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#24 Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Population: Just over 2,200
Average Annual Temp: 75°F
Affordability (6 of 10)
Real Estate Prediction Meter (6 of 10)
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Why We Love Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, is the largest landlocked body of water in Costa Rica. It’s located in the north-central highlands of Costa Rica. The lake stretches 33 square miles amidst rolling hills, lending views of mountainous jungle and Arenal Volcano.

Lake Arenal is important to Costa Rica because it was built to provide a vast majority of power for the country. But its strong dependable winds have earned Lake Arenal a world-class reputation among windsurfers.

Who Else Will Love Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal is a thriving expat and artist haven. Its moderate tropical climate and serene lakeside living make boating, kayaking and fishing a big draw. Hot spring hopping, volcano hiking and nature watching add to its long list of attractions.

Cyclists and horse lovers will love it here. Lake Arenal’s rural and remote setting makes for excellent road and mountain biking as well as horseback riding. These allow for a great way to get around the lake, where accessibility and convenience can sometimes be tough.

Nature lovers can hop on a boat taxi for days of exploring in Monteverde Cloud Forest. Conservation areas surrounding Lake Arenal are home to some of the top canopy and waterfall tours in Costa Rica. Lake Arenal’s remote rural location and growing popularity among expats makes it a perfect spot for entrepreneurs looking to start a business.

Photo by Damian James

Lake Arenal Real Estate Outlook

The real estate markets surrounding Lake Arenal are experiencing an upturn. Much of the area is still undeveloped. Large affordable parcels are plentiful for retirement dream homes or investor development.

Expats looking for convenience should check out La Fortuna. It’s the largest town and may be the best bet for an existing home or condo. Expat artists favor the eco-tourist haven of El Castillo. The village offers a bohemian lifestyle close to the park and lake entrance.

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Real Estate in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Lake Arenal
Costa Rica
The charm of a botanical garden along with the views of the mystic Arenal Lake, makes this place just magical. Variety of plants which attract birds such as tou...
Commercial
11.0 beds
6.0 bath
$725,000
725,000
USD
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica Latitude: 10.5472
Longitude: -84.89114
Lake Arenal
Costa Rica
Outstanding business opportunity successfully operating. The hotel consists of 6 villas located near Lake Arenal, in between two active volcanoes/national parks...
Commercial
11.0 beds
6.0 bath
$725,000
725,000
USD
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica Latitude: 10.5385015
Longitude: -84.8917386
Lake Arenal
Costa Rica
This is one of the most beautiful view properties, only 5 minutes away from Tronadora downtown. Close to Villa Bonita hotel, this property has access to water a...
Lots/Land
$100,000
100,000
USD
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica Latitude: 10.4995006
Longitude: -84.9128151
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