Costa Rica Sport Fishing Tours
Spend a day at the sea with sport fishing professionals at the best fishing spots in Costa Rica.
Our company offers luxurious, air-conditioned yachts, with all the necessary characteristics for practicing sport fishing in search of marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and other fish species.
We organize your sport fishing trip to any destination in Costa Rica.
With some of the best sportfishing in Central America, Costa Rica offers incredible fishing opportunities inland and off the coast. Sportfishing here is world-class, and the sportfishing industry itself is firmly established.
Since most of the Costa Rican sportfishing companies and tour groups follow a strict ‘catch and release’ policy, the variety of fish off the coast and inland is amazing.
This is done because Costa Ricans are aware of the importance of sustainable tourism and the proper conservation of key fish species.
Home to some gorgeous inland lakes and miles of rivers, Costa Rica also has two coastlines that open onto the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Without a doubt an angler’s delight, this tiny country has some of the finest and most diverse fishing on the planet. And since Costa Rica covers a small land area, both coasts as are easily accessible from the capital city San Jose, with just 30 minutes of flying time to get to either the Pacific or Caribbean shores. Some of the best inland fishing can be found a three to four-hour journey by car from the capital.
It is very easy to reach your favorite fishing destinations. There are direct flights from the United States to San José and Guanacaste. You can also go by car to different coastal zones.
At each fishing point, you will have hotels, fishing equipment, guides, and boats, whether your trip is done on your own or with a specialized tour operator who promotes and practices the liberation of most of the species (catch and release), contributing to conservation and ecotourism.
The marina is equipped with electricity, drinking water, telephones, security, waste disposal, boat maintenance and repair service, small vessels and jet skis. In most specialized places, you may even request to have your lure custom-made. Piers are available as well.
Depending on the region, you may find golf courses and other activities that will complement your trip in an ideal way.
NORTH PACIFIC REGION
This zone is ideal to enjoy consistent fishing all year long. If you want to go for a marlin, this is the perfect place to catch it.
You won’t have to wait long to plunge into the sea since the area is of easy access, thanks to the direct flights from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia and connections coming from the United States. This way, you will be 1-2 hours away from the different places where you can sail in search of adventure. Furthermore, it offers the possibility of arriving on local flights or by road from the Central Pacific or San José.
The main spots to enjoy sport fishing in this region are: Coco and Ocotal Beach, located approximately 30 minutes from the International Airport in Liberia, Tamarindo, Samara, and Carrillo are approximately one hour and a half from the said airport. Besides that, there are runways for local flights in Tamarindo, Nosara, and Carrillo.
CENTRAL PACIFIC REGION
The natural beauty of Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks complements the active fishing centers. The Marina in Playa Herradura offers excellent services and conditions for all lovers of this thrilling sport.
Among some of the services the marina has at your disposal are 250 docks, fuel supply, and repair shop, a dry dock with a crane supporting up to 10 tons, which makes it ideal to store jet skies or small recreational boats. The marina is also equipped with the Internet, telephone, commercial centers, banking services, rent-a-cars, as well as equipment for emergencies, power, and potable water supply.
The proximity of this zone to the Juan Santamaria International Airport will allow you to access your chosen destination in one hour. If your trip begins in Guanacaste, you can also travel by car or by plane.
Visit the Website for Central Pacific Fishing
Big Fish Costa Rica
SOUTH PACIFIC REGION
Explore the remote areas of Costa Rica to find important fishing centers like Drake, Puerto Jiménez, Zancudo, Golfo Dulce, and Golfito, which contains the zone’s main port with all the facilities for a pleasant stay.
This area has runways in Golfito, Drake, Coto 47, and Palmar Sur, giving easy access with internal flights from San José and/connections.
THE NORTH CARIBBEAN REGION
Live an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean zone. Here, you will find species that differ from those in the Pacific coast, like the snook for example. While enjoying this sport, you will be enthralled by the exuberant vegetation and a unique landscape to be found only in the Caribbean of Costa Rica.
The North Caribbean counts with lodging facilities and hotels, offering complete packages. They include tours to fishing areas and transportation from San José, either by air or with vessels through the canals. At the same time, you may be checking the number of species existing in the rivers and canals at Barra del Colorado and Parismina.
ADVENTURE OF YOUR CHOICE
You can also choose between several fishing options, whether you like in deep ocean waters, rivers, lakes, and streams, or waterways on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The Arenal Lake is the most popular for fishing cichlids (Cichlasoma dovii) , which is also found in Copter Lake, Hule Lagoon, Congo in Sarapiquí, Río Cuarto Lake in Grecia, Bonilla Lagoon in Turrialba, and Caño Negro in Los Chiles, where the activity has been growing in the last years.
In Caño Negro you can catch the tropical gar famous for its crocodile mouth and body of a fish, also known as one of the oldest species of our continent. Experts know it as “the living fossil.” That is why its capture has some restrictions.
If you are looking for a family experience, you will find small hotels and places dedicated to fishing. There are small artificial lakes located in several points of the country. These sites, besides having such species as tilapia in warm areas and trout in cool areas, give you the opportunity of tasting local and international dishes prepared on the spot, offering you and your family an unforgettable experience.
Marlin can be found every month of the year, especially from November to early March; then slowing from April to early June and picking up in August and September.
Sailfish are also available throughout the year, with May through August as the top season. The slowest months are from August through November, with September as the lowest time.
Tuna peaks from August through October. Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna are found at Catalina Islands, 30 minutes from the beach where schools of 12 to 20 pounders are abundant. There are frequently large concentrations of 40 to 60-pound tuna and there are plenty of 200 to 400 pounders caught every year.
Wahoo season begins with the May rains and peaks in July and August. They are caught around rocky points and islands and occasionally offshore.
Rooster fish are available all year. The rooster like the structure of the shoreline and islands where they’re found in 50 to 60 feet of water.