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Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

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Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

Does anyone know the drive time between La Fortuna and Arenal Observatory. Trying to decide between accomodation at each after driving from San Jose and if it is too much further, may opt to stay closer to La Fortuna. Thanks you

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Austin
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1. Re: Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

Not very far, maybe 30-40 min. However the road to the lodge is not paved and at night it may be tricky if you havent driven it before.

Whitby, ON Canada
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2. Re: Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

Roufis is about right on the time from La Fortuna. The last stretch of rough road into the Lodge from the paved highway (cut-off about 5 mins. north of Tabacon) is only about another 15-20 mins. The road is bumpy but not too windy and fairly flat until the driveway up to the Lodge (just past the low bridge with no guardrail) which, while essentially paved, does get rather steep and windy.

The Lodge is really very nice and definitely in the most unique spot so close to the volcano, but it's also about the furthest from La Fortuna. It's fine if you plan to stay put, but if you want to get out and about frequently, and even though the trip into town isn't all that bad at night if you do drive very carefully, you may feel rather isolated. Another hotel closer to town and most of the activities in the area may be more convenient. It really just depends what your overall plans and activities are during your stay!

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3. Re: Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

Yes the time is about 45 minutes from La Fortuna...but once you are at the hotel...and you may need somenthing from town...it will be 1 hour and half to go back to town...back to the hotel...no thank you! I rather stay in a closer place...Many good options ...honestly is not worth all that extra driving!!

R A Luis

Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in paradise!!

4. Re: Drive time between Fortuna and Arenal Observatory

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