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Take a Boat Ride to Lunch at Lago Dos Bocas

Since Hurricane Maria, this area had not been maintained well by the government. Lately, they have been cleaning it up. Seems like they may offer boat rides around lake sometimes during week, but on weekends they have that and the one for the couple of restaurants that are open (I think the restaurants are open only on weekends (Sat/Sun)).

Lago Do Bocas

Looking for a nice off the beaten path way to spend a weekend afternoon? You can always hop in the car and head to Lago Dos Bocas toward the center of the island, where you can enjoy a boat ride around the lake or, to make a longer day out of it, go to one of the lakeside restaurants and enjoy drinks or a meal while admiring the views.

Lago Dos Bocas (Dos Bocas Lake) is a man-made lake (as are all of the lakes in Puerto Rico) located between Arecibo and Utuado. It was constructed in 1942 by what is now the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) by blocking the Arecibo and Caonillas Rivers where they meet. There, they made a dam and installed a hydroelectric power plant. I am pretty sure the dam is still used to generate electricity, and the beautiful lake is used as a potable water reservoir and for public enjoyment (mainly on weekends).

We stopped here for lunch with my brother John and his wife Chris after our Cueva Ventana adventure on a Sunday in March. The lake is just about 15 minutes away from the cave and it was lunch time — so it was a perfect plan!

The route to the lake is easy to follow — there are large signs pointing the way to the embarcadero (pier) parking area. Here you will be helped by attendants into finding a spot to park. Parking was free when we went, though there was a booth (so maybe they charge sometimes?). From there, just walk to the left toward the water.

In the parking lot, representatives from the restaurant had sample menus and pictures of their place. They serve typical Puerto Rican cuisine, or comida criollo.

The Restaurants

-The restaurants are lakeside, though some higher up and some close to water level. They have their own boat that picks up customers at the boat dock and ferries them them to their restaurant. Once you decide which restaurant to go to, the rep will call the boat and they will meet you at the dock. The boats range in size, but most can hold 10 to 12 people.

Lago Do Bocas

The lake was much larger than imagined it would be. The boat ride, going at a nice fast clip with a great breeze, took about 10 minutes each way. Along the way, there were great views of the mountains and water fowl. The restaurant have open-air, covered seating areas for meals. Some also have indoor seating.

Keep in mind that these restaurants are only open on the weekend, usually from 10 or 11am until 6 or 7pm. They are sometimes open on Monday holidays. The may be open mid-week in July. It’s best to call ahead just to make sure.

All of the restaurants have similar prices — appetizers run about $3 to $7, main meals about $12 to $17. I believe all the restaurants take Visa, MasterCard, ATH (debit) and (obviously) cash. A few may take American Express. You may want to check with the representative before boarding the boat.

  • Paisaje Escondido open Saturday – Sunday 787-640-5179
  • La Marina de Rancho- open Fri- Sunday (787) 630-2750 or 787-618-2752

There are just a couple restaurants located at the lake that are open.

When we went there were 5 to choose from, we decided on a restaurant just because of we liked the name. We tried the mofongo (one with with rabbit & one with shrimp), the churrasco (skirt steak) and filete de chillo (snapper fillet). They were all very good!

Other Activities on the Lake

If you do not want to eat, you can hire a boat to take you on a little tour around the lake. It is about $5 per person, though sometimes they require 4 people to go, so it might cost $20 if you have fewer than 4 people. It is a nice trip, breezy and pretty and calm water. They have life jackets for kids.

They allow fishing at the lake, with a permit. I believe you can rent a boats and kayaks to enjoy on the lake, also.

Other Things to do Nearby

Lago Do Bocas

If you’re going to make the drive to the Arecibo/Utuado area for Dos Bocas, you might as well visit one of the many nearby attractions and make a full day out of it. Some nearby attractions include


Note that Lago Dos Bocas is popular with local people and gets VERY busy on summer weekends!

Driving directions: From the San Juan area, take Route 22 West to Route 10 South (exit 75B). At KM 69.7 on Route 10, turn left onto Road 621 (there are large signs for Dos Bocas) toward Road 123. Turn right onto Road 123, and stay on Road 123 (it turns to the right at one intersection) following the signs to El Embarcadero parking area. Be aware, Road 123 is a small and twisting/turning road.

Lago Do Bocas

¿Le gustaría hacer un paseo por un paraje algo remoto en una tarde de fin de semana? Pues móntese en su auto y diríjase al Lago Dos Bocas en el centro de la isla. Allí podrá disfrutar de un paseo gratuito en lancha alrededor del lago o si desea pasar un poco más tiempo, puede ir a comer a uno de los restaurantes del lago mientras admira el paisaje.

El Lago Dos Bocas es un lago hecho por el hombre (como todos los lagos de Puerto Rico). Está localizado entre los pueblos de Arecibo y Utuado. Fue construido en el año1942 por la Autoridad de Energia Eléctrica de Puerto Rico (PREPA). Ellos represaron el Río Grande de Arecibo y el Río Caonillas en lugar donde se entrelazan. En esta represa instalaron una planta hidroeléctrica. La represa aún se utiliza para generar electricidad y este precioso lago se usa como una reserva de agua y también para el disfrute del público en general, mayormente durante los fines de semana.

Recientemente nos detuvimos allí para almorzar junto a mi hermano John y su esposa Chris luego de nuestra aventura en la Cueva Ventana un domingo de marzo. El lago está sólo a 15 minutos de la cueva y ya era hora de almorzar así que el plan nos quedó perfecto.

La ruta al lago es fácil de encontrar – hay unos letreros grandes que dirigen al estacionamiento del embarcadero.  Los empleados le ayudarán a encontrar un lugar donde aparcar el carro. El estacionamiento salió gratuito en esa ocasión pero vi una casilla por lo que creo que quizás cobren en algunas ocasiones. De este punto en adelante sólo debe caminar en dirección al agua.

En el estacionamiento, los representantes de los diferentes restaurantes le mostrarán los menús de éstos. Todos sirven comida típica criolla. Todos los locales de comida lucen bien – muy difícil de escoger a cual de ellos ir.


  • Todos los restaurantes están junto al lago aunque algunos están un poco más arriba. Cada uno tiene su propia embarcación la cual recoge a los comensales en el muelle y los transportan en la lancha hasta su local. Una vez usted elija el restaurante de su predilección, el representante llamará la embarcación la cual lo recogerá en el muelle. Las lanchas por lo general tienen un cupo para 10 o 12 personas.

    Lago Do Bocas

    El lago es más grande de lo que imaginábamos. Si la embarcación va de prisa, se tomará cerca de 10 minutos en cada trayecto. La brisa, las aves del lago y el paisaje de las montañas se pueden apreciar durante el corto viaje. En todos los restaurantes se puede comer en áreas al aire libre o en áreas bajo techo. Algunos también tienen mesas en el interior.

    Debe tomar en cuenta que estos restaurantes sólo abren durante los fines de semana, usualmente de 10–11 am hasta de 6–7:00 pm. A veces también abren los lunes feriados. Puede que abran los días de semana en el mes de julio. De todas maneras, es mejor llamar con anterioridad para cerciorarse.

    Todos los restaurantes tienen precios similares – aperitivos de $3 a $7 y platos principales de $12 a $17. Creo que todos aceptan tarjetas de crédito o débito y aunque no estamos seguros si aceptan American Express. Puede verificar con el representante antes de abordar la lancha.

    Hay 1 restaurantes en el lago pero sólo pudimos tomar información de cuatro de ellos. Si alguien puede proveer información sobre el quinto por favor déjenos saber en los comentarios al fondo. (9/10– ¡Gracias Francisco!)

    Decidimos ir al Fogón de Abuela por lo peculiar de su nombre. Pedimos un mofongo relleno de conejo y otro de camarones, un churrasco y un filete de chillo. ¡Todos muy buenos!


    Se permite la pesca en el lago, con un permiso especial. Creo que se pueden alquilar botes y kayaks para el disfrute del lago.


    Lago Do Bocas

    Si va a estar en el área de Arecibo/Utuado para ir al Lago Dos Bocas, quizás quisiera visitar una de las atracciones cercanas y quedarse el día entero en el área. Algunas de estas atracciones son:


    ¡Tome en cuenta que el Lago Dos Bocas es muy popular y se llena los fines de semana durante el verano!

    Direcciones: Desde el Área Metropolitana, tome la autopista 22 hacia el oeste hasta la carretera 10 (Salida 75B). En el kilometro 69.7 de la carretera 10 doble a la izquierda hacia la carretera 123 (esta carretera gira a la derecha en una intersección) siga el letrero hacia el estacionamiento del embarcadero. Cuidado, ya que la carretera 123 es angosta y tiene curvas.


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    Yes, you may have to go and see what is happening. I am not sure of the current state of the boat. Pre-hurricane, they had finally gotten it working well, but now, I have no idea. I believe you can drive to the restaurants, but it is probably not as easy as the boat.

    Comment by Gwenn on 13 Mar 2018

    I was hoping to bring friends and go to each of the restaurants in one day, trying a drink and some food at each one. (I am in the process of writing an article about the restaurants of Lago Dos Bocas), but sounds like that may not be possible just from a transportation standpoint. Any suggestions? Just go and do what we can?

    Comment by Kristine Pethick on 13 Mar 2018

    We ate at Otoao and were pleased with the food and the service, though the dining area is up a hill a little farther from the water (you can still see the lake and surroundings though). The owner called the boat for us when we were finished, and it came in about 10-15 minutes.

    Comment by Maribeth on 08 Dec 2014

    After parking our vehicle, we were approached by two guides coaxing us to visit their restaurants, one was "Paisaje Escondido" ( this guide showed us the menu with prices), while the other was "El Fogon de mi Abuela" (This guide did not have prices on the menu). I decided to visit "El Fogon de mi Abuela, and was disappointed with the service. They did not greet us upon arrival, I had to wave to a waiter and ask if i could sit down anywhere i liked. After sitting and ordering our food; i noticed the waiter had forgotten about us. Other tables were being served before us; even when we had arrived and ordered first. The food took aprox. an hour to be served. Even though the food was good. Personally i would not return to "El Fogon de mi Abuela", until the waiters receive proper training on how to attend the restaurant.

    Comment by Rivera Family on 24 Mar 2014

    visited Cueva Ventana January 1st. Just want to let everyone know, the TEXACO is now Puma. The entrance/parking is about 6 miles south from when you get off highway 22., On the left.

    Comment by Martha on 03 Jan 2014

    We drove to Dos Lagos after going to the Camuy caves and Aricebo Observatory. We ate at Paisaje Escondido and really enjoyed our food. Everything we tried was delicious and eating on the lake was relaxing. I tried to look at each of the restaurant websites and this one seemed pretty cute. The restaurant did not disappoint. On our ferry ride back to the parking area, the captain gave a small tour (in Spanish) of the surrounding area and we were able to see a nearby waterfall. All in all a great afternoon! Wouldn't have made it to this restaurant if it weren't for this website!

    Comment by Courtney on 20 May 2013

    Some of the restaurants are open during the week, but the boats don't run. You would have to call each one for exact schedule and for directions on how to get there by land route.

    Comment by Gwenn on 04 Jun 2012

    Planeo visitar el área con mis hijos que vienen de vacaciones y me gustaría ir el miércoles 22 de Agosto.¿Tendrán los restaurantes abiertos? Por favor dejarme saber ,estoy planeando la visita con anticipación.¡Muchas gracias por los detalles!

    Comment by Wanda Gonzalez on 28 May 2012

    We combined Lago Dos Bocas with the Cavernas de Camuy and the Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park. It was a lovely day. We had lunch at Rancho Marina, a lovely place. We ordered salmon and grilled chicken breast and the food was great. The desserts are really delicious!

    Comment by Lindsey on 26 May 2012

    I brought my husband and 7 and 12 year old children for an early dinner (at 2:30) this past Sunday. We went through an 6 hour 15 minute ordeal, so I want other readers to be aware of what to expect there. After parking we walked down to the boat launch, where there were about 15 people hanging around. It was not really clear that we had a choice of restaurants and after a little confusion we were assured we would be on the 2nd trip out to Abuela's in about 30 minutes. Since we weren't starving and always travel with the assumption we won't come by that way again, we agreed to wait. I was concerned about being out after dark since we were staying in the mountains but about 45 minutes later we were on the boat out. There were a couple big parties and some smaller ones like us, as well as several empty tables, so they did not appear that busy. The wait staff seemed bewildered to see us when we asked for a table. After sitting there for 25 minutes, (we found our own menus) with the staff avoiding eye contact with us, I cornered an employee and asked for service, when she came to the table I asked how long dinner might take, she left to check in the kitchen and assured me it would be served quickly because we had already sat there for so long. With this promise we ordered; snapper, two different mofongos and the children's chicken strip platter. We also ordered drinks that came in another 15-20 minutes along with four cups of conciliatory soup, a chicken base with pureed plaintains. An hour and 10 minutes later our food arrived, but they forgot the childrens plate, which came out another 10 minutes later. At this point we were starving, and ate quickly. We asked for the check and were surprised to see 15% gratuity added in for our table of 4. When we asked about it they said, it was "optional", but c'mon. Then the real fun started, we queued up for the boat, and because there were more than 12 people ahead of us, I knew we were in for another 40 minute to an hour wait. It started to pour rain, I brought the kids back up to the restaurant and we took turns checking on my husband. When the first boat came there was a stampede for the boat and about 20 people crammed on the boat pushing ahead of us in line. To his credit the driver got off, folded his arms, and informed them only 12 could sail. My husband berated them in his best Spanish and after 10 minutes or so some folks who had been in the front of the line stepped off. We were soaked, it was pitch black out and my kids were begging us to walk back to the car. Not having a clue were we were, walking was not an option so we had to wait it out. Eventually another boat came and we got back to our car, at about 8:45. We were staying at the state park villas on Lago Caonillas so we had a treacherous ride ahead of us in the dark. (which we had tried to avoid with the early dinner.) The bottom line is, the food was very good, sangria was good too, but the service was the worst I have ever experienced, even by PR standards. This might be a better trip for a group of 20 or 30 somethings who come out at noon and can devote several hours to drinking and eating. I expected to be there 3 or 4 hours tops. When my daughter got back to the car she said poignantly, "and all I wanted was a hamburger." BTW, at your recommendation we had hiked Cueva Ventana, been to the Ceremonial Park and stopped at Cafe Gran Batey for coffee and convo with the lovely Morales'. All those activities went perfectly. Oh well, some day we will look back on this and laugh...

    Comment by Audrey on 06 Sep 2011

    There might be some validity to the daily operation of the ferries. Residents utilize them as real transportation. I've been there twice, once on a weekday for a boat ride, and once on a weekend to eat at one of the restaurants. On the weekday visit, there were kids who had gotten out of school, and waited at the dock for a ride to their homes ---- delivered right to their back yards, which was pretty cool. That explains the early hours of operation, too. I enjoy the experience, because it visually very pretty. The lake is like a valley surrounded by lush, lush, deep green mountains, which at places slope upward sharply from the waters edge. It made me feel like I was traveling the Amazon. Not that I've ever been to the Amazon, but that's what it makes me think of.

    Comment by Josh on 03 Sep 2011

    We are residents of Lago Dos Bocas and eat at El Fogon de Abuela often. It has become a place to take unexpected visitors and out of town guests. We love the food and the convenience it affords us. Our guests love the food as well as the experience of visiting us by boat. It gives them a relaxing ride as well as the opportunity to see the native birds and fauna. We highly recommend the experience.

    Comment by Mr. and Mrs. John McMahan on 22 Mar 2011

    Restaurant El Cacique is the 5th, check this article:

    Comment by Francisco on 07 Aug 2010

    Thanks for your information! I loved it!

    Comment by Erma on 18 Apr 2010

    This is one of my favorite trips to take whenever I have stateside friends in the island. I have combined the trip with the Cavernas de Camuy, Lares town square and the Caguana Park in Utuado. Great choice! PS I also prefer "El Fogón de la Abuela", Luis the owner and ferry captain is a great guy who always welcomes you as family. Highly recommended.

    Comment by Luis on 12 Apr 2010

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