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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  • It is a long, winding, and hilly road around the lake which will take you to the Arenal Volcano. You will be driving slowly so allow ample time. You would not wind to drive after dark! The views are b...  more »
  • For the transfer from Arenal to Monteverde we took a bus to the lake, then a ferry across Lake Arenal, then a bus to Monteverde. It was a comfortable ride, about half an hour, very nice scenery. Be ad...  more »
  • It happens quite easily (looking, anyway) to find a spot on a lake for a little picnic
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