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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Rented a boat and cruises around the lake. There is cranes and other birds. Boats are available from hustlers.

Thank lazytravel
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The lake around the volcano gives you Greta photo ops. It's so relaxing to sit in the shore and enjoy the beautiful view.

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago

The history of Lake Arenal is interesting in itself. It's quite something to see it in person. My husband and I were staying in La Fortuna for part of our honeymoon and were able to see the lake from many different views. You can also...More

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

September 2018 just to drive around the area was $12 per person, but well worth the ride. Roads were all in great repair. We did not eat there, but we did walk around the restaurant area. There is not a gift shop. The flowers and...More

Thank Carol V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband, brother and I hiked the entire park. It's an easy hike even for beginners as the pathway is mostly level and flat with the exception of climbing to the lava fields which is an option. We spotted one Toucan and no other wildlife,...More

Thank jfreid99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive around Lake Arenal was a very unique and beautiful experience. Highly recommend it. Nice little towns to stop in, to shop, or have a bite to eat. Breathtaking scenery all along the way. We really enjoyed it. Beau and Leena

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large lake in the center of Costa Rica close to the volcano with same name. There is a lot of things to do here. Swimming, boating or relaxing in the hot springs.

Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our Lake boat ride was included as part of our transfer to Monteverde; I think it was the way of getting another activity in our busy holiday schedule. We love a boat ride, there is something relaxing about being on the water poodling along. The...More

Thank David F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw lots of birds. It was fun to take a jeep/boat/jeep from Arenal to Monteverde, which included this lake ride. I would not take a tour of the lake on its own. Use the tour $ for something else as there is so much...More

Thank refmom
Reviewed 6 September 2018

The Arenal volcano is worth the visit. It's a very cool mountain that towers above a lake, it's picture perfect. Everything along the way on billboards is "Eco-"something. You fill-in the blanks from from thermal baths, waterslides, hotels, grocery stores to zip lines, but the...More

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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
Bamm B
30 July 2018|
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
10 April 2018|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
i have no idea i suppose they do since may travelers have big bags :)