La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos

4.5
Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
A short drive from town, La Fortuna Waterfall offers an idyllic place for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing. Fed by the Arenal River, which winds its way through the rainforest before plunging dramatically over a steep cliff, this waterfall forms a large pool at the base of a dormant volcano. Lifeguards remain on duty throughout the day, while modern facilities like restrooms and showers ensure a comfortable visit in a lush area noted for thick vegetation and abundant wildlife. Prepare for a short but arduous hike to the base of the waterfall by wearing shoes suitable for slippery and uneven terrain. Use our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner to add La Fortuna Waterfall and other attractions to your La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation plans.
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  • Nice Waterfall, there is also a area where you can swim too! Have to climb many stairs, but worth it.  more »
  • This was our second visit to the waterfall in La Fortuna and it is one of our favourite places in Costa Rica. Swimming at the foot of the falls is a great experience in a truly beautiful setting. A...  more »
  • My daughter and I walked down to the base of the waterfall which was many, many uneven steps. She got in the water, I didn't as so many photos were being taken, I didn't want to be the photo-bomb...  more »
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  • We came to La Fortuna with two little kids (4 and 1) and were able to do this outing on our own (we had a rental car) with no problem. It was easy to find and navigate. We took our 1 year old in a baby carrier but our 4-year-old walked the whole way down and UP the stairs. The path down to the falls is very well maintained and beautiful. Definitely worth it and worth the slightly steep price.
  • Stunning, beautiful, surreal would not even begin to describe this place!! It’s a long stair hike( be ready for that) totally worth it! It feels like being in a beautiful painting! The sounds of the water and birds in the trees was indescribable!! What a majestic place!! Water is refreshingly cold! So neat!!!!
  • Beautiful waterfall. Worth the $18pp entrance fee considering how well kept the trails and premises are. Bathrooms and showers are very spacious and clean. The rocks are slippery if you want to swim so bring water shoes.
  • Other reviewers captured it perfectly. Fairly easy hike down 500 stairs and I guess if your going to make a tourist site more tourist friendly by taking out the natural trails (minus 1 star) I think they did a fairly good job. Easy hike if you take your time. $18 ea is too much. This is a couple hours of your day at most.
  • Awesome experience. Make sure you have decent shoes (I used Keen water sandals) as it is quite rocky and slippery near the waterfall. The waterfall is very strong so not every one can swim near it. But there is a back section with calmer water as well. Just be prepared for the steps back up! Parking was no issue in their lot.

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