Discover Pura Vida in Nuevo Arenal
Discover Nuevo Arenal, one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets. A place of unsurpassed natural beauty, intense bio-diversity, and rural Costa Rican charm. Home to the scenic north shore of Lake Arenal and the surrounding rolling green hillsides.
Nuevo Arenal is a small community with a big personality. It’s home to one of the fastest growing ex-pat communities in Costa Rica and for good reason. There’s plenty to do and easy access to some of Costa Rica’s top attractions. The scenery is simply spectacular and it feels like eternal springs time.
Visitors have their choice of a plethora of things to do in Nuevo Arenal. Lake Arenal offers a beautiful place to go boating, sailing, fishing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, kayaking, or just to chill out and enjoy the scenery or picnic at the Lake Arenal park. Birdwatching is phenomenal and there is plenty of wildlife. In fact, you can often spot monkeys and other exotic wildlife right in town on the lake drive, lake park, or the forest area behind the CCSS. Those seeking a more physical experience can go hiking at Lake Coter or horseback riding at El Establo. Instructional yoga classes or Spanish classes are available for self improvement.
Of course, there are plenty of other attractions and activities within a short drive. Arenal Hanging Bridges is just 40 minutes away, providing an amazing way to observe the rainforest canopy. Arenal Volcano and the soothing natural hot springs are just 45 minutes away. Whitewater rafting, canyoning, ziplining, safari float, cave exploration, waterfalls and many other activities are less than an hour from town. Head up to Rio Celeste to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica or Cano Negro for exotic wildlife.
Nuevo Arenal offers an interesting selection of lodging options and hotels. You won’t find sprawling all inclusive resorts or corporate cookie-cutter chains. But you will find small bed and breakfasts, inns, and colorful boutique hotels. Many of these hotels have less than ten rooms and specialize in personal service. You’ll also find many rental houses in Nuevo Arenal. This is an ex-pat community after-all. Many of the homeowners rent their houses when they are not around.
Aside from tourist attractions and accommodations, Nuevo Arenal has plenty to offer anybody seeking a place to retire or a second home. It’s conveniently located only a couple hours from Liberia International Airport (LIR) and offers everything you need to get by comfortably on a daily basis. In town there are grocery stores, small shops, banks, a health clinic, pharmacies, schools, and all essential services. You’ll have access to a wide variety of things to do and be surrounded by spectacular natural beauty.
You’ll also find a delightful selection of restaurants in Nuevo Arenal, including some of the best dining options in Costa Rica. Restaurants such as the Gingerbread Fine Restaurant and Las Tinajas Restaurant provide an amazing experience and delicious food. You’ll also find excellent pizza and Italian food at Los Platillos Voladores, tasty German food at the German Bakery, and a nice selection of pizza, wraps, and other plates at Moyas.
Check out our site to discover why Nuevo Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets. It’s not for everybody, but perfect for many of us and just may be everything you’re looking for.