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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.

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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.

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Playa Flamingo Fishing Seasons


Strong winds make getting offshore difficult but there’s plenty of action in the shallows. Roosterfish and Snook are biting hard in the river mouths while Mackerel and Jacks hunt in the bays.


The deep sea fun can still be patchy in February. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s not, you can chase monster Roosterfish and Snook in the shallows instead.


Jack Crevalle, Snook, Roosterfish, and Sierra Mackerel are all on form this time of year. The reefs are always productive and the offshore bite gets more reliable as the winds start to die down.


April is the hottest month of the year in Costa Rica. It’s also the last of the dry season, so make the most of the sunny skies and hit the water for a deep sea or inshore sight fishing trip.


The big game season really gets going in May, with Sailfish, Black and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo. You couldn’t ask for a better cast of characters!


All your favorite pelagic predators are going strong offshore while the reefs start filling up with tasty Red and Cubera Snappers. Inshore, there are always some Roosters and Snook to fight.


Locals commemorate Guanacaste’s annexation to Costa Rica from Nicaragua on the 25th. That’s not the only thing worth celebrating – Blue Marlin are in their prime this time of year!


The Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo is the biggest event in the Playa Flamingo fishing calendar. Anglers join from across the country and far beyond to take on the area’s huge Billfish.


The rains hit their heaviest in September, taking the humidity through the roof. Escape offshore to get some air or jump in the water after battling Snook and Roosterfish inshore.


The rains dump all kinds of flotsam into the water, making the perfect hunting grounds for big Mahi Mahi. Turn these predators into your prey and enjoy some amazing FAD fishing offshore!


Can’t face another Turkey this year? Hit the reefs to reel in Cubera and Red Snappers, Broomtail Grouper, and Amberjack instead. You’re in for a real feast after one of these trips.


Clear skies, 90-degree sunshine, warm, clear seas – can you think of a better place to spend the holiday season than Playa Flamingo? As if that wasn’t enough, Snook and Roosters are back in force!

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Reviews of Fishing in Playa Flamingo

Good experience
Woody E. fished with Boos Adventures – “Happy Ending” on January 20, 2020
Just go with the flow. They know what they are doing.
Full day with Rob, Jose, Edwin of the Estrella
Alta L. T. fished with Estrella Sportfishing on April 11, 2019
Use the Estrella, great boat and crew !!!
Edwin was great!!!
Samantha M. fished with Tantrum Boat Charters on February 17, 2019
Yes. Great place to fish. And we saw Whales!!!
Great fishing!
Benjamin K. fished with Flamingo Sportfishing: 29’ Dusky on February 12, 2019
February fishing is not one of the best fishing months of the year. However, we were in Playa Flamingo for 11 days and went on 3 fishing trips and had really great luck for all 3. February for us turned out great! We brought our own surf poles, but had no luck. I recommend fishing with a local guide.
Half day trip for Roosterfish
Jeff W. fished with Longline Flamingo C.R. on February 5, 2019
Sunblock, and do your research to find the right boat for your trip.
All day wiht Skeet
Barry J. fished with Bushwacker Sportfishing on January 30, 2019
Go offshore early in the year, don't bother with inshore then.
Half Day Trip - Four Beautiful Dorado
David S. fished with Flamingo Sportfishing: 29’ Dusky on January 3, 2019
Pick a good boat and crew! We had a wonderful half-day of fishing and came back with four beautiful dorado. I'll be back for another trip!
Morning Half day Inshore
Gene H. fished with Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’ on September 25, 2018
pay a little more if you want more variety and gamers. we went for Dorado (mahi mahi) and tuna. we hit Dorado during our trip and were happy because all 6 of us caught fish! it's one of the only charters I could find in this price range for 5 hours. most others were 4 hours for the same price. crew made it effortless. highly recommend! Also saw a lot of Dolphins and Leatherback Sea Turtles as an added bonus!

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