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La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano area Travel Tips

There are many services around La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Here some tips:

Taxis in La Fortuna work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Taxi station is located by the park, the central phone number is 2479-9605.
Near to the taxi station, there are informal taxis available 24 hrs.

Supermarkets open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Super Cristian #1 and Super Cristian #2 2479 9242 / Mega Super.

Most of the Shops and Souvenirs are opened daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bus Station is located 100mts south of the Catholic Church; there you can take the buses to Tilaran, Ciudad Quesada and San Ramon. You don't need to buy a ticket in advance; you pay directly to the driver. Some phone numbers 2255 4300 and 2453 2980.

Drugstore: There are three drugstores located at downtown and opening until 8 p.m. Farmacia El Pueblo 2479 7264, Farmacia Fishel 2479 9518, Farmacia La Fortuna 2479 8155.

There are two Gas Stations available 24 hrs (Gasolinera Fortuna and; Gasolinera La Cristalina).

Travel Checks are a safe way to carry money, BUT NOT all the places take it and if they take it you have to pay a commission. You can change travel checks directly at the bank with your passport, but, you also will have to pay a commission of 1%.

The best way to save money is buying a Calling Card VIAJERA 199, $8 approx, you can use it from all the telephone cabins and reuse it many times (you can talk for 25 minutes total approx). Calling cards are available at the supermarkets.

Credit Cards are largely accepted as well as the US currency.



Night life in the Arenal Volcano area

  • - VOLCAN LOOK DISCOTECK (Latin music).
  • - VAGABUNDO MUSIC BAR (good music, pool tables and nice place).
  • - EL ESTABLO BAR AND RESTAURANT.
  • - KAZAN BAR AND RESTAURANT.
  • - LAVA LOUNGE BAR AND RESTAURANT.
  • - MANGO'S BAR AND RESTAURANT.
  • - LUIGUI'S CASINO.


Banks in La Fortuna

  • - BANCO NACIONAL 2479-9355.
  • - BANCO DE COSTA RICA 2479-9113.
  • - BANCO POPULAR 2479-9422.
  • - BANCO DE SAN JOSE 2479-8576.
  • - COOCIQUE 2479-9121.
They are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and located in La Fortuna down town.


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