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Lake Arenal

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Kayaking Tour on Lake Arenal
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“man made lake” (61 reviews)
“boat ride” (59 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (24 reviews)
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome lake area with a volcano to see. We stopped at Casa Paniagua a small local soda on 142 as you drive down the hill through Nuevo Arenal for some drinks & Wifi on the way to La Fortuna. A young man employee there (may...More

Thank Rhinonumber1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting that a town Lise beneath the lake. Nice boat tour across. Eddy the driver was exceptionally good

Thank riverviewarts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful!!! we ate at the Le Bistro in La Mansion Inn. The lasagna was delicious and the chocolate cake and ice cream is a must have! The view couldn't have been better even during the raining spells. It was a good drive but we Highly...More

Thank Rmlea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place. Beautiful place. Beautiful lake. Nice view to the vulcano. Must visit. Must see.

Thank Aliona M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This lake overlooking Arenal volcano provides with a very pleasant and picturesque boat ride that if you are lucky and the weather is with you can lead to to have a great view of the Volcano from the lake. Some nice bird life as well....More

1  Thank Ricardo B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful artificial lake, teeming with wildlife. The views of the volcano are stunning. It is well worth a visit.

Thank William S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great drive around the north side of the lake and equally the south side to El Castillo and beyond 4wd reqd in rainy season due to river fords. Fantastic views of Mount Arenal and El Castillo Fusion restaurant well worth a visit.

Thank ADRIAN J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica which tripled in size when an earthen dam was built on the eastern end in 1979, which one drives across when traveling between La Fortuna and the Hanging Bridges, as a hydroelectric project; originally supplying Costa...More

1  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We crossed the lake while travelling to Monteverde. Great experience. even the mud track to get off and up to the road!

Thank Deb A
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

You certainly get intimidated by the greatness of the volcano when viewing from the lake itself. We took a 1 hr tour through the lake @ $70 for the whole group of 10 people which was incredible

Thank Keyonna S
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jenten469
7 August 2017|
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Response from sammy9677 | Reviewed this property |
I know they have kayak for sure but can't remember if the had paddle boards.
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Minda S
26 July 2017|
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Response from 1unfoldinglife | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure as where we entered the Lake was the boat pickup and drop off. If you contact My Costa Rica they could answer your question. Enjoy your journey.
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mattison71atgmail
9 May 2017|
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Response from beabo1 | Reviewed this property |
Rule of thumb with the weather there is: Jan-April - dry. May - July - could rain every day for short period of time. We did some trekking around volcano therefore it could be hot and humid in the summer. Then Aug - Dec - it... More
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