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

Costa Rica’s Best Hot Springs Spas

Several entities make the most of the hot springs that pour from the base of Volcán Arenal in Costa Rica. These are the best, from a full-service Spanish colonial-style balneario with swim-up bars to a packed Disneyesque success story with a waterslide to a much more tranquil, serene springs with a variety of temperatures and pools.

Arenal Volcano. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Planning Your Time in Costa Rica’s Northern Lowlands

Travelers flock to Costa Rica’s northern lowlands thanks to the singular popularity of Volcán Arenal and the fistful of adventures based around nearby La Fortuna. Use this area overview to learn about the region and what more it offers, along with a bit of history and tips on planning your time.

At the bottom of a steep crater is a lake with water that is emerald green.

Costa Rica’s Most Active Volcanoes

Costa Rica lies at the heart of one of the most active volcanic regions on earth and is home to 7 of the isthmus’s 42 active volcanoes, plus 60 dormant or extinct ones. Here are the histories of three of the country’s most active volcanoes.

Arenal Volcano stands tall in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Go in Costa Rica

To relax, unwind, and adventure, Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone. From the thriving nightlife of San José, to the crisp, cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the white-sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, here’s where to go in Costa Rica.

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 […]