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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 24 July 2019

Lake Arenal is one of the nicest lakes we have ever seen. There are so many things you can do at this lake. We were able to stop by one of the boat ramps and enjoy watching all the tour boats go by.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Samuel M
Reviewed 20 July 2019

Nice volcano, but you really can't climb it because it is protected area. Most volcano tours we read about before we got there mentioned climbing the volcano...can't (legally) be done.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

Must see! There is so much to do and see. Truly a special place. It is admirable to see how the Costa Rican culture embraces nature. Very easy to be a vegetarian here!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank miamitexmex
Reviewed 2 July 2019 via mobile

I rode a bike a good bit around the south side of the lake and that was scenic - but then I couldn't see the lake about half the time. Crossed three streams/rivers that were scenic. Lake is made up of volcanic sediment and organic...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Booju
Reviewed 2 July 2019

This area is quite lovely with many lodges and what appeared to be activities. Unforuntately the rain was quite heavy, but the views could still be seen. I remember reading McCabes' book when this dam was being planned. The road around the lake is well...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Schipblack
Reviewed 26 June 2019 via mobile

Beautiful lake and dam. We saw it from the pedal boat tour and also driving along it to Guanacaste. The lake is huge with what looks like a lot of vantage points.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank demuslee
Reviewed 18 June 2019 via mobile

This lake has an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano. We did a kayak trip (don’t know the company), and enjoyed a gorgeous day at the foot of the volcano. The banks are very muddy/clayish. The kind that would suck your shoe off if you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 525angiem
Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

This by far was the talk of our week-long trip. The area was absolutely beautiful, Lush, and very green. The area is very well taken care of and clean. Got to see many different types of birds and vegetation. The water level was low so...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank khardenbrook05
Reviewed 11 June 2019 via mobile

Took a nice 45 min boat trip across the lake, great views of the volcano and "jurassic park" jungle. Lots of different birds on the lake, no animals.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jacx1970
Reviewed 10 June 2019

Another great way to experience mother nature wonderful views and bring the bug sprays and walking boots. Remember to take pictures.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from CaribbeanbobM | Reviewed this property |
I do believe you can there are a few swimming areas around the lake. at the far end of lake by the end of dam is a water sports boating company that has guided tours, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
27 December 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.