Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Volcano

Although the volcano is in a resting phase, it is still worth visiting the network of trails leading to old lava flows, rain forest,...

Bat Jungle

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Butterflies, frogs, and snakes have their own Monteverde-area exhibits, and bats get equal time with guided tours that provide insight...

Butterfly Garden

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Forty species of butterflies flit about in four enclosed botanical gardens. Morning visits are best, since the butterflies are most active...

Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

It's a shame that Caño Negro doesn't grab the same amount of attention in wildlife-viewing circles as other destinations in Costa Rica.

Children's Eternal Rain Forest

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The 54,000-acre rain forest dwarfs the Monteverde and Santa Elena reserves. It began life as a school project in Sweden among children...

Church of San Juan Bosco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The town's squat, pale, concrete church, unremarkable on its own, wins Costa Rica's most-photographed-house-of-worship award. The view...

Don Juan Coffee Tour

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Small groups are the hallmark of these tours that last about two hours and let you see the coffee process from start to finish at the...

Eco Termales

  • Bath/Hot Spring

Open hours at these family-owned hot springs operate in three, four-hour intervals per day, with only 100 guests entering per segment.

Ecological Farm

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This private, 75-acre wildlife refuge is laced with four trails and houses birds, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis. You'll also come...

El Trapiche

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Two-hour tours departing at 10 am and 3 pm guide you from the bean to the cup at this coffee plantation and sugarcane mill where you...

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