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ARENAL VOLCANO MAP-HOW TO GET TO ARENAL-SAMARA ADVENTURE COMPANY-Here you can find directions to Arenal by car. For other transportation options, see the Arenal Transportation page.

We do not recommend driving at night because you will miss out on the great scenery! Also, it is much more difficult to drive at night as the winding roads are in poor condition, with only one lane for each direction--not fun when meeting a bus or a big truck with reflections in your windshield and your lane is narrow, without a shoulder, no (or faded at best) painted lines, no street or direction signs and road side assistance is practically nonexistent after 6 pm! Drive during the day – it´s safer and much more beautiful!

Because we are near the equator the sunrise is roughly at 5:30 AM and sunset is at 5:30 PM all year long.

From San José to Arenal:

There are 2 routes on this map to Arenal. The shortest: blue, via San Ramon will take around 3.5 hrs. The cultural: green via nice villages including Sarchi the country's handicraft capital will take around 4 hrs.

Arenal to or from Monteverde Cloud Forest: 4hrs. A 4x4 is strongly recommended for road clearance as there is many unexpected potholes and 50% of this route is a dirt road in poor condition. There is only 1 way, via Tilaran. Some maps are showing a road on the south side of the lake but it is impassable most of the time because there are 7 streams and rivers without a bridge. For shortcuts alternatives & more info, see: Arenal Volcano to Monteverde Costa Rica

Arenal to Tamarindo: via Cañas it takes 5 hours.


Arenal to or from Monteverde Cloud Forest:

This trip is around 4 hours. A 4x4 is strongly recommended for road clearance as there are many unexpected potholes and 50% of this route is a dirt road in poor condition. There is only one way, via Tilarán. Some maps show a road on the south side of the lake but it is impassable most of the time because there are 7 streams and rivers without a bridge. For shortcuts, alternatives, and more information, see the Arenal Transportation page.


Arenal to Jaco (4 hours) or Manuel Antonio (5.5 hour): via San Ramon - Atenas - Orotina.


 
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