La Fortuna is the name of a district and a small city located in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. “La Fortuna” is Spanish for “The Fortune”, and aptly named due its ample supply of tourist attractions and extremely fertile lands. The town got its name due to its sparing from the Arenal Volcano’s eruptions.
Arenal is often cited by scientists as being in the top 10 or top 20 of the world’s most active volcanoes. La Fortuna is less than 10 km from the peak of Arenal and less than 20 km from the entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park (the entrance is west of the peak, whereas La Fortuna is east of the peak)