Costa Rica Fishing Resorts

Costa Rica Fishing Resorts
Costa Rica is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Pacific Ocean on the other with either coast being a short drive from San Jose, making your fishing choice a challenge. Costa Rica is the first country to adopt "catch and release" fishing. Fishing inland navigable rivers and lakes gives you another fishing opportunity. Costa Rica is host to the annual International Sailfish Tournament.

Depending on your choice of offshore or inland fishing, you can catch tarpon, roosterfish, billfish, blue marlin, jaco, snook, flamingo, tuna, dorado or wahoo.

Casa Mar

Casa Mar is located on the northeast Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the middle of a rain forest, including the largest river and lagoon system for fishing. Casa Mar is known for tarpon and snook fishing. The resort has 17-foot wide-beamed boats with casting decks on the bow. All guides are English speaking. Guests are required to provide all their own fishing equipment, including license, tackle and poles.

Casa Mar has a comprehensive tarpon and snook tackle shop at the lodge. Individual accommodations include twin beds with private bathroom and shower.

Casa Mar
Pacific Heights Road
Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste 5111
Costa Rica
(506) 2543-0282
casamarresort.com

Crocodile Bay Resort

Crocodile Bay Resort is located on 44 acres of manicured gardens with 40 rustic rooms and suites, along with three large villas. Rooms and suites include air-conditioning, queen-sized beds and Jacuzzis (suites). On site is a 3,000-square-foot luxury spa.

A standard fishing package is on a 24-foot Boston Whaler for inshore and offshore fishing. The offshore package is aboard boats ranging from 32 to 35 feet with tuna towers. With 40 boats parked at the resort's 850-foot pier, packages include all gear, lunch, refreshments, captain and crew. Saltwater Sportsman Magazine voted Crocodile Bay the number one roosterfish destination in the world.

Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez
Costa Rica
(506) 2735-5631; (800) 733-1115
crocodilebay.com

Ocotal Sport Fishing Resort

Ocotal Sport Fishing Resort is a four-star beachfront resort with panoramic views of the Papagayo Gulf. Ocotal has 12 bungalows, five suites and 42 standard rooms, all with ocean views, air-conditioning, cable TV, private terrace or balcony. Each suite comes with living room, refrigerator and Jacuzzi.

All fishing packages include standard room, breakfast, box lunch, fishing with captain and mate, bait, tackle, liquid refreshments, fruits and taxes. Fishing packages do not include fishing license and bar tabs. Ocotal has full-day fishing excursions on one of four 32-foot boats.

Ocotal Sport Fishing Resort
Playa del Coco, PO Box 1
Costa Rica
(506) 2670-0321
ocotalfishing.com

The Zancudo Lodge

The Zancudo Lodge is a four-star hotel with 20 rooms specializing in offshore fishing (ecotours are available). All rooms are air-conditioned with mini-bar, DirecTV and private bathroom with shower. Daily maid service and laundry is included. Zancudo Lodge, located on the Pacific Coast, is known for excellent saltwater fishing.

Zancudo Lodge's fleet includes 12 center-console 28-foot boats. Zancudo is an all-inclusive lodge, including standard room, full-day fishing excursions, fishing equipment, bait, fishing license, all meals at the lodge's restaurant and non-alcoholic beverages at the on-site bar, and transfers to and from San Jose airport. The Zancudo Lodge is voted the number one Sport Fishing Lodge in Costa Rica by Pacific Coast Sport Fishing Magazine.

The Zancudo Lodge
P.O. Box 41
Golfito, Puntarenas 8201
Costa Rica
(506) 2776-0008
thezancudolodge.com

Article Written By Michael McCann

Michael McCann has been a professional writer and videographer for 14 years covering business and travel topics. Prior to writing, Mr. McCann founded and sold two successful companies. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Baylor University and Master's degree in Accounting from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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