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Things to do in Lake Arenal

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“Great scenery while you walk in the rainforest. Very convenient if you stay with us because it is located across the parking lot.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Beautiful view. clean water. Sometimes the catamaran has a tour with live music.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Alta cocina....sí, eso significa que la comida es deliciosa y no es barato! Upscale cuisine, yes, it means it is delicious and not cheap either...but neither are you!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The amazing chicken penne pasta, curry chicken salad, and of course the great pizza!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“# 1 Recommendation in the area, they will open for Lunch and dinner. Ask Tyrone for the specials Close on Mondays”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Get Ready to get down and dirty in one of the most amazing tourist attractions in all Costa Rica - a real hidden jewel. The Venado Caves contain configurations over 6 million years old bear the beauty of waterfalls,numerous stalactites and stalagmites, and a exotic fauna like fish, insects, spiders and four different species of bats.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Little Italian restaurant run by a couple from Italy. Casual. Homemade dishes. Good salads, Lasagne, and Pizza. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Craft Beers. You can order a sampler and try them all. My favorite is the dunkel. While you are there, see if you can meet George, the brew master, who brews the beer directly below the bar. Not wild about the food. Have enjoyed the Aztec Soup though. Friends say the Volcano burger is good (if you want medium, best to order rare). Usually open till 10 pm. Open everyday.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Store
“Started by a good friend of mine, who passed away far too young.. This place is now run by his Widow Myra, But John's Legacy live on! World Famous Jungle Pizza, Homemade Ice Cream and More.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Tico Wind has offered their Windsurfing services for DECADES, so if you want to learn wind or kite surfing, this is the place. Notice they advertise to be OPEN from December to April. However, the lake access itself is there all year round. Very nice for bird watching, nature walking, sun bathing (when available).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The hosts are friendly and helpful. The meals are great. They have a pool and guests are welcome to go swimming. Sometimes they have live music”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is somewhat of a local cowboy bar. They make bocas (small eats) which rotate daily. Great for a drink and snack. When in Tilaran, I often stop in and have arroz con pollo. Raves for the fried chicken (only available at night)”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Local BBQ. Accompaniment is the sides of rice and beans . While waiting for the food, ask for a flash light and be sure to check out the rock discotheque that was built in the back. (Sometimes they have dance parties). ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Alta cocina....sí, eso significa que la comida es deliciosa y no es barato! Upscale cuisine, yes, it means it is delicious and not cheap either...but neither are you!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The amazing chicken penne pasta, curry chicken salad, and of course the great pizza!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“# 1 Recommendation in the area, they will open for Lunch and dinner. Ask Tyrone for the specials Close on Mondays”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Get Ready to get down and dirty in one of the most amazing tourist attractions in all Costa Rica - a real hidden jewel. The Venado Caves contain configurations over 6 million years old bear the beauty of waterfalls,numerous stalactites and stalagmites, and a exotic fauna like fish, insects, spiders and four different species of bats.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Little Italian restaurant run by a couple from Italy. Casual. Homemade dishes. Good salads, Lasagne, and Pizza. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Craft Beers. You can order a sampler and try them all. My favorite is the dunkel. While you are there, see if you can meet George, the brew master, who brews the beer directly below the bar. Not wild about the food. Have enjoyed the Aztec Soup though. Friends say the Volcano burger is good (if you want medium, best to order rare). Usually open till 10 pm. Open everyday.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Store
“Started by a good friend of mine, who passed away far too young.. This place is now run by his Widow Myra, But John's Legacy live on! World Famous Jungle Pizza, Homemade Ice Cream and More.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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