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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  • The Lake around the volcano, just like everything else in the region is very beautiful. If you're spending a few days, it becomes very difficult to choose which tours do. But this I believe is worth it!
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  • This was to be a highlight of our trip, ended up being a boat ride through fog and rain. The boat ride was slow which would be fantastic had the weather cooperated  more »
  • Beautiful views of the volcano. Wildlife sitings in abundance near the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for the birdlife.  more »

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