I managed to get in a couple surfing lessons. Learning here was much better than trying to learn in Mexico! I even got good enough to ride a dozen or so waves right into the beach. Turns out, surfing is a lot of fun. But, when you are not good at it, it is also a bit of work. I see why most surfers are quite young. :-)
I also went diving out in the Catalina Islands. This turned out as well as I could have dreamed...octopi, Manta Rays, white tipped reef sharks...we saw it all. At one point, we had 15 foot Manta Rays floating just a few feet next to us, or over our heads. So close, you could reach out and touch them, until you try and they move away...dang!
I was out with the divemaster, Michael, and another diver, Diego, on vacation from Mexico. We had a great time!
Under the Water
wanna be on the beach or in the water? this is the place to go!
If you love the outdoors, this is the place to be. Lakes, mountains, hiking trails, jungle. I prefer to stay near Lake Arenal, but closer to the east side of the lake. it is a pretty big lake, and Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal is to the east. But, staying near the village of Nuevo Arenal gives you a better choice of markets and restaurants.