Wakeboarding and Other Activities From Lake Arenal Costa Rica

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Visitors from all over the world are experiencing this adrenaline filled adventure from the tropical oasis known as Lake Arenal.

Yeah sure you can Wakeboard all over the world, but can you do it on a 33 mile fresh water lake, located in the tropical zone of Costa Rica, with a water temperatures of 75+, and calm glassy waters all year, thanks to the dam and Active Arenal Volcano. Lake Arenal has no wakes from other boats, crazy’s ripping around on Seadoo’s, Crocodiles, Sharks or Swimmers.

Lake Arenal is situated in the tropical Zone of Costa Rica at the foot of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Drive here is safe and a tour of its own. Coming from the beach takes about 3 hours and allows people to see more of the flowing landscapes, rivers and mountains

There’s a variety of spots on the large 33 mile lake, the preferred location being the base of the Active Arenal Volcano. What makes this location so awesome is the watersport conditions all year. Over 35 years ago the Costa Rican Government decided to build a dam, the result being Lake Arenal and electricity for 30% of Costa Rica.

The dam is situated at the base of the Active Arenal Volcano,and acts as a shield, protecting the water bellow; leaving nothing but glassy watersports conditions 365 days a year.

Pro wakeboarders and wakeskaters have come and continue to visit Lake Arenal; coaching, riding, training and spreading awareness of this wakeboard haven.

You can learn how to wakeboard from experienced wakeboarders and take part in the upcoming clinics. by Google searching wakeboard Costa Rica. Lake Arenal host Pro clinics throughout the year, these clinics are designed to let students, vacationers and locals interested in learning from the pros to do so. The clinics will take part from the many unique locations on Lake Arenal.

Details of these clinics will be listed in advance allowing anyone interested the time to make arrangements.

Now you know the magic of Lake Arenal and active Arenal Volcano take a moment get to know the town that accommodates the many travelers that come to Costa Rica for the Pura Vida (pure life).

La Fortuna is an enjoyable experience for all, with flowing rivers, natural hot springs, waterfalls, the 33 mile fresh water Lake Arenal, Cerro Chatto Lake, butterfly gardens and a large variety of accommodation and amenities. The many vacationers who find the Pure Vida return home feeling satisfied and relaxed.

One of the main reasons La Fortuna is such a go to destination is the fact that it’s situated at the base, 4 miles to the Active Arenal Volcano and was built to accommodate the many vacationer that visit This Part of Costa Rica, la Fortuna is all a vacationer could ask for, secure, peaceful and Pura Vida. For many years tour companies have worked together at creating activities and adrenalin filled Paradise adventures to allow visitors to discover this natural oasis up close and personal.

La Fortuna was designed to offer spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. The central park is full of tropical plants, flowers and lined with benches where you can sit and enjoy the volcanoes activity. Take a 10 minute drive to the North West side of the Volcano to witness flowing red lava.

National Park (Parque National Vulcan Arenal)

This almost 30,000 acre national park allows visitors to get an even better understanding of the Arenal Volcano and a much closer look. The Flora and fauna found it this primary rain forest is some of the newest on earth.

Activities available from La Fortuna; the majority of them with the volcano in your sites. The most popular tours in the area include:

Relaxing in the various hot springs, sport fishing, white water rafting, repelling down waterfalls, zip lining through the rain forest, horseback riding in the tropical jungle through rivers and alongside the volcano, ATV adventures and my absolute Favorite, wakeboarding at the base of the active Arenal Volcano on Lake Arenal.

There are plenty of nature hikes in the area; the one I highly recommend is the climb to Cerro Chatto Lake. Vulcan Chatto is a dormant volcano; its crater is filled from hundreds of year of rain fall. It is an intense uphill hike to over 3,500 feet but I assure you it is worth every step of the way. Park hours are from 8am to 6pm and the entrance fee is currently $6.

The La Fortuna Waterfall is another one of Mother Nature’s tours. Take a short 4klm hike from La Fortuna and you will be standing up top of the 230 foot waterfall. Gaze upon the power of water as it rolls of and dumps into the fresh rejuvenating pools bellow. Hike down the base to the pools to recharge, relax and take some photos. Waterfalls are open from 8-6pm and have an entrance fee of $9.


La Fortuna has it all, Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Hostels, Cabin, Private house rentals and even Camping

Popular in the area are Bed and Breakfast, private paradise which comes fully furnished with all the amenities, a view of the Arenal Volcano from every window and peace of mind; just sit back relax and enjoy the Pura Vida.

There are a handful of hostels for the adventurers who came to this area with money for tours and food. Hostels in La Fortuna are safe affordable and clean. Hostels are also a great spot to meet other travelers on similar adventures.

I hope you enjoyed this article peace on Paradise and the many adventures available in this area of Costa Rica.

Pura Vida, Jonathan Turcotte

Paradise Found.

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