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Address: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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US$59.00*
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Kayaking Tour on Lake Arenal
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US$39.00*
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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna
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US$38.00*
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One-Way Private Transfer from La Fortuna to Monteverde

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Kayak

We had a lovely time kayaking on the lake. Beautiful scenery and no disrupting boats like in US. Some people in our group chose to hop out and swim.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a lovely time kayaking on the lake. Beautiful scenery and no disrupting boats like in US. Some people in our group chose to hop out and swim.

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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We passed over Lake Arenal on the way from La Fortuna to MonteVerdi. It was beautiful to sail across. It as difficult to carry luggage from the bus to the boat and up at the other end - BUT plenty of people were available to help.

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I took the Jeep Boat Jeep from La Fortuna to Monteverde. The boat ride was very relaxing with stunning views all around. Lake Arenal is a beautiful man made lake.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent 30 minutes across the lake Arenal with beautiful view of the Arenal volcano mountain on the lake.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just the drive around the lake is an adventure in itself. Enjoy it! The lake is man made via a dam and generates a high percentage of the country's hydro electric power. It's beautiful with great views of the Arenal volcano on clear days.

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous evening with our guide, Angelo Bejarano. He showed all the various bird & plant species in the area. Also gave us a great history of the lake. The sunset was breathtaking! Wonderful evening!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove around northern edge of lake on way to Arenal park. Beautiful drive through winding hills with great views of lake. Worth going to just for the drive if you enjoy scenery.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We crossed the lake as part of our transfer from Monteverde to Arenal. It was a lovely crossing and the views of the lake and surrounding hill superb.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a beautiful ride on the lake - so much birdlife on the eadges, and all the time overlooked by the beautiful mountain. Absolutely serene, but with the excitement of the slumbering monster

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Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Views of the lake are gorgeous. We saw it from shore, as we drove the highway that winds around the lake.

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