Where to Stay
Since we booked our ticket a bit last minute, a lot of highly ranked hotels were booked. However, the Lost Iguana was highly ranked, in our price range and had a few rooms left. This place received great reviews online but since it is 17km outside of La Fortuna, many people opted for closer accommodations. Driving doesn't bother us and we liked the idea of staying somewhere a little more secluded, so we booked a room. Overall, we had a good experience. When we arrived on Wednesday night, the electricity in the rooms was out due to a wind storm that had just hit La Fortuna. The hotel provided us with flashlights, candles in the room and a free drink at dinner. Two hours later, the electricity was up and running! There are a few things to note about this hotel:
- There is no wi-fi in the rooms, but the wi-fi in the common area works great.
- The restaurant is pretty good! They serve a delicious breakfast, included in the room rate.
- The hotel will soon be converting to condos so each room will have a small kitchen. You'll still be able to rent a room, but each room might look a little different from the others.
Here are some pictures from the Lost Iguana:
What To Do
Arrival: We arrived on Wednesday night and were so tired that all we could do was eat dinner at the hotel and go to bed.
Day 1: Whitewater Rafting with Desafio Adventures. You can read my review here. It was a blast!
Night 1: Dinner & night pass to the Tabacon Hot Springs. Since we were in close proximity to the volcano, there are many natural hot springs in the area. Ten years ago, we tried Baldi Hot Springs which is still around today (and seemingly packed with tourists). Tabacon is supposed to be the premier hot spring resort in the area so we decided to buy an evening pass which included a buffet dinner.
There are a lot of pools at Tabacon and the landscaping is beautiful. We arrived at 6pm and had a 7pm dinner seating so we tried a few pools before dinner. At 6pm the place was PACKED - both the pools and dining room. We changed for dinner at 7pm (which was just OK) and then went back to the pools at 8pm and it was an entirely different experience. All the kids were gone and, at times, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. My recommendation is to dine elsewhere and then arrive at Tabacon around 7:30pm and buy the night pass that doesn't include food. The hot springs are a perfect follow-up to a day of rafting. My muscles thanked me in the morning.