Lake Arenal

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  • Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +506-88074954
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Lake, Picnic Spot

Lake Arenal - Review

Lake Arenal is a marvellous lake that sits on the bottom of the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna de San Carlos. At 33 miles wide, with a depth of 200 feet, it is a truly massive spectacle. The rolling hills surrounding the lake, coupled with the looming Arenal Volcano in the background, provides for perhaps one of the most breath-taking photo opportunities of the vacation.

In 1979, Lake Arenal was expanded as part of a massive hydroelectric project. As a result, two small towns were actually relocated further north to make way for the lake to be formed. Today, it forms a major part of Costa Rica’s economy, providing 12% of the country’s total electricity. However, that doesn’t deter scores of visitors from coming to the lake every day, which is popular for water sports due to the steady supply of strong winds. The lake is considered to be one of the world’s best locations for windsurfing and sailboarding, something you should totally consider during your time there. 

For those who wish to have a little more of a relaxing time at the lake, they can simply have a picnic on the shore, which is surrounded by hills that are perfect for an idyllic evening getaway with the family or your significant other. You can even go fishing, as the lake is swarming with rainbow bass- large fighting fish- quite the conquest if you manage to snag one!

Before you go to Lake Arenal, there is one thing you must know. Whether you’re a photographer or not, don’t forget to bring your camera for this one. If, by any chance you don’t do so, chances are you’ll have a look around and highly regret it!

Lake Arenal Information

  • The best time to go fishing for rainbow bass is at sunrise and sunset. You can opt for organised fishing trips for the same.
  • The area surrounding the lake can be toured by horseback or mountain bike, and has trails that can be hiked along.
  • For those traveling to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, taxi boats provide a quick and scenic shortcut across the lake.
  • The Tilawa Windsurf Center provides high grade equipment and tutorials on windsurfing on the lake.

Restaurants Near Lake Arenal

  • Cafe y Galeria Casa Delagua
  •  Tree House
  •  Lava Lounge
  •  Restaurante Loma Linda
  •  Pizzeria Johnny
  •  Restaurante BBQ Tres Hermanas

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TripHobo Highlights for Lake Arenal

  • Lake Arenal Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Lake Arenal Contact Number: +506-88074954
  • Lake Arenal Timing: 24-hrs
  • Lake Arenal Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Lake Arenal(preferred time): 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Lake Arenal: 02:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Lake Arenal

  • 95% of people who visit La Fortuna include Lake Arenal in their plan

  • 28.54% of people start their Lake Arenal visit around 5 PM - 6 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Lake Arenal

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lake Arenal

People normally club together Centaura- Day Horseback Riding Tours and Tabacon Hot Springs while planning their visit to Lake Arenal.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Lake Arenal, La Fortuna Reviews

  • Drova around the lake twice! Great road trip, windy road, take your time, enjoy the'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.

  • 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.

  • Beautiful place

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