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Arenal, Costa Rica
Best for: Family, Highlights, Spectacular scenery
Revered for its picture perfect views of Arenal volcano, this family friendly option is a great base from which to explore Arenal. With unlimited use of its hot springs, lush manicured gardens and excellent service, Nayara Gardens is a great value option.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set among lush tropical rainforest with spellbinding views towards one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Nayara Gardens is a stylish retreat, and one of the best in the area. All 50 rooms at Nayara Gardens are free-standing units set in lush flower-filled gardens and provide the last word in comfort and privacy, while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings. Both the Casita Deluxe (king or two queen size beds) and Rainforest Villas (king size beds) have balconies with a Jacuzzi. Settled in lush green gardens, each room feels private and very comfortable.
The hotel hot springs are completely natural and sourced from the Arenal volcano, consisting of four natural pools with varying temperatures and two swimming pools the hotel grounds are the perfect retreat after a day’s exploring Arenal Volcano National Park.
Facilities at Nayara Gardens include a fabulous restaurant, La Terraza, which serves mostly Costa Rican specialities such as churrasco steak under a huge thatched palapa roof with stone patios around it. Other options include Asia Luna for fusion asian cuisine and Nostalgia wine bar for a wine and tapas experience.
Costa Rica’s Arenal region is incredibly diverse and is home to a range of exciting adventure activities including hikes on Arenal Volcano, horseback rides to jungle waterfalls, kayaking and rafting trips, bird watching and bathing in the area’s natural hot springs
When to go
Arenal is fascinating all year round, though November to April are the best months for sunshine. December to March is high season and the whole Arenal area is inundated with tourists. The ‘Green’ season, from May to September, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Pacuare Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV
Enjoy an exhilarating and unforgettable journey travelling over the rolling white water rapids of the Pacuare River, one of the top five in the world for rafting, surrounded by the natural beauty of cascading waterfalls and lush tropical rainforest.
Arenal Eco Glide Canopy and Tarzan Swing
Arenal Canopy tour is an unforgettable adventure with incredible views of Costa Rica's magnificent tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Suitable for all ages, this zip-line experience offers incredible views and will be memorable for the whole family.
Arenal Volcano Hike & Eco Termales Hot Springs
Enjoy a guided walk to the lava flows in Arenal Volcano National Park and take in the magnificent sight of the volcano. Afterwards, relax your muscles at Eco Termales Hot Springs and indulge in a delicious dinner.
Arenal Volcano Hike - Light
Enjoy sensational views during a gentle two and a half hour hike along the base of the Magnificent Arenal Volcano. Venture over lava encrusted trails that destroyed the area in 1968 and witness the area's fascinating regeneration.
Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek
The tour begins in the Sky Tram, an open-air gondola, that lifts you through the treetops and offers sweeping views of the Arenal volcano, lake and lush surrounding area. Once at the top, get ready to begin your Sky Trek zipline adventure!
Arenal Volcano Hike & Tabacon Hot Springs
Enjoy sensational views during a gentle hike along the base of the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Venture over lava encrusted trails, and finish with a dip in the volcanic thermal mineral pools at the hot springs.
Arenal Waterfalls & Volcanoes
Spend a full day hiking through the lush Arenal area, visiting invigorating waterfalls, passing along hanging bridges high above the canopy and hiking up the majestic Arenal Volcano.
Kayak on Arenal Lake
Enjoy a beautiful day out on Arenal Lake with this wonderful guided excursion. You will paddle along the gentle waters, observing different species of birds and monkeys, all whilst admiring the staggering views of the imposing Arenal Volcano.
Eco Termales Hot Springs
Visit the Ecotermales Hot Springs for a relaxing and soothing experience. Sip a cocktail whilst enjoying the different hot and cold rock pools and indulge in a sumptuous poolside dinner. With a romantic ambience, its the perfect place to spend an evening.
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat
Board your boat and traverse through the diverse wildlife reserves of Caño Negro and the Rio Frio, incredible for bird watching and for observing the Costa Rican wildlife. Look out for sloths, monkeys, caiman and bats, as well as numerous tropical plants.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio
This action-packed family itinerary is the perfect way to explore the best of Costa Rica. From horse riding through the rainforest, hiking active volcanoes and navigating wildlife-rich national parks, there is something for everyone.
Alajuela, Turrialba, Arenal and Santa Teresa
Discover sweeping views, unspoilt beaches, and rich scenery that makes Costa Rica such a refreshing destination.