuna de San Carlos, once you are in Ciudad Quesada, you can take a bus to La Fortuna, the buses departure every hour, starting at 5:00 am, and the last one is at 10:00 pm The approx. time of travelling is 5 hours.

Liberia – La Fortuna

There are approximately 95 miles of distance, starting in Liberia and passing by Cañas, Tilarán, Nuevo Arenal and finally arriving to La Fortuna.

The first place where you should go is to Cañas, for that must go before to the Liberia bus station, and take a bus, which run from 5:00 am to 11:30 pm every hour, then go to Transportes Villana Bus Terminal, in Cañas downtown and take a bus to Tilarán, the buses departure every days each hour from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Finally in Tilarán, go to the Bus

Station, and take a bus to La Fortuna, there are only 2 buses a day, one at 7:00 a.m., and the last one at 12:30 p.m.


Tabacon Hot Springs


90.00$ P/P with dinner

There are many naturally occurring hot springs around the world, many affiliated with volcanic activity. In Costa Rica, there are hot springs of different temperatures, flow volumes and mineral content that can be found in the regions around the Arenal, Irazu, Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja Volcanos, and others in the Orosi Valley or near Ciudad Quesada in San Carlos.

But the perfect combination of volume, temperature and mineral content (low sulfur content to prevent strong odors) that is present in Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is unique in Costa Rica and worldwide. Hot springs are considered a natural expression of Earth’s inherent energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort’s thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth’s core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus.

There are three thermal springs that naturally surface and flow in the property at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Total volume generated by the three springs is 80 liters per second (approximately 20 galons / second). In total, there are five different springs that exist throughout the property, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). There are two main branches to the thermal river that flow through the gardens, and one cold river spring that flows down from the rainforest. Two more springs are captured for cold water consumption for guest use in the resort.  Tabacon was the first Hot Springs resort open to the public in the Arenal Volcano Region, and is still the top rated, most acclaimed and publicized luxury Hot Springs and Spa resort in Costa Rica.

Many hot springs resorts in the Arenal Volcano Region and around the world drill for underground wells and depend on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools. Others re-circulate the water and re-heat with gas or other energy means. Tabacon is COMPLETELY natural. Water flows by gravity throughout the property, forming in-river pools, waterfalls, and cascades and filling in the pools throughout the resort. An eco-friendly and carbon neutral resort, Tabacon places a big emphasis on turning the guest experience a close encounter with nature.  These characteristics make the Tabacon Hot Springs the first to open to the public and the best known luxury hot springs resort in Costa Rica.

As the underground Tabacon River flows through the magma in the volcano, the springs absorb minerals. Hot springs provide many benefits stemming from various chemical, physical and biological effects, the most notable is relaxing tense and tired muscles. Hydrotherapy in Tabacon is included in the resort rates.  Other medical benefits from visiting hot springs include:

The chemical effects are related to the minerals and other substances in the water, which are transferred to the skin and bloodstream through osmosis.

The physical effects are due in large part to the water temperature, which helps dilate the skin, thus improving oxygen flow in the tissues that are being treated. The heat also encourages the flow of natural sedating substances in the body, encouraging muscle relaxation. Altogether, these effects create of a sense of wellbeing.

The biological effects are produced by the hydrothermal flora and fauna, integrating micro and macro organisms in a complex union. This effect is called “biogleas” and is composed of thousand of different species which strengthen the skin’s defense systems, helping it to repair itself from external attacks such as aging.

For more information contact our call center +506 4002 1404


Eco Termales


66.00$ P/P with dinner

44.00$ P/P only hot prings

At Costa Rica´s EcoTermales Hot springs, we know that there is no better way to unwind after a long day than visiting the hot springs and treating your body to its naturally replenishing effects. Our family owned and operated natural hot springs are heated right from the heart of the Arenal Volcano. This exclusive hidden gem combines the health and wellness benefits of the soothing hot springs with the incredible peace and relaxation of the surrounding rainforests of the La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano area, to provide a private, relaxing oasis during your vacation. A must do on any Costa Rican vacation itinerary.

We guarantee your visit to our corner of paradise will be unforgettable from the moment you arrive. Each of our guests will experience the pleasure and relaxation of submerging themselves into the energy which naturally springs up on our property, amidst the stunning primary rainforest. The natural volcanic hot springs have created 5 elegant and romantic pools with temperatures ranging from 99° to 106° F (37° to 41° C) in addition to one fresh water waterfall and pool; all forming part of our exotic natural therapeutic spa.

We limit our admission to no more than 100 guests in each of our 3 daily time slots, in order to ensure each has the opportunity to find complete relaxation and inner peace, renewing both your mind and body. Great for a romantic get-away.

In addition we offer 100’s of yards of paved and lit trails through the rainforest, which are great for romantic walks with that special someone, nature observation, and some incredible photo opportunities. You can also enjoy incredibly fresh cocktails, juices, and other beverages in our poolside bar, and ask for your entrance to include lunch or dinner in our authentic, home-style Costa Rican restaurant to have the chance to savor our chef´s version of the typical dish of the Arenal, Costa Rica area, upscaled with some incredible meats. Dessert and coffee are also included. Or sit in our luxurious lounge aside the peaceful natural pond with beautiful aquatic plants, and home to frogs and caiman, while sipping your favorite cocktail.

EcoTermales Hot Springs is the only hot spring property in La Fortuna where the water naturally springs up right on site. For your complete health and wellness, we maintain high standards of maintenance and cleanliness. We completely drain and scrub each pool daily, and let nature fill it back up again just in time for our 10 am opening. Our facilities also include spacious and elegant restrooms and changing rooms, lockers, and a towel rental service.

Treat yourself to this wellness paradise immersed in the primary rainforest – one of the most beautiful and exclusive properties in the La Fortuna / Arenal area, and rejuvenate your body and soul. Reserve today to assure your space.

Ask us about planning your wedding, reception, birthday, anniversary, or corporate activity in our exclusive event room for an event unlike any other.

For more information contact our call center +506 4002 1404


Paradise Hot Springs


48.00$ P/P with Dinner

32.00$ P/P Only Hot Springs

Immerse yourself in warm pools

Take a dip in “Palma Real” and “Los Papiros” thermal pools and let the warmth and the waterfalls soothe and relax your entire body; or if you prefer, enjoy the confort and hydro massage that provides “Ginger Jacuzzi”, or our newest attraction: “Oasis Jacuzzi”

Hot water that comes from the underground layers of the Earth is called thermal water. A hot spring is created when the underground water is heated by the crust, by geothermal means. Temperature within the Earth increases with depth; it increases 3°C every 100 m (37.4°F every 328 ft) descended. Sometimes water is heated when comes into contact with hot rocks because of the normal increase of temperature of the crust; in other cases, when active volcano zones are present water may be heated when it comes into contact with molten rock or magma.

For more information contact our call center +506 4002 1404


Volcan Look

Volcan Look Discotheque. is located 4 Km West from downtown La Fortuna, Arenal. The club is one of the largest in Costa Rica. Great place to go dancing and to get a drink with some friends. The club opens only from Wednesday through Saturday, but you can expect some great DJs and live music on weekends, Latin style, Reggae style and electronic style.


located on the north side of La Fortuna´s central park, a restaurant and bar with a great nightlife, have very good “snacks”, including chifrijo. They have music every day, recommended to go with friends.

El Establo Bar and Restaurant

This place is located 100 meters west and 500 south of the La Fortuna Park, road to La Fortuna waterfall.

El Establo Bar and Restaurant is open every week, has a great bar, a restaurant and a disco where you can dance until dawn.

They have a variety of food dishes as well as drinks and cocktails, prices are very accessible, and something important is that you can easily walk to there.

Tropical Lounge Bar

Tropical Lounge Bar offers you the convenience of enjoying our delicious dishes with the best of Costa Rican cuisine and comfort of Arenal Hostel Resort.

All mornings, Tropical Lounge Bar opens offering delicious breakfasts, you can choose between an American breakfast, continental breakfast, or maybe a delicious Gallo Pinto (typical Costarrican breakfast).

In the evenings, after 2 pm, when the bar opens, come and enjoy our delicious cocktails and typical lunch our menu also offers, take the opportunity to come to our happy hour from 5pm to 7pm and drink a good cocktail; you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail in our wet bar, while you are swimming in the refreshing pool of Arenal Hostel Resort.

breakfast is not included