Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal
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Christopher A
Seattle, WA41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It's a lake. No different or better than millions of other lakes.

Really, might as well be in Minnesota or Idaho.

It is a long drive, Neuvo Arsenal was kinda fun.
Written 14 May 2024
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KnitsbyConnie
MA498 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
On our Caravan Costa Rica 8 day tour we drove around this lake on our way to Guanacaste Province.

The lake is man-made for hydro power purposes. It took 1 year to fill the lake.
Written 31 December 2023
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GinaBif
Metuchen, NJ136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We stopped here on our way from Liberia airport to La Fortuna! What a way to start our trip. The views are absolutely beautiful! I will warn the roads are super windy and definitely made me car sick but still worth it!
Written 7 March 2023
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Andrés Blanco
Carteret, NJ737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I first saw the lake from high altitude while I was zip-lining through the forest at the park. I then wanted to have a closer look so I did an excursion around the lake. There are many activities to choose from around the lake. From horse riding to kayaking it all depends on the kind of experience you want to have. In any case, it's a nice way to spot wildlife and enjoy nature.
Written 17 February 2023
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,593 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MN4,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ5,032 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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
192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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, UK698 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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