La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Complete Jungle Town Travel Guide

La Fortuna, Costa Rica is a bustling jungle town that is perfect for adventure. You’ll never run out of fun things to do here. 

arenal volcano view sunny day
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La Fortuna Costa Rica is the perfect jungle town and home to the impressive Arenal Volcano. In fact, this area is often referred to as Arenal Costa Rica.

This area is complete with amazing waterfalls, hanging bridges, zip lining, great hiking spots, white water rafting, hot springs and more.

If you are looking for adventure, this is our top pick for you. We usually aren’t into really touristy destinations like La Fortuna, but there is just so much to do for everyone and the scenery is amazing. 

The downtown area is filled with hotels and restaurants on the main road. It doesn’t really have a distinct “vibe” to it like some other towns in Costa Rica do. 

But, you most likely won’t be spending much time in the downtown area anyway besides eating. Instead, we suggest getting out of downtown and exploring all the cool things that this area has to offer. 

In our opinion, this is a must-visit destination in Costa Rica. 

Now on to the rest of the La Fortuna Costa Rica travel guide!

La Fortuna Background Info

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose and Liberia Airport are both semi-easy to get to

Popular Things to Do

zip lining, white water rafting, hot spring chilling, hiking

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, tours with transportation included, walking in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April but, it is hard to predict when the best weather will be here

Grocery Stores

Mega Super across from the La Fortuna city park or Super Cristian 4 (closer towards Arenal Volcano) are both decent

ATM’s

There is a Banco Nacional and a Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) located in the downtown area. Sometimes there are long lines to use the ATM

Gas Stations

Gas Station La Fortuna is located in the downtown area

(keep in mind all gas stations here are full service. So stay in your car and an employee will fill your car up)

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Complete Jungle Town Travel Guide

Map Of La Fortuna

La Fortuna is located in the Northern Mountain area of Costa Rica. It lies in the province of Alajuela, specifically in the canton of San Carlos.

On a map, it appears to be very close to the town of Monteverde, but due to Lake Arenal, it takes about 3 hours to drive between the two towns.

La Fortuna Weather

cloudy la fortuna view

It’s hard to write about the climate in La Fortuna Costa Rica because this is a jungle. You never really know how the weather is going to be.

If you visit between December and mid-April you will almost without a doubt have dry and hot weather. This is the dry season in Costa Rica and you will have the best chance of having a clear view of the volcano.

The downside is that La Fortuna is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica and every other tourist will also be here at that time.

During the rest of the year, the weather is totally unpredictable. We have visited and had perfect weather every day. We have also visited and had a lot of rain and no views of the volcano.

Even during the rainy season, it tends to stay warm in La Fortuna. I always bring pants and a long sleeve shirt just in case, but usually, I don’t need them.

  • Sunrise: Between 5:20 am (December) and 5:50 am (June)
  • Sunset: Between 5:20 pm (June) and 6:00 pm (December)
  • Average Daytime Temperature: 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 32 °C)
  • Average Nighttime Temperature: 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 21 °C)

Check out our guide to Costa Rica Weather by Month for more info

Pro Tip: If traveling during the rainy season just ignore the weather forecast. They often predict rain all day and that is just not true. 

La Fortuna Transportation

road la fortuna

Flights to La Fortuna

Flying into Liberia International Airport or San Jose International Airport are both good options for going to La Fortuna. 

From San Jose to La Fortuna will take you about three and a half hours to drive depending on traffic. 

From Liberia, it will take about two and a half hours to drive.

More and more airlines are starting service to Liberia so check out the rates. It may be cheaper for you to fly there rather than San Jose.

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, we suggest using Skyscanner. We consistently find the best rates through their website.

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Transportation to La Fortuna

From either the San Jose or Liberia Airport, there are a few different ways you can get here.

We suggest renting your car with our favorite Costa Rica rental car company, Adobe. They have an office at the Liberia Airport and at the San Jose International Airport. 

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The roads are mostly well-maintained. You do not need a 4×4 to visit here. However, if you plan to visit Monteverde after La Fortuna you may want a 4×4.

We suggest renting at least an SUV with decent clearance for the curvy and hilly roads.

Note: A lot of accommodation options are located on unpaved side roads. I suggest checking exactly where your hotel is located to help you decide the right car for you.

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Driving to La Fortuna from San Jose International Airport

The drive from San Jose to La Fortuna will take about 3:30h. 

Leave San Jose International Airport and head northwest on the main airport road, following signs for Route 1 (also known as the Inter-American Highway or Pan-American Highway).

You will then merge onto Route 1, heading northwest towards San Ramon.

There are tolls on this first stretch. They do not accept credit cards but cash in dollars or colones is accepted.

This road can be a bit hectic, especially during rush hour. 

After about 30 miles you will reach San Ramon. 

Take the exit onto Route 156, following the signs for La Fortuna and Arenal. You will then drive through downtown San Ramon. This can also be a bit chaotic. 

After San Ramon, you will get on Route 702. Things calm down and you can enjoy beautiful views as you make your way along well-maintained (but sometimes curvy) roads to La Fortuna.

Just be aware that sometimes you might get stuck behind a slow truck and passing can be difficult. 

Even though these routes seem easy, it is best to use a GPS app because sometimes it is hard to tell where the road actually goes while you’re driving. 

You can download offline Google Maps if you won’t have a network connection.

We find that the free app Waze typically works best in Costa Rica. 

Driving to La Fortuna from Liberia Airport

Your drive from Liberia will start on the nicest highway in Costa Rica called Route 1. 

Be careful on this highway because it is easy to want to speed here. It is just set up very weirdly and you’ll randomly come to spots where there are crosswalks (yes…. crosswalks on a highway)

After 22 miles you will come to the town of Canas.

In Canas, you will turn left onto a smaller (but well-maintained) road called Route 142. You will stay on this to continue into the mountains, around Lake Arenal, and to La Fortuna.

For me, the road around Lake Arenal is where I get the worst motion sickness in all of Costa Rica. I always arrive at La Fortuna like a zombie and need to sleep it off. But, I’m prone to bad motion sickness.

We have done this route with other people and they have had no problems. 

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Public Bus from San Jose

From downtown San Jose you will take the bus to Ciudad Quesada and then from Ciudad Quesada to La Fortuna. 

This is possible multiple times a day and will take about four hours.

Public Bus from Liberia

Taking the bus from downtown Liberia to La Fortuna is somewhat complicated.

You will need to take the bus from Liberia to Cañas, from Canas to Tilaran, from Tilaran to Fortuna.

If you catch all the connections this will take about 4:30h.  

When planning your bus route we suggest looking at TheBusSchedule

Shared Shuttle

A shared shuttle to La Fortuna is an easy way to get to the jungle town from another area of the country or either international airport without the stress of driving or the higher price tag of a private shuttle.

We always have the best luck finding convenient shuttles on the website Bookaway.

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Private Transfer

If you don’t feel comfortable driving, a private transfer is always a good option. Adobe Car Rental now provides an excellent transfer service.

A trusted driver will take you from any place in the country directly to your place of choice in La Fortuna. 

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Domestic Flights

There is a domestic airport in La Fortuna.

Sansa is the main domestic airline in Costa Rica. They offer flights to La Fortuna from San Jose but not from Liberia. 

This is definitely the fastest way to get to La Fortuna (flight time is about 30 minutes), but if you have a fear of small planes, this is not the option for you. 

Transportation in La Fortuna

Once you arrive in La Fortuna you will need transportation to get around town and to fun activities.

Here is our opinion on that….

We always suggest renting a car because it gives you the most flexibility to do off-the-beaten-path activities and allows you to stay at a hotel that is not right downtown. 

The downtown area is very condensed and walkable, but most activities are located within a twenty to thirty-minute drive of downtown.

If you opt to take the public bus, private shuttle, or domestic flight; you can always rent a car once in La Fortuna. 

Our favorite rental car company Adobe has an office in La Fortuna and will deliver your car to your hotel for you within 12 miles of their La Fortuna office. 

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You won’t need a car if….

  • You are staying at one of the hot springs resorts and don’t plan to leave much.
  • You are staying right in the downtown area and plan on booking all activities with transportation included. There are plenty of restaurants in the downtown area that you can walk to. 

So, all in all, we like the flexibility of having a car. However, we understand that it can be scary driving in a foreign country. 

La Fortuna also has taxis if you need to get around for short drives.

Just always make sure that you always take a registered Costa Rican taxi so you are not overcharged.

You can recognize a legal taxi because it is red with a yellow triangle on the driver’s and passenger’s side door.

Downtown La Fortuna

la fortuna

The downtown area of La Fortuna consists of one main long road called Route 142.

In the center of town, this road has several restaurants, shops, hotels, a cute central park with a church, and an intersection to go towards the La Fortuna Waterfall.

As you continue west on this road towards the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal you will pass all of the hot springs and most of the nicer hotels and resorts.

The Arenal Volcano

arenal volcano view in sun

The main draw of La Fortuna is the impressive Arenal Volcano.

This is a stratovolcano and is one of the few volcanoes in Costa Rica that you can easily visit. It was once highly active, but it entered a resting phase in 2010. 

This volcano serves as a backdrop for the town of La Fortuna, but on a cloudy days you might not even know it is there because it gets so fogged in.

There are several places you can enjoy the volcano view, but it is not possible to hike to the top of the volcano.

However, there are a few great hikes around the volcano including one trail called the 1968 trail which goes up one of the old lava trails.

Check out the Arenal Volcano National Park Guide for details on how to visit

The La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna waterfall is an impressive fall that plunges from 70 meters high into a crystal-clear pool.

Depending on the current water level you can sometimes even swim under the fall.

Just as a warning, be prepared to walk down over 400 steps to get there, which means walking back up 400 steps after. 

Admission is $20 for people age 9 and up. You can pre-book your tickets below.

There is free parking, a bathroom with changing rooms, and a cafe on site.

We have a complete guide to visiting the La Fortuna Waterfall for more info which includes what to wear, how to swim here, day tours, and more!

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The Arenal Hot Springs

hot spring la fortuna

Another draw of La Fortuna is the several hot spring facilities located at the base of Arenal Volcano.

These hot spring parks are great because they cater to a variety of budgets and interests.

For example, there are adult-only hot springs, family-friendly places, and places that are great if you want a party vibe.

There are even several hot springs that have hotel or resort facilities. This is great because it allows you to have hot spring admission included in your stay.

Check out the 14 Best Arenal Volcano Hot Springs to plan your visit

Zip Lining in La Fortuna

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Complete Jungle Town Travel Guide

Another must do activity in La Fortuna is zip lining. There are several zip lining parks throughout this area. Some are better for families with young kids and some are best for adrenaline seekers.

SkyTrek offers zip lining and a tram with amazing views. 

Ecoglide which has great volcano views and a Tarzan swing.  

Arenal Mundo has nice views of the La Fortuna waterfall to zip over.

Check out the guide to the 4 Best Arenal Zip Lining Companies for more info

Lake Arenal

lake arenal costa rica

Lake Arenal is a large man-made lake located west of La Fortuna. It serves a stunning foreground to the Arenal Volcano.

This is a great place to enjoy multiple water activities such as fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing. It is also a nice place to just enjoy the view.

There are also many great restaurants and hotels on these shores.

Check out our guide to Lake Arenal for more info on planning your visit

Things to Do in La Fortuna

There are so many things to do in the surrounding area. A few of our favorite activities are:

Visit the Hanging Bridges

arenal hanging bridge

The best-hanging bridges in La Fortuna are at Mistico Park.

The trails are relatively easy (but awesome) and this place can be reached in about 15 minutes from downtown La Fortuna. 

If you would like to book a guided tour with transportation, we suggest the Mistico Hanging Bridges Tour with Lunch and hot springs tour.

Otherwise, you can just drive there on your own and get admission tickets.

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Learn How Chocolate is Made

cacao tour costa rica

Have you ever wondered how chocolate is made from growing the beans to producing this treat?

At Rainforest Chocolate Tours you can find out!

This is one of those activities that people of any age will enjoy and be able to participate in. Plus it includes all the chocolate you can eat!

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Go Fishing

On Lake Arenal, it is possible to go kayak fishing or go out in a small boat.

Along the way, you might catch rainbow bass, tilapia, and more!

We suggest booking your trip with Captain Marc on his 19’ Sea Pro boat. He’s the best and I guarantee you’ll have a great time.

Or if you prefer kayaking, you can book your kayak fishing trip here.

Try SUP on Lake Arenal

On Lake Arenal, it is possible to take a half-day stand-up paddle tour with transportation from your hotel.

This is a peaceful experience and a great workout!

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Go River Tubing

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Complete Jungle Town Travel Guide

Inner tubing is the perfect thing to do in La Fortuna Costa Rica for most ages and physical levels. We did this activity with our whole family and everyone had a blast!

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Go Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting down the Balsa River is the perfect adventure activity. In La Fortuna, it is possible to take a trip on class II/III or class III/IV rapids, depending on your skill levels.

We really like the company Arenal Rafting. Their guides are great, everything usually runs smoothly, and transportation and lunch is included. 

You can book your II/III trip with Arenal Rafting here.

You can book your class III/IV trip with Arenal Rafting here.

Take a Day Trip to Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste is a bright blue river that almost looks like somehow went a little crazy with the Photoshop Saturation filter.

We suggest this during the dry season. During the rainy season the effect usually isn’t as great.

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Walk the Downtown Area

There is a small park with a church in the center of La Fortuna that is really cute.

We like to park here and people-watch for a bit before getting dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

La Fortuna Combo Tours

Another popular way to enjoy the Arenal area is with a combo tour. This is a great way to pack a few different activities in one day for maximum fun and adventure. A few great options are:

Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch & Arenal Volcano Hike: This tour is a full day. You will depart from your hotel with pickup around 7:00am and return in the afternoon. Lunch is included and the guides are amazing.

Waterfall Rappelling and White Water Rafting: This is a great combo for those of you looking for some serious thrill-seeking. This combo tour includes transportation from and to your hotel as well as lunch.

Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, & Hot Springs: This is a true full day tour with transportation. It is pricey, but actually, I think it is a really good value when you add it all up because the tour includes lunch and ends at Baldi hot springs with dinner.

For more ideas of fun things to do check out our Guide to the 30 Best Things to Do in La Fortuna

La Fortuna Hotels

High-End Hotels

Amor Arenal : Amor Arenal is one of our favorite places in the area. Everything is just perfect here from the staff to location to the rooms to the grounds.

Nayara Gardens: Nayara Gardens is a five-star luxury boutique hotel located on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano. 

Tabacon Resort and Spa: Tabacon is often considered the number one place to stay in La Fortuna. A big part of this is because they have really nice natural hot springs on the property.

Mid Range Hotels

Arenal Observatory: Located outside of the downtown area, the volcano views here are great. There is an on-site restaurant, bird sanctuary, spa, walking trails, restaurant, and more!

Suwa Villa Arenal: A great place for modern and minimalistic boutique hotel vibes at a reasonable price point.

Budget Friendly Hotels and Hostels

Hotel Roco Negra del Arenal: Located close enough to the action of downtown but still has a natural peaceful feel to it. There is a pool and a hot tub on the property as well. 

Chalets Silencio del Bosque: Chalets Silencio del Bosque is a peaceful garden retreat nestled in Fortuna. This rustic place is a family-run business that they take a lot of pride in. 

⤷ For more ideas, we created a complete guide to the 27 Best Hotels and Vacation Rentals in La Fortuna for all budgets.

La Fortuna Vacation Rentals

la fortuna cabin hotel

We always love renting a home or villa for our vacation in Costa Rica. This gives you more privacy and allows you the flexibility to cook your own meals.

Note: We try to only ever suggest places with good cancellation policies, but always double-check before booking.

The Ranch Villa: Six bedroom home that sleeps 11. The home is very nice, but the property is just amazing! There is a pool, hot tub, and nice yard.

Arenal Luxury Paradise: Arenal Luxury Paradise is tailored for a couples’ getaway. The house is crafted from a container, but it feels like a cozy and private space. We especially love the private jacuzzi.

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La Fortuna Vacation Packages

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La Fortuna Retreats

Another way to enjoy La Fortuna is with a retreat. This area is known as being the perfect retreat destination. A few of our favorite retreats are:

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Restaurants in La Fortuna

la fortuna restaurants

Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in La Fortuna, but no matter what your budget or food interest you will be able to find something here.

A lot of restaurants in Costa Rica do not have websites, so the best way to find places is through TripAdvisor.

Organico Fortuna: Go here for lunch! you won’t be disappointed. They serve up super fresh organic food which tastes amazing! They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

Restaurante Tierra Mia: Great Costa Rican food located in the town of La Fortuna. The perfect place for a traditional dinner. 

Chifa La Familia Feliz: This place doesn’t look like much, but don’t let appearances fool you. They serve a delicious fusion of Asian, Peruvian, and Costa Rican meals.

Red Frog Coffee RoastersThese guys know coffee. If you’re looking for a good cup, this is the place to go. They also have a good selection of food. It’s a good breakfast spot, but just note they don’t open until 8 am.

Soda ViquezGood traditional Costa Rican food at a very reasonable price. This is a good spot for a large lunch or dinner.

⤷ For more ideas, we created a complete guide to the 19 best restaurants in La Fortuna which details exactly where to go for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

La Fortuna Safety Tips

La Fortuna is generally really safe.

Your biggest safety concern should be petty theft. To combat that we suggest:

  • Keep your valuables secure and refrain from openly displaying expensive items. 
  • Don’t leave things in your rental car and always park in secure lots or at a spot with a guard.
  • Don’t walk alone at night.
  • A lot of restaurants are open-air. Don’t leave your cell phone out on the table or your purse just hanging on the back of your chair.
  • Dressing in a relaxed way will also help you blend in.

I’m not trying to scare you. We have never had anything happen to us in La Fortuna. However, it is always best to be a bit cautious.

If something happens, the emergency number in Costa Rica is 9-1-1. You should be able to get a police officer who speaks English if you need.

Also, always purchase travel insurance. It doesn’t just cover injury but also helps if things get stolen. Our go-to travel insurance company for Costa Rica is a company called Heymondo. They are great!

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Packing for La Fortuna

If you are planning to spend most of your time at the beach we suggest bathing suits, UV-blocking swim shirts, SPF 50 sunblock, and bug spray for once the sun goes down.

Some things we always pack for La Fortuna are:

  • We suggest carrying your stuff in a large backpack instead of a suitcase if possible. The Osprey 55L is great if you are only bringing a carry-on (take the small bag part off for under your seat) and the Osprey 75L is our go-to for checking in a bag.
  • Pocket Binoculars: Great for spotting that hard to see wildlife
  • Columbia Bora Bora Sun Hat: This hat is slightly nerdy, but great for blocking the sun, folding up small in your luggage, and is made of breathable fabric.
  • Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Lotion: Hopefully you don’t get sunburned, but if you do, this stuff is a lifesaver.
  • Hero Microfiber Towel: Most hotels will have towels for showering, but not for the hot springs, Microfiber towels dry quickly and can easily fit in your luggage.
  • Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen: SPF 50 because the sun is powerful even in a jungle destination like La Fortuna.
  • LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle: You can drink the tap water in La Fortuna, but it is safer to buy bottled water. We like LifeStraw to filter out any extra bacteria or impurities.

Check out Our Complete La Fortuna Packing List for all the essentials. 

Our Opinion on La Fortuna

We think that La Fortuna is a must visit spot in Costa Rica. The town itself is not overly impressive or exciting.

However, the volcano is really cool to see and there is so much to do nearby.

We usually come here a few times a year to soak in some jungle vibes or to take family and friends who are visiting us. Despite coming here often, there are still tons of activities we haven’t even tried yet.

If you have one week in Costa Rica we often suggest visiting one beach and one jungle town. La Fortuna is a great option for that jungle town.

La Fortuna Travel Tips

View of Arenal volcano from a porch with hammock
  • It is a good idea to book your hotel here as early as possible. This especially applies to the dry season when tourism is at its peak.
  • The main language in Costa Rica is Spanish. Most people in La Fortuna are used to tourists and speak at least some Spanish.
  • Some places here may not accept credit cards. It’s a good idea to carry cash in US dollars or Costa Rican colones.
  • We have noticed that sometimes tourists get frustrated in La Fortuna because tours don’t begin on time and things aren’t always organized as you might be used to. Keep in mind that Costa Rica is the land of Pura Vida. People take everything in stride and relaxed. You might need to adopt a bit of that attitude while here. 
  • La Fortuna is a good place to visit for everyone. Families, couples, groups of friends, and solo travelers will all find something to do here.
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  1. Hello!
    My husband and I are going to Costa Rica the first week of May for our honeymoon. We are staying two fulls days in Arenal and two full days in Monteverde and one day that is up in the air. We know that the weather at this time is pretty uncertain. Can you suggest some activities that are good to do when it is raining. I like to plan ahead and know that we have options if the weather isn’t great. Any other suggestions are welcome as well! Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Vanessa! You actually should be ok in early May. It will be just the start of rainy season, so you may have an afternoon rainstorm in La Fortuna, but you might get lucky and not have anything. In Monteverde, it is almost always raining but it is such a light constant rain that we just continue along with our normal activities and try not to let it bother us.
      However, if it does rain in La Fortuna but isn’t thundering we like to go to the hot springs. You will be wet anyway and even when it rains it will still be hot in Fortuna at that time of year.
      Also, definitely go ziplining in either fortuna or Monteverde. That is a must do activity in those places.
      Let me know if you think of any other questions 🙂

  2. Stephanie says:

    Is there a night life in LaFortuna? Restaurants and shops stay open late? Bars? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Most bars and restaurants with bars tend to be open until about 11pm. There are also a few clubs, but I’m not sure how safe they are. I would stick with the bars and restaurants if possible.

  3. Just a quick question. Do you need cash to get into the falls or do they also take visa. mastercard, debit? Also is it a problem taking a taxi there?

    Thanks Sandy

    1. Hi Sandy, I’m sorry for the late reply. I somehow missed this. You can definitely take a taxi there. The problem will be coming back. I cant recall seeing taxi drivers waiting around the airport. If you have a working cell phone it might be best to ask your taxi driver for his number so you can call him when you are done. I am not 100% positive but I am about 80% sure that they take credit cards at the La Fortuna waterfall.
      Let me know if you have nay other questions!

  4. Evelyn Ponce says:

    Hello,

    Just wanted to thank you for your blog, it has definitely helped our family plan our upcoming vacation. I did have one question, we need transportation from San Jose airport to Tabacon resort in La Fortuna. We decided not to rent a care b/c we will do so when we drive out to Tamarindo. What mode of transportation do you suggest from airport to resort? I hear uber is a pretty good option. The quote Tabacon resort gave me for 3 of us was 190.00 US dollars. I feel that’s a little pricey. We welcome any suggestions you may have.

    1. Hi Evelyn! It is a bit pricey but I think you Uber will probably cost you more. I’ll check for you though! My phone is getting fixed this morning but when I get it back this afternoon I will input Tabacon and see how much it costs. I live pretty close to the airport.
      There are private shuttle companies but those are also expensive. I would suggest checking with Interbus. That tends to be the go-to shuttle company here. https://www.interbusonline.com/ However, it seems that the shuttle would be even more expensive.
      Honestly, your best bet might be to rent a car for a day. I just checked prices with our Adobe discount and it seems like this will be much cheaper for you. I would rent an SUV for comfort but you can definitely do the drive in a small car and will be fine if you want to save money. We have done the drive with a little Hyundai Grand without any problems. You can input San Jose Airport as your pick up and return in Fortuna. You can make a note that you are staying at Tabacon and Adobe will pick up the car from your hotel for free. https://www.costaricavibes.com/renting-a-car-in-costa-rica/
      Let me check on Uber this afternoon and let you know though!