Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from all three Washington-area airports to Liberia, Costa Rica. Nuevo Arenal is 66 miles from Liberia, about a 11 / 2-to-2-hour drive.
WHERE TO STAY
Arenal Lakeview Villa
Comfy bilevel homestead on a 40-acre jungle plot has two full kitchens and sleeps up to six. Available from $110 a day, with a three- day minimum.
Lucky Bug B&B
Fun and funky B&B, cafe and arts boutique. Available from $79 a day for two people.
WHERE TO EAT
Rustic Costa Rican fare. Entrees start at about $9.
Restaurante Las Delicias
Traditional home-style local food. Entrees start at about $6 .
Tom’s Pan German Bakery
Fresh baked breads and pastries, sandwiches and salads. Entrees start at about $10.
WHAT TO DO
Fish Lago Cote
Guided tours by Jim Harvey for two or three people cost $250 and include equipment, lunch and beverages and last four to six hours.