Guanacaste Adventure Tours

Get a true Costa Rican fishing experience with Guanacaste Adventure Tours. Leave the crowded beach of Playa Hermosa behind and head to the crystal clear waters aboard a traditional fishing boat with a local guide.

Captain Jose Vizcaino was born and raised on the Papagayo Peninsula and has been fishing here most of his adult life. A passionate angler and citizen of the area, he promises to show you the region’s highlights, with plenty of local insight.

Step aboard the 30’ locally-made center console and away you go. Up to 8 guests are welcome aboard to make yourselves at home, taking in the cool breeze from the Pacific as you cool off from the blistering sun. Hop into the water and make use of the snorkeling gear to discover the riches under the sea for an all-round experience. Just make sure to bring a towel to dry off.

You’ll find a cooler stacked full of drinks on board, so you’ll stay refreshed all day, and you can even grab a beer to make the most of your day out. With a private toilet on board, you’ll have no concerns about getting caught short, either!

Get ready for a productive day on these rich waters as you target some worldwide favorites and local specialties. Bottom fish the nearshore reefs for stunning Roosterfish and delicious Snappers, while offshore you’ll be trolling for monster Mahi Mahi and tasty Tuna. These fish will all make you work for your catch, so come prepared for a intense workout.

At the end of the day, the crew will clean and fillet your catch, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor back at a beachside restaurant. Guanacaste Adventure Tours have thought of everything! Come aboard for an authentic taste of Costa Rica and head home with a memorable story to tell!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Discover the riches of the Papagayo Peninsula and Gulf, as you spend 4 hours along the nearshore and offshore waters. Spend your time exploring the crystal clear waters of the Pacific that are home to some exciting and delicious fish. Bottom fish the reefs or troll the open waters and you can land Snappers, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, and many more. Expect a tough battle to hook these beauties aboard, and relax on your way back in with a cool beer in hand.
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About the Captain

Jose Vizcaino
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
15 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
A true local to the area, Captain Jose knows the Gulf of papagayo like the back of his hand. He's been fishing these waters for over 10 years, and sees it as a great, and fun way to show tourists the rich nature and dazzling marine life of his native area. He loves nothing more than connecting with customers and hopes to show you the beauty of his local waters, giving you a true Costa Rican fishing experience.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack (Horse-eye) Horse-eye Jack
Roosterfish Roosterfish

Boat specs

Local (Center console) originally built in 2015, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki 4-Stroke engine.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Snorkeling Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Including children's sizes

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
May be caught during the trip
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water, soda, and beer
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Great trip and the nicest crew!
Great trip and the nicest crew!
Great trip and the nicest crew!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
71%
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Joshua B.
Morgan, UT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 11, 2022
This was an amazing fishing day. We’ve done fishing charters in Hawaii, Florida and now Costa Rica. This charter in Costa...
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Anna T.
Heath, TX
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great trip and the nicest crew!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on August 7, 2022
We went out with 5 adults and 1 child and had a great time. We caught two Jack fish and I can’t remember the other fis (Popa…...
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Michael A.
Minneapolis, MN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip - tuna ceviche highlight!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 7, 2022
We boarded at 8:00, were catching fish by 8:30, amazing fruit plate at 9:00, beers and fresh tuna ceviche at 10:00, and snorkeling...
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Cathy R.
Lake Forest, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 1, 2022
Unfortunately it wasn’t the best weather for fishing - but we still caught tuna and barracuda. The crew made a fabulous ceviche...
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Betty L.
St. Louis, MO
Excellent
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Fishing with Jose

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 18, 2021
Let’s be fair here, people who went on vacations are always more lenient in their reviews.  So let’s try to be objective: Services:
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FAQs about Guanacaste Adventure Tours

Guanacaste Adventure Tours offers the following trip to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Guanacaste Adventure Tours, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets Including children's sizes

Trips booked with Guanacaste Adventure Tours include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (May be caught during the trip)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, soda, and beer)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Guanacaste Adventure Tours offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Guanacaste Adventure Tours offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Guanacaste Adventure Tours include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Jack (Horse-eye)
  • Roosterfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)