JD's Watersports in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano is one of the World's most active volcanoes - it has been constantly erupting lava since 1968! The lava flows can make for spectacular viewing, if you are on the correct side of it! This is a very scenic area, with several nice hotels and many things to do and see. No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a visit to Arenal Volcano.

Tabacon Hot Springs - Tabacon Hot Springs has crystal clear waters heated by nearby Arenal Volcano. They have no sulfur smell! There are many pools with varying temperatures set within acres of lush vegetation. Relax in warm waters with wonderful views of Arenal Volcano.

Canopy Tours - Rock-climbing harnesses, overhead cables, zipping suspended amoung the treetops. There are several Canopy Tours to choose from in this region. They are great adventure, and areavailable to everyone. No special experience is needed, and it is not rigorous. If you have overwhelming fear of heights, then do not do this. Even those with a moderate fear of heights enjoy it immensely.

La Fortuna Waterfall - A 200-foot waterfall in a beautiful valley not far from the town of La Fortuna. You can access it by car, foot, or on horseback (which is what we recommend). This is a very scenic waterfall in a heavily-forested valley.


Fishing on Lake Arenal - Guapote ("Rainbow Bass"), machaca and freshwater tarpon are all found in Lake Arenal. Half-day or full-day trips are available on small bass boats. Fishing is done with spinners near the shore and by trolling in deeper waters. You never know how many fish you will catch, but Lake Arenal is so scenic, it almost doesn't matter!

Hiking at Arenal Volcano National Park - While you cannot hike on Arenal Volcano itself, you can hike all around it. We highly recommend the "new lava flow" hike from Arenal Observatory Lodge, which shows the stark contrast between forest and desolate lava flows. Outstanding guides make this hike exceptional, because they explain the history of the volcano and its flows in great detail. Fun and educational!

Horseback Riding: The horseback ride to La Fortuna Waterfall is a pleasant way to see the picturesque ranch land and rainforest in this area. Once you reach the trailhead, you dismount and hike the steep but short trail to see the waterfall. Take a swim in the river if you wish before you remount to return to the stables.

Arenal Hanging Bridges: Arenal Hanging Bridges sits in a valley covered with rainforest near Arenal Volcano with many trails and several suspension bridges you can walk on to experience the rainforest canopy. Guides are available and very informative, but you could do this on your own.

  • Beautiful scenery
  • An active volcano
  • Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Great hiking
  • Fishing on Lake Arenal
  • Many activities and sights

None that we can think of - it's nearly perfect!

Tabacon Hot Springs Lodge
Arenal Paraiso

Roads in Costa Rica are two lane with slow moving trucks and mountainous terrain. Even though distances are short, it takes a long time to get from one place to another. We can plan your trip to minimize the time you spend on the road.
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