Papagayo Fishing – ‘Bahamas Boat’

Papagayo Fishing is located in the community of Playas del Coco, 30 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport. This is a small community of commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Papagayo and it is close to the most popular hotels on the Northwest of Costa Rica Guanacaste.

Captain Jose Mendez has been fishing for more than 18 years and offers full day and half day trips every day of the week. His two sons also run the boats and are captains, and so is his older brother. They all take turns in being ‘the captain’ – you can’t go wrong fishing with Mendez family.

Captain Jose owns the “Bahamas,” a 27’ Mako center console that can carry up to 3 anglers. She comes with a 150 HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, top-notch marine electronics and safety gear, and an enclosed toilet in the console of the boat.

The vessel also features everything you can think of when it comes to fishing gadgets – from outriggers and downriggers to a fighting chair, a live bait tank, Tuna tubes, and two ice-chest (one for the catch and one for the customers to use).

The vessel is perfect for inshore fishing for species such as Roosterfish, but it can also take you up to 10 miles offshore in pursuit of Mahi Mahi and Sailfish. The other species you can target are Tuna, Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and many others.

All the needed gear will be provided, including top professional tackle by Shimano, lures, and live bait (when available). Snacks and drinks are also provided free of charge on all trips, in addition to lunch being available on full-day trips. Licenses and catch cleaning are also complementary. The captain can even arrange a pickup service by boat at your hotel.

What else can you ask for a perfect Costa Rican adventure?



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $625
    up to 3 persons
    This 8-hour trip will take you fishing in the Gulf of Papagayo, focusing on Sailfish and Roosterfish. You will have the chance to catch your own fish with the spinning rod in front of the boat while the crew is looking for Roosterfish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $550
    up to 3 persons
    On this trip, you have 2 more hours than half day, so more options to go few miles away from the shore in search of yellowfin tunas, mahi mahi and also the chance to do fishing on inshore for roosterfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    On this 4-hour charter, you'll be fishing in the area of Papagayo Gulf for inshore species and also have the chance to go 4 or 6 miles away from inshore, depending the weather conditions, in search of Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna and there are possibilities of catching some Sailfish, also you will have the chance to try for Roosterfish.
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About the Charter Operator

Papagayo Fishing
Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
14 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since September 2015
"I was born in a town of commercial fishermen. The area where I live now is a very popular area for tourism and good fishing in the Gulf of Papagayo!" Captain Jose Mendez has a deep knowledge of local fisheries and will make sure you have a beautiful day on the water. He has been doing this job since 2000. Capt. Jose turned his job into a family business – his two sons and his older brother are also captains. They take turns being "the captain." Capt. Jose loves his job because he gets to guide people around this stunning area in his boat. Also, his guests like to ask him questions about fishing and his country, and he loves to talk to them and answer their questions.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle
Roosterfish

Sailfish
Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.79
out of 5 stars from 11 reviews
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Experience
3\/4 day trip with Alberto and Geremy
3\/4 day trip with Alberto and Geremy
3\/4 day trip with Alberto and Geremy
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
64%
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Jake T.
Desamparados, Provincia De San Jose
 5.00
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3/4 day trip with Alberto and Geremy

VERIFIED   August 14, 2019
Could not recommend these guys enough if you are planning on a fishing trip in Papagayo! For the full 6 hours Geremy...
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Maury G.
San José, SJ
 5.00
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A Day on the Bahamas

VERIFIED   June 20, 2019
This was an excellent fishing trip, my first in Costa Rica and Pacific waters. Eddy the captain and Israel the deck hand were...
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Jesper H.
El Coco, A
 5.00
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Great full day trip

VERIFIED   April 21, 2019
Everything went very smooth. The captain started with asking of my expectations and target fish. Very professionel captain...
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John K.
Cicero, Illinois
 4.67
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3/4 day with Captain Greyvin, and Jeremy

VERIFIED   April 9, 2019
The trip was great Greyvin, and Jeremy Mendez worked hard all day. We caught Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Jack Crevelle...
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Jacob P.
Burleson, TX
 5.00
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Had a blast on 3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   May 3, 2019
Had a great time! Didn’t catch the trophy rooster or dorado we wanted but caught a few different fish and overall had a great...
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