Trip Planner: Central America / Costa Rica / Province of Alajuela / Arenal Volcano National Park / La Fortuna de San Carlos / Lake Arenal
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.
Tours to Lake Arenal
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $185
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Kayaking Tour on Lake Arenal BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $63
Duration: 4 hours
Lake Arenal Reviews
Se puede navegar en el lago tomando uno de los tours que se ofrecen a la orilla, es un buen lugar para tomar fotografías pero hay pocos espacios para pasar un rato viendo el lugar. more »You can sail on the lake taking one of the tours offered to the shore, it is a good place to take pictures but there are few spaces to spend some time looking at the place.
I rode a bike a good bit around the south side of the lake and that was scenic - but then I couldn't see the lake about half the time. Crossed three streams/rivers that were scenic. Lake is made up of... more »
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