Thanks to its unusually consistent conditions, Laguna de Arenal is the best place in Costa Rica for windsurfing and kitesurfing – the strong winds that buffet the surface of the lake from December to April can reach speeds of up to 25mph, drawing experienced riders from around the world. The wind peaks between mid-December and February, so aim for the late-season months if you’re looking to learn.


Ticowind About halfway between Nuevo Arenal and Tilarán t2692-2002 or t8383-2694, Well-respected outfit with over twenty years’ experience. They rent quality equipment (from $50/$58 for windsurfing/kitesurfing for a half-day), while windsurfing classes cater for first-timers ($120) and those looking to improve their technique ($200). Their comprehensive beginner’s kitesurfing course includes nine hours on the water ($540).
Tilawa Windsurf Center Hotel Tilawa, 5km east of Tilarán t2695-5050, Hotel-affiliated centre offering older windsurfing kit (from $45 for the half-day, $35 for hotel guests), plus a range of lessons, from gybe tuition ($30; 1hr) to jumps and loops (both $10; 20min).

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