Destination guide

Delight in the majestic landscape of San Carlos

The hot springs, jungle and waterfalls are the perfect backdrop to your holiday home in San Carlos. This city's hiking, ziplining and local tours draw many visitors. A holiday rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around San Carlos

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit during your stay? You'll be sure to enjoy San Carlos for its hiking and ziplining. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes San Carlos a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Arenal Adventure World (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Ecoglide Arenal Park (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Arenal Natura Ecological Park (9.7 mi / 15.5 km)
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures (12.5 mi / 20.1 km)
  • Arenal Eco Zoo (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Butterfly Conservatory (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the volcano viewpoints and other natural features in San Carlos

San Carlos is famous for its relaxing hot springs, lush rainforest and beautiful waterfalls. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, San Carlos is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • La Fortuna Waterfall (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Ecotermales Fortuna (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Cerro Chato Lake (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Arenal Volcano (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Arenal Volcano National Park (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
  • Children's Eternal Rainforest (11.6 mi / 18.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around San Carlos

The nearest airport is in San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), located 39.4 mi (63.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), which is 44.3 mi (71.4 km) away.

Where to stay around San Carlos?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 363 holiday lettings near San Carlos. From 169 Houses to 37 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Carlos is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in San Carlos?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Carlos. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • La Fortuna: 350 holiday homes
  • Quesada: 38 holiday homes
  • Quesada City Park: 222 holiday homes
  • Arenal Volcano National Park: 307 holiday homes
  • Arenal Volcano: 315 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in San Carlos! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in San Carlos?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in San Carlos with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • La Fortuna: 350 holiday lettings
  • Quesada: 38 holiday lettings
  • Boca Arenal: 161 holiday lettings
  • Pital: 15 holiday lettings
  • Monterrey: 218 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to San Carlos?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in San Carlos are:

  • Arenal Airport (FON): 346 self catering accommodations
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO): 467 self catering accommodations
  • Codela Airport (CSC): 143 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in San Carlos?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in San Carlos. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Quesada City Park: 222 holiday rentals
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures: 395 holiday rentals
  • Arenal Adventure World: 351 holiday rentals
  • Aguas Zarcas Church: 85 holiday rentals
  • Tabacon Hot Springs: 395 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Carlos listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.