Cities with International Airports
San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is 190 km or 118 miles away, a 3 hour 40 minute drive to Living Forest. San Jose is good source for getting supplies, for medical care and there are some museums, theaters and variety of restaurants.
Liberia is an hour drive from Living Forest. (The airport is 1 h 20 min drive) Liberia has some museums, restaurants, stores and many national parks to visit surrounding it, including Pacific beaches, volcanoes, bird sanctuaries, and waterfalls. Liberia has major stores including Pricesmart, Walmart and Pegueño Mundo.
Local Towns + Villages
La Fortuna is a 63 km, 40 miles, 1.5 hour drive from Living Forest. It is the main touristic town at Lake Arenal with numerous restaurants, stores etc. It is surrounded with a wide range of activities, such as zip lining, hot springs and hanging bridges.
Tilaran is a large town17 km, 10.5 miles, 20 minute drive from Living Forest. Here you can do your grocery shopping, find hardware stores, banks, doctors and dentists. We recommend the Supermarket Zamora which carries a good selection of health food items
Nuevo Arenal, is 17 km, 10.5 miles, 25 minute drive from Living Forest. You can find a bank and stores here, including a health food store.
Sabalito is not so much a town as it is a village. It is a short 1 mile,10 minute walk from Living Forest. Has one small store with the basics. The town has an amazing yoghurt factory selling greek style natural yoghurt (Tisufarm) items!
Tierras Morenas, is also a rural village 6 km, 3.7 miles, 10 minute drive from Living Forest. It has a couple of stores, and it hosts a popular annual Ox-cart festival.
Aquacate - 8.9 km, 5.5 miles away, 13 minute drive. This lovely small village host a favorite bi-monthly farmer market.
Tenorio National Park is about a 1.5 hour drive from Living Forest.
Also located in the Tenorio National Park is Rio Celeste
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve is an 1.5 hour drive from Living Forest.
Tabacón Hot Springs is about a 1 hour drive from Living Forest.
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is about a 2 hour drive from Living Forest.
Arenal Volcano National Park is a 1 hour drive from Living Forest. arenal1968.com/en
Viento Fresco Waterfall Hike + Restaurant is a 3/4 hour drive from Living Forest.
Llanos de Cortez - Waterfall. This is one of the largest waterfalls in Costa Rica. lcano National Park is a 1 hour drive from Living Forest. facebook.com/CatarataLlanosdeCortes
Tula Vida Equine Therapy - is so close! a 5 minute drive from Living Forest
Tico Wind Wind Surf, Kite + Foil Center is so close!!...about a 5 minute drive from Living Forest.
Zip Line Tours at Arenal Volcano, 1 hour, 15 minute drive hotelloslagos.com/actividades-canopy-tours
Fly Zone Costa Rica - This wake boarding venue is a 20 minute drive from Living Forest.
Stand Up Paddle Board is 20 minute drive from Living Forest.
Kayaking Tours - is a 25 minute drive form Living Forest.
Catamaran Tucan Arenal - is 20 minute drive form Living Forest.
Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate Tours - 1.3 hour drive from Living Forest.
Ecotermales Hot Springs is a 1.25 hour drive from Living Forest. ecotermalesfortuna.cr
Baldi Hot Springs is a 1.25 hour drive from Living Forest. baldihotsprings.cr
Equss - a 5 minute drive from Living Forest. They have a wood burning oven, which gives a delicious flavor to their meat dishes. Popular with locals as well as tourists.
Cafe & Macadamia - 9 minute drive from Living Forest. Great food, beautiful view over Lake Arenal.
Restaurante El Corral - 20 minute drive from Living Forest. Good food and reasonable prices.
Lake Arenal Hotel and Brewery - 10 minute drive from Living Forest. Bar food and locally brewed beer. Often offers live music.
Moya’s Place - a 20 minute drive, from Living Forest. Great food and nice atmosphere in center of town. Some nights they have live music. facebook.com/moyasplace
Los Platillos Voladores - a 25 minute drive from Living Forest. Italian food.
Casa Italia Nuevo Arenal - a 25 minute drive from Living Forest. Delicious Italian food.
Tinajas - a 25 minute drive from Living Forest. Wonderful view over Lake Arenal. We recommend going at sunset! facebook.com/LasTinajaArenal
Gingerbread - a 25 minute drive from Living Forest. Upper-scale restaurant run by a Israeli chef. Delicious food. Live music sometimes. facebook.com/gingerbreadarenal