Lake Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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#5 of 10 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. With our custom trip planner, La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions like Lake Arenal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • You must spend a couple hours on a kayak out on the lake--the views of the volcano and the wildlife are breathtaking.  more »
  • Imagine kayaking with a volcano in the background! What a simply beautiful lake and the views are killer!  more »
  • This Lake, promising on paper, is on the junction between the region of Arenal and Monteverde. However, the route turns without interest. No view is laid out along the road to enjoy the scenery. So along the Lake without seeing him, stuck in a boring vegetable corridor. Or if we see is rolling, although it is possible to make a brief stop. Not much to do to correct it, so: design (and announce) some views along the road... and cut the vegetation to see sth ;-)
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