We spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and the 5 nights at Arenal Manoa was by far our favorite part. We loved visiting all of the natural attractions La Fortuna has to offer. The hotel has wonderful views, comfortable rooms, and plenty to do on property. The lush foliage and wildlife all around was spectacular. The staff is friendly and accommodating. They helped our family of 4 (including kids age 7&10) book excursions that we thoroughly enjoyed. We were able to do La Fortuna waterfall on our own, and highly recommend the safari float and hanging bridges tours. Perfect for families! We went early in the mornings and had plenty of time to enjoy the 2 pools in the afternoons/evenings. Our kids loved ordering sodas and dinner at the swim up bar, and the thermal pool was the highlight of our evenings. We felt very safe and most staff spoke English, which was very helpful for our family! HIGHLY Recommend a stay at this beautiful resort.
While on excursions & at the property we saw toucans, iguana, other lizards, humming birds, king fishers, toucans, many other birds, crocodile, snakes, spiders, sloths, howler monkeys, bats, koti and more I’m probably forgetting. Amazing biodiversity!
Tips: You need closed toed shoes for some excursions. The drive from San Jose is treacherous, especially if you are not experienced on mountain roads (buses seem expensive, but worth it!) Rental cars cost more than listed when you factor in all of the extra insurance you need, do your research. My husband did not enjoy driving in Costa Rica. You can pay in USD most anywhere, bring smaller bills for tipping (definitely tip your tour guides, they are amazing!). We thought we might need jackets bc of posted temps at night, but humidity keeps it feeling warm, no need to overpack. Kids wanted rain ponchos for some hikes, but parents did not need them as it just made us feel sweaty. We went to Jaco Beach after our stay here (not family friendly and not good swimming beaches) again, do your research. We loved Playa Blanca nearby though.