If you’re a parent looking to plan a family vacation, why not consider the gorgeous town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica?  We had a wonderful time in La Fortuna and highly recommend visiting it during your trip to Costa Rica. Packed with thrilling activities and beautiful scenery, La Fortuna is the perfect place to keep your teens busy and entertained. Let’s dive into what makes this small town such a great choice for families!

La Fortuna Adventure Activities

If you’re worried about your teens getting bored in La Fortuna because it seems too small, don’t be! This town is bursting with outdoor adventure activities that will excite even the pickiest of teens.

Zip-lining over the rainforest canopy is always a crowd-pleaser – there are multiple courses available that range from beginner to expert difficulty.

Horseback riding is another popular activity; horseback tours give tourists an opportunity to explore local farms and learn about traditional Costa Rican culture.

Hiking trails provide breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano or Lake Arenal. Cerro Chato is an inactive volcano located just outside of La Fortuna that offers hiking trails with views of the surrounding jungle and lakes. At the summit of the volcano, there is a crater lake that visitors can swim in. 

Canyoneering

La Roca Canyoning - Rappeling in Costa Rica

La Roca Canyoning – Rappeling in Costa Rica

Do a rappel tour through the canyon area with La Roca Canyoning. Along the way you will rappel into several waterfalls, do a few ziplines, and jump into pools. 

Tubing

Do a tubing tour with Go Adventure Park. This is no leisurely float down the river. Instead it is more of a rafting experience without the raft. They take you down with two guides and they make sure nothing gets too crazy. Although it’s a wild adventure. 

 

Tourist Attractions

La Fortuna also has plenty of fascinating tourist attractions that will keep your teens occupied while giving them a chance to learn something new. The famous Arenal Volcano National Park allows visitors to get up close and personal with one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes! The nearby Butterfly Conservatory houses hundreds of different species of butterflies (perfect for budding entomologists). There are several hot springs located in the area as well; these natural hot spots are known for their healing properties and offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Costa Rica. The waterfall is located just a short drive from the town of La Fortuna and is easily accessible by car or bus. There is a small fee to enter the park, but it is well worth it as the waterfall is absolutely stunning. The park also has a number of hiking trails and picnic areas, making it the perfect place to spend a day with family or friends.

Arenal Volcano National Park

The Arenal Volcano National Park is another great option for families with teenagers. The park is home to the Arenal Volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Visitors can hike to the top of the volcano, go for a swim in one of the many hot springs, or simply enjoy the incredible views. The park also has a number of restaurants and shops, so you can easily spend a day here exploring everything it has to offer.

Hot Springs

There are a ton of hot springs here. Many of them are super spendy. We went to one that I think locals go to, Termales del Agua because it was much cheaper. Here are three we recommend that are more for tourists:

Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs is an excellent option for families with teenagers who are looking for a relaxing vacation. The resort has a number of different pools, each with its own temperature, so you can find one that is perfect for you. There are also massage services available, as well as a restaurant and bar. Baldi Hot Springs is located just a short drive from La Fortuna, making it easy to get to.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is another great option for families with teenagers who want to relax and enjoy some time in nature. The resort has over 30 different pools, all with different temperatures, so you can find one that suits your needs. There are also massage services available, as well as a restaurant and bar. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is located just outside of La Fortuna, making it easy to get to.

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Eco Termales Hot Springs

Eco Termales Hot Springs is another excellent option for families with teenagers who want to relax and enjoy some time in nature. The hot springs are located in a rainforest, so you can enjoy the sounds of the jungle while you relax in the warm waters. There are also massage services available, as well as a restaurant and bar. Eco Termales Hot Springs is located just outside of La Fortuna.

 

 

Where to Eat in La FortunaLa Garrapata La Fortuna

While you are in Costa Rica there are certain dishes you must try like chifrillo similar to gallo pinto or ceviche (marinated fish). These dishes are popular not just in Costa Rica but throughout Central America!

La Garrapata Steakhouse: Order the cheapest plate, with smoked pork bbq ribs, and prepare to be wowed! Also good, is the salmon which is pictured above.

Pollo Fuego: For a traditional dish order the chifrillo. It’s delicious and crazy cheap. 

Chifrijo

La Fortuna Bakery

If you’re looking for a quick bite in La Fortuna, look no further than La Fortuna Bakery. This local bakery is beloved by both tourists and locals alike for its delicious pastries and friendly service. Be sure to try the empanadas – they’re some of the best in town!

Soda Viquez

For a taste of traditional Costa Rican cuisine, head to Soda Viquez. This family-run restaurant serves up hearty portions of classic dishes like gallo pinto (rice and beans) and casado (rice, beans, meat, and vegetables). The prices are also very reasonable – you can get a full meal here for under $10!

Lava Lounge

Looking for a place to enjoy a few drinks in La Fortuna? Look no further than Lava Lounge, the best bar in town! This funky spot has a great selection of cocktails and beers, plus there’s always something going on – from live music to movie nights. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.

El Chubasco

El Chubasco is one of the most popular restaurants in La Fortuna, and it’s not hard to see why. This upscale spot offers stunning views of Arenal Volcano, plus an impressive menu that features both Costa Rican and international dishes. If you’re looking for a special night out, this is the place to go.

Cafe de la Parada

Cafe de la Parada is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere to grab a quick coffee or snack. This charming cafe is located right in the heart of town, so it’s the perfect place to people-watch while enjoying a delicious pastry or sandwich.

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Anch’ioAnch'io.jpg in La Fortuna

Pizza lovers rejoice! Anch’io isn’t necessarily a pizzeria but they make great pizza, and it’s definitely worth seeking out. This cozy spot serves up some of the best pizza in town – thin crusts, fresh ingredients, and generous portions. You can’t go wrong with any of their classic pies. They also have a great dessert selection.

Where to Stay in La Fortuna

Nayara Resort, Spa & GardensNayara Resort, Spa & Gardens

Located on the outskirts of La Fortuna, Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens is one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the area. The resort is surrounded by lush gardens, natural hot springs, and picturesque views of the Arenal Volcano. The hotel boasts over 50 villas and suites, with world-class amenities like private outdoor showers, private pools, and Jacuzzis. The on-site spa offers holistic treatments and massage packages that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

If you’re looking for a hotel with natural hot springs, then Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is the place for you. The hotel is located in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park and offers guests over 20 natural hot springs, a swim-up bar, and a luxurious spa. The hotel boasts a range of rooms and suites, all with modern amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

Montaña de Fuego Resort & SpaMontaña de Fuego Resort & Spa (1)

Montaña de Fuego is a beautiful 4-star hotel located on the side of the Arenal Volcano. The hotel offers guests breathtaking views, natural hot springs, and a range of activities like horseback riding, hiking, and rafting. The hotel has over 70 rooms, suites, and bungalows, each with modern amenities and beautiful decor. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious international cuisine with a Costa Rican twist, and the spa offers world-class massage treatments.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

For nature lovers, the best hotel to stay in La Fortuna is the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa. The hotel is located on the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park and offers guests stunning views of the volcano, wildlife sightings, and access to hiking trails. The hotel boasts over 48 comfortable rooms and suites, all with modern amenities and beautiful decor. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious local cuisine, and the on-site spa offers a range of massages and treatments.

So if you’re considering taking your family on vacation soon, think about heading down south – specifically, La Fortuna. With its combination of thrill-seeking adventures, unique attractions, and cultural experiences, this small town has something for everyone – including teenagers! Plus, who wouldn’t want an excuse to visit such a beautiful place? So start planning now.

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