Lake Arenal Info

Costa Rica In a Nutshell

Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama.

Area: 19,730 square miles (51,100 square kilometers). Slightly smaller than West Virginia.

Population: 4,930,258 (July 2017 est.)

Capital: San Jose

Climate:Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands.

Government: Democratic republic.

Head of State & Government: President Luis Guillermo Solis Olis Rivera (since 8 May 2014)

Language: Spanish (official), English

Religion: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%

Time Zone: UTC-6 (1 hour behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Emergency numbers: For police, medical, or fire, dial 911 or 112

Communications

Telephone system: Good domestic telephone service in terms of breadth of coverage.

International country code: 506

Internet country code:.cr

Lake Arenal is a lake which is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is currently the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometre. Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters seasonally.

  • Depth: 197 feet (60 m)
  • Surface area: 32.82 sq miles (85 km²)
  • Surface elevation: 1,785 feet (544.07 m)
    Arenal is the adventure capital of Costa Rica, offering ziplining, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, canyoning, windsurfing, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, biking, hiking, birdwatching, fishing, hot springs, mud baths, hanging bridges and just about anything else you can do without …..

    Arenal stopped erupting in 2010, it didn’t matter. The tourists kept coming, and they always will.
     
    Nuevo Arenal was built to replace the old town of Arenal, which was purposely flooded in the 1970s to build the reservoir. The second-largest lake in Central America, after Lake Nicaragua, it’s a stunning beauty that produces roughly 40 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity. It’s famous for rainbow bass (guapote) fishing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddling, kayaking and splendid views.

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