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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    A lake that is about 10 km from the center of La Fortuna de San Carlos, beautiful place to visit. There are boats that for a low price make you a 30-minute or one-hour tour around the Arenal Volcano. Care where the parked vehicle is left as just as there are good people also there are criminals who are looking for an opportunity to steal unwary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A very large lake definitely worth seeing. It is at the base of Arenal Volcano. You can get a good view from the observation deck of The Arenal Lodge.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It was nice to take pictures of the volcano and the Lake. I think that there are best places to see the Arenal Volcano closely.
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