Sportfishing in Costa Rica - Best fishing experience ever.

Costa Rica is all about fishing! Costa Rica has the finest sport fishing and deep sea fishing in the world, with more than 79 world records to its credit. You can expect to catch Snapper, Black Fin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Snook, Sailfish, Grouper, Yellow Fin Tuna, Roosterfish, Black Marlin, Dorado and much more!

Multiple locations scattered throughout Costa Rica’s pacific coast serve as departure points for half-day, full-day, overnight, and multi-day fishing trips such as Ocotal or Coco Beach, Golfito, Quepos, Papagayo, Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo, Drake Bay and Manuel Antonio. On the Caribbean coast you will find excellent fishing spots such as world famous Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero which are great for light tackle enthusiast. These are great places for snook and tarpon fishing in Costa Rica.

North Pacific Coast Fishing in Costa Rica

The pacific coast of costa Rica offers unparralelled fishing posibilities in many different locations where you can expect sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo, roosterfish, mackerel and snapper being caught regularly. Sail fish and marlin are found in great numbers making beaches in northern Guanacaste such as Flamingo, Tamarindo, Coco and Ocotalexcellent departure points. Also make sure to visit Cabo Blanco and Mal Pais as well as the Papagayo Gulf, several boats also charter from there and the action is spectacular.  A bit more to the south you will find great spots in Puntarenas such as Tambor, Jaco, Manuel Antonio - Quepos and Punta Leona. And all the way down south you have spots such as Dominical, Zancudo, Drake Bay and Golfito.

Fish species in Pacific Guanacaste and best times of year to fish in Costa Rica

Marlin: Caught all year long. Most abundant months are from November to early March and August and September.
Sailfish: May through August the best months.
Tuna: Peaking between August and October.
In addition to these, there are plenty of dorado, wahoo and roosterfish.

Central Pacific Coast Fishing in Costa Rica

Costa Rica ’s central pacific sport fishing spots start at Morales,  north of the main town of Puntarenas  and extends throughout a winy pacific coast down to Dominical Beach.

Sport fishing waters inside the Nicoya Gulf are usually calm because they are protected from wind and tides.  Several acres of mangrove estuaries with little fishing pressure yield awesome results for amateur and experienced anglers alike departing from Puntarenas.

Herradura - Jaco hosts one of the premier marinas in Costa Rica, Los Sueños Hotel & Marina, a dream destination and starting point of many offshore big-game fishing adventures in Costa Rica. Abundant sail fish, marlin and tunas await you in this fishing paradise.

Fish species in Central Pacific and best times of year to fish in Costa Rica

Marlin: Caught 12 months a year.
Sailfish: The middle of December to the end of April is best rated.
Tuna: Peak months are June through September, but tuna is available 12 months a year.
Snook: Best is always during the rainy season.

South Pacific coast fishing

Golfito is the biggest town in Costa Rica’s south pacific coast. Other large towns are Puerto Jimenez  located on Osa Peninsula and Zancudo beach. There are a couple of new marinas in Golfito, both have fishing charters.

Light tackle fishing inside Dulce Gulf, with these provision of small caves and rocky islets and shoreline, is also good for small barracuda and snaper, corvina and occasional snook to over 40 pounds. There is also excellent snook fishing inside the Zancudo Penisula and further north, at the mouth of the Esquínas river.

Fish species in South Pacific and best times of year to fish in Costa Rica

Marlin: August through December is peak.
Sailfish: December to the end of March is best, then again in August and September.
Tuna: August through March is the best time for the 100 pounders.
Snook: The rainy season seems to be best.

Caribbean Coast Fishing in Costa Rica

Over six fishing lodges are situated in Barra del Colorado, Tortuguero and Parismina, all on the canals. The canals and rivers of the northern Caribbean coast boast some of the best snook and tarpon fishing in the world.

The months of November and December see the highest volume of fish in the waters, as small snooks begin their journeys into the rivers.

Fish species in Caribbean and best times of year to fish in Costa Rica

Tarpon: December through May.
Snook: catches generally peak March through May, September and November.
Fat snook (Calba): become plentiful November through January.
Billfish: Most are caught between February and September.
Also caught in great numbers here are wahoo, dorado, tripletail, kingfish, Spanish and cero mackerel, jack crevalle and barracuda.

Reccommended Fishing hotels in Costa Rica:

Northern Pacific

Flamingo Beach Resort
Allegro Papagayo
Capitan Suizo
Ocotal Resort

Central Pacific

Best Western Jaco Beach
Punta Leona
Aguila de Osa Lodge

South Pacific: Golfito and Playa Zancudo

Drake Bay Resort

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Caribbean

Pachira Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

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