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Cities of Costa Rica - La Fortuna

La Fortuna is one of the largest tourism towns in all of Costa Rica. If you are visiting Costa Rica and you get the chance to see the famous Arenal Volcano on a clear day, it is a highlight that can not be matched anywhere in Costa Rica. The town of La Fortuna is located just at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is where all the action is from tour vendors, souvenir shops, places to eat, and even a dance club. The town has grown into a bit more of a modern feel than I think most would have hoped for. There is a Burger King at the base of this volcano which just does not seem to go hand and hand. This might be because the San Carlos area is a large beef producer and there are many cattle ranches around the town of La Fortuna.

La Fortuna has it all from $2 night hostels to some of Costa Rica's finest 5-star ecolodges and everything in between. It is a place that during the high season of Costa Rica things are moving and during the low season things are slow. There is so much to do in the area you could literarlly stay here for your entire Costa Rica vacation and even get some time on the water as there is a nearby lake that now offer some watersports. Some of our favorite adventures are in this area, the only downfall is that most of them are large commercially operated, so if you are looking for smaller scale you might want to request to venture elsewhere. There is a great canyoneering adventure, zipline, horseback, nature hikes, and even some whitewater rafting for all ages.

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