Arenal, one of the most popular destinations in the Costa Rica is famous for its Arenal Volcano and a large freshwater lake. The surroundings of this cone-shaped symmetrical volcano offer plenty of activities for visitors from kayaking to fishing to windsurfing. Arenal is only on the northwest of San Jose, located three hours away from the capital city. It is a perfect place for retirees, who seek for a relaxed life as the town offers pleasant climate, attractive landscape, and affordable real estate, low cost of living, and friendly locals and expats. Even after development in Arenal, this area still remains preserves its natural charm. Warm and friendly people further make this even more livable.
The area around the lake is picturesque and can be toured on a mountain bike or horseback. El Castillo and Arenal Dam are in close proximity to the Arenal Volcano. The town of El Castillo provides its visitors with plenty to do and see with activities including sky trekking, horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking. Eco Zoo, Butterfly Conservatory, and La Gavilana are the three attractions to check out in El Castillo.
Arenal, a famous tourist spot in Costa Rica is home to an active volcano. According to anthropological evidence, it is believed that people inhabited in this area even 10,000 years ago. There was a large explosive eruption of this volcano in 1968 unexpectedly which killed many people. The population in this area never grew large and after the eruption people would move many miles away and return only to check their crops. Arenal National Park is a main attraction of this region which was established in 1991 in order to protect the wildlife and to ensure a safety zone around the volcano. Today, a lot of people visit Arenal to hike the volcano and explore other tourist attractions. Besides, it is a favorite destination for many retirees because of its easy, laid-back lifestyle.
Arenal offers a laidback atmosphere in a rural setting. People in this place lead a simple life with a closely knit expat community. They regularly arrange get-togethers at each other's home to socialize more. The active community here often meets for parties, celebrations or even for just card games. They also love to help injured or abandoned animals or arrange trips to national parks or other tourist attractions together.
Generally, the people of Costa Rica are polite and most follow the Catholic Heritage in their everyday culture, rituals, and language.
- Beautiful landscape Affordability Laid-back Lifestyle Plenty of Activities Warm Weather Fresh Food
- No large-scale development Too long rainy season