Fishing in Costa Rica


Nestled in Central America, this enchanting country is a haven for travelers seeking an unforgettable vacation experience. From breathtaking landscapes to vibrant cult...

Nestled in Central America, this enchanting country is a haven for travelers seeking an unforgettable vacation experience. From breathtaking landscapes to vibrant culture and warm hospitality, Costa Rica has it all.

One of the most captivating aspects of Costa Rica is its abundant sport fishing opportunities. Whether you are an avid angler or simply seeking a unique and exhilarating experience, Costa Rica offers some of the best sport fishing in the world. With its vast coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you'll find a variety of fish species waiting to test your skills and provide an unmatched adrenaline rush.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Costa Rica

Pacific Dream Fishing

3 23,00 ft

Quepos, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $649
Deposit non-refundable

Nicole C

4 24,00 ft

Samara, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $550
Deposit non-refundable

Buenavista II

4 26,00 ft

Samara, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $550
Deposit non-refundable


4 29,53 ft

Guanacaste, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $1285
Deposit non-refundable

36 Custom Marcam

6 32,81 ft

Herradura, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $1250
Deposit non-refundable

31 Gamefisherman

6 29,53 ft

Herradura, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $950
Deposit non-refundable

38 D &A Custom Sportfisher

10 36,09 ft

Herradura, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $1400
Deposit non-refundable

36 Topaz Express

8 32,81 ft

Herradura, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $1300
Deposit non-refundable

43 Stableton

12 42,65 ft

Herradura, Costa Rica (C.R.)

From $1400
Deposit non-refundable

Tips & Tricks, bait and more

Imagine casting your line into the deep blue waters, surrounded by stunning landscapes and under the guidance of experienced local captains. Costa Rica is home to numerous world-class sport fishing destinations, including the renowned waters of Los Sueños Marina, Tamarindo, Quepos, and the Papagayo Gulf, just to name a few. From trophy-sized marlin and sailfish to prized tuna and roosterfish, the possibilities are endless, making Costa Rica a true angler's paradise.

Beyond the thrill of fishing, Costa Rica offers a plethora of activities to delight every type of traveler. Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of its national parks and reserves, go on exhilarating zip line adventures through the canopy, hike to majestic volcanoes, or relax in natural hot springs. Delve into the cultural tapestry of Costa Rica by exploring charming towns and engaging with friendly locals who will warmly welcome you to their captivating land.

Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a perfect blend of both, Costa Rica promises an extraordinary vacation that will create memories to last a lifetime. We invite you to explore our website further to discover the countless wonders and opportunities that await you in this enchanting country. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey and experience the ultimate sport fishing adventure in the captivating paradise of Costa Rica!

Top sport fishing species in Costa Rica


Costa Rica experiences two main seasons: the dry season (known as summer) and the rainy season (known as winter). The dry season typically lasts from December to April, offering sunny skies, lower humidity, and ideal beach weather. The rainy season extends from May to November, characterized by afternoon showers, lush green landscapes, and abundant wildlife sightings, making it a great time for nature enthusiasts and eco-tourism activities.

Costa Rica Fishing Calendar

Here is a fishing calendar highlighting the best times to catch different species in Costa Rica:

  • Marlin: The prime time for Marlin fishing is from October to December. However, April to September also offers excellent opportunities to catch Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, and Striped Marlin.

  • Sailfish: Sailfish fishing is fantastic all year round in Costa Rica. The peak season for Sailfish runs from October to March, providing exceptional chances to hook this prized game fish.

  • Mahi Mahi (Dorado): Mahi Mahi fishing is great throughout the year in Costa Rica. The peak season to target Mahi Mahi is from October to March, when they are most abundant and active.

  • Yellowfin Tuna: Yellowfin tuna can be targeted year-round in Costa Rica, and the tuna bite remains consistently good throughout the year. You can expect to have thrilling encounters with these powerful fish whenever you venture out.

  • Wahoo: Wahoo fishing in Costa Rica is excellent year-round, providing anglers with exciting opportunities to reel in these high-speed predators whenever they hit the lines.

  • Roosterfish: Roosterfish can be found in Costa Rican waters throughout the year. The peak season for Roosterfish is from July to September, offering anglers the best chance to target and catch these prized and challenging fighters.

  • Snapper: Snapper fishing is good year-round in Costa Rica. For the best chances of landing Snapper, plan your fishing trips from July to early January when they are most abundant and active.

  • Cubera Snapper: Cubera Snapper can be targeted throughout the year in Costa Rica. These powerful and elusive fish offer thrilling opportunities for anglers year-round.

  • Snook: Snook are present all year round in Costa Rica, but the best months to target them are December and January, as well as May and June. These periods offer favorable conditions and increased activity for catching Snook.

Plan your fishing adventures in Costa Rica according to this calendar to maximize your chances of hooking the desired species and enjoying a thrilling angling experience in this angler's paradise.


While there are many incredible destinations in Costa Rica, here are four must-visit places that offer a diverse range of experiences:

  1. Manuel Antonio National Park: Located on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park is a tropical paradise that combines stunning beaches with lush rainforests. Explore its hiking trails to spot diverse wildlife, relax on pristine beaches, and enjoy breathtaking ocean views. Don't miss the chance to see monkeys, sloths, and a variety of colorful birds.

  2. Arenal Volcano: Situated in the northern part of the country, Arenal Volcano is an iconic natural wonder. This active volcano provides a dramatic backdrop to the surrounding landscape, offering opportunities for hiking, hot springs relaxation, and thrilling zip-lining adventures. Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the natural hot springs while marveling at the volcano's majestic presence.

  3. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: For nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a must-visit destination. Located in the Tilarán Mountains, this mist-covered forest is renowned for its incredible biodiversity. Embark on guided hikes, traverse hanging bridges through the canopy, and discover a treasure trove of flora and fauna, including the elusive resplendent quetzal.

  4. Tortuguero National Park: If you're seeking a unique wildlife experience, Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast is a must. Known as the "Amazon of Costa Rica," this protected area is a haven for nesting sea turtles, including the endangered green sea turtles. Explore its intricate network of canals by boat or kayak, spot monkeys, jaguars, and colorful toucans, and witness the awe-inspiring sight of turtles nesting or hatching, depending on the season.


A fishing license is required in Costa Rica for recreational fishing. The license can be obtained from the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA) or through authorized vendors. It is important to note that fishing regulations and license requirements may vary depending on the specific fishing location and the type of fishing (shore, freshwater, or offshore). It is advisable to check the current regulations and obtain the necessary fishing license before engaging in any fishing activities in Costa Rica.

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Costa Rica

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in Costa Rica are:
Pacific Dream Fishing
Nicole C
Buenavista II

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Costa Rica can accommodate up to 12 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Costa Rica, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

The cost of a fishing charter in Costa Rica can vary depending on the duration of the trip and the size of the boat (number of people in your group), the fishing technique or the fish species you want to target. Prices can range from $350 for 5 hours and 3 people to $2800 for 8 hours and 10 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in Costa Rica will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in Costa Rica include: Yellowfin Tuna, Amberjack, Roosterfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Sailfish.

In Costa Rica, the most popular fishing techniques include Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Marlin fishing, Spin Fishing, Popping.



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