Lago de Coatepeque
Lago de Coatepeque
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TravelingFamilyTrip
Chicago, IL209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We wound up having lunch at the lakeshore one day, and at a restaurant on the cliffs around the lake another day. Both were really nice. The lake is famous for ocassionally changing colors, and we got to see a bit of this change-over in progress one of the days we were there. Very cool!
Written February 28, 2023
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Jamie W
Helensburgh, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We took a day trip here from Santa Ana. We travelled by the local bus 220. It took just over an hour and a half by bus one way and cost only $0.45pp one way.

We wanted to jet ski and had read that a good place to do so was Rancho Alegre. The tricky bit was knowing when to get off the bus. You really just have to keep an eye out for signs. We thought we'd overshot after we passed a few restaurants and then seemed to be in a residential area where walls blocked the view of the lake itself. Luckily my wife did see a sign though and we got off at exactly the right time. If your Spanish is good enough, perhaps ask the bus driver to do a shout out when the bus reaches Rancho Alegre.

Once at Rancho Alegre, we had a great view of the lake (unobstructed by any walls etc) and the jet skiing itself was amazing. It was entirely free roam and there was hardly anyone else on the lake when I did it (about 11am on a Friday in October) which made for a great experience. $30 for 30 minutes jet skiing. Not bad at all.

I'm not sure of the return bus times, but it seemed the outbound buses from Santa Ana to Lago de Coatepeque were more frequent than the return journeys. The outbound buses leave either half hourly or hourly, yet we started waiting for a return bus at just after 1pm which didn't arrive until 2:15pm. Whilst waiting for the return bus, we were passed by not 1 but 2 outbound buses. We assumed the buses would be regular in both directions so we had not asked anyone about return bus times. Avoid our mistake if you don't want to wait around! That said, a local was waiting with us for a long time too so maybe there was just an issue with the return buses on that day.

The other reviews are all correct about it being difficult to get close to the lake due to the private housing etc. For example, I don't think it would be possible to hike around the lake. But if you go to one of the restaurants like Rancho Alegre, you'll have a great unobstructed view and be able to do the water sports.

Our budget for the day trip was as follows:

- Return bus from Santa Ana (2 people): $1.80
- 30 mins jet skiing for one person: $30
- 2 coffees: $2.20
- Lunch for 2 people plus 2 beers: $12

Great value day out at those prices!
Written October 23, 2017
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Came here at the end of a day tour and had lunch on the lake. Nothing can beat the view and the breeze when sitting in the shade looking out into this lake.
Written June 4, 2021
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barfiemermaid
Costa Mesa, CA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The lake is on an ancient volcano with lots of things to do. We used a hostel that had day use amenities so we were able to kayak and jet ski around this beautiful lake.
Written January 11, 2021
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Tania Gee
Baldwin, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Beautiful lake surrounded by many restaurants. We took a tour boat ride around the lake and ended the day with chocobananos. Yum!
Written April 11, 2020
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simnix
Stanstead, Canada225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
we just stopped quickly to take in the beauty of this lake. If you are touring El Salvador it should be a part of your trip.
Written May 24, 2019
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laurakZ6830WU
73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
If you’ve seen some big lakes on your trip already, don’t make the effort of coming here. Everything is dead (even on weekends), overpriced, and there’s lots of trash lying around. The entire lake front is privately owned so you have to sit at a restaurant or hotel to have access to the water. It’s pretty dirty and I’m not sure that swimming is advisable anyway.
Written February 24, 2018
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Armando A
Washington DC, DC19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
Not a bad day trip. Few restaurants to eat. Unfortunately all houses around the lake come with high wall, you can't see anything.
Written April 10, 2017
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Easylivingtravel
Tampa, FL4,993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Business
I took a boat trip around the best lake in El Salvador for $25 for 30 minutes viewing most of the houses and scenery. The water and so calm and clean unlike no other lake I have seen in my travels. There are many nice homes on the lake which would lead you to believe the lake would be more private but this is a lake that embraces tourism and I was very fortunate to have this experience. Lago de Coatepeque is ranked #1 on my list of sites to see in El Salvador. I hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful landmark. Happy travels!!!!!!
Written December 11, 2015
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José Totosao
Villahermosa, Mexico13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Worth it!
If you go. Try to stay in one of the hotels around the lake. You will have the best view, you can perfectly swim in the lake
Written March 7, 2020
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