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Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(112 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $495

Snook Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(203 reviews)
Herradura
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $530

North Pacific Adventures

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(17 reviews)
El Jobo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $585

Sport Fishing El Gato III

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(86 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Soleil Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(77 reviews)
Quepos
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(85 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

Fishing Lake Arenal

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(95 reviews)
La Fortuna
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trips from $150

Tiburon Azul

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(20 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $380

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(23 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Capullo Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(41 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Costa Rica

The average price for a private 4 hour Costa Rica fishing trip is $548, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,048 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, Snook Sportfishing, and North Pacific Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Costa Rica. Full list of top fishing charters in Costa Rica.

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, Snook Sportfishing, and North Pacific Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Costa Rica.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Roosterfish, and Sailfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and deep sea fishing. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Costa Rica’s angling scene is something that needs to be experienced to be believed. The country’s glassy blue waters are home to over 200 different IGFA records, with 22 for Billfish alone. The tropical rainforests inland give way to stunning beaches, which look out onto some truly productive hunting grounds. Hop aboard a Costa Rica fishing charter, and you could explore them all!
 
Some of the most sought-after inshore creatures live close to land in Costa Rica. On the Pacific coast, you’ll find Snook, Jacks, and the exotic Roosterfish, with Tarpon available in the Caribbean. Hit the reefs and a who’s who of dazzling fish awaits! On both sides of the country, you can go after Groupers and Snappers, with Barracuda and Mackerel available in the east.
 
However, the real prizes come offshore. Billfish is the name of the game for any serious angler in Costa Rica. While Blue Marlin can be caught on either side, the Pacific is where you’ll find Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin – along with Sailfish! Come and test your strength against these beasts, and you may even land yourself a tasty Tuna, Mahi Mahi, or Wahoo too. 
 
Inshore and reef fishing trips can last as little as four hours, giving beginners a great introduction to fishing. More experienced anglers can spend a full day on the water, and that’s required for offshore trips, where you can even spend multiple days at sea! Costa Rica fishing charters that suit all ages and abilities are available along both coasts, with Los Sueños, Jacó, and Quepos popular on the Pacific, and Limón on the Caribbean side.

 

Rules & Regulations

Every angler on a Costa Rica fishing charter will need a valid fishing license, and you can get yours online from INCOPESCA. Other than that, the only important rule you should know is that all Billfish and Roosterfish must be released. 
 
Costa Rica
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 25041 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

This is a great time to target Sailfish in the south of Costa Rica. Up north, rough seas and high winds can make getting offshore difficult. There are plenty of Snook and Roosterfish around, though.

February

Comb the river mouths for monster Snook and Roosterfish. Offshore, calm seas and low rainfall make for amazing angling in the south, where double-digit Billfish releases are commonplace.

March

March is a great time for loads of big game species. Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi: they’re all waiting offshore. You may need a long run to reach the best spots in the north, though.

April

The Offshore World Championships kick off in Quepos, with teams competing from around the world in what has come to be known as “The Superbowl of Sportfishing”. Book early to get your spot!

May

May is a month of change in Costa Rica. The wind drops off in the north, meaning much better Billfishing. In the East, this is a great time to try the amazing Tarpon fishing Costa Rica has to offer.

June

High humidity can sap your strength this time of year, making big game battles even tougher. That just means every catch is even more rewarding, though! Snook and Roosterfish are on fire inshore.

July

Launch out of Tamarindo or Playa Flamingo, and you could land Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin all in one day. That’s if the Sailfish don’t eat all your bait, as they’re around in force in July.

August

If you somehow get bored of double-digit Sailfish hookups and record-breaking Snook, head to the local reefs to battle monster bottom fish. Cubera Snapper are as fierce as any sportfish!

September

Temperatures can hit 90 during the middle of the day, and heavy rains can kill the offshore bite. Fish inshore for Jacks, Roosterfish, and Snook instead, or hit the reefs for Snapper and Grouper.

October

This is the wettest month of the year. Some captains take their own vacation in October, as the offshore bite is far from its best. It’s still miles better than most places are in their prime, though.

November

The rains ease off and both coasts enjoys consistently good fishing in November. Spend the day battling Marlin and Sailfish, and catch some tasty Tuna for dinner. It sure beats turkey!

December

If the thought of a white Christmas gets you down, head to Costa Rica’s beautiful coast to enjoy sunny skies, warm weather, and awesome angling. Nothing kick-starts seasonal cheer like epic Billfishing!

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Come during the dry season if able, but don't be afraid to come during wet season.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Come during the dry season if able, but don't be afraid to come during wet season.
Albert  R.
Albert R. Lexington, KY
Understand it is into the rainy season, so the weather and waves can be rough. Still big fish to be caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand it is into the rainy season, so the weather and waves can be rough. Still big fish to be caught.
Kevin  W.
Kevin W. Phoenix, AZ
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
WILLIAM  T.
WILLIAM T. Lake Charles, LA
Jose told us that off shore fishing in this area at this time was not the best. At first trolling we did not catch much. But when we started drop shotting, it was one fish after another!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jose told us that off shore fishing in this area at this time was not the best. At first trolling we did not catch much. But when we started drop shotting, it was one fish after another!
Eugene  F.
Eugene F. Cape Fair, MO
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Douglas  M.
Douglas M. Pittsburgh, PA
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Clayton  S.
Clayton S. Tehachapi, CA
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
David  C.
David C. Cincinnati, OH
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Brad  M.
Brad M. Englewood, CO
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Lusby, MD
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Bruce  Z.
Bruce Z. Osseo, MN
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Eduardo  W.
Eduardo W. Jaco, Provincia De Puntarenas
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Tracey  S.
Tracey S. Le Mars, IA
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Vanessa  C.
Vanessa C. San José, SJ
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Albert  A.
Albert A. Puntarenas, P
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Randall  F.
Randall F. Cartago, C
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Chera  G.
Chera G. Costa Rica
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Edouard  B.
Edouard B. Turrialba, Provincia De Cartago
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Richard  M.
Richard M. Wool, England
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Alex  B.
Alex B. Dover, NH

Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Absolutely amazing. These guys are great. So professional. Captain Luiz was attentive and gave us 100 percent. Thank you.
Jonathan  L.
Jonathan L. Duck Key, FL
Gitana Fishing
Gitana Fishing
Fishing charter in Herradura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Great trip. Caught some fish and got to know the captain and mate. Felt like family when we were done.
Mathieu  W.
Mathieu W. Kennewick, WA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Caught yellowfin tuna, rainbow Fish, rooster fish and several pompano. Crew was great, I would definitely fish with them again
Greg  B.
Greg B. Austin, TX
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
The day started out rough with inclement weather, but quickly passed over leaving a beautiful, sunny day. I think the rain may have slowed the bite, but Capt Gerald used all his experience to ensure we were able to still find some fish and get some action. I would book with Capullo again on my next visit to Tamarindo.
Rex  J.
Rex J. St. Petersburg, FL
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
We caught 400 lb Blue Marlin but on a 30 reel which needed a 50 or 80 for that large of a fish so after an hour of fighting it, it broke the pole but great day of fishing!! Luis was a great captain!! Next time for sure! Great snacks and hospitality
Gidget  M.  J.
Gidget M. J. BROOKSIDE VL, TX
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Tried offshore for billfish and trolled for 5 hours with no bites. Came inshore to reef and caughtv4 small skipjacks.
Greg  B.
Greg B. Austin, TX
Costa Rica Extreme Fishing
Costa Rica Extreme Fishing
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Roberto was wonderful! Picked me up at the beach from our hotel! On time (early) with everything ready to go. Asked me prior if there was anything special I needed. I laughed and said Mt Dew, as I was here from Florida. HE MADE IT HAPPEN. Ice cold too! Couldn't get the roosterfish to bite, as it got very windy. But still an amazing trip. Would recommend to anyone. His captain and mate are father and son, and worked extremely hard to put us on fish. Can't wait to fish with him again!
Michael  D.
Michael D. Tejar, Provincia De San Jose
Bucket List Sportfishing
Bucket List Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Quepos
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
I highly recommend you book this crew/boat. My wife and I had a great day on the seas. Top notch equipment and overall experience.
Bart  R.
Bart R. Schertz, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Sea Breeze was the best today. We had a great time and caught a ton of fish. I will be using them again.
Daniel  J.
Daniel J. Oakland, California
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Had a great time with the team- they worked really hard to find us some fish to catch. Had a full day with them and appreciated their expertise. They even cleaned the fish and sent it with us. The hotel made sashimi and cerviche out of the the rainbow runner and snapper and fried up the grouper! Excellent day!
Melanie  G.
Melanie G. Phoenix, AZ
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Herradura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
Great guys, they put us on fish, we saw lots of whales. The Capt. and Crew were 1st class! They had all the right setups to catch fish. The boat is twin motors and with wide Carolina bow flare, litter water spray. Highly recommend these guys. No need to pay for a big sportfishing vessel, when you have these guys. See you next year!! Capt Rob
Rob  W.
Rob W. Gulfport, FL
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(112 reviews)
Had a great day on the water, the weather was excellent. Caught some good fish and saw plenty of wild life. Boat was a very good ride and the crew was excellent. Would definitely go again if in tamarindo.
Nick  A.
Nick A. Port Neches, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time with Noah and Darcy today. The fishing action was amazing. They both work very hard to keep you on the fish. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun day on the water. Can’t wait to come back and go out with them again in the future.
Kyle  S.
Kyle S. Santa Cruz, Provincia De Guanacaste
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
He was amazing! He did whatever we wanted! We went trolling caught a beautiful sailfish, then bottom fishing that we hooked onto wahoo’s, groper, rainbow runner, tile, and Bonita’s. He provided snacks and drinks and was awesome! Definitely recommend!
Sandra  G.
Sandra G. Orlando, FL
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Darcy and Noah were great! They knew where to get us on some fish and we tried a variety of bate, lures and techniques! She also provided drinks and snacks including fresh pineapple. They did an excellent job preparing the fish we caught for us to take home. I highly recommend booking with the Sea Breeze!
Johanna  R.
Johanna R. Grand Junction, CO
Tortuguero Sport Fishing
Tortuguero Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Tortuguero
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Primo (Elvin) picked us on our schedule and took us out Tarpon fishing. Primo was a great guide, packed us lunch and drinks, and helped us land a massive Tarpon. Awesome trip. Would recommend to anyone!
Andrew  P.
Andrew P. Avon, OH
Bucket List Sportfishing
Bucket List Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Quepos
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
These guys were amazing! Worked hard all day, kept us entertained and ended up bringing home a good pile of meat. Would totally go with Bucket List again!
Thom  M.
Thom M. Paquita, Provincia De Puntarenas
Gitana Fishing
Gitana Fishing
Fishing charter in Herradura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Gabriel‘s and Douglas were excellent. I paid $50 extra for a live bait because I wanted to target rooster fish and they didn’t disappoint I caught two which was a great experience
Robert  W.
Robert W. Emmaus, PA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Darcy and Noah are such a great couple and excellent guides. We had a great half day, got some fish to eat and went out a bit further to explore billfish territory. If your fishing in Tamarindo, head out with these guys!
Clancy  R.
Clancy R. Austin, TX
Gitana Fishing
Gitana Fishing
Fishing charter in Herradura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Great trip, they tried until the last minute for fish and we caught one on the way back in!
James  A.
James A. Skiatook, OK