If you’re planning a Costa Rica vacation Arenal Lodge is a place I would recommend.
In June 2016 I made a dream come true—I took my family on an epic vacation in Costa Rica. I am sharing photos periodically, because if I blog about it, I won’t forget.
After three nights at Playa Potrero, we packed up our little rented Hyundai and headed inland to Arenal National Park, a frequently visited jungle area around Lake Arenal, with Volcano Arenal at its eastern end. In this post, I am sharing photos from one place: Arenal Lodge.
View from our room
On the northern shore of Lake Arenal at the top of the hills with a stunning view of Volcano Arenal, this lodge is spread out over acres of land. Our room was in a free-standing chalet. One entire wall was made of glass, facing the volcano, where we sat for hours watching the clouds gather and shift, and lightning storms advancing from the horizon. At the main building we arranged for our activities, found a pool table, and enjoyed a nice caipirinha and a hot tub soak. Everything is overgrown with moss and vegetation, now matter how quickly the staff tries to keep up with nature, so it has a bit of a lonely remote feeling, even though it’s easy enough to get down the hill and to the more populated activities and the local town of La Fortuna.
We could have stayed there much longer. We want to go back. Pura vida!
Just sitting here was our favorite thing to do
This was their second favorite
Ours was the last chalet on the right
Stewart explored the botanical trail
The kids and I went horseback riding
No helmets, and ropes for reins
The guides spoke very little English
Best day ever