Arenal Services & Facilities
La Fortuna is Arenal's go to location for hotels, shopping, restaurants and tours. Just 11 miles east of the Arenal volcano, La Fortuna has supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, shops, Internet cafes, a post office and a gas station all within walking distance of downtown.
La Fortuna has pay phones in the central park, but you'll need to purchase a pre-paid phone card from the local grocery store or pharmacy to use them.
Cell phone service has improved in recent years, and most hotels and tourist hotspots receive at least minimum signal strength. However, there is no service available within Arenal Volcano National Park.
Internet cafes are on every block in La Fortuna, offering high-speed connections and Wi-Fi for cell phones and laptops. In general, the cost hovers around $1 per hour. Many hotels and hostels offer Internet access in their lobbies and some have free in-room Wi-Fi.
There is a full-service gas station in the center of La Fortuna, located on the main street, where drivers can fuel up, get their oil checked, and perform other basic vehicle maintenance.
Located on the north side of the Catholic church, the La Fortuna post office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
La Fortuna has four banks. Each has an ATM that will accept most international debit and credit cards.
Located on Calle 3, the public clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and all night on Friday and Saturday. On Mondays, the clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some doctors speak English. Minor injuries only. Telephone: 2479-9501 or 2479-9142.
All major injuries or accidents requiring surgery have to be transferred 50 minutes by car/ambulance to the public hospital in Ciudad Quesada.
In Costa Rica, pharmacists are trained and licensed to attend minor maladies and to prescribe most medicines. For minor ills – migraines, cuts, flus – the pharmacy will be the least expensive and, usually, the most efficient option.