With 95 world records from Costa Rica’s inland and coastal waters, no wonder Costa Rica is recognized as one of the top sport fishing destinations worldwide. With two expansive coastlines, extensive wetlands, and multiple rivers, this could very well be a sport fisher’s nirvana.
Costa Rica strongly believes in the preservation of its’ fishing resources and encourage all billfish and non-edible fish to be released. Considering the year-round opportunities, it’s a good thing such a popular destination cares about the preservation of all ecological zones.
Costa Rica Sport Fishing
Costa Rica is best known for marlin. The strikingly beautiful blue marlin are one of the largest fish in the world – they average 11 feet long and between 200 and 400 pounds! In February 2014, sport-fishers everywhere were astounded when an albino marlin was caught in Costa Rica. Another popular sport fishing target is the sailfish. While superficially similar to the marlin, sailfish rarely exceed 10 feet in length. Both of these fish are known for their exciting, acrobatic leaps from the water and their blinding speed.
Costa Rica Fishing Charters
Costa Rica fishing charters are the best way to get out on the water, without all the hassle! We offer fishing charters from both the North and the Central Pacific areas. Fish for record-breaking Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin. We encourage anglers to enjoy fishing escapades from Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio, Herradura, or the Osa Peninsula. Your biggest problem is choosing where to cast off!
Top Costa Rica Marinas
The Los Suenos Resort & Marina, located in the Jaco/Herradura area, offers unequaled luxury in vibrant tropical settings. It is currently the only government-sanctioned marina operating in Costa Rica, and is a full service port for a number of luxury sport fishing boats in the area. Marlin and Roosterfish are commonly found in the Jaco & Herradura area.
Marina Pez Vela was the home of the 2014 Offshore World Championship, and is located in the Quepos & Manuel Antonio area. While less luxurious, this marina hosts charter boats for a wide variety of activities including fishing, snorkeling, and diving. Marlin and Roosterfish are common in the Quepos & Manuel Antonio area.
The Marina Papagayo on the Papagayo Peninsula is the newest in the country, built with an environmentally-conscious blueprint. This marina is capable of holding even super-yachts up to 220’ in length. Marlin, Roosterfish, and Tuna can be found in the waters near Papagayo.
Fishing Spots: North Caribbean & Pacific Coasts
The Northern Caribbean, where the Rio San Juan and Rio Colorado empty into the sea to create wetlands, is well known for Tarpon and Snook. Dorado, Gaspar, and Tuna can also be caught. The Pacific Coast is rightly famous for record-breaking Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo, and Tuna. Each fishing destination has a peak season, but hidden freshwater fishing holes and deep-sea fishing are rewarding adventures that can be had year-round.
Costa Rica Fishing Trips:
- Catch & Release Fishing on Lake Arenal
- Osa Peninsula Sport Fishing
- Manuel Antonio Sport Fishing: 1 day
- Tamarindo Sport Fishing: 4 days