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Lake Arenal

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“man made lake” (60 reviews)
“boat ride” (55 reviews)
Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

If you have some time, please rent a kayak and paddle around the lake. The volcano is gorgeous and area is amazing.

Thank SUPenthusiast
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great boat trip with amazing views. We took this as it was part of our transfer to Monteverde. Thoroughly recommended

Thank wood229
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we went to the Arenal area in January, unseasonably rainy weather ruled out view of the mountain and walking. A few weeks ago, at the height of the rainy season, the view was extraordinarily clear, the sky was baby blue and the clouds were...More

Thank Kaiser Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took a boat tour out into lake arenal and it was beautiful! We were on our honeymoon and they charged us $40 for an hour boat tour just me and him. They get you right in front of the volcano. The...More

Thank Noemi G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the visit. So many great excursions around the lake. We did a day hike with the observatory, hanging bridges, and waterfall. We also visited the hot springs. So worth it!!

Thank Lori R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place to go and relax, there is something in the air that makes it so soothing and peaceful, there are no words to describe it. Please visit this place when you come to Costa Rica, preferably at the end of you...More

Thank Graciela G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful and calm lake beside the volcano. There is a possibility to take a boat trip to get to the other side of the lake, saves you a lot of time and offers great views.

Thank Tiina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at a lookout and took photos overlooking the lake. Gorgeous and well worth the detour. The volcano is often hidden by clouds but we lucked out with a beautiful view even after it stated to rain.

1  Thank Gina G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just drove around the lake on a foggy day and it was already breathtakingly beautiful! The lake + the volcano is one of the best sceneries I've ever seen in Costa Rica.

1  Thank Rachel Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to La Fortuna on a solo trip and I booked a tour with Desafio. The lake is beautiful with Arenal Volcano in the background. Highly recommend!

Thank Mellanie1228
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8 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.
Minda S
27 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.
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