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My bride and I are looking for all-inclusive resorts in the Arenal region. Any recommendations? And what is the nightlife like in La Fortuna. We are going the last week of April until the first week of May. We are renting a car for the week for transportation from SJO and throughout La Fortuna.

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Do you want to stay in the Arenal area for entire week?

If not, do you want more nature/wildlife or some beach time?

There are many choices, though All Inclusive is not the ideal way to go IMO, as the food can be lacking is variety and taste, as well the fact you have a car, so you can do some exploring and enjoying the local cuisine, which is actually pretty interesting in this area, with a focus on the grass fed and pasture raised mountain cattle, resulting in excellent beef/steaks and BBQ.

For the all out top notch place, the Tobocan Resort is darn nice, the Hot Springs are a garden of eden, and this area near the volcano is really pretty, but the lava flow is on siesta the last year, so nighttime views are long past.

The other more rustic option and secluded, is the Arenal Observatory Lodge, on the eastern flank, great trails and old school lodge feel, makes the AOL a favorite for many frequent visitors, as Tobacan can be a tad tourist with busses/tours and package tourist, though very nice, and a great spa.

Other options after a few nights here, depending on your interest, is to head to maybe Tenorio and Celseste Waterfalls, the La Carolina Lodge has a rustic honeymoon cabin on the river.

Other options are Rincon area, some nice B&B's and cabinas up there, and then there is the Pacific coast, the all inclusive places are mainly around Papagayo area, though Reserva Conchal is lovely, or the Captican Suizo in Playa Tamarindo, just on edge of town down the beach.

If nature and seclusion are in order, fly down to Pt Jimenez, and enjoy the Luna Lodge, tucked in the valley and rainforest above the Pacific, in the most remote, and bio diverse park on the planet, outside of Borneo and the Amazon Basin.

3-4 nights at Luna Lodge, with outdoor showers/tubs and thatched roofs all in a handbuilt lodge setting, is truly a unique lifetime stay. There are many intimate, charming, romantic, rustic, authentic, and unique to Costa Rica lodges, Boutique hotels, and Inns, that are far more personality and not so sterile, as a all inclusive hum drum resort with a TV and a phone, thing change of scenery, detach from life, smell, listen and feel the tropics, forget the word you came from, indulge in a new culture.

Here are links to above suggestions, and a few other nice places to call home for a week.










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2. Re: Honeymoon

If you are set on an All-Inclusive, then Arenal is not for you. There are no All-Inclusives in that area - although, you might be able to get an All-Inclusive quote from one of the upscale hotels. www.arenal.net

All-Inclusives are pretty much all located in Guanacaste Province. Most people recommend the Westin Playa Conchal as the best AI in Costa Rica. You could also rent a condo at Reserva Conchal at the same property.

But a really amazing place is Punta Islita. Beautiful area with gorgeous scenery. Not AI, but worth considering for sure. www.hotelpuntaislita.com

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