La Fortuna


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This neighborhood is very safe.


There are too many good restaurants to choose from.


Lower cost of living for remote workers.

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This neighborhood has a decent amount of places to work outside the house.

Sitting under the looming Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is an enchanting town and a prime spot for adrenaline junkies. This small village is popular with tourists, expats, and locals, but there is only one proper coworking space—Selina La Fortuna. Any Selina outpost is always a safe bet for those craving social energy and reliable WiFi. Organico Fortuna is also a great place to work with vegan and gluten-free options. 

For eating, wander along the main road to Pollo Fortuneno, a local spot with tasty roasted chicken or Soda La Horminga for typical Costa Rican food. Continue down the street to Mercadito Arenal where you’ll find international food stalls in a funky open-air setting. For something a little different, head to the site of the 1968 Arenal Volcano eruption and snack at their cafe with amazing views and lava trails you can hike. Those with a finer pallet might want to check out the five-star experience at Don Rufino’s. For the party people, Voodoo Bar and Cocktails brings a unique and spooky experience to the cocktail scene and Lava Lounge is a great local spot to grab a cocktail and dance the night away. 

A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without hiking around Arenal Volcano National Park. The Baldi hot springs are well worth the entrance fee to take a soak in the aguas termales and enjoy the jungle surroundings. The Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges are not for the faint of heart but the views are top-notch and a walk through Sloth’s Territory gives you a good chance of getting to see the sleepy creatures. Foodies should take a trip to either the Don Olivo chocolate tour, a great spot for chocoholics who want to visit a family-owned cacao farm, or North Fields Coffee and Chocolate Tour for those who can’t decide between their two favorite caffeine sources. You can also save some money at the free El Choyin hot springs which are just across the street from the ritzier Tabacon Hot Springs. This river is hot on one side and cold on the other.

Kayla Kurin
May 19, 2023
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Kayla Kurin is a travel, health, and fiction writer from Canada. She is the author of Where Can I Find Wifi? Work Anywhere, Travel Forever: Tales of a Digital Nomad and The Nomadic Art of Budget Travel...

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