Costa Rica Vacations Outdoors: Costa Rica Fishing On Two Oceans

Costa Rica fishing is world famous. There are many different kinds of fish to catch because Costa Rica is bordered by the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica holds dozens of fishing world records.  

Sometimes, there's really incredible fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper and more. And the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is famed for huge Tarpon and great Snook.  Imagine battling a 150 pound river tarpon on the Cano Negro river just off famed Tortuguero National Park.  Or, think about heading a few miles south to Manzanilla, almost where Columbus came ashore in 1503, and discovering Tarpon---sometimes in unbelievable numbers. 

Think about being out on a boat angling in tropical, crystal waters, surrounded by sunshine and fresh air.  Sea turtles basking on the surface.  Peace and quiet.  Suddenly, your line squeals as The Big One begins battling. If this sounds exciting to you, a Costa Rica fishing vacation could be something for you!

Many folks taking Costa Rica vacations fish for the cousin of that little trout in your local stream:  the great marlin, weighing in at hundreds of pounds and capable of battling for three-and-a-half hours!  (Yes, they are really cousins)These stupendous  animals  (the biggest are females weighing more than half a ton), migrate thousands of miles a year and can swim nearly seventy miles an hour.  Expect the fight of your life but remember:  this is Catch and Release country.

Billfish are a popular quarry for those angling in Costa Rica and the Central Pacific coast offers them in abundance. Fish the waters off Quepos or the Los Suenos Marina from December to April to try your luck with sails or marlin. Between May through October many fishermen hook the vibrant dorado while trolling offshore. Tuna, wahoo, snapper, battling snook and roosters are also common in these waters and are found closer in. You will not be disappointed fishing here!

Along its Pacific Gold Coast the azur waters off Flamingo and Tamarindo offer very popular fishing spots. Here, 100 pound sails can be caught every month but the best fishing is from May to August. Tuna are frequently here during August to October. It is not uncommon to see tuna schools of 40 to 60 pounders and even schools with fish weighing up to four hundred pounds. Between November and March, Papagayo Bay is a great place to catch roosterfish. They often prefer to be along shorelines and are usually caught in around 60 feet of water. Dorado, marlin, and wahoo can also be caught here at varying times of the year.

The South Pacific coast is home to the popular fishing centers of the Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jiminez, and Drake Bay.  Marlin and sailfish can be caught when the waters are warm. You can expect to find lots of amberjack, roosters, wahoo, and large snapper inshore. The waters around Golfo Dulce are said by some to offer the best inshore fishing in Costa Rica. There are many rocky coves where certain types of fish like to hide. Grouper, sea bass, and barracuda are some of the species you can expect to catch here.

The Carribean Coast of Costa Rica contain the fishing areas of Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero. Although these waters can be very choppy, you can catch many types of deep sea fish on days when the water is flat. The prized tarpon gamefish are plentiful here from May to November, and some reach more than 150 pounds. This coast is one of the only places where you might  catch a rare Atlantic sailfish. Other fish like snook are also readily available.

If you are on the Caribbean Coast, don't limit yourself to ocean fishing.  Try Costa Rica river fishing for giant tarpon, huge snook, and lots more.  And, by all means, check out the Tortuguero sea turtle nesting on the planet's largest green sea turtle reserve.  Costa Rica ecotourism is an important part of preserving these ancient beings.

Whether you are a pro angler or just an avid fisherman, Costa Rica fishing offers an outstanding, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are plenty of outfitters and even sportfishing vacation packages offered for the area. If you want to get in the brilliant tropical sun and have a great fishing experience, you cannot go wrong with Costa Rica.