We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: CR130, Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2442-7041/ 2430-4127
Book In Advance
More Info
$88*
and up
Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and Sarchi Arts and Craft
More Info
$126*
and up
Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose
More Info
$170*
and up
Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens Day Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,578 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 758
    Excellent
  • 474
    Very good
  • 187
    Average
  • 53
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Nice views and educational

Nice easy excursion for families. Watch the weather to make sure you go when the clouds have cleared...early morning is best.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Guy E
,
Austin, TX
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

2,578 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,490: English reviews
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing to see the caldera but then not much afterwards. Basically all trails closed at this time. Spent more time in the gift shop then in the park. Will likely improve a lot when other trails open.

Helpful?
Thank FrostyHot
Austin, TX
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice easy excursion for families. Watch the weather to make sure you go when the clouds have cleared...early morning is best.

Helpful?
Thank Guy E
Suffolk, Virginia
Level Contributor
98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Poas is an active volcano an hour away from San Jose. We wtook the guided tour and reached the volcano around 12 noon. The crater was completely covered by clouds. The tour operators do not tell you that before you buy the tickets. You need to get there early morning to get a clear view. We were lucky and were... More 

Helpful?
Thank A103V
Los Altos, CA
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Paos Volcano was cloudy and rainy on the day we went and so did not get a clear view but we still enjoyed it.

Helpful?
Thank dsramesh
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
61 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to risk it even though it was really cloudy all the way up the drive to the POAS volcano and it was even raining a lot on the way up, but it is a very pretty drive and you can see waterfalls across the valley as you drive and even pass one on the way up. Make sure... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eva713
Northern California
Level Contributor
39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were so fortunate to have hired a driver from our San Jose hotel who took us around for the day. As July is known to be the wet season, particularly in a cloud forest, we absolutely lucked out when the fog and mist surrounding the top of the crater lifted for a half hour and we were able to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gal4fish
Sundsvall, Sweden
Level Contributor
130 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Poas a day in july and shortly after leaving Poas had a minor eruption from the crater. Isn't that exciting (when not there)! Very nice vulcano to visit as the volcano is active but of the calmer and more harmless type. A nice road with a number of amazing viewing points passing by green grass and tress overlooking... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kenth_Nasstrom
Minneapolis, MN
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and were excited to view Poas and were warned that we may not see the volcano due to the cloud cover. We walked the trail to the volcano and the warnings were spot on, we couldn't see anything. We hiked around a little more and then came back about 30 minutes later and we were not disappointed! Oh... More 

Helpful?
Thank badkittyj
dublin and all over
Level Contributor
38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was lucky in that the day we came it was clear l, as I understand from locals that it often rains and the clouds can hide the sight of the volcano. It was pretty chilly compared to San Jose but was a pleasant uphill walk up to the volcano. The view reminded me of a disused limestone quarry and... More 

Helpful?
Thank TheIrishFella
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
114 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks to tripadvisor for the tip to go early (before 9:30am) if you want to see the crater. The drive going to the volcano is amazing. The view is so lush and green. Its a winding road but people drive slow so it was fine. The entrance fee for non residents is $15 plus you have to pay $3 for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ricasworld

Travelers who viewed Poas Volcano also viewed

Vara Blanca, Province of Alajuela
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park
 
Poas Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
 

Been to Poas Volcano? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Poas Volcano and other visitors
11 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (11)

Questions? Get answers from Poas Volcano staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?