SUP Boarding in Costa Rica

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You would think paddle boarding would require a sunny day to be enjoyable.... But, nope! Desafio Adventure Tour Company has figured out how to squeeze out the highest concentration of fun per hour. A skill I really appreciated on this SUP Adventure on the enormous Lake Arenal. Really... It's MUCH bigger than it appears! 

 

This tour is based out of La Fortuna, where you will be picked up from your hotel, then are driven through the scenic lake area until you reach the informal launching point. Since their boat can beach itself, it's very easy to get on and off. If you're familiar with large lakes, you'll know that there is always a windy side and a calm side. The guides ferry you to the best section of the lake for paddling then teach you how to get onto and stand up on your board. Then you're on your way! Since the boat follows, you can take a break whenever you want to apply more sunscreen or just pop a cold one. If the weather conditions change, they will ferry you to a better section of the lake. It rained on us a bit on this adventure but it was really peaceful. It's not cold, so it's no imposition. It's pretty perfect! At the end of the tour our guide had fresh towels, water, and beer for us to enjoy on your way back to the "dock". 

 

ADA: the only hurdles here are transferring into the bus and into the boat, however, there is assistance available. There are no ADA friendly bathrooms on this tour.

 

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stand up paddle boarding lake arenal