Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

Neuvo Arenal, Costa Rica, as its name implies, is a new town, located on the north shore of Lake Arenal.  The former fishing village was relocated in 1978 as the dammed lake was filled.  The new town is located about a one-hour drive northwest from the original village and is connected by Route 142 to La Fortuna, Tejona dn Tilarán.  Nuevo Arenal has a strong German influence, as seen in many homes, barns and businesses.  The town is located at the base of Arenal Volcano and has easy access to all the adventure and natural activities this region is known for.  The region has long been a hub for internationals moving to Costa Rica, and many call Nuevo Arenal home. 

Nuevo Arenal Location

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Nuevo Arenal Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Savanna

Similar to the rest of the Arenal region, Nuevo Arenal experiences both dry and rainy seasons. The average temperature in Nuevo Arenal is 21.9°C (71.4°F), with the highest average temperatures occurring in April at 22.9°C (73.3°F) and the lowest average temperatures occurring in January at 21.0°C (69.7°F). Throughout the year, the total rainfall averages 1,809mm (71.2 inches).

Nuevo Arenal Weather

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9:44 am
weather icon 27°C | °F
L: 27° H: 27°
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Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:24 am
Sunset: 5:51 pm

At a Glance

Population: 2,685 (2020 data)

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Abangares, La Fortuna, Nuevo Arenal, San Luis, Santa Rosa, Tejona, Tilarán, Tronadora

Largest Regional City: Liberia

Vibe: mountain, rural, tourist, adventure-seeking, natural beauty, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport – 97 kilometers (60.25 miles) – approx. 1 hour, 45 minutes without heavy traffic


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