Volcán Arenal

Stunning by day, and even more memorable at night, when flows of incandescent lava illuminate its slopes.

Rancho Margot

Take a riverside yoga class or help milk the cows at this groundbreaking eco-retreat and organic farm.

Laguna de Arenal

Relax in an intimate lodge on the shores of this serene lake, or get out onto its sparkling waters, to fish for tarpon or to try your hand at windsurfing.

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro

This spectacular seasonal floodland near the border with Nicaragua offers some of the best wildlife-watching in Central America.

Birdwatching at La Selva

Explore the vast network of trails at this renowned research station – home to nearly 500 species of birds – with some of the most informative guides in the country.

Jungle lodges

The dense rainforest of the Sarapiquí region provides the perfect setting for some excellent private reserves, including stylish Selva Verde Lodge and the more isolated Reserva Rara Avis.

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