Lake Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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#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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  • We crossed the lake while travelling to Monteverde. Great experience. even the mud track to get off and up to the road!  more »
  • You certainly get intimidated by the greatness of the volcano when viewing from the lake itself. We took a 1 hr tour through the lake @ $70 for the whole group of 10 people which was incredible  more »
  • We drove around Lake Arenal and it was breathtaking! A few small spots to eat with great view of some birds and other wildlife.  more »

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