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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 6 days 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
Thank Myview950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing lake, so much to do around and beautiful breathtaking views. One can adventure and hiking around this lake for days and still don't cover everything.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank smere2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on the lake for about 40 minutes traveling from La Fortuna to Monteverde by the famous Jeep Boat Jeep route. Beautiful views. The lake is actually a reservoir created to generate about 40% of the country's hydroelectric power.

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 26, 2018|
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.
Debby S
September 17, 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
July 30, 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
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Reservations (1 Replies)
We are going to Costa Rica March 7th for one week. Should I make reservations for zip lines, tours etc. now or can I do it when we get there? We are staying near Lake Arenal. Thank You
December 29, 2008|
Peoria, Illinois
Day Trip to Monteverde or Cano Negro? (10 Replies)
My husband, daughter and I are heading to CR next week, spending our first 4 days near Dominical/Uvita. We're then meeting up with my parents and sister/boyfriend and moving on to a home we've rented on Lake Arenal, near Nuevo Arenal. My parents are big time nature lovers (plants and animals). With that in mind, would you recommend a day trip to either Selvatura Park near Monteverde? Or a Cano Negro boat tour? We don't mind long drives. Where we live in Illinois, it's a 3 hour drive to the...More
July 14, 2014|
Response fromSusan M|
Selvatura is a beautiful park, but I wouldn't do it as a day trip because of the amount of time spent driving to/from Monteverde on extremely rough roads. I think in total you'd be looking at about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive, with almost 2 of it on unpaved, rocky roads. Driving in Costa Rica (even on paved roads) is quite different than driving in the U.S. A 3 hour drive in Costa Rica will leave you a lot more drained than a 3 hour drive in the U.S. because of the concentration required.
Lake Arenal Fishing (5 Replies)
Has anyone fished Lake Arenal? How was it...and who was your guide? Looking for suggestions (opinions).....Thanks :)
October 25, 2011|
Response fromroadadvisor|
Dear Minnesota MO.. I do not fish anymore...but in my good days we used to go at Arenal to fish...some great MACAHACAS my favorite...Rainbow Bass....some as big as about 8 pounds... The best about the Machaca at least for me was the fight...fly fish for a good Machaca is so much fun...just like a tiny Tarpoon...they jump all over the place... Of course we practice catch and release ... Some good guides around...but I used to fish with my own boat! roadadvisor