Costa Rica Spotlight: Best View of Arenal Volcano, Which Hotel?

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Costa Rica Spotlight: Best View of Arenal Volcano, Which Hotel?

The best view of Arenal Volcano is from the Arenal Observatory Lodge. And here you also can see the beautiful Arenal Lake. A large number of the rooms at the Arenal Observatory Lodge have a large picture window looking directly at the volcano, which is located 1.7 miles from the lodge.  The lodge is perched high on a ridge making the views in all directions spectacular.

This is indeed a unique place in Costa Rica!   Setting is  jungle,  one can wake up to the sound of monkeys and song birds.  Trails all around the lodge lead in and out of the  jungle setting. The swimming pool is spring fed with a hot tub at one end.   Nice small restaurant with a great view to the volcano.

Scientist from all over the world come here, including from the Smithsonian institute to do research and study the volcano with it’s unique ecosystem.

Arenal Volcano had it’s last Great Eruption in 1968 when it destroyed a near by village on the north face of the volcano  killing 86 people.  Today it rumbles and spits fire and rock from it’s summit  but these eruptions are small.

Natural hot springs come out of the base of the Arenal, but you have to go back down  the road to La Fortuna to get to these hot springs.  Most famous is the Tabacon Hot Springs with its lush tropical gardens and very upscale Spa.

The side of the volcano where Arenal Observatory Lodge is located seems to have been lucky and has not experienced  any negative impact from the  small eruptions going on these days from the volcano

Arenal Volcano in a quiet moment

Arenal Volcano in a quiet moment

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