Lake Arenal in Costa Rica offers some of the most consistent high wind sessions in the world, making it and ideal location for windsurfing and kitesurfing! Mystica is conveniently located near the main center for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Arenal, offering comfortable lodging in a relaxed, magical atmosphere, and truly delicious food.
You can drive directly to the launch site in under 5 minutes, or skip the drive and enjoy the walk. After a full day of super high wind, a leisurely dinner at Mystica with others and drinks around the communal fireplace is a great way to end the day.
Costa Rica's Lake Arenal offers some of the best high wind (20knts +) sailing in the Western hemisphere during the winter months. From mid November through to April the Easterly flow from the Gulf of Mexico funnels through the mountains for maximum strength. If it is your only Winter trip, you can guarantee wind nearly every day. This is different than Baja or Maui. The wind here is very strong and can blow all day and night. It is exhilarating and you should be prepared for the extreme conditions since most of you will have had several months off before hitting the water. Blisters on the hands are common, so it is good to take the first day or two as a warm up and work your way into the high wind conditions the Arenal Lake is famous for.
The launch site has a superb setup for all the conditions you'll see during your stay. All the sails are rigged and there are a wide range of board sizes to choose from. Kites and kitesurfing lessons are available to you as needed. A helpful and knowledgeable staff will assist you with your equipment from the time they walk it down to the lake edge to when they help put it back after your exhausting but satisfying sessions. You should bring your own harness and helmet for windsurfing. A shorty wetsuit will serve you well, and gloves are useful if your hands start to get worked. Other than that, it is really as simple as showing up and stepping on the water. At the site you will meet other windsurfers and kitesurfers who are sailing that week, and become part of the community. Many people stay for two weeks or more and often you'll first meet them over the great Mystica breakfast!
For more information on windsurfing and kitesurfing at Lake Arsenal in Costa Rica please visit Tico Wind website : www.ticowind.com