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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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We were able to drive around the lake, great views of the volcano. We had a rare evening that we could see the top of the volcano and see it smoking.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 669gordonf
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are heading to Monteverde from La Fortuna, definitely take the boat ride across Lake Arenal. The views of the volcano are amazing. The day we visited the clouds actually cleared for a few minutes and we were able to see the top of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank therustictraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A place with several water activities like boat riding and a scenic road around the lake. Beautiful bridges

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank williesosa436
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lake Arenal is simply gorgeous. There are charming towns, great restaurants, and adventure parks with ziplines, tucans, monkeys, quads, etc. Friendly people everywhere help with directions and brighten up you day. This is a secret gem of Costa Rica.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mafjord
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are lucky you can see the very top of the volcano. Our driver stopped at Macadamia's where we had a delicious sandwich and super yummy drink overlooking the picturesque view..

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Boated through here en route to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. This is a beautiful lake with spectacular views of the volcano.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 0325johanna
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had booked a B&B Cebia tree lodge for 4 Days and this was part of the first leg of our vacation to CR, we decide to do the 5k volcano walk stsrted out rainy but toward the end of the walk it cleared up,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CaribbeanbobM
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lake is big and peaceful and from our understanding, the fastest way to go to La Fortuna from Monteverde. The taxi boat was fine - nothing luxurious but gave us nice view of the scenery.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank K H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

55 sq. mile man made lake near Mt. Arenal. Pristine clear with plenty of tropical wild life around the shoreline.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stevesarich
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, breathtaking view of the volcano from the lake ! Easy walk for a 4 and 8 yr old and 60 yr old too

Date of experience: December 2018
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FarAway69365
27 December 2018|
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Response from Ccedric71 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry can’t help you. It wasn’t breezy when we visited, but in reality that single observation doesn’t mean much.
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Debby S
17 September 2018|
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Response from christopherofficialt | Reviewed this property |
There is a spot to enter for swimming where there is a hit with blue kayaks on a slope, may be in the east side, not fair from the main road
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Bamm B
30 July 2018|
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Response from Robin M |
Yes. I just fish from the shore of Lake Arenal on the south end by the dam. Catch and release. I hit it up early morning and late afternoon and tend to stay pretty busy letting fish go. There are also guys like Captain Ron... More
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