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Rio Celeste

Hello Rio Celeste! Even though this Arenal Volcano Region destination may not be at the top of every traveler's wish list, there's vacation magic aplenty here.

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Rio Celeste Vacation Packages

Just 80 miles to the southeast of Rio Celeste lies San Jose, while only 90 miles southeast is where you'll find Cartago.

Make time to take a day trip to Guayabo, just 15 miles to the west. Remember to see Rincon de la Vieja National Park when you get there.

Beaches in the region include Hermosa Bay Beach, 50 miles to the west, and Coco Beach, 50 miles to the west.

When it's time to reconnect with Mother Nature, load up your daypack and head to La Fortuna Waterfall, located 30 miles away from Rio Celeste. Another good option is Ecotermales Fortuna, 25 miles away.

Make the trip to El Achiote and experience Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rio Celeste Waterfall. It's roughly 2 miles out of Rio Celeste, and worth the trip. Tronadora, yet another interesting place, contains Monteverde Frog Pond and FlyZone Wakeboard School. This destination is 15 miles away.

Don't forget to see Arenal Hot Springs. It's about 25 miles southeast of Rio Celeste and it contains some fantastic visitor attractions, including Puentes Colgantes del Arenal, Arenal Adventure World and The Motmot Jungle. Don't turn back until you've also experienced Ecoglide Arenal Park and Termales Los Laureles.

The traditional food here has its own sensory stamp, so take the time to try as much as you can!

Dive into the vibrant culinary scene and try some pork and chicken. These two ingredients are to be found almost everywhere in the region.

Don't end your stay prior to tasting casado and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken).

Why not grab a bite of some tres leches (custard flan)? This moreish dessert is sure to satisfy your sugar cravings.

If knocking back a bottle or two of the local brew is one of your vacation pleasures, make your way down to the closest watering hole and order a round of Bavaria

If you've had enough alcohol, why not have some fresco de frutas (fruit shake)?

Hoping to try a local spirit? If so, seek out a bottle of Ron Centenario.

Authentic traveling is about so much more than ticking off the sights. It is also about involving yourself in the stories and conversations of a country. Your journey will be richer if you take the time to memorize a couple of useful words, sayings and salutations in Spanish. ¿Cómo estás? means how are you. Mucho gusto Encantado is also good to know. It translates to pleased to meet you.

A vibrant national celebration, Independence Day is something that you won't want to miss. It all kicks off on the 15th of September.

Has it come time to say "Adiós" to Rio Celeste? Pick up some mementos with the last of your colones to make sure you never forget your terrific trip.

When it's time for your flight, you might like to know that Daniel Oduber International Airport is 40 miles to the west.

Accommodation in Rio Celeste

Our Rio Celeste hotels guide currently has limited available short and long stay accommodation options, so it's a good idea to browse it right now to find a place that matches your taste and budget.

Rio Celeste lodging options include the Celeste Mountain Lodge and Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway.


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$168
Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway

Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway

700 meter west of national park Tenorio, Rio Celeste
4.6
of 5, from 266 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this romantic resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Rio Celeste Waterfall and within 32 mi (52 km) of Upala Central Park and Cavernas de Venado. Las Pumas Rescue Center and Canas Park are also within 32 mi (52 km).

$119
Celeste Mountain Lodge

Celeste Mountain Lodge

4km on new road to Volcan Tenorio, Rio Celeste
4.6
of 5, from 39 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this lodge is 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Rio Celeste Waterfall and within 32 mi (52 km) of Upala Central Park and Las Pumas Rescue Center. Canas Park is 27.8 mi (44.8 km) away.

$62
Hotel Catarata Río Celeste

Hotel Catarata Río Celeste

La paz de Río celeste de Guatuso, Rio Celeste
4.2
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rio Celeste Waterfall and within 32 mi (52 km) of Upala Central Park and Cavernas de Venado. Las Pumas Rescue Center is 29.6 mi (47.6 km) away.

$60
Posada Río Celeste La Amistad

Posada Río Celeste La Amistad

1 mile from the entrance to the, Rio Celeste
4.0
of 5, from 18 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rio Celeste, this lodge is 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from Rio Celeste Waterfall and within 25 mi (40 km) of Upala Central Park and Las Pumas Rescue Center. Canas Park is 27.3 mi (43.9 km) away.

$79
Hotel Arenal Lodge

Hotel Arenal Lodge

200 Meters NW of the dam of Arenal Lake, Arenal
4.0
of 5, from 414 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Arenal hotel is located in the mountains, 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Costa Rica Sky Adventures and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Arenal Eco Zoo and Butterfly Conservatory are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$195
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

1.5 km northwest from Arenal Dam, Arenal
4.7
of 5, from 316 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Arenal, this spa resort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Arenal Volcano and Costa Rica Sky Adventures. Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Eco Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$216
Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

San Bernardo de Bagaces, Bagaces
4.8
of 5, from 136 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Miravalles Volcano and 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and Bagaces Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$230
La Mansion Inn Arenal

La Mansion Inn Arenal

Road 142, 20 Kms West from the Dam, Arenal
4.5
of 5, from 95 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this hotel is 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Arenal Volcano and Costa Rica Sky Adventures. Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Eco Zoo are also within 20 mi (32 km).

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