Great Volcano Vacations
Mt. Arenal, Costa Rica
Last Eruption: Continuing
Why It’s Cool: The almost daily incandescent spectacle, rising 5,480 feet above an expansive lake and surrounding jungle, makes for a dramatic photo op. The woods, laced with hiking and walking trails across old lava fields, are rich with howler monkeys and toucans, while the lake is a prime windsurfing and fishing spot.
Hot Hotel: Built by the Smithsonian Institute, the nearby Arenal Observatory Lodge offers prime fireworks viewing from picture windows in most guest rooms, the restaurant, and the terrace. Don’t miss their guided El Silencio evening forest hike.