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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  • In the town of Nuevo Arenal, 1 hour drive from La Fortuna there is a hidden park, where you can swim in 68 degree water! there is a boat ramp and you can camp or have a picnic. The town itself has a p...  more »
  • Great walk in the Arenal 1968 area walking under a downtown pour nevertheless enjoying every moment. A great short hike that is easy and enjoyable to all ages. We walked very pleasantly when the rain ...  more »
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