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Arenal is actually the name of the volcano, however as this is the primary reason you might visit here, it seems the best way to describe it. La Fortuna is the nearest town, which has a number of backpacker hostels, if you are looking for something slightly more luxurious then I would recommend staying at one of Hot Spring Resorts which are just a little outside of town. La Fortuna is relatively small, has a few bars and one lively evening spot for both locals and tourists.

Arenal is great for volcano hikes, hot springs, hanging bridges and some fantastic biodiversity. It is beautifully green, but it does have a tendency to rain...