Visit in June 2007
Our visit was a little biased because we arrived during a downpour of rain. The springs were warm and nice, but it was confusing at night to find yourway around. There are lights but all the curved paths and dark foilage make it hard to find your way around. As we came after 7 pm it was a bit cheaper. Our buffet meal was all good food, a wide variety. If you were hungary you were too picky. I espeically liked the sea food pasta cooked to order. Squid, octopus, clams, shrimp and mussels.
We also were left with a bad impression that our guide said the management did not permit our Costa Rican Guide, nor our bus driver to eat with us in the restaurant, like they did at other locations. Our guide told us he didn't like the place because they cater so much to the tourists that they are unkind and impolite to the Costa Rican natives. He'd deliver his tours to the Springs as they requested.
Another Costan Rican native told me he had been to Arenal three times and had never seen the lava at night due to the weather. I was told if you want to, your best bet is to go during the dry season of December to May, but even then, due to the height of the volcano, the top is often in the clouds and not visible. Our price was $70.00 each for 2 hours in the springs and dinnner later. We were told if we went before 7pm it would have been $90.00
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