Why visit Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, Costa Rica?

Arenal Lake is one of the world’s three best places to go windsurfing, the other two being Garda Lake in Italy and George River in the United States.

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Costa Rica stands out for being full of beautiful nature, and is known worldwide as an ecological paradise. The country is just 19,929 square miles large, which only represents 0.1% of the world’s land mass, but it’s home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica is full of lush tropical jungles, volcanoes, rivers, beaches, and majestic lakes, including Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Arenal Lake is located at the base of the colossal volcano of the same name, and it’s the country’s largest lake. It’s approximately 30 kilometres long and nearly 5 kilometres wide at its widest point, with a surface area of 85 square kilometres. The areas surrounding the lake, including amazing landscapes, rocky slopes, and dense mountains, are as stunning as the lake itself. All of this makes it an ideal destination for visitors to the picturesque town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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The origins of Arenal Lake

Arenal Lake was originally formed 2 to 3 million years ago by the movement of tectonic plates, which created a small hollowed out space in the Arenal Valley. This hollow filled up with water becoming a small lagoon, which was the original starting point of Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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In 1973, the lake was made wider by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, at which point its volume of flow was increased three fold in order to become a hydro-electric source. Currently, it produces 40% of Costa Rica’s electricity.

It’s important to note that during the expansion of the lake, the Arenal Viejo and Tronadora communities were completely flooded and their inhabitants had to be moved to other towns.

Arenal Lake Activities

If you’re looking for unique, exciting adventures, Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, Costa Rica is the ideal place to find them and to be surrounded by lush nature.

We want to share this list of the best activities you can partake in at Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, in order to experience the “pura vida” lifestyle.

Windsurfing

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Have you ever wanted to try windsurfing? We recommend doing it at Arenal Lake, which stands out as one of the three best spots in the world to go windsurfing, along with Garda Lake in Italy and George River in Columbia, United States.

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This extreme sport is especially enjoyable at Arenal Lake, because of the water quality and the strong winds, which are essential for a world class windsurfing experience. The dry season, from December to March, provides the best weather conditions for this activity.

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Kayaking

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This is a perfect activity to try on a family vacation or with friends at Arenal Lake, which offers visitors the perfect conditions. Whether or not you have experience, kayaking is a great way to experience the water and its aquatic life. Rowing a kayak on the lake is excellent exercise, and an amazing experience that you won’t want to miss.

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Sport fishing

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If you love fishing and you’re visiting La Fortuna, Arenal Lake will be the perfect spot for you. The lake’s refreshing waters are favourable for fishing rainbow bass, tilapia and machaca fish. An added bonus is that you can experience the most beautiful sunrises or sunsets here while taking part in this popular sport.

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Boat rides

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This activity may be more relaxing than the others, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting and exciting. A boat ride on Arenal Lake in La Fortuna, Costa Rica is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Arenal Volcano, and the incredible scenery surrounding the lake. You can also see local and migratory birds, and on some occasions, different types of mammals and reptiles next to the lake.

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There’s also a variety of activities to try in the areas surrounding the lake. There are amazing hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding options.

Sounds amazing, right? Now there’s no excuse not to come visit this slice of paradise in Costa Rica, either alone, with friends, or with family. The “pura vida” country is waiting with open arms.

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