My next favorite dream tour is …… drum roll….. COSTA RICA – TABACON, ARENAL is in north-western of Costa Rica with hot spring, rain forest and Arenal Volcano.
“Once locally known as Cerro Arenal (i.e. Mount Arenal) it was presumed extinct until July 29, 1968 when an earthquake caused it to erupt, after approximately 400 years of dormancy. The eruption wiped out the town of Arenal and killed 87 people . It lasted for several days, and during that time destroyed crops, property, livestock, and forests. 15 square kilometers were buried and the explosion affected over 232 square kilometers. The eruption caused three new and active craters to form. Before the eruption, there was a wide veriety of plant and wildlife on the mountain. It has been active since the explosion and can be reported to have minor eruptions every 5-10 minutes.
Arenal rises 1657 metres above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal; both are part of Arenal Volcano National Park. The country’s most active volcano, Arenal’s eruptions are strombolian in type, being frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as the viewers are behind the safety perimeter. This constant activity and minimal endangerment makes Arenal a popular tourist destination, especially at night (See image), because the lava and incandescent rocks make a spectacular sight. The last major eruption of Arenal occurred on August 23, 2000. Most of the time, the volcano is surrounded by clouds near the tip, and it is touted as good luck to see the whole volcano without clouds. The volcano heats several hot springs nearby, including Tabacon, a popular tourist destination.This is one of seven historically active Costa Rican volcanoes: Poás, Irazú, Miravalles, Orosí, Rincón de la Vieja [complex], and Turrialba.” <<<<— BY WIKIPEDIA.ORG
From what I also read on yahoo travel is that a resort place “Tabacon Hot Springs Resort And Spa” had a mixed review. Some said the hotel were nice, but it was too crowed with not much quietness like the pictures. The services were considerable rude to some travelers. Some even ended off paying double the original price. Therefore, it maybe better to go to other cheaper hotel and pay for the hot spring. Here’s the link to the review.
As for the place itself, people had said that the place is best for couple and best to go in green season and one must avoid rainy season. The town market was a great place for shopping and food. However, the volcano can only be seen at most 35 times a year according to the local. You can also pay for a tour or travel by Cruise or drive from San Jose which is three hours drive.
La Fortuna Waterfall taken by neilio
taken by loveroflife
taken by dgano31
taken by rick
taken by jpencarnaci