Lake Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

4.3
#5 of 10 in Nature in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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  • While touring Costa Rica we had the opportunity to travel around this lake and see it from different viewpoints and our guide gave us great information on it. We were told it was completed in 1979...  more »
  • Pleasant trip on the lake but surprisingly short of wildlife to be spotted. The lake is much bigger than you expect and we ended up driving round the top end on our way to the peninsula. Kayaking...  more »

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