Costa Rica Fishing: When and Where

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Costa Rica is perfectly positioned between two oceans, the Atlantic (Caribbean) and the Pacific. Considered the tropical Jewel of the Americas, Costa Rica truly offers world class sport fishing. Anglers from across the global hit our sunny shores for its abundant game fish such as blue marlin, roosterfish, doroada (mahi mahi), sailfish, tuna, snapper snook, tarpon and more.

Costa Rica fishing charters have prices for any budget, from a local panga to a luxury sportfishing yachts. Tours range from a half day to a full week out at sea. Both coasts are accessible from the capital city of San Jose, with a drive across the country in about 7 hours and just 30 minutes of flying time to get to either the Pacific or Caribbean side.

Where and When for the Best Costa Rica Fishing

The Pacific Coast is well known for its plentiful blue and black marlins, sailfish and dorados. Generally the slowest season to fish in the Pacific is from September to November. The best spots in the country are found in the central Pacific; Los Suenos / Playa Herradura and Quepos / Manuel Antonio being the hottest areas in terms of fishing and the number of sportfishing charter boats that are available.

The fish move seasonally so the Papagayo Gulf on the north Pacific sees a lot of active from May to September. This includes Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo and Playas del Coco.

In the south Pacific Golfo Dulce, Zancudo, Puerto Jimenez and Golfito see the best fishing November to March.
Fishermen heading to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast generally are targeting on game fish – tarpon. The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is rated as one of the world’s finest tarpon fisheries. Tarpon fish can be caught year-round, as well as some fantastic snook, along with jacks, snapper, dorado, tuna and wahoo. The most popular areas on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado, around the rivers, estuaries, and larger lagoons.

Los Suenos Fishing

A few minutes north of Jaco Beach, the central Pacific hub, sits t Los Suenos Resort and Marina in beautiful Herradura Bay. The Los Suenos marina has 250 slips and was built with sport fishing in mind. There are exceptional large numbers fish in Los Suenos region, including yellow fin tuna, marlin, sailfish, jacks, snapper, rooster, snook, wahoo and mahi-mahi.

Quepos Fishing

Stunning coastal landscapes and warms waters has made Quepos sportfishing a hot destination in Costa Rica. You can catch blue, black and striped and inshore there is excellent fishing for roosterfish among other inshore species, include; snook, Snapper, Mackeral, and Crevalle.

For more information on Costa Rica fishing; best boats, times and places contact me directly,

Dan Ross, DR Sportfishing Costa Rica
Phone: 1-888-326-7677
Costa Rica, Mobile: 8345-8346
Email: dan@gofishcostarica.com


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