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The Altamira restaurant offers an unparalleled view of the volcano. Surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowers, Altamira has been designed to provide an exclusive dining experience. Enjoy authentic, gourmet Costa Rican and international cuisine or simply enjoy a drink in a stylish and comfortable ambiance.Sushi Amor serves sushi with a Latin flair in an elegant, yet casually tropical environment overlooking the Arenal Volcano. The new, one-of-a-kind Restaurant and Lounge also features a specially designed Vodka Dispensing Machine where guests can sip and taste a selection of premium and flavored Vodka brands from around the world. Breakfast in Costa Rica: A typical Costa Rican breakfast consists of gallo pinto (rice and beans), scrambled or fried eggs, cooked plantains, tortillas and/or toast, and orange juice and coffee. Most menus include variations on the above; for example, onions and tomatoes stirred into scrambled eggs. Costa Rican Meals: The traditional Costa Rica dish is called a casado: like a typical breakfast, the meal is a mix of items like black beans and rice or gallo pinto, fried plantains, a chunk of Costa Rican cheese, salad, and a meat item, usually fish, beef or chicken. Casados are served with tortillas for wrapping. Other popular Costa Rica meals include black bean soup (sometimes served with a hardboiled egg), heart of palm salad, and seafood in any form.
Driving time from San Jose: 3 hours. Take the Panamerican Highway #1 out of San Jose to Alajuela and keep straight. You will pass the Airport and continue straight for 40 kilometers until you see the sign to San Ramon. Exit there and drive into the town of San Ramon where you will look for the sign to San Lorenzo and La Tigra. You might find also the sign of Hotel Villa Blanca and Lands in Love, (these hotels are on the way from San Ramon to La Tigra) Follow the signs and continue the road from La Tigra to Chachagua and then into La Fortuna. When you reach La Fortuna follow the signs to Arenal Volcano. After La Fortuna follow the signs to Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens as if continue to the dam. Take a dirt road for 500 meters on your right at the entrance of Volcano Lodge also on your right.
Spanish is the local Language but english is spoken fluently by many Ticos as Costa Rican citizens are referred to.
San Jose is the closest major city and the capital of Costa Rica.The small town of La Fortuna is 6 KM east and provides a chance to experience rural life in Costa Rica. Most importantly, the property is very close to the Arenal Volcano.
La Fortuna's biggest after-dark attraction is the volcano, but the Volcano Look Disco on the road to Tabacón is trying to compete. If you get bored of the eruptions and seismic rumbling, head here for heavy dance beats and mirrored disco balls. In town the folks at Luigi's Hotel have opened a midsize casino next door to their hotel and restaurant, while the open-to-the-street bar at Don Rufino is a popular spot for a drink. Finally, there's a cozy new sports bar with a pool table and flatscreen televisions on the second floor at the Hotel Magic Mountain.
For all trips: • Binoculars • Camera or video camera with case for protection against humidity and rain • Plenty of film • Sun block lotion • Sunglasses with a strap • Swimming trunks • Broad-brimmed hat or cap • Insect repellent • Personal toiletries and medications • Photocopy of your passport • Reading material If you are heading for the jungle do not leave without: • Lightweight, light colored, long cotton pants • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts • Absorbent socks • Ankle-high hiking boots • Sneakers • Sandals • A powerful flashlight with batteries • A water bottle or canteen • Rain suit or poncho
Tour of the Arenal Volcano, white water rafting class III and IV, Horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall, hiking to the blue waters of the Rio Celeste, crossing the Arenal hanging bridges, birdwatching, ATV tours, Canopy Tours, Kayaking, Canyoning, Tabacon Hot Springs, Mountain biking.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
This is the current list of countries that do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay It is important to note that Visa and Passport requirements change constantly. It is always recommended that you check directly with the Costa Rica Consulate or Embassy in your country of citizenship to get the most up to date and current list of requirements for your visit to Costa Rica. As an added note, always make copies of the photo page of your passport, and visa page (if you have one) and keep those in your luggage or carry on separate from your actual passport. If you don’t need a visa, make a copy of the page where you receive the tourist visa stamp upon arrival and carry that around. Copies are just as valid within the country as the real thing. Also, this way if your passport is lost or stolen you will have an easier time getting an emergency replacement.
From November through April, the season is warm, and receives less than 45 centimeters (18 inches) of rain, maintaining with the tropical climate. Cool winds are welcomed from the northern latitudes cooling down the province December through February. If you want a beautiful view of tropical and exotic plants in full bloom, the perfect time is during the rainy season from May through October.
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