Discover a selection of 290 vacation rentals in Lake Arenal, CR that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $94 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Lake Arenal. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Lake Arenal is a jewel under a volcano

The smoking, cloud-belching top of Arenal Volcano keeps watch over the waters of Lake Arenal. Hidden deep in the recesses of Guanacaste Province, it's a place that rarely fails to draw a gasp from the adventurers who pass its way. And they do pass its way. In droves. Some for the whitewater rafting. Others for the world-class windsurfing on the lake's surface. Others for rainforest hikes and trekking expeditions. Others to relax in luxurious Lake Arenal vacation rentals with pools overlooking the misty jungles and shores.

Things to do

Jaw-dropping sights abound around Lake Arenal

Just look up to the horizon from anywhere around Lake Arenal and you'll spot one of its natural wonders: the soaring, sculpted Arenal Volcano. These days, that sinewy cone is protected by the boundaries of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Hikes to crater lakes and caldera rims above Chato peak, or trips to the gushing La Fortuna Falls are musts there, while the steaming spas of the Ecotermales Fortuna are a great place to soothe the post-trek muscles nearby. Also, don't forget to snap some shots of the hulking Presa Sangregado Dam _ it's a truly dramatic sight.

Activities

Eco adventures around Lake Arenal

As ecotourist hotspots go, this one's right up there with the best. Lake Arenal vacation rentals offer sweeping views down over one of the real outdoorsy playgrounds of Costa Rica. It's a place where windsurfers carve the whitecaps when the breezes flow between November and March. It's a place where glimpses of ash-spewing volcano cones are commonplace. It's a place where jungle treks to watch butterflies flutter by and tropical birds flit between the canopies can be done before the sun sets and where whitewater rafting on roaring rivers is a norm.

Weather

Dry days and green seasons in Lake Arenal

Up here, where the Costa Rican highlands gather clouds and cool weather systems for much of the year, you can expect the climate to be a tad more unpredictable than on the sultry coast of the country. Most people search to book their Lake Arenal vacation rentals in the drier months between November and March. Others will come when the so-called "Green Season" is in full swing, to glimpse the surrounding jungles glowing in 10,000 shades of emerald from May to September.

Natural features

Lake Arenal sits hidden in the highlands of Costa Rica

Lake Arenal sits high up on the northern Costa Rican plateaus. Nestled between carved volcanos and the swathes of cloud forest habitat that make Monteverde so famous to the south, it's a great place to get to grips with the wilder side of the Tico nation. Be sure to make for the trails of the Arenal Volcano National Park. There, crashing waterfalls mingle with waxy rainforests, jaguars are known to stalk the bush, resplendent quetzals make an occasional appearance, and there are steaming hot springs shooting from the subterrane

How many vacation rentals are available around Lake Arenal, CR?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 290 vacation rentals around Lake Arenal. From 188 house rentals to 29 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.