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Top 10 Things to Do in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Who hasn't dreamed of the Pura Vida and Costa Rica! I know I did for years before I came to Costa Rica for the first time in 2016 for our transformational retreat. In 2016, I knew I would be back to Costa Rica to explore more of the beautiful country.


Someone pinch me. I am spending three months in Costa Rica in 2021! I just finished spending a month in La Fortuna, Costa Rica so I thought I would put together a list of Top Things to Do in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.


On my journey, many entrepreneurs and brands helped me like My Tan Feet, Two Weeks in Costa Rica, and Visit Costa Rica. I thought I would return the favor for you and others who are thinking about visiting La Fortuna, Costa Rica.


In putting together the Top 10 Things to Do in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I thought of adventurers, foodies, and unique experiences for you to have.


Pura Vida!






Shot on my Sony A330



La Fortuna, Costa Rica Stays & Transportation

I arrived in La Fortuna, Costa Rica on December 31, 2020 at Dragon Fly Hideaway via Airbnb. I originally thought i would stay from December 31, 2020 - January 11, 2020. I decided to extend my stay for more reasons than one to January 27, 2020. I an so grateful I did!


I chose the Airbnb both for a solo stay and to explore for having one of our retreats coming up in August 2020. I am so glad I did!



Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica


Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini.



For transportation, I either took Uber to town for exploring, groceries, and eating or the tour operators picked me up and dropped me off at my Airbnb. I spent a total of about $50 on Ubers the entire month. As a result, I don't think having a rental here makes sense if you stay a week to a month at all.


If you are coming to La Fortuna, Costa Rica for a short stay, I recommend you check out my One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica guide too!


Top 10 in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

You will find adventures, exploration, relaxation along with foodie favorites including waterfalls, rappelling, hot springs, farms, and much more!



1 La Fortuna Waterfall

I knew I wanted to visit La Fortuna Waterfall this time. I went on my first Sunday in Costa Rica.


The 70 meters, or 230 feet high La Fortuna Waterfall is absolutely the 1,000+ steps round trip climb.

La Fortuna Waterfall is about 5 minutes from my Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb.


Once you get your ticket (currently $18) and past the entrance, you go over a hanging bridge.


La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall

Shot on my Canon A330 in Sports Action


La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall

I visited in January 2021 on a Sunday, andI saw about 5-10 people buying tickets, and about 30-40 people total climbing up and down and at the waterfall to give you an idea.


You may take numerous pictures all along the climb, at La Fortuna Waterfall, and swim in Rio Fortuna. The water is somewhat of a challenge to get to by climbing over rocks.


I love the sound of water and waterfalls. I could have sat here for hours. It is relatively easy to visit La Fortuna Waterfall within an hour comfortably including the climb up and down the stairs. I did it in right at an hour and didn't feel rushed at all for the climb, photos, videos, and swimming.





2 Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal Views

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa provides an option to enter with paying an entrance fee to enter the park for Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal Views. At the time, I paid $12 and Jason (the Airbnb Experience Driver) left me upfront for me to go explore in the national park for two hours.



Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Photo Credit: Arenal Observatory Lodge


I went straight to the deck right behind the restaurant you see above to take some photos. I then went to the Saino Trail to the right of the reception. The Saino Trail will lead you to the Spider Bridge. You will find the paths are marked very well along the way.


Once you cross the Spider Bridge, keep heading on the Saino Trail to climb the observatory tower,


Shot on my Canon EOSM100