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Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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We headed out on the trails on a cloudy day and were fascinated by all the rainforest plants and animals, including the most beautiful bird songs! Although we never saw the peak of Arenal due to the clouds, we were so grateful to see this...More

Thank emc63
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stayed in an AirBNB in the Nuevo Arenal area with views of the lake. It was very picturesque. Unfortunately it rained most of our trip so the views would come and go but it was some good R & R for us.

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great national park. For 15 dollars US you gain entry. Good system of trails including mounds of lava rock. Lots of wildlife to see. Saw three different types of snakes. Another must for the family!

Thank 144Wanderlust190
Reviewed 6 days ago

This lake was produced by the damming of the Arenal River. There are boating opportunities for tourists on the lake. It is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. My husband and I walked along a dirt road which went along one side of the lake. We...More

Thank smurawski
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lake is huge. Our crossing took 40 minutes. Unfortunately the weather was poor with low visibility and a lot of rain. We saw a number of birds during the crossing. Unable to see the volcano and the surrounding scenery due to the weather. It...More

Thank sally l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had to cross the Lake as part of our travels across the country and it was beautiful! We got a commentary on the way and there were plenty of photo opportunities of the volcanoes. At the far side (the Monteverdi side) the water level...More

Thank RexyStokes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was so beautiful driving around the lake and looking out at it. The whole area is beautiful and really takes your breath away.

Thank sarahspiro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I jumped in the a lake for my first time ever....and it was amazing! I am not a swimmer but the local guides are truly the best. We had a group of 44 people and we all got an opportunity to kayak on the lake...More

Thank TheSavvySpecialist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went kayaking, on this lake. It started out a bit drizzly, but after getting our kayaks, the rain poured down and medium winds. the guides were pretty cool - as we were with a group, most of the kids had no problem, but these...More

Thank ImaHappyTraveler702
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can take boat or do kayack .go close to the volcano arenal.my experience is the volcano most beautiful in Costa rica. Amazing lake

Thank janet p
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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 :)
Jennifer T
8 August 2017|
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Response from WTPNorfolk | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure that there are paddleboard rentals on either end of the highway that goes across the top of the dam on the way into La Fortuna.
Minda S
26 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.