La Fortuna de San Carlos , thats the full name, has changed it face in the last years to a tourist town. You can find many art shops, tour agencies and Internetcafes. In the town are a lot of cheap accommodations. La Fortuna is located at the inactive side of the volcano. To see the lava flow you should take a tour in the evening to the westside, maybe combiened with a visit of the hot springs.