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48 hours in Arenal, Costa Rica

Where to stay:

For the ultimate eco-luxury experience, check into Nayara Resort. Their free-standing casitas overlook the Arenal volcano and feature outdoor showers, hammocks, and private decks. The resort includes an open-air yoga pavilion and guided bird-watching tours.

Book at Arenal Kioro and you’ll have panoramic views of the volcano from your balcony and an in-room hot tub. This boutique hotel boasts on-site hot springs, a full spa, and rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Day 1

Fuel up for your adventures at Organico Fortuna, located in the center of town. This colorful family-run restaurant serves local coffee, fruit smoothies, and good vibes. Try the gallo pinto—their healthy spin on a traditional Costa Rican breakfast—with organic brown rice and beans, scrambled eggs, and sweet plantains.

Choose your adventure:

For dinner, try Don Rufino. This inviting spot specializes in grass-fed steaks and sustainable seafood, such as grilled Pacific jumbo shrimp and trout fillets. They’re served with inspired sides, like purple corn polenta with pickled fennel and tomato-basil sauce.

Day 2

Take a scenic drive along Lake Arenal to reach Café & Macadamia. Sip the house special, café con macadamia, on their airy patio with views of the water, and order an egg, cheese, and tomato breakfast sandwich along with some tropical fruit.

Choose your adventure:

For lunch with a magnificent view, head to Emperador, at the Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort. Select dishes like salmon tartare and cilantro-and-spinach quinoa with red peppers and caramelized onions from their healthy mid-day menu.

Make your final evening special with dinner at Amor Loco, where you can enjoy live music. Begin with sea bass ceviche and beet carpaccio before moving onto vegetable green curry or mahi-mahi with romesco sauce. For a more intimate option, book the “fantasy” dinner, where you’ll sample the creations of a private chef—all served at a secluded table overlooking the rainforest.

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