Northern Costa Rica

Arenal Region

Parque National Volcán Arenal, situated in the northwest of the country is one of the main draws for visitors to Costa Rica as it is home to the beautiful and symmetrically shaped Arenal volcano. For over 40 years, the volcano was very active until in around 2010 when the activity subsided. However, the park is still a beautiful place to visit with numerous trails that take you to the edge of the lava flows and the lake which has stunning views of the volcano. The Laguna de Arenal is a beautiful lake which lies about 18Km to the west of the town of La Fortuna. It has numerous secluded bays.

La Fortuna

The town of La Fortuna was mainly an agricultural centre before tourists started coming to Costa Rica. Now it is the main base for those wishing to explore the volcano and it’s surround areas. This is the starting point for many exciting activities including biking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, nature walks, canopy tours and visits to natural hot springs.

Península de Nicoya

The Península de Nicoya is situated in the far northwest corner of Costa Rica. The region has some stunning beaches dotted with small villages. Here you can find some world class surfing opportunities. For eco-tourists, there are underground cave systems, turtle beaches and lush tropical rainforests.


One of the most visited places in Costa Rica is Monteverde as it is home to one of the rarest habitats on earth - the cloud forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has a very high humidity the creates a mist that feels as though you are walking through clouds. The huge variety of flora and fauna include the tree frog, jaguars, monkeys and sloths. There are canopy tours and zip lines with the longest being 770 metres.


Liberia, with it’s international airport, makes it an alternative gateway to San Jose.  The city of Liberia has an authentic colonial atmosphere and a wonderful place to soak up some Tico culture. Close to the city is the Parque National Rincón de la Vieja which has some great hiking opportunities and thermal springs.