Sportfishing in Costa Rica

If you think about fishing on the Pacific Coast, you should know that it is different from fishing in the Caribbean. While the Pacific Coast is famous for being home to the Blue and Black Marlin, the Sailfish and Goldfish, you will find the Tampon and the Snook in the Caribbean.

The worst season to fish in the Pacific is from September to November, while in the Caribbean, you will have to avoid fishing in June and July.

The best fishing happens from May to September in the Papagayo Gulf (Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo and Playa Carrillo). The best time to fish in the Golfo Dulce, Zancudo, Puerto Jiménez and Puerto Quepos is between November and March.

Fishing on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is mainly restricted to Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado, around rivers, statuaries and large lagoons.

 bucket list caliber fishing trip takes planning and research, but the time you put in is well worth it as you are sure to come out with some amazing stories, and not just about the fish you release.

offshore fishing lures on a boat

Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most biologically and geographically diverse places on Earth, which means wild coastal jungle and beaches that offer access to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the Caribbean coast. Mountains, wildlife, trees/plants, and freshwater rivers and lakes create the backdrop for your fishing adventure.

The sensation of fishing off the volcanic shores of Costa Rica is so surreal that you may need to be “pinched” by your partner to let you know you are not dreaming. There is also much more to Costa Rica than just fishing.

The “Pura Vida” culture of Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, in addition to one or two gringos, you will be fishing with the local people. The friendliness of the people and the culture is second to none, and many of the locals speak English; however, if you speak Spanish, they really appreciate it and also have fun learning about your culture. Costa Ricans are relaxed with their mantra, which is “Pura Vida” or Pure Life. It’s not “cool” to be in a hurry. So practice your peace of mind. As with any country/culture, you will also meet some “idiots” and if so, move on.

The people of Costa Rica or “Ticos y Ticas” are very proud, and it is not recommended to patronize them if you want to enjoy your trip. If you experience poor service or attitude at home, let your tip do the talking and get on with your day. The inhabitants of fishing areas KNOW how to fish, probably better than you.