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“man made lake”(70 reviews)
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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove around the lake, and stopped at one of the restaurants right on it's shore. It is a beautiful sight, wish we had time to actually go sailing on it, but not this time. It's amazing to think that this is a man-made lake,...More

Thank EasyBob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Arenal Lake offers you without any doubt the best view in between the 2 oceans we have in CR. There are also many beautiful spots for eating, resting, spend time with friends or couples or just go and wait for the sunset while you...More

Thank Anthony Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Largest lake in Costa Rica, we took a paddle board trip from Tabacon Resort. Fantastic scenery, great views of Arenal Volcano, lots of bird life, there's also places where you can put in and walk on hiking trails - saw some wildlife that way.

Thank Ray G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth spending some time at the lake. Beautiful scenery with the Arenal in the background. For watersport fans there are many activities provided.

Thank SlavicaS146
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rented a boat and cruises around the lake. There is cranes and other birds. Boats are available from hustlers.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lake around the volcano gives you Greta photo ops. It's so relaxing to sit in the shore and enjoy the beautiful view.

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 10 October 2018

The history of Lake Arenal is interesting in itself. It's quite something to see it in person. My husband and I were staying in La Fortuna for part of our honeymoon and were able to see the lake from many different views. You can also...More

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 1 October 2018

September 2018 just to drive around the area was $12 per person, but well worth the ride. Roads were all in great repair. We did not eat there, but we did walk around the restaurant area. There is not a gift shop. The flowers and...More

Thank Carol V
Reviewed 30 September 2018

My husband, brother and I hiked the entire park. It's an easy hike even for beginners as the pathway is mostly level and flat with the exception of climbing to the lava fields which is an option. We spotted one Toucan and no other wildlife,...More

Thank jfreid99
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

The drive around Lake Arenal was a very unique and beautiful experience. Highly recommend it. Nice little towns to stop in, to shop, or have a bite to eat. Breathtaking scenery all along the way. We really enjoyed it. Beau and Leena

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Debby S
18 September 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
30 July 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
10 April 2018|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
i have no idea i suppose they do since may travelers have big bags :)