Costa Rica is an amazing spot for fishermen. Why? Well, first of all for its idyllic weather that allows fishing all year long; and also, because all of its multiple water attractions: two oceans, beautiful lakes and hundreds of rivers where visitors can practice multiple tours full of adventure.
Besides, another great thing about having Costa Rica fishing vacations is that, as it is a small country, you can do fresh and salt water fishing in the same visit because of the short driving distances between one fishing destination and the other.
In fact, fishermen can be in only 40 minutes flying from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in some of the best fishing spots of the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts. This is a good reason to start planning your next cheap Costa Rica adventure packages if you love this activity.
With fishing tours available in almost all of the regions of the country and with even some boutique hotels specially designed for fishers and their families, Costa Rica is without a doubt one of the best places to visit for beginners and professional fishermen.
With two full-service marinas in Papagayo Gulf and Flamingo in Guanacaste, this part of the country is one of the most popular tourist destinations for all its world-recognized beautiful beaches and the top all-inclusive resorts that can be found here.
For fishing in this province, the best months are May and September.
There are different species that can be found in this region, turning the sport fishing a regulated practice which also supports the local economy, impacting of course the country’s wellbeing.
Quepos, a town located very close to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, is the fishing center on the Central Pacific coast, with a full-service marina and more than 50 professionally equipped boats in the 27-feet range and up, and smaller boats well suited for the excellent inshore angling in the area.
There are also available multi-day trips to the Drake Bay and Caño Island area (also top scuba diving areas) from Quepos, with overnights at one of the several lodges located on Drake Bay.
This region is best known for its wahoo, big cubera and roosterfish and the best months are from November to March.
The climate in Costa Rica will mark the months of the year when a certain population of fish comes to its waters or not.
Golfito is the fishing center of Southern Pacific coast. In fact, it’s here where most “fishing lodges” are located. Across the bay there are some lodges located on Playa Zancudo, a narrow peninsula with miles of beach on the ocean side and the confluence of three rivers on the other side. You can book day charters or even, packages with all meals, lodging and open bar options.
Here, in the Southern region of the country can also be found the incredible and biodiverse Corcovado National Park, even though this place is highly protected and, for its conditions, it is not a place where you can practice sport fishing.
Fishing along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast can vary more from one day to another than from month to month and the best places are restricted to Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado.
Historically, tarpon fishing is promoted by lodges on Costa Rica’s east coast from December through mid-May while snook peak from September through November.
But the fish are there year-round, and it’s mostly a matter of the weather, which can change overnight. Rainy season starts about mid-May, and action slows for a while as the dirty water sweeps out of the rivers.
Lodges offer all-inclusive services, including road transportation from San Jose, the capital city of the country, comfortable accommodations, delicious typical food, boats and guides. As there are no roads to this area, the access is via the in-country airlines or charter flights, or by boat through the Tortuguero Canal system, where the Tortuguero National Park can be reached.
Note that both local and foreign, require a license to fish either inshore or offshore. In fact, many tourists ask for the license when booking their Costa Rica vacation package.
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