Places in Arenal Route
The tiny mountain village of El Castillo is a wonderful alternative to staying in La Fortuna – it’s bucolic, reasonably untouristed (although there is a tight expat community), and has easy access to Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There are also some delightful accommodations options. It's best to have your own wheels out here, as buses don't serve this little enclave.
Laguna de Arenal Area
About 18km west of La Fortuna you’ll arrive at a 750m-long causeway across the dam that created Laguna de Arenal, an 88-sq-km lake and the largest in the country. A number of small towns were submerged during its creation, but the lake now supplies valuable water to Guanacaste, and produces hydroelectricity for the region.
Near the southwestern end of Laguna de Arenal, the small town of Tilarán has a laid-back, middle-class charm – thanks to its long-running status as a regional ranching center. This tradition is honored on the last weekend in April with a rodeo that’s popular with Tico visitors, and on June 13 with a fiesta de toros that’s dedicated to patron San Antonio.
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