Why choose Tico Wind
and Lake Arenal for your windsurfing vacation?
Well the key is in the name. Wind!
During the Northern Hemisphere winter months Costa Rica is buffeted
by the trade winds blowing east to west across the Caribbean.
Lake Arenal’s position also means the trade winds are often
funneled through the surrounding mountains adding a few knots
to the wind strength.
The wind direction is pretty stable, varying a few degrees between
NE-ENE. This means slightly side-off to side shore at our launch
area. On the occasions the wind is reinforced through a big cold
front blowing south through the Mid-West into the Gulf of Mexico
we can often see 4-5 days in a row with the wind around the 30
knot mark. Given that it is a closed body of water and we have
a rescue jet-ski on standby, it is a great opportunity to sail
in conditions you wouldn’t normally do so in. What does
this mean in terms of gear? Our most used gear sizes are 76L-95L
boards, sails 4.0-5.0. and kites from 5m-10m. The months with
the greater % of winds >20knts? Dec (%60), Jan (%75), Feb (%75).
The best weather? Mid Feb through April.