Visitors gazing into the main the crater of Poás Volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

There are few volcanoes where you can drive all the way to the rim. At Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Volcán Poás you can—well, at least to within 300 meters (1,000 feet), where a short stroll puts you at the very edge of one of the world’s largest active craters. Learn about this restless giant’s history, along with trip planning tips to make the most of your visit.

A small river runs in the foreground while the near perfect triangle silhouette of Mount Arenal rises in the distance.

Visit Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, Costa Rica

Inside Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary. Hiking here is incredible, but heed the warning signs—while your chances of seeing an eruption are slim, the volcano is totally unpredictable.

Moon Costa Rica, 10th ed.

Moon Costa Rica

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and detailed maps to help with trip planning. Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker shows travelers the way to the best of Costa Rica—whether it’s surfing the beaches of Golfo Dulce, hiking in Corcovado National Park, or dining in the upscale Escazu barrio in San José. Along with his […]

An elegant pool surrounded by lush vegetation with a swim-up bar featuring a thatched roof.

Costa Rica Hot Springs in Zona Norte

Costa Rica is worth visiting for its many hot springs alone. While you’re relaxing in one of these warm pools, take in the sight of the grand Arenal Volcano. Erin Van Rheenen outlines several locations, including Tabacón Hot Springs, Ecotermales Fortuna, and Baldi Hot Springs.