Is La Fortuna Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

La Fortuna, a small town nestled in the heart of Costa Rica's northern lowlands, is a gem of natural beauty and thrilling adventure. Surrounded by lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, and a breathtakingly vibrant local culture, it is most well-known for its primary attraction - the impressive Arenal Volcano. This natural wonder is an active, cone-shaped giant that towers over the valley, often spewing ash and smoke into the bright blue sky. Visitors get the chance to indulge in therapeutic hot springs, explore a wide range of activities such as zip-lining, white water rafting, and hiking, making La Fortuna a must-visit destination for eco-tourists and adrenaline junkies alike. The spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall, exotic butterfly gardens, and the mystical Venado Caves also contribute to this town's rich tourism industry.

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4.2 /5

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I finally got to travel to my dream destination- Costa Rica! I stayed right outside the town of La Fortuna, at Hotel Faro Arenal. I was able to take Uber anywhere I needed to go, although some places were off the beaten path. I highly recommend this hotel! I fulfilled my dream of photographing toucans in the wild! The nature here is amazing! I’ve never felt safer in my life than I did on this trip, even downtown. At this point in my life, I’m more about experiences and photos than souvenirs and Knick knacks. I was on a pretty strict budget, but I made it, with around $600 to spend in six days. When in this area, be sure to check out the hot springs the area is known for! The natural springs are heated by the Arenal Volcano! There is a lot to do in the area, but time didn’t allow for all of it. This was a simple trip to get to know the area, and I will go back in the future. It was a much needed solo getaway!

Posted: November 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was just in La Fortuna in May. I didn't feel unsafe there even once. The people were wonderful and the land was very admirable. I enjoyed my trip.

Posted: April 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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