Lake Arenal Costa Rica
There are lots of things to do in Cost Rica. Costa Rica is the land of eternal spring with typical temperatures around 75 to 85 degree year around. Usually 10 to 15 knot winds and rain is almost never a problem when scheduling activities. No mosquitoes. Great restaurants and numerous local activities including horseback riding to 5 rainforest waterfalls, zip lining over the rainforest canopy, tram tours, butterfly & snake museums, volcano tours, ATV & motorcycle rentals & tours, canoeing, white water rafting, hanging bridges, tours of coffee plantations, cloud forest, hot springs, mud baths, world class windsurfing and much more. See the list of activities below. Contact Us
Lake Arenal is the land of eternal spring with daily temperatures of around 75 to 85 degrees. At night the temperatures drop to around 65 degrees. Absolutely the best climate I've ever seen for traveling. Rica Travel discovered activities, restaurants, fishing, art and nature tours everywhere. Travel to Costa Rica for your next adventure vacation.
Lake Arenal usually has 10 to 15 knot winds and rain is almost never a problem, except for December. Very little crime and a paved hardtop road from the airport to the front door of all of our properties. No Mosquitoes even at night, unlike the beaches! We originally, like so many other Lake Arenal residents, first looked at purchasing property on or near the beach. It's really hot at the beach. The temperature will drop 15 to 20 degrees or more when you leave the beach and arrive at Lake Arenal. The beach and central valleys have two seasons. Dry and Wet. During the dry season the beach and valleys look parched and brown. The streams are dry. During the Wet season everything is green and pretty, but it can rain a lot. Lake Arenal is always green.
No Mosquitoes, great climate.
Lake Arenal gets a lot of rain, but it gets it all year around and usually in the evenings or nights. There is really not a dry season in Lake Arenal. Its tropical year around. Rains mostly in the late evenings and nights. Lake Arenal (the lake) stays 76 degrees year around. Our Bed & Breakfast is located very near the small town of Nuevo Arenal. The town is the focal point for most locals. There's two hardware stores, three grocery stores, a bank, a lawyer, a pharmacy, local medical clinic, school, western union, small local police station, several great restaurants and a gas station. The water and electric companies are located in Arenal.
Said to be some of the purest water in the world, the lake is approx 33 Square Miles. A good hardtop road follows the lake on the east side with remarkable views of the lake and lush tropical vegetation. The water is very clear except for months when the wind is ripping Jan to March. The lake is world famous for windsurfing during these months. The lake has excellent fishing for a number of species of fish including world famous rainbow bass up to 20 lbs. Guided fishing for saltwater and/or freshwater can be arranged but should be mentioned when booking your vacation especially during high season. The lake also has several ramps and a nice park. The lake is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. There are many art galleries around the lake as well as excellent restaurants.
Lake Arenal Activities
Activities: Rica Travel has Zip lining the jungle, horseback riding, hanging bridges, canopy tours, canoeing, hiking, fishing, shopping, ATVing, volcano tours, butterfly farms, white water rafting, rainforest sky tram, numerous gift shops and art galleries, hot springs, mud baths, museums, great restaurants, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.
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Rica Travel has restaurants and numerous local activities including horseback riding to 5 rainforest waterfalls, zip lining over the rainforest canopy, tram tours, butterfly & snake museums, volcano tours, ATV & motorcycle rentals & tours, canoeing, white water rafting, hanging bridges, tours of coffee plantations, cloud forest, hot springs, mud baths, world class windsurfing and much more. Visit our Lake Arenal Action Adventure website for more information on local activities.
Rica Travel found he roads in Lake Arenal are maintained better than most roads in the country because of the tourist attraction centered around the Lake Arenal Volcano. You can see it erupt daily if you go to La Fortuna. La Fortuna is a small town located approx 30 minutes South of Lake Arenal at the base of Arenal Volcano. There are unbelievable activities available here from Volcano tours, Horseback Riding to jungle waterfalls, Hot Springs Baths and Massages, white water rafting, Kayaking, fishing, ATV Rentals, Windsurfing, Zip Lining, balloon riding, restaurants, more restaurants, coffee and banana plantation tours. People from all over the world come here for the activities.
Travel to see Arenal Volcano while in Rica. Nuevo Arenal is approx 30 miles and across the lake from the volcano which erupts daily and is especially beautiful at night. Lake Arenal sits at the base of the volcano and the water temperature stays an average of 76 degrees year round. Also at the base of the volcano is world famous Tabacon resort with hot springs coming from the volcano. Tabacon is expensive but worth a day trip. There are also less expensive hot springs in the area. You will be provided with all this information upon arrival. There are many areas to view the volcano and there's also a national park at the base of the volcano. The area surrounding the volcano is very lush with dark green tropical vegetation everywhere. The road to the volcano is all hardtop. Its about 30 -35 minutes to the volcano from the lodge. View more Arenal Volcano information
Lake Arenal Butterflies
Lake Arenal has lots of butterflies. Some are only found here. The Blue Morpho butterfly is considered a spiritual symbol to the local Tico People. It is found in Late August and September. There are several butterfly museums in lake Arenal where you can see large collections of Costa Rica Butterflies.
Taxes & Utilities
The taxes and utilities are very inexpensive compared to US standards. You don't feel like you're being penalized for owning a home like you do in the states. The houses are very different than what you will find driving to the beach or from the airport. Arenal homes are very well built and the area is often compared to the Great Smoky Mountains in the States. The homes have lawn and sidewalks like in the States.
Driving & Flying Directions
If you fly into Liberia and rent a car and drive to Lake Arenal it will take less than 2 hours. You first drive to Canas then turn left to Tilaran. Be sure to take the hard left just before you get into Tilaran. This is the road that goes to Lake Arenal toward the Arenal Volcano. You will drive up the mountain and eventually top out and see beautiful Lake Arenal appear. The drive alone the lake to Nuevo Arenal and on to La Fortuna just get more scenic as you drive. There is a small airport that shuttles from San Jose to La Fortuna or Liberia Airport in northern Costa Rica. I think the flight is about $25 per person. There are also car rentals in La Fortuna.
Fishing Lake Arenal:
You won't need a leader with 12 to
15 lb line. You can also consider 20 lb power pro which is the
size of 8 lb line. The power pro is nice because you can drag
the spinner bait through all the grass around the lake shore and not
break off. Actually I fish with 8 lb mono but I loose some lures to
break offs. I always after a light line world record. On our
last trip my friend hooked up with a big Guapote rainbow bass and it
busted his 15 lb line. He was heart broken. You have to do a lot of
casting to get a strike so you wan to make sure you can handle him.
You cannot mouth the fish with your hands. They do have teeth.
You will probably need pliers to take the hooks out. According
to the locals, 5-7am
Be sure to visit
Volcano Lodge Restaurant in La Fortuna. Our favorite and it's right
at the base of the volcano. You can sometimes eat dinner at night
and watch the volcano erupt. I once got a picture of my wife at the
dinner table with lava flowing down the mountain behind her.
For lake Arenal restaurants visit: Lajas (just past Nuevo Arenal), Macadamia Cafe before Nuevo Arenal (great sandwiches, soups and cookies), Moya's downtown (pizza), Mystica (before Nuevo Arenal), Volcano Lodge in La Fortuna, Lucky Bug gallery and restaurant (breakfast), German Bakery has good sandwiches and Gingerbread ( its expensive, but Eyal is great cook).
Nuevo Arenal (the town):
The town of Arenal is a small country town with several grocery stores, bank, medical clinic, a couple hardware stores, Western Union, post office, gift shops, gas & service station and several local bars. The people are very friendly and the Lake Arenal area is very safe for tourist. Very little, if any crime and probably safer than your home town. The town is located approx 1/4 mile from the Lodge on a nice hard top road. Prices for merchandise are cheap by US standards. The local shops will usually give a discount of 20-30 percent (upon request) if you pay for cash as the merchants have to pay a fee for processing credit cards. US dollars are accepted all over Lake Arenal with no problem and I've never had a problem getting short changed. The Costa Rican people are very honest and hard working people. You can rent ATV's in town and go cruising around town also. You will rarely see a policeman as there is little need for them in Lake Arenal, but one word to the wise. If you are involved in an auto accident, wait for the police to show up because if you leave the scene you will be considered at fault for the accident. The entire town gets together every Friday night for a barbeque and Saturday night for a dance in town. All tourist are invited. It a good time to socialize with the locals..
The area around Lake Arenal is world famous for their art galleries. You will see many with signs along the lake road with a small road leading up to galleries. Definitely drive up and visit and you'll find the people very friendly and helpful. All the galleries speak English, as well as the gift shops and restaurants. The local Ticos (native folks) in town usually do not speak much English, but have no problem exchanging US dollars.
Lakeview Lodge B&B and Cottage Rentals:
Arenal Vacation Rentals are near all these activities but also far enough away from town and the activities for a quiet and peaceful vacation. We often have Howler monkeys, Toucans, hummingbirds and parrots on our property. We have an incredible view of the lake with rainforest extending from our Bed and Breakfast to the lake. Our properties are over 30 miles away from Lake Arenal Volcano and across Lake Arenal which is 33 miles long and 200 foot deep in places. This area is considered a safe distance from the volcano. Lake Arenal is a very beautiful lake with some of the cleanest water in the world. Costa Rican law prohibits building directly on the lake so houses are several hundred feet back in the jungle away from sight on the lake. You can spend the entire day on parts of the lake and never see another boat. There are several boat ramps with access to the lake for fishing and boating. The boat ramp at the Lake Arenal park is paved and very nice. Also has lots of parking. Guapote Rainbow Bass are the primary target on the lake. They are in the family of the Peacock Bass and grow up to about 15 lbs.
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