Windsurf in Guanacaste

Tourism Chamber of Guanacaste features Windsurf Tour at the sunny side of Costa Rica.

Windsurfing is a water sport using a ‘windsurf board’, usually two to five meters long and powered by a single sail. The sail apparatus is joined to the board by a free-rotating flexible joint called the Universal Joint (U-Joint). Unlike a rudder-steered sailboat, a windsurfer steers by the tilting and rotating of the mast and sail as well as the tilting and carving of the board. This method of controlling the board's direction is called the free-sail system.


The sport combines aspects of both sailing and surfing, along with certain athletic aspects shared with other board sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. Although it might be considered a minimalistic version of a sailboat, windsurfing offers experiences that are outside the scope of most other sailing craft design. A windsurfer holds the world speed record for a sailing craft; and, windsurfers can perform jumps, inverted loops, spinning maneuvers, and other "freestyle" moves that cannot be matched by other sailboats.


This sport has become very popular in Costa Rica, where you can find winds of 35-40 miles per hour in areas like Lago Arenal, which is a great spot for those who enjoy this sport and offers lodging and classes for all levels and price budgets. This area also offers Tabacón natural hot springs, an amazing view of the imposing, active Arenal Volcano and beaches that are just a short drive away.

Many locations around Guanacaste offer options for windsurfing. Please search in
the ‘search/buscar’ location above, or check out our ‘services’ section for specific details of where to find
windsurfing activities.