As full-time travelers we are very cognizant of staying on budget. We always say we are not on
vacation…this is our real life. And to continue living in this manner, we must stay within our means. So we were looking for low-cost ideas in Costa Rica, and we found you can enjoy La Fortuna Costa Rica on a budget.
Here in beautiful La Fortuna Costa Rica there are dozens of guided tour options to some really amazing places. Everything from Bird Watching to Ziplining. From Cycling to River Rafting. Our entire Costa Rica budget could be blown here in our first stop.
Since we practice frugal travel, we came up with this list of less expensive and almost free things to do in La Fortuna Costa Rica on a budget. If you too are a budget traveler, you might find these suggestions useful;
Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall – From our Airbnb we walked about 4 miles to the La Fortuna Waterfall it’s a pretty steep road and it was a great workout. We were blessed with clear blue skies and spectacular view of the volcano, which rarely comes out of the clouds. Arriving at the waterfall our entrance fee was $18 but worth it to walk down the
500 steps and enjoy the cool waters of the falls.
Sloth Watching/Bird Watching Tour – We paid $60 for an early morning guided tour to search for sloths. The great thing about this tour is you have a guarantee that you will see sloths and if you don’t, you get all your money back! And the tour
includes a full breakfast! We saw four sloths and one baby too.
Breakfast at Arenal Oasis with Bird Watching – have a breakfast for less than $5 at this hidden oasis and enjoy a spectacular display of birds while you eat. Arenal Oasis has strategically placed feeders and we saw a huge variety of amazing birds including Toucans while we ate. Arenal Oasis also has a night
walk that sounds fun, but we didn’t do that.
Tabacon Thermal River – just outside of La Fortuna in the small area known as Tabacon you can find a FREE hot springs experience in the thermal river. This river completely changed after the last eruption of the Arenal Volcano and now is a flowing thermal river. Read more.
Springs Resort with Tubing on the River – For $68 we enjoyed a full day at the gorgeous Spring Resort. Rooms here cost a minimum of $500 a night – way out of our price range – so getting a day pass was much
more within our budget. A day pass provides you access to all the dozens of thermal pools as well as use of their changing rooms and showers. Oh and the view! Wow! Worth a million dollars.
Tubing at Springs Resort- For an additional $35 at the Springs Resort and Spa we had a blast tubing down the Arenal River with a guide and other guests. Super safe with just enough “rapids” to make it exciting. The River was very warm and we really felt it was worth the money.
Self guided cycle tour – there are many options for GUIDED cycling in the area, but if you are an experienced and confident cyclists you can set out on your own with a bike rental. Several kinds of bikes are available for rent around La Fortuna for one day or longer treks. Read more.
Sodas – no this isn’t a drink. A traditional fast food and delicious restaurant in Costa Rica is called a
soda. Here you can get the choice of the day, or one of several “typico” plates that will include your meat of choice, rice, beans, vegetable, salad and probably a fried banana . All for about $6. You can’t beat it.
Yoga – Looking for some zen while in La Fortuna? Take one or more of the amazing yoga classes with Amanda at La Fortuna Yoga . For $10 I enjoyed one of the best yoga classes I have ever had. Amanda offers multiple classes most days including Vinyasa and Hatha. I went to four classes during our week in La Fortuna.
People come to Costa Rica for the beaches – but spending some time in the beautiful rain forest and the small town of La Fortuna is a great way to enjoy the amazing nature of Costa Rica. And you can do it on a budget!