El Castillo (Costa Rica)
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El Castillo is in Costa Rica.
The town of El Castillo is located in very close proximity to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, and is situated just 10km off the Rainforest Highway between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal.
The village of El Castillo was created as a result of the 1968 surprise eruption of Cerro Arenal that required the mass relocation of hundreds of families to safer zones. Originally a quiet agricultural centre, El Castillo was soon discovered by a new generation of bohemians looking for the perfect blend of climate and lifestyle.
And it’s no surprise, since El Castillo provides the best views of the volcano or lake anywhere. The unique combination of quiet village life and a growing number of ex-pat enterprises means the area buzzes with activity-from canopy tours and horseback riding to hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. We boast Costa Rica’s largest butterfly conservatory and the ever-popular Snake and Reptile Zoo. Now, a growing arts and music culture is making El Castillo a must-see destination for creative people from all over the world.
Drive west from La Fortuna toward the Arenal Volcano National Park and Tilaran. Before the bridge over Lake Arenal, turn left at the police station and follow the dirt road for 10km.
There is a local transport (shuttle bus) that picks up daily at the Mega Super in La Fortuna at 11am for $8.00 (4,000 colones). The drivers name is Arturo and it is a green van.
If staying in El Castillo, most things are within walking distance. This is a very small town and locals will definitely stop to give you a ride if going anywhere outside of the town and they see you walking.
Howler's: Located next door to the Majestic Hotel, this bar is often filled with locals enjoying a cold beer and listening to local music.
Rancho Margot: sustainable eco-lodge hotel is a must visit during your visit to the La Fortuna area! Whether enjoying a bungalow overnight in the middle of the rainforest, or a day visit for a guided 2-hour ranch tour and lunch, this 400-acre self-sufficient property is a must see!
Hummingbird Nest B&B: Relax in our tropical garden paradise with monkeys, butterflies and exotic birds! Experience the panoramic view of an active volcano from a luxurious hot tub spa.
Pura Vida Guest House: Pura Vida Guesthouse & Hostel is not a regular hotel or hostel. There is no official reception, no fancy uniform, but plenty of hospitality. Pura Vida Guesthouse offers three bedrooms with shared bath (hot shower) and dorm type accomdations for guests. The guesthouse specializes in a smaller family type accommodation that is simple, economical and comfortable.
Drive your way out of El Castillo, or if headed to Monteverde you can opt for the jeep/boat/jeep option that will take you in a boat across Lake Arenal and deliver you directly to your Monteverde hotel.