Travel Tips
Arenal / North Zone Travel Tips

Arenal / North Zone Travel Tips

arenalunoHow to get there

From San Jose head west on the Interamerican Highway to San Ramon then north to La Fortuna.  There’s also the option of passing through the colorful towns of Sarchi, Grecia, Naranjo and Zarcero.


Lake Arenal is located in a tropical zone on the Atlantic slope at 400 meters above sea level.  Warm but seldom oppressive daytime temperatures (low to mid 80’s F), cool (60 F) nights and relatively high humidity characterize this area. The rainy season occurs from mid April through December but wet weather can often occur during the dry months as well.

There can be intermittent rain showers that pass quickly and from late February to early May, those rains lessen in frequency and afford fantastic skyscapes during sunrise and sunset.

What to bring

As in other areas, rain gear and comfortable hiking shoes.  Binoculars are highly recommended since there is excellent birdwatching.