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Fishing in Tamarindo
Tamarindo fishing is quite possibly the best in Costa Rica - a bold statement for a country made famous for its epic big game fishing.
Tamarindo was one of the country’s very first sport fishing destinations, with pioneering anglers flocking to its white sandy beaches as far back as the early 80’s. What drew them was the fact that, at the right time of year, you could be fishing for the likes of Marlin and Sailfish within 10 minutes of hitting the water.
These angling explorers soon realized they had struck gold in Tamarindo. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi Mahi can all be found offshore, and you can theoretically catch all of them all year round!
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Tamarindo Fishing Seasons
The winter months are peak tourist season in Costa Rica, and with good reason. What better way to start the year than by fishing offshore for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna?
Full day trips will give you plenty of time to head south in search of billfish, while the year-round populations of Roosterfish and Snook are a perfect alternative when the winds kick up on a half day.
Spend the day battling Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Roosterfish, and Snook, then head to the annual Tamarindo Artisanal Beer Festival to celebrate your catches and mourn the ones that got away.
April marks the end of high tourist season and the beginning of the rains. The Tamarindo fishing calendar is just kicking off, though, and April is one of the best months of the year for offshore big game fishing.
The high winds of winter are just a memory come May and the local fishing grounds are back on form. You can travel 20 minutes from land and be targeting Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and more.
Tamarindo fishing seasons don't change much, but the offshore bite does get more active in the summer. June sees an increase in Mahi, joining the big numbers of Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna.
July 25th is Guancaste Day, celebrating the annexation of the province in 1827. There are celebrations and festivities across much of the province, making for the perfect end to a great day's fishing.
August is the last great month of summer in Tamarindo's deep sea fishing scene. Target Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo - all just a short boat ride from town!
The whole of Central America celebrates its independence from Spain on September 15th. Unsurprisingly, this is quite a big deal, and you can expect happy crowds, celebrations, music, and dancing.
The golden months of summer may be fading by October but so is the humidity, and with plenty of billfish found year-round in Costa Rica, October is still a great month to visit tamarindo.
November marks the start of high season but doesn't draw the same crowds as December and January. This is a great time to get offshore before the winds and other boats ruin the fun.
Tamarindo is busy in December, there's no avoiding that. There is a very good reason for it, though, with warm weather and great fishing. You may not get the place to yourself but it will still be great fun!