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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  • The Arenal Lake offers you without any doubt the best view in between the 2 oceans we have in CR. There are also many beautiful spots for eating, resting, spend time with friends or couples or just go...  more »
  • Indeed very beautiful landscapes! We l have seen on 3 sides, a very big Lake! With lots of activities around apparently
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  • Very nice Lake near Arenal Volcano. What can I say. C is a lake. Finally the largest lake in Costa Rica. C is pretty with a full wind zone. We l have skirted to go in la fortuna to Monteverde.
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  • Beautiful lake, wonderful weather, magnificent views of Arenal volcano, and great pizza at Pappa Johns.
  • Drova around the lake twice! Great road trip, windy road, take your time, enjoy the ride...it's over too quickly if you just speed though like we did the first time! Beautiful views, a lot of places to stop and take photos, picnic, hike etc...
  • 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.
  • Very nice area and worth to visit
  • 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.
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