Skate Park Plus Lake Retreat Equals Paradise in Arenal Costa Rica

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My husband has many interests, and that is one of the reasons I love him. One of them is skateboarding. So I am constantly looking for places that might have something fun for him.

But this time, a fabulous place for him to practice some skateboarding came as a surprise. Who would think that in a Central American country one would find a skate park with a view to die for. Well, Costa Rica comes through again.

A little close to the city of Tilaran on Lake Arenal is an amazing resort: Hotel Tilawa. We stopped there for a quick visit and ended up finding out that it has a great, free skate park.

Normally we go to La Fortuna and Arenal to hang out in the thermal baths and get free lava shows.

But since my husband has a new obsession, we decided to try the other side of the lake where the skate park is located. Now we’ve seen Lake Arenal from the La Fortuna side and it’s, you know, a lake.

So when we took a turn around one of the mountains, we all, including our five-year-old son, dropped our jaws and gasped with air. This side of Lake Arenal has got to be one of Costa Rica’s wonders!

So for the next four days, while my husband did front-side and backside flips (teaching my son in between sets) I got to sit back on my lakefront hotel room’s patio and just be grateful for these moments.

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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