Costa Rica Fishing

Salt Water, Estuary and Fresh Water Fishing

Costa Rica Fishing Planner

Fishing Area Description

1. Papagayo Bay Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica and is designated as a major tourism area of Costa Rica. Inshore and offshore fishing is a 20 - 30 minute boat ride from Popagayo hotels. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

2. Playa Del Coco Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica and is a small town with large and small hotels, restaurants, Bars and shopping. Inshore and offshore fishing is a 30 - 45 minute boat ride from Coco. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish include: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

3. Playa Flamingo is on the Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica in the S-W corner of Potrero Bay and has small and large hotels, restaurants, bars. Flamingo currently has a wide selection of boats, some of which also provide service to the Papagayo, Coco, and Tamarindo areas. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish around the Catalina Island Chain include: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and more.

4. Playa Tamarindo is located on the Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica about 10 miles southwest of Flamingo. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish include: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

5. Carrillo Pacific West coast of Costa Rica and is a small town with large and small hotels, restaurants, Bars and shopping. Inshore and offshore fishing is a 15 - 30 minute boat ride. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish include: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

6. Los Suenos Marina and Resort is located in the central Pacific Coast, on the south coast of the Nicoya Gulf. The Los Sueños marina is a full service port for sport fishing boats and can accommodate vessels from 30 to 180 feet in length. Both inshore and offshore fishing with: dorado, tuna, sailfish and marlin. Unusually with calm waters and short rides to fishing. This area is provides consistent year round fishing .

7. Jaco is located in the central Pacific Coast within Nicoya Gulf, just west of Los Suenas. Jaco has a variety of small to large hotels, Restaurants and bars and is known for carefree party and activities. Both inshore and offshore fishing with big game: dorado, tuna, sailfish and marlin with calm waters and short rides to the fishing grounds.

8. Quepos Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The city is very tourism-oriented, having many bars and restaurants and a vivacious night-life.

9. Golfito on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. The town lies on a narrow strip of land between the eponymous bay and a hill and consists of two parts, the town proper and shopping area to the south, and a residential area near the port. Still further north are the duty-free zone and an airstrip. The town offers small marinas, yachting and boating services, sport fishing, and a destination for cruise ships. Much of the tourism in the Golfito area focuses on the sport fishing industry. Many of the lodges and hotels have their own sport fishing fleets and experienced boat captains. Yachting, boating, water sports and beach activities are also popular pastimes. The beaches south of Golfito—Playa Zancudo, Pilon and Pavones—offer excellent surfing. Easy and safe water approach make it a relaxing place to stop and check in or out of Costa Rica when sailing.

10. Rio Colarado is on Costa Rica’s Northern Caribbean Coast and has been the premier Tarpon spot for decades and is also a large wildlife refuge. There are 2 hotspots for big Tarpon in Costa Rica. One lodge has "old black and white photos" of John Wayne and Lee Marvin Tarpon fishing in Costa Rica in the 50’s and 60’s. In addition to Tarpon fishing, some of the lodges have added larger boats for offshore fishing for Wahoo, Dorado, Grouper and more.

11. Lake Arenal is at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is the country’s largest landlocked body of water, covering 33 square miles (85 square km) and a depth that reaches some 200 feet (60 m). In 1979, Lake Arenal was enlarged three times its original size with the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The towns of Arenal and Tondadora, were relocated to the northeastern side of the lake. Nowadays, Lake Arenal’s dam produces nearly 12% of Costa Rica’s electric energy. The lake offers many year-round activities. These include windsurfing, fishing, boat tours, horseback riding and kayaking. Fishing is popular for rainbow bass (Guapote) and machaca, which looks like a pirhana on steroids.

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