Lake Arenal, Costa Rica Real Estate

Arenal Volcano

Discover the embodiment of the word Magical! Arenal is a unique environment where volcanoes, Lake Arenal, and rainforests merge to create an almost surreal and ever-changing landscape. There is an undeniable draw to the raw power of the Arenal Volcano, with its dramatic nightly lava show. The lush, fertile, volcanic soil creates a foundation for countless plants, exotic trees, and tropical flowers. Lake Arenal is a man made marvel and with the clouds that roll in and out throughout the day, it constantly commands your attention. Only a short drive north takes you to the crystal blue waters of the Rio Celeste, whose refreshing waters are said to have healing properties for weary skin. To the south, adventurers can soak their aches away in lush, naturally heated thermal pools.

cloud covered volcano arenal

Like the sound of that? I did. So much that my wife and I moved here. And if there is one thing that I like as much as living in the Lake Arenal area, it is helping people find and buy Real Estate here. With decades of experience in all facets of Real Estate, Arenal Homes and Land is here to serve whatever your buying or selling needs may be. Buying and selling real estate in Costa Rica is not always Pura Vida. And moving across town can be hectic enough, let alone moving to a developing country in Central America. There are many aspects to the sale that could easily turn ugly if you are unfamiliar with the process, which is quite different than the real estate transactions in the United States.

Let Arenal Homes and Land be your guide. One of our main goals is to stay current on the laws and best practices in Costa Rica concerning real estate transactions. We want to give you an incredible experience and personalized attention, and there is no length we will not go to ensure a smooth trip and transaction when you decide to buy. We’ll walk you through every task you need to accomplish here, from setting up a Costa Rican corporation to getting your Costa Rica Drivers License. We provide you with up-to-date information on everything that is going on in the area

Why Costa Rica?

If the stunning scenery alone is not enough to make you want to drop everything and come to the Lake Arenal, Costa Rica area, here is a brief list of some excellent reasons to consider it:

  • The Weather- all year round you can experience Spring-like climate. Plants are seemingly always in bloom and the temperature ( Lake Arenal, not so much at the beaches) rarely gets above 95°F. In the time I have lived here, I used an air conditioner 1 time (again, not so at the beaches), and have never used a heater. The weather, quite simply, is perfect!
  • Costa Rica has an excellent reputation- having the oldest democracy in Latin America, the Costa Rican government is quite stable. In 1949, the government abolished the army for good after a short civil war. And what did they do with the crazy amount of capital that maintaining an army requires? They set up on of the best social security systems in the world and an excellent public education program. Ticos are indeed a friendly, peaceful and educated people.
  • Health care- One can receive health care in Costa Rica at a fraction of the cost in the USA. Medical tourism has become a big industry here, and for good reason.
  • Quality of life- Recent studies have named Costa Rica as one of five World Blue Zones, a place where people commonly live active lives past 100 years old. Umm, Yes please!
  • Communications- While it is no South Korea Costa Rica has made some pretty big strides in providing high speed internet lately.
  • Tax Savings- currently there are no capital gains taxes on the sale of real estate (and it doesn’t look like there will be for a while). I am not a CPA, so I will stop with that, but there are many qualified individuals here who could give you a full rundown of the tax advantages to living in Costa Rica.
  • Activities- there are simply too many to list. Surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, stand up paddling are just a few of the adventures in store for you. Just know that if you have ever wanted to do it, you can more than likely do it here in Costa Rica (except, of course things that involve snow).


Why Buy Real Estate in Lake Arenal?

We here at Arenal Homes and Land believe that the Lake Arenal area is culmination of all these wonderful things about Costa Rica. Everyone dreams of having a home on a lake. Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica, and there are so few boats on the lake, you will have it nearly all to yourself. I think this quote by Dan Prescher of International Living sums it up beautifully,If this Lake Arenal were in the U.S. or Canada, you’d have to fight for a place in line at docks, lakefront restaurants and bars any day of the week. Watching the nightly fireworks of Volcano Arenal are an incredible way to pass the evening in a hot tub on the porch of your new home. A short drive from Lake Arenal in La Fortuna, adventurers can hike to the nearby Catarata La Fortuna or up to the mystical, emerald green lake at Cerro Chato crater. Walk through the rainforest and spot exotic animals, take a zipline or hanging bridges canopy tour. Everything that tourists long to see in Costa Rica will be in your backyard! And the best part of all, the Lake Arenal area is still largely an undiscovered real estate market! Large scale developers haven’t put up a million identical condo buildings on every ridge like in some beach areas. One can still find excellent deals on property here. Come check it out, because as the saying goes, “Seeing is Believing.”