Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,540 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Very ordinary lake, especially when it is man made. Wildlife was nonexistent and birding was sparse at best. No reason here to go out of your way.
Written 11 January 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN2,142 contributions
Mar 2022
Man-made lake where once sat 2 towns that were destroyed by the volcano eruption in 1968. I was able to take in beautiful views of the lake and surrounding scenery when ziplining at SkyAdventures SkyTrek. There are also hiking opportunities on the east shore of the lake and boat rides are available.
Written 8 January 2023
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JDB
Scottsdale, AZ5,225 contributions
Oct 2022
Beautiful area. Nice place for some pictures. However, at the end of the day, it is a lake. End of attraction.
Written 1 November 2022
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Didi D
15 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Crossing my his lake from La fortuna to Monteverde was an absolute highlight of our trip. We used Swiss Travels to book our ferry and it was a breeze. Stopped along the way to see nature and animals. Love the lake, the breeze, and the smells.
Written 16 September 2022
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Flyinggal
181 contributions
Sep 2022
We paid $33 to take a very rough road to a single viewpoint where you could view a sliver of Lake Arenal. Totally not worth the fee unless you are a hiker. Other than a handful of signs and a small pavilion there is nothing to see but jungle.
Written 14 September 2022
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johnvincent
Tadley, UK616 contributions
Mar 2022
I know Im a bit slow and old but this hike was not as good as others we had been on the guide really only told us things that we had already heard on previous walks/hikes. the path was very rough and covered with louse stones and rocks meaning that one could not relay enjoy the surroundings as you had to be looking at where to put you feet all the time. Not enjoyable at all.
Written 21 March 2022
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Robert J
4 contributions
Nov 2021
Skip it! Pretty ordinary with lots of better eco-alternatives around the area. Long lines and very cloudy the day my wife and I were there
Written 9 January 2022
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bryney
columbus10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
A great view of the volcano. Lots of activities. Perfect spot in CR. Our food at La Mansion was the best. It was hard to find a good local restaurant so ask a local tour guide. We could not find any ATM to dispense dollars. They had two banks but neither could allow us access to cash.
Written 8 January 2022
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ALLSLC
Salt Lake City, UT519 contributions
Nov 2021
Had a wonderful boat captain who looked for birds for us constantly, stopping and repositioning so we could get the pic. Brought pineapple, because, you know, it had been like 10 minutes since lunch :-)
Written 19 December 2021
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JuanJose14
San Jose, Costa Rica9 contributions
Oct 2021
I would recommend the Peninsula Trail walk ,I did not like the Northern walk (Coladas trail) that much, I did not find any value(unless you are a geologist) But the Southern walk was just amazing, you get Observation decks with lake views, a huge tower with Volcano + lake view just stunning and the nature itself during this walk is exuberating with so much Fauna!
Written 26 October 2021
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