Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal area is the subject of a huge plan to revive local tourism. This area includes La Fortuna de San Carlos and Tilarán. The idea is to build the very first Costa Rican freshwater beach. This is a very ambitious project that is slated to cost around $3 million and is scheduled to start in two years. The area of Lake Arenal, the largest freshwater lake, is the source of much of Costa Rica’s electricity (70%).
At present, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) is still reviewing the proposal and has yet to give the go. Permission must also be given by the ICE or Costa Rican Electricity Institute—the governing body that manages the lake area. During the first stage, the following facilities have to be built:
- A port
- Floating docks
- Public areas
- Conference center
- Small beaches with sea sand
President Leovigild Villegas of CATUZON or the Northern Zone Chamber of Tourism, the expected increase in tourism can be up to 20% when this project finally comes into fruition.