Trip Planner: Central America / Costa Rica / Province of Alajuela / Arenal Volcano National Park / La Fortuna de San Carlos / La Fortuna Waterfall
A short drive from town, La Fortuna Waterfall offers an idyllic place for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing. Fed by the Arenal River, which winds its way through the rainforest before plunging dramatically over a steep cliff, this waterfall forms a large pool at the base of a dormant volcano. Lifeguards remain on duty throughout the day, while modern facilities like restrooms and showers ensure a comfortable visit in a lush area noted for thick vegetation and abundant wildlife. Prepare for a short but arduous hike to the base of the waterfall by wearing shoes suitable for slippery and uneven terrain. Use our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner to add La Fortuna Waterfall and other attractions to your La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation plans.
Tours to La Fortuna Waterfall
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $150
Duration: 9 hours
Combination Tour with Hanging Bridges Waterfall Volcano Hike and Hot Springs BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $152
Duration: 1 day
La Fortuna Waterfall Reviews
The waterfall is beautiful and it is nice to take a dip after going down all of the stairs. I do however think the price was a bit to much considering the value. more »
Beautiful waterfall down a long set of stairs (500 one way). There are a few pools for swimming, we ended up using the children's one because it had a sandy bottom. You might consider bringing water s... more »
Absolutely beautiful - definitely worth visiting. $18 per person. There is a nice cafe with decent food and drinks a platform where you can see the waterfall. Then you can make your way down to the water which is quite a few steps so I definitely recommend good grip shoes or trainers. You can also swim in the water by the waterfall however the stones can be quite slippery so take care. 10/10
Magical & refreshing! Beautiful waterfall with a lovely view on top & trail to reach down. The natural pool on the left is very refreshing but lovely on a warm day. Must see!
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