Lake Arenal, 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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  • Driving around the winding roads of Lake Arenal is a great experience. Make sure you are not in hurry and you have plenty of time in hand to stop anywhere you want and spend time. There are numerous s...  more »
  • Great viewpoint of the volcano on a clear day. Stopped off 142 coming back from Arenal Volcano. There is a great viewpoint of the volcano on the left about 2 kilometers past the main boat ramp. 
  • It's definitely worth spending a couple of days by this lake and checking out the volcano and discovering the surrounding hills. If you venture further away from the tourist trap areas around the lake...  more »