Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands

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 or do during your stay.

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  • 1. 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. Due...Read More

  • 2. 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 can sample...Read More

  • 3. La Fortuna Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A strenuous walk down 500 steps (allow 25 to 40 minutes) is worth the effort to swim in the pool under the waterfall. Wear sturdy shoes or water...Read More

  • 4. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    One of Costa Rica's best-kept reserves has 13 km (8 miles) of well-marked trails, lush vegetation, and a cool, damp climate. The collision of...Read More

  • 5. Selvatura

    Zoo/Aquarium

    If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature-themed adventure park—complete with a canopy tour...Read More

  • 6. Arenal Volcano National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Although the volcano is in a resting phase, you might see an occasional plume of smoke. It is still worth visiting the network of three easy...Read More

  • 7. 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 into...Read More

  • 8. Butterfly Garden

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

  • 9. 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 interested...Read More

  • 10. 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 of the...Read More

  • 11. 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 plantation...Read More

  • 12. Eco Termales

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Open hours at these family-owned hot springs are divided into three 4-hour intervals per day, with only 100 guests entering per segment. This...Read More

  • 13. Grand Spa at Tabacón

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Grab a robe and settle into the jungle Jacuzzi while spa valets serve you healthy smoothies. Treatments like the chocolate body wrap and the...Read More

  • 14. Herpetarium Adventures Monteverde

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Operated by Sky Adventures, this herpetarium holds more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, such as native frogs, toads, turtles, lizards...Read More

  • 15. Lake Arenal

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Costa Rica's largest inland body of water, shimmering Lake Arenal, all 85 square km (33 square miles) of it, lies between rolling green hills...Read More

  • 16. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges

    Bridge/Tunnel

    A series of trails and bridges form a loop through the primary rain forest of a 250-acre private reserve, providing great bird-watching and...Read More

  • 17. Monteverde Coffee Tour

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Bite your tongue before requesting Costa Rica's ubiquitous Café Britt up here. Export-quality Café Monteverde is the locally grown product,...Read More

  • 18. Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This private, 52-acre wildlife refuge is laced with four trails and houses birds, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis. You'll also come upon two...Read More

  • 19. Monteverde Theme Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Only in Monteverde would visitors groove to the nightlife at an exhibition of 24 species of frogs, toads, and other amphibians. Bilingual biologist...Read More

  • 20. Orchid Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    More than 450 species of orchids, one of which is the world's smallest, are on display. Admission includes a 30-minute tour. ...Read More

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