Counted among the most popular tourists destinations in Costa Rica, the majestic Arenal Volcano, or Volcán Arenal in Spanish, is truly a sight to behold. Its perfect cone is visible for miles and commands a magnificent view that dominates the horizon.
Some of Costa Rica’s best hotels and resorts can also be found tucked into the base of the Arenal Volcano in the service of tourists who are drawn to its mystical splendor. Most accommodations provide opportunities to take advantage of the area’s abundant outdoor activities, such as canopy hikes, horseback rides, waterfall rappelling, rafting trips, and even underground cave excursions all under the Arenal Volcano’s imposing silhouette.
Sightseers and outdoor buffs alike will undoubtedly delight in the wide variety of day activities on offer, but perhaps the best view that Arenal Volcano offers is the one at night. Being Costa Rica’s youngest and most active volcano, each night brings with it a spectacular display of explosive eruptions and pyroclastic flows.
The breathtaking scene is only enhanced as the night grows deeper. Glowing orange lava flowing down its sides, the ground rumbling beneath your feet, and pillars of smoke emanating from the cone all make for an experience that counts among the reasons why a visit to Arenal Volcano must be on any visitor’s to-do-list.