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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  • fantastic views once the rain stops. We used the ferry service en route short cut between Arenal and Monteverde, which was an experience in itself, especially if you have heavy bags that have to be ca...  more »
  • Really nice journey across lake, took about 75min, the weather wasn't fantastic but still an enjoyable journey 
  • Went paddle boarding with Desafio tours on Lake Arenal and it was breathtaking. The lake is stunning and surrounded by a picturesque landscape that I thought only existed in fantasy. It was an amazing...  more »