Soda el Río in La Fortuna is not just an average restaurant. What sets it apart from a basic, small town restaurant is the warmth, the welcoming staff and, last but certainly not least, the amazing Costa Rican food.
Located only 200 meters south of La Fortuna’s Catholic Church, Soda el Río is a popular spot for both, locals and tourists.
According to Luis Fernando, his grandmother started it all. She was a great cook and decided to make some extra money by cooking and selling food from her own home. But as La Fortuna town began to grow, so did the demand for home cooked Costa Rican food. By 1995, Luis Fernando’s family had started a solid business and opened Soda el Río’s doors to the general public.
Just as Luis Fernando’s family business, many other locals and foreign investors have also had the satisfaction to see their businesses grow – thanks to La Fortuna’s great development in the past few years. La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area’s restaurants, hotels, shops and travel agencies have been some of the most benefited businesses due to the area’s constant growth.
Nowadays, La Fortuna town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, as it is blessed with surrounding natural beauty, such as the Arenal Volcano National Park, and is not far from the pacific coastline and its beaches, as well as Costa Rica’s capital city San José.
La Fortuna is located on the Northern Plains of Costa Rica, approximately 3 hours from San José, 3 1/2 hours from Manuel Antonio, 3 1/2 hours from Monteverde, 3 1/2 hours from Poás Volcano, and about 3 hours from Liberia, depending on road and weather conditions.
As most towns in Costa Rica, La Fortuna is centered around the Catholic Church and the central park. Here you’ll also find restaurants, hotels and ‘cabinas’, travel agencies and information centers, supermarkets, pharmacies, souvenir shops, small shopping centers, Internet cafés, local banks and ATMs, gas stations, bus stations, taxis, among other businesses.
Being such a privileged region, La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area combined receives over 1,500,000 visitors each year, resulting in plenty of accommodation alternatives in the area, looking to suit every budget.
Within La Fortuna, there are many hotels to choose from. These hotels offer a convenient location next the town center. Hotels in La
Outside of La Fortuna, hotels in the surrounding Arenal Volcano area are more expensive, but they offer great volcano views and more amenities than those near the town center. Some of the most popular hotels in the area are:
Attractions in La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano Area
Aside from the many options for lodging in there area, there’s also a great number of exciting vacation packages and guided tours, offered to those seeking an unforgettable experience by exploring the town and its surroundings at its fullest.
La Fortuna’s Catholic Church: This modern churc was designed by famous Costa Rican artist Teodorico Quirós, and features a beautiful front steeple and clock tower. Right in front of the church is the central park, where you can spend some time simply experiencing this small town’s life and admiring the majestic Arenal Volcano in the background.
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Chato Volcano is an inactive volcano that sits in the southeast side of Arenal Volcano. Cerro Chato, along with the surrounding Arenal Volcano National Park, is home to a wide variety of flora, exotic birds and animals.
Hot Springs: The Arenal area is famous for its beautiful volcano, rainforests, lake and incredible wildlife. One great benefit of having a volcano nearby is the natural geothermal heat that warms up groundwater which results in natural hot springs. The hot springs are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of nature.
La Fortuna and the Arenal area can be the perfect romantic haven, with the best combination of activities and destinations. And for those looking for an adrenaline rush, there are as well several adventurous activities that one can really enjoy while in the area, including white water rafting, hiking excursions, kayaking, rappelling, horseback riding and canopy tours.
Planning your first trip to this tropical paradise can be somewhat overwhelming, as there are many things to consider. The climate of the La Fortuna area is relatively comfortable, but as in most parts of the country, it is constantly changing. Taking this into consideration, we recommend you bring the following items with you:
For all the other details of your trip, having an experienced travel agency prepare your trip can be your best option and will ensure a stress free experience from start to finish. Expediciones Tropicales can take care of your accommodation in Arenal, rental car, private transportation, local flights, vacation packages and tours in the area.
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