Northern PlainsCosta Rica

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Visit Northern Plains

Northern Plains awaits: its volcanoes, hot springs, hiking, and more!

A majestic volcano, hot springs, and top sights from Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park to Arenal Volcano National Park—discover it all in Northern Plains.

Top Hotels in Northern Plains

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
3.5 out of 5
6 km oeste del Parque Central, Área del Volcán Arenal, La Fortuna
$152
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

This family-friendly La Fortuna hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecotermales Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal Volcano ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (910 reviews)

"Great pools/slides, very clean and comfortable rooms. Lots of space."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal
The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal
5 out of 5
Arenal, 9 Km West, and 3.5 km North of La Fortuna Centre, Monterrey, Alajuela
$461
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Situated on a river, this luxury resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Ecoglide Arenal Park. La Fortuna ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (700 reviews)

"Property was clean and staf was wonderful. Needs more food choices"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
1.5 km northwest from Arenal Dam, La Fortuna, Alajuela
$206
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is within a 10-minute walk of Arenal Volcano National Park and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Lake Arenal and Costa ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (589 reviews)

"The views, the people, the food. You don't have to leave the property to experience the Arenal area. Was a fabulous experience."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

Popular things to do in Northern Plains

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
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Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

4.5/5(168 reviews)

See crater-filled mountains and hot sulfurous mud pits edged by lush tropical forest in this park filled with tropical plants and animals.

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5/5(532 reviews)

Enjoy the volcano viewpoints and explore Arenal Volcano National Park, a favorite green space in La Fortuna. Amble around this romantic area's forest, or seek out the hiking trails.

Tenorio Volcano National Park
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Tenorio Volcano National Park

4.5/5(134 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Tenorio Volcano National Park, a popular green space in Palmira. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its restaurants.

La Fortuna Waterfall
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La Fortuna Waterfall

4.5/5(455 reviews)

Enjoy the hot springs and explore La Fortuna Waterfall, a favorite green space in La Fortuna. Wander the lush forest or discover the volcano viewpoints in this romantic area.

Arenal Volcano
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Arenal Volcano

4.5/5(594 reviews)

Explore Arenal Volcano, a popular spot to commune with nature in La Fortuna, and enjoy the volcano viewpoints. Wander the lush forest or discover the hot springs in this romantic area.

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

5/5(350 reviews)

Enjoy the volcano viewpoints and explore Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, a favorite green space in La Fortuna. Wander the lush forest or discover the hot springs in this romantic area.

Top activities in Northern Plains

Day Pass to Paradise Hot Springs
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Day Pass to Paradise Hot Springs

$28

Spend several hours soaking in the tranquil geothermal pools at Paradise Hot Springs, and feel the benefits of the healing waters for days following your experience. Plunge into each of the resort's 6 mineral pools and sample the 2 thermal Jacuzzis, allowing your worries to drift away in the gentle Costa Rican wind.

Full-Day Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs Resort Tour
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Full-Day Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs Resort Tour

$171

Admire the volcanic colossus of Arenal—though it hasn’t erupted recently, this cinder cone on the Costa Rican skyline is considered one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Then, soak up the thermal benefits in the mineral-rich waters at Tabacon Grand Spa’s natural hot springs.

Bird Watching tour la Fortuna
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Bird Watching tour la Fortuna

$107

Our most popular tour picks up in your hotel around 5:15 am to arrive at Mundo Aventura Natural Park by 5:30 am, and ends around 9:30 am, after a delicious light breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, and coffee.

Shuttle from Arenal to Manuel Antonio with Crocodile Tour
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Shuttle from Arenal to Manuel Antonio with Crocodile Tour

$105

From your hotel in La Fortuna, we will head towards the Pacific Coast in comfortable late model mini-vans, with the opportunity to cross the famous Rio Grande of Tárcoles, which boasts the largest American Crocodile (Crocodylus Acutus) population in Central America.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Full-Day Tour
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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Full-Day Tour

$81

The humid wetlands of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío are one of Costa Rica's most biologically diverse areas. Here you find a variety of resident and migratory birds, 3 different species of monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, turtles, and lizards.

Hanging Bridges and Canyoning Combo
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Hanging Bridges and Canyoning Combo

$177

Itinerary You day will begin when you are picked up from your hotel and driven about 20 minutes to Mistico Hanging Bridges, a beautiful hanging bridges park with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Arenal Volcano.