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La Fortuna, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica

How much does it cost to travel to La Fortuna?

You should plan to spend around $100 (₡52,550) per day on your vacation in La Fortuna. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $27 (₡13,923) on meals
  • $20 (₡10,645) on local transportation
  • $99 (₡51,915) on hotels

A one week trip to La Fortuna for two people costs, on average, $1,404 (₡735,707). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to La Fortuna cost?

A one week trip to La Fortuna usually costs around $702 (₡367,853) for one person and $1,404 (₡735,707) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to La Fortuna on average costs around $1,404 (₡735,707) for one person and $2,809 (₡1,471,414) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in La Fortuna will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to La Fortuna on average costs around $3,010 (₡1,576,515) for one person and $6,019 (₡3,153,029) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to La Fortuna has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is La Fortuna expensive to visit?

Prices in La Fortuna are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Central America, La Fortuna is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Central America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, La Fortuna is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is La Fortuna Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to La Fortuna?

The average La Fortuna trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these La Fortuna travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 51,915 ($99)
Local Transportation 1 10,645 ($20)
Food 2 13,923 ($27)
Entertainment 1 22,292 ($43)
Alcohol 2 2,813 - 8,438 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in La Fortuna
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in La Fortuna is $50 (₡25,957). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in La Fortuna is $99 (₡51,915). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in La Fortuna

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in La Fortuna based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $91. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in La Fortuna
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in La Fortuna is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 (₡10,645) per person, per day, on local transportation in La Fortuna.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to La Fortuna
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Rental Cars in La Fortuna
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Food Budget in La Fortuna
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in La Fortuna can vary, the average cost of food in La Fortuna is $27 (₡13,923) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in La Fortuna should cost around $11 (₡5,569) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Fortuna is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in La Fortuna
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in La Fortuna typically cost an average of $43 (₡22,292) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in La Fortuna
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  • The average person spends about $11 (₡5,625) on alcoholic beverages in La Fortuna per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in La Fortuna
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.89 (₡991) on bottled water in La Fortuna per day. The public water in La Fortuna is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2024
La Fortuna on a Budget
La Fortuna Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica
La Fortuna is in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is the closest town to Arenal Volcano, and the area is often simply refered to as Arenal. The volcano itself is active and has been constantly erupting since 1968. It erupts on average 41 times a day. This area of northern Costa Rica is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

The best time to view the erupting volcano is at night when the lava is glowing. There are a handful of relatively expensive hotels that offer direct views of the volcano. If you're desperate to see the eruption at night, these are the best places to stay.
Most people travel to La Fortuna to see Arenal Volcano. It is often cited by scientists as being one of the top ten or top twenty most active volcanoes in the world.

Other sites near La Fortuna include Fortuna Waterfall, which can be reached by either horse or car, and Lake Arenal. Head to the village of El Castillo for the best views of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Butterfly Conservatory is also popular, as is canyoneering and whitewater rafting. There are also some nearby hot springs which are wonderfully relaxing. If you book a volcano viewing tour, it may include a visit to a hot springs spa. It is best to inquire about this ahead of time. For even more ideas, check out this list of 20 awesome things to do in Arenal.

If you're looking to enjoy the natural river and a few nearby waterfalls, head to Tabaconcito Hot Springs. It's free to enter. Alternatively, there are several developed, spa like pools that take great advantage of the hot springs as well. The most popular are Tabacon Hot Springs, Ecothermales Hot Springs, and Baldi Hot Springs. Each facility includes several pools, some with water slides. You'll also find a poolside bar which livens up the atmosphere at night.
La Fortuna is a small town that sees many tourists. As such, there are a decent number of amenities available to visitors. The town has a medic station, but serious enjoys require evacuation from town. There is also a police station, gas station, three banks, three grocery stores, a decent number of restaurants, a post office, and a hardware store.

You'll also find no shortage of hostels and hotels in town. There is a dramatic range of prices and quality, so whatever your travel style, you can be assured you will find something to meet your needs in La Fortuna.

There is no shortage of adventure activities available around La Fortuna. Visitors enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, ziplining, horseback riding, bungee jumping, and zip-lining. For those who wish to relax, there are several spas and hot springs in the area that are well worth a visit.

It's possible to book organized tours that take you to many places in the area. This can be an efficient way to explore the sights if you're on a tight schedule. Confirm what is included in your tour, including food and equipment, before finalizing arrangements.
Food and Dining
There are a handful of cheap places to eat in La Fortuna. These include Que Rico Arenal, which is Italian and offers views of the volcano, Kioro, also near the volcano, and Los Nenes, which is known for its cheap options.

The town has three small grocery stores where you can pick up snacks or food to carry with you on a hike. It's also possible to prepare your own meals if you're on a particularly tight budget.

There is an airport in La Fortuna. This is the closest airport to Arenal Volcano, but flying to the area is not common. Most visitors arrive via car or bus. The town is less than ten kilometers from the volcanoes peak and less than twenty kilometers from the entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. It is helpful to have a vehicle to make the trip. Alternatively, it is possible to organize tours to most sights in the area. Many tours visit multiple sights in one day and often include activities such as spa visits, whitewater rafting, or zip-lining. Inquire at any of the area's tourist offices or within your hotel.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.