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. 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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  • Lake Arenal is a beautiful man-made lake. That now has many activities such as kayaking canoeing and wind surfing. But it’s just beautiful to look at which you’ll have plenty opportunity because to ba...  more »
  • Arenalvulkanen was previously in ever activity and this provided tourists. Here is a plethora of hotels. But now the volcano had a longer, quiet period as interest has something the tourist industry dabbet and struggling enough here with overcapacity.
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  • We followed him on the north shore from the dam, it offers a nice view but nothing exceptional
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Options consist of hotels, guesthouses, and backpacker hostels, most of which sit near the town's main road--Route 142--and the bus station. You can expect a swimming pool and complimentary breakfast at most mid-range accommodations there. If you're feeling more adventurous, choose to stay at one of the spas or eco-resorts at the foot of the volcano, where you'll also enjoy onsite access to natural hot springs.
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