Lake Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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#5 of 11 in Nature in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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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  • I know Im a bit slow and old but this hike was not as good as others we had been on the guide really only told us things that we had already heard on previous walks/hikes. the path was very rough and....  more
    I know Im a bit slow and old but this hike was not as good as others we had been on the guide really only told us things that we had already heard on previous walks/hikes. the path was very rough and....  more »
  • Skip it! Pretty ordinary with lots of better eco-alternatives around the area. Long lines and very cloudy the day my wife and I were there 
    Skip it! Pretty ordinary with lots of better eco-alternatives around the area. Long lines and very cloudy the day my wife and I were there  more »
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  • Beautiful view of the lake with a sinuous road and beautiful views of the mountains.
  • Probably the most beautiful lake of Costa Rica!

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