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Fishing in Playa Flamingo
The famous tourist destination of Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica, has become very well-established on the tourist radar, and with good reason. A mile-long expanse of white sand just twelve miles north of Tamarindo, the area is one of Costa Rica's most desirable vacation spots. And being home to the nation’s largest Marina, it is no surprise that it is more than just a place to relax on the beach.
Flamingo fishing is famous across the globe because of its proximity to the continental shelf. Here, the ocean floor drops from 100 to thousands of meters deep, and with that comes a commotion of nutrients, bait fish, and big game fish, all easily accessible within an hour’s boat ride. Marlins, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, and Dorado (Mahi Mahi) are all common big game catches in this year round fishery.
While the big game fishing in Flamingo is definitely something special, that is not to say that you can’t have fun fishing within sight of the white sandy expanse of Flamingo Beach’s Playa Blanca. With the picturesque Catalina Islands just a short boat ride away, there is plenty to attract fish close to the shore. And as the Gulf of Papagayo is known as one of the best places in Costa Rica to catch a Roosterfish, you can’t go wrong with a quick inshore charter.
Wondering when to come? While the Costa Rica fishing season never really ends, the fishing peaks from April through August and again from November through March.
Rules & Regulations
A fishing license is needed in Costa Rica, and Playa Flamingo is no exception. You can buy them online at INCOPESCA or in person at the marina/dock.
Types of Fishing
Battling a Roosterfish with light tackle spinning gear or even on the fly has got to be one of the most exciting things about fishing in Flamingo. Head offshore to troll for Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo, and you’ve pretty much got the saltwater’s dream right there. And thanks to Flamingo’s location just 20 miles from the continental shelf, you might even be lucky enough to do both of those things in one day.