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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  • It was so beautiful driving around the lake and looking out at it. The whole area is beautiful and really takes your breath away.  more »
  • I jumped in the a lake for my first time ever....and it was amazing! I am not a swimmer but the local guides are truly the best. We had a group of 44 people and we all got an opportunity to kayak on t...  more »
  • We went kayaking, on this lake. It started out a bit drizzly, but after getting our kayaks, the rain poured down and medium winds. the guides were pretty cool - as we were with a group, most of the ki...  more »
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  • Nice scenery and much cooler than the coast. It was 35 degrees near the coast and only 26 to 27 degrees near the lake. Much more comfortable.
  • This area of Costa Rica is breath taking. It is a place that you would like to spend a few days. It has alot to offer to nature lovers.
  • So beautiful. An excellent way to make your journey across to the near town of La Fortuna. The volcano slowly creeps closer and closer. Highly recommended than a car or bus.
  • Just drove by, but beautiful lake
  • Beautiful beautiful lake
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