Costa Rica Fishing

Salt Water, Estuary and Lake Fishing
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Oso viejo Costa Rica Fishing Map

Costa Rica Fishing Planner

Fishing Area Selection & Description

Select the desired fishing area below (1 -12). This will provide you a photos and summaries of the boats available for that area.

    Pacific Coast

    1. Guanacaste, Papagayo

    Located on the Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica and is designated as a major tourism area of Costa Rica with 3 to 5 star hotels. The nearest town to this area is Playa Hermosa or Playa del Coaco (about a 10 minute drive). Inshore and offshore fishing is a 15 - 30 minute boat ride from the Popagayo hotels. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

    2. Playa del Coco

    Located on the Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica and is a small town with large and small hotels, restaurants, Bars, shopping and casinos. Inshore and offshore fishing is a 20 - 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

    Located 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 and shopping. 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

    Located on the Pacific N-W coast of Costa Rica about a 25 minute drive southwest of Flamingo. Tamarindo is a small town with complete shopping facilities and nightlife. Offshore Fish include: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore fish include: Snapper, Cabrillo, Tuna and many more.

    5. Carrillo

    Located on the Pacific West coast of Costa Rica and is a small town with large and small hotels, restaurants, Bars, nightlife 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 located on the central Pacific Coast, south coast of the Gulf of Nicoya . The Los Sueños marina is a full service port for sport fishing boats and is located adjacent to the Marriot Hotel. 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

    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 an active nightlife 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

    Located on the Central Pacific West Coast, 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

    Located on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. The town 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.

Caribbean Coast

10. Rio Colorado

alLocated on the 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.

Fresh Water

11. Lake Arenal

Located on 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 and the towns of Arenal and Tondadora, were relocated to the northeastern side of the lake. 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.

All Fishing

12. All Fishing

Lists all Costa Rica areas and boats.