Lake Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

#5 of 10 in Nature in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Water Body · Nature / Park
Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal encompasses about 85 sq km (32 sq mi). Originally much smaller, the lake tripled in size when a huge dam was built in the 1970s. Get on the water to admire the surrounding natural scenery, green undulating hills surrounding the deep blue lake, and the Arenal Volcano in the background. A windsurfing and sailboarding haven thanks to its constant winds, the lake offers numerous recreational activities. Take a boat tour and enjoy the picturesque landscape, go fishing for rainbow bass, rent a kayak, or explore the surroundings on bike, foot, or horseback. A visit to Lake Arenal represents just the start of the adventure when you use our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We enjoyed our beautiful scenic along the entire north coast. Tropical jungle with occasional views of the lake. Due to Covid, many of the restaurants, hotels, and shops were out of business and...  more »
  • This lake is quite big, it takes quite some time to cross over it but it's beautiful, look at volcano  more »

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