La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos

Arenal, Costa Rica
La Fortuna town is considered within the 5 most popular touristic places of Costa Rica. It is almost mandatory to visit it for vacationers in our country.


La Fortuna is a small town of about 15 thousand inhabitants, who are generally friendly and hard workers. La Fortuna is a district of San Carlos in the northern region of the country. Nowadays, the main economic activity is tourism; although there are some other important old activities such as: agriculture, livestock and commerce that still play a significant part in the sources of income.

The tourist activity in the zone is related to the Arenal volcano activity. It started on July 29th, 1968 with eruptions of great magnitude that destroyed 6 miles in the distance and ended with the life of 87 people who lived in the western part of the colossus. The zone became an attraction for tourism at the end of 70's and beginning of 80's when some people noticed that there was this active volcano in the area. Step by step it began to arrive more and more travelers to the region, all of them attracted in the first instance by the Arenal volcano; although these people began to found out that in addition to the volcanic activity there was also a lot of natural and cultural wealth in the zone.

La Fortuna town is considered as a very prosperous place with many opportunities to progress for its citizens. There are many enterprising people who know how to make the most of the potential of the area.

More than 90 percent of the companies in the area belong to national and especially to local people. This tourist zone offers a wide variety of sources of employment; therefore many people mobilized from nearby places and from other parts of the country or even abroad to take advantage of such employment opportunities.

Facilities and services

It is possible to find different facilities and services including a wide range of lodging, restaurants, tour companies, banks, stores, pharmacies and health services, among many others.

Regarding prices, La Fortuna is a place known for its wide offer. It is possible to find products and services including lodging, gastronomy or others, from the most basic and economic, to the most exclusive, expensive and luxurious.

Downtown La Fortuna
Downtown La Fortuna
Main attractions in the area

Main attractions in the area

  • Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal
  • Parque Arenal 1968
  • Mirador y Senderos El Silencio
  • Parque Místico
  • Sky Adventure Park
  • Lago Arenal y alrededores
  • Catarata y Río Fortuna
  • Cerro Chato
  • Parque Arenal Observatorio
  • Ecogarden Arenal
  • Ecocentro Danaus
  • Río Peñas Blancas

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How to get to La Fortuna

La Fortuna is located in the northern region of the country, 17 kilometers east from Arenal Lake which is the largest in the country and a site of great importance for its water resource and tourism.

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