Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

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Where to stay around Lake Arenal, CR?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 223 vacation rentals near Lake Arenal. From 101 houses to 25 villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Arenal for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Arenal?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Arenal. From VRBO travelers, the top 5 most popular destinations to visit are:

  • La Fortuna: 128 vacation rentals
  • Arenal Volcano: 125 vacation rentals
  • La Fortuna Waterfall: 221 vacation rentals
  • El Castillo: 146 vacation rentals
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures: 240 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Arenal! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Arenal?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Arenal:

  • La Fortuna: 128 rentals
  • El Castillo: 146 rentals
  • Quesada: 37 rentals
  • Monteverde: 86 rentals
  • Nuevo Arenal: 77 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Arenal?

VRBO offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Arenal. From VRBO travelers, the top 5 most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • La Fortuna Waterfall: 221 rentals
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures: 240 rentals
  • Tabacon Hot Springs: 238 rentals
  • Arenal Natura Ecological Park: 233 rentals
  • Selvatura Adventure Park: 240 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Arenal listed on VRBO where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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