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Guanacaste: 97 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(225 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $515
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(127 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(150 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(31 reviews)
El Jobo
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(17 reviews)
Coco
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trips from $875
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(53 reviews)
Coco
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trips from $510
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(69 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $1,000
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 reviews)
Playa Hermosa
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(64 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $900

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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Guanacaste are: Full list of top fishing charters in Guanacaste

The average price for a private 4 hour Guanacaste fishing trip is $565, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $963 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Guanacaste that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Guanacaste are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Guanacaste are:

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Many fishing charters in Guanacaste provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Guanacaste are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Guanacaste are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $659
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $664
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $681
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $1,067
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $806
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,246

Fishing in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is something every angler should do once in a lifetime – especially before the secret gets out. The province is less developed than some other coastal regions, which actually makes for better fishing action. Come and get a real taste of Costa Rica and the “Pura Vida” lifestyle with some of the best game fish on the planet.
 
Three kinds of Marlin and Pacific Sailfish top the list, but they also rub shoulders with Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and many more. Hit the reefs, and it’s all about table fare. Snappers, Groupers, Mackerel, Pompano, and Rainbow Runner are all on offer, so try bottom fishing in the turquoise waters and head back to shore with a real treat. 
 
But that’s not where it ends! Inshore fishing is also incredible for catch-and-release anglers. Snook, Roosterfish, and Jack Crevalle are all available in the shallows, with fly fishing offering a particularly rewarding experience. 
 
Inshore and reef fishing trips can last as little as four hours, with more keen fishermen being able to take advantage of longer trips. To make the most of the big game bite, you’ll want to spend at least a full day on the water, with some charters offering multi-day trips.
 
The larger sportfishing vessels center around the province’s main marina – Marina Papagayo. However, the smaller towns further south offer pangas and center consoles that will give you a more authentic Costa Rican experience.
 

Rules & Regulations

When you come fishing in Guanacaste, you’ll need to get a license. They cost around $15 from INCOPESCA, and can be bought online. You should also be aware that circle hooks must be used for targeting Roosterfish and Billfish, but your professional captain will make sure you fish within the law.
Guanacaste
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27943 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

High winds can ruin the deep sea fun in northern Guanacaste, while the south enjoys peak Billfish season. Wherever you are, you can find giant Snook and Roosterfish in the shallows.

February

If you can’t face the bad weather and bitter cold February brings, head to Guanacaste for 90-degree heat without a cloud in sight. You’ll also find big Snook and Roosterfish, as well as Marlin in the south.

March

The Snook bite drops off in March, but Roosterfish are still demolishing baits and denting lures in the shallows. Offshore, the southern Blue Marlin season goes out with a bang.

April

The wind dies down in the north and you can finally get offshore in search of Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna. Inshore, things are quietening down, but you can still find big Jacks.

May

Billfish season really gets going in the north, with Black Marlin and Sailfish in huge numbers. The rains also pick up in May and getting offshore can be a good way to beat the humidity.

June

June is one of the wettest months of the year in Guanacaste but that won’t put out the fire on the Marlin trips in the north. All the rain washes a ton of FADs into the sea, which makes it perfect for Mahi fishing.

July

Locals celebrate Guanacaste’s annexation to Costa Rica with parades and shows. Blue Marlin peak in the north, joining Blacks, Stripes, and Sails for some of the best Billfishing you’ll see all year. 

August

The Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo draws competitive anglers to Playa Flamingo as everyone else rushes offshore for amazing Yellowfin Tuna fishing. The reefs are full of fish by August.

September

FADs and reefs continue to produce huge, tasty fish throughout September. You can find big game pelagics just a stone’s throw from shore this time of year if you don’t mind getting wet.

October

The rain shows no sign of stopping in October and high humidity can sap your strength. Wade fishing for Snook can be a great way to keep cool. Well, you’re going to get wet either way!

November

Winds pick up in the north, but so do the Snook and Roosterfish. In the south, Blue Marlin start their winter season as Yellowfin Tuna calm down and the reef fishing begins to drop off.

December

Monster Snook and Roosterfish make for endless fun inshore in December. Down south, Blue Marlin fight hard while the reefs serve up a festive feast all along the coastline.

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Be ready for anything with the ocean. It started with choppy waters, went calm for half the trip and stirred up to bigger swells the closer to noon it got. I’d strongly suggest morning as it was predicted rain every afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for anything with the ocean. It started with choppy waters, went calm for half the trip and stirred up to bigger swells the closer to noon it got. I’d strongly suggest morning as it was predicted rain every afternoon.
Warren  F.
Warren F.
I would highly recommend connecting with Henry and his crew if you want to have an amazing day out on the ocean. Definitely worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend connecting with Henry and his crew if you want to have an amazing day out on the ocean. Definitely worth it.
Matt  M.
Matt M.
Pick Sea Breeze. Super efficient and productive. We walked from our hotel to the beach where they picked us up. No hassles. All planned out and executed at the highest level. A+
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick Sea Breeze. Super efficient and productive. We walked from our hotel to the beach where they picked us up. No hassles. All planned out and executed at the highest level. A+
James  P.
James P.
Book with Daniel from Maryola tours. He will look after you and put you on fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Daniel from Maryola tours. He will look after you and put you on fish.
Wayne  W.
Wayne W.
My brother in law had never fished before and felt safe and was taken care of by the captain and crew. My two boys and I had the trip of a lifetime.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My brother in law had never fished before and felt safe and was taken care of by the captain and crew. My two boys and I had the trip of a lifetime.
Terry  S.
Terry S.
Yes. This is not a marina with a pier so know that. You catch a taxi boat from the shore. Fishing is very good in this area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. This is not a marina with a pier so know that. You catch a taxi boat from the shore. Fishing is very good in this area.
Spencer  T.
Spencer T.
My suggestion would be to use this captain and boat……best experience I’ve had with many charter experiences around the world !!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My suggestion would be to use this captain and boat……best experience I’ve had with many charter experiences around the world !!!
MALACHI  H.
MALACHI H.
Be prepared for plenty of sun and a good fight when you get a fish on. The fish are beautiful and have some amazing colors to them.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared for plenty of sun and a good fight when you get a fish on. The fish are beautiful and have some amazing colors to them.
Brent  G.
Brent G. DeKalb, IL
Sun screen. Hydrate. Patience. Enjoy every second being on the ocean. Watch for leatherback turtles. We saw two giant ones mating! You might get a pelican to join you. If you are at risk of motion sickness, get the patch or whatever you need to stay healthy on the water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sun screen. Hydrate. Patience. Enjoy every second being on the ocean. Watch for leatherback turtles. We saw two giant ones mating! You might get a pelican to join you. If you are at risk of motion sickness, get the patch or whatever you need to stay healthy on the water.
Michael  O.
Michael O. Woodbury, MN
Great scenery, and good variety for fishing. If you want to catch mahi and billfish book a full day and get out to deeper water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great scenery, and good variety for fishing. If you want to catch mahi and billfish book a full day and get out to deeper water.
Jared  S.
Jared S. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Be ready for a great experience! Just being out on the ocean was a great experience and the fishing is very enjoyable. Recognize there may be significant periods of waiting for the fish to bite.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be ready for a great experience! Just being out on the ocean was a great experience and the fishing is very enjoyable. Recognize there may be significant periods of waiting for the fish to bite.
Chester  W.
Chester W. New Market, MD
Yes. These guys know the waters and will do everything to get the targeted fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. These guys know the waters and will do everything to get the targeted fish.
Paul  J.
Paul J. Nicoya, Guanacaste Province
Be prepared for a great experience along the beautiful Costa Rican coast line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a great experience along the beautiful Costa Rican coast line.
Fredy  M.
Fredy M.
Stay Calm and Tuanis Mae. Be ready for a great experience fishing the waters in beautiful Costa Rica.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay Calm and Tuanis Mae. Be ready for a great experience fishing the waters in beautiful Costa Rica.
Eric  H.
Eric H.
Go Offshore book on this site, do not book through the hotels. We did that on another trip and it was terrible.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go Offshore book on this site, do not book through the hotels. We did that on another trip and it was terrible.
Aimee  M.
Aimee M. Mobile, AL
Captain and crew were most accommodating and accomplished. Charter ended up running longer in attempt to satisfy a gentleman's bet and did not disappoint. Highly reccomended from a FL based resident with plenty of fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain and crew were most accommodating and accomplished. Charter ended up running longer in attempt to satisfy a gentleman's bet and did not disappoint. Highly reccomended from a FL based resident with plenty of fishing experience.
Anthony  D.
Anthony D.
Do at least a 3/4 day if interested in catching bigger fish to allow for time to find fish.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Do at least a 3/4 day if interested in catching bigger fish to allow for time to find fish.
James  W.
James W. Cypress, TX
Offshore bite can vary quite a bit, but your odds of landing multiple billfish in a single day are high.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Offshore bite can vary quite a bit, but your odds of landing multiple billfish in a single day are high.
Caleb  K.
Caleb K. Anchorage, AK
Una opción es seguir las indicaciones del capitán sobre cuál es el plan de pesca más adecuado. En mayo puede ser más recomendable un Roosterfish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Una opción es seguir las indicaciones del capitán sobre cuál es el plan de pesca más adecuado. En mayo puede ser más recomendable un Roosterfish.
Pablo  A.
Pablo A. Madrid, Madrid
Be sure to ask your captain what is biting before booking. Don’t try to go after a full day fish with only a half day trip. I think if you fish the reef on a half day trip you will be extremely satisfied.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to ask your captain what is biting before booking. Don’t try to go after a full day fish with only a half day trip. I think if you fish the reef on a half day trip you will be extremely satisfied.
Jefferson  P.
Jefferson P. Nevisdale, KY

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(225 reviews)
The Sea Breeze team met us promptly at 7am and was an absolute delight to be with for the half day trip. We caught fish all day long and had a great time. Darcy was an excellent hostess and offered us drinks, snacks and conversation while Captin Noah was putting us on the tuna and landed the el dorado (who unfortunately snapped off before getting in the boat). We had an excellent time and plan to book with the team again on our next trip.
Warren  F.
Warren F.
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(225 reviews)
From the beginning to end, this was a wonderful experience. The crew was friendly and always on the move for us to catch some fishes. We strongly recommend. Note : one of the crew member speaks french!
Olivier  B.
Olivier B.
Tiburon Azul
Tiburon Azul
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(36 reviews)
Had a fun day and enjoyed the open sea even though there were no fish to be had.
Dennis  K.
Dennis K.
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Dear captain and crew, Our family had such an amazing time on the vessel. The captain and crew accommodated our family the entire time, they had an amazing spread of fresh fruit, cervechie and sandwiches, absolutely amazing. They went above and beyond. We caught white marlin, sail fish and mahi!! Everything that we went out to catch, we caught. We had the best time catching tournament fish in the great Pacific. Tight lines my friends, Pura Vida, Much love, David, Stephanie, Odin and Luke
David  H.
David H.
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Me, two brothers and our 3 kids. Half day. Friendly and knowledgeable crew. Gerard set all lines quickly. First Mahi mahi jumped and shook off. 30 min later we nailed another one and all took turns reeling it in. My 10 year old son brought it close. Took home about 8 lbs of meat. Then right before heading home we hit a massive sailfish. The thing was flying out of the water. Took some photos and released. Amazing trip!
Micah  D.
Micah D.
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Hermosa
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(59 reviews)
had great day on water with Juan Carlos and son. caught nice barracuda and will book again, reasonable rates
Richard  S.
Richard S.
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Captain Luis and his mate Julie we’re awesome. Capt. Luis is a knowledgeable angler. Boat was super clean and the equipment is in great condition. I made a dumb mistake and thought I would pay the remaining balance through fishing booker, but I was wrong. Luckily I was able to settle up with them on the beach. Make sure you have CASH on you for your trip! Sorry again my friends!
Zack  N.
Zack N.
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Had the best day with Luis and his wife. Caught two dorado and a sailfish in a couple of hours, would definitely book again!
Ryan  F.
Ryan F.
Coyote Sportfishing – SALSA
Coyote Sportfishing – SALSA
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Incredible day, with Max and Jose!! These guys are great; they put me on fish all day. We caught countless Mahi and a huge Sailfish! They earned a thousand stars but I can only give them five!!!! I Will Be Back With Them Again! Thank You Max, Jose & Camila
Gregg  D.
Gregg D.
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(225 reviews)
Our trip was beyond amazing. If you are looking for a crew that cares and does everything they can to make your trip successful, this is the one to book with. If I ever return to Tamarindo, I wouldn't even look at anyone else to take me out on the ocean.
Justin  H.
Justin H.
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Had a very nice day with my 6 yo son. Boat is extremely clean, Luis and his wife are very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall a great experience. Caught some fish, drinks and snacks provided, we saw some dolphins and turtles as well and they even took care of transportation from and to the hotel for us. Can’t ask for more.
Philippe  R.
Philippe R.
Coyote Sportfishing – Flamingo II
Coyote Sportfishing – Flamingo II
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Very good
3.7 / 5
(17 reviews)
I went for Marlin but no cigar! Instead we had a raise of a sail and missed it sadly. We did catch two Mahi Mahi for some photo opportunities which I donated to the mate on board. That’s fishing ; it was a tough day for all the boats. we tried hard and trolled for 7.5 hours. Nice welcoming people …. Always next time.
Tony  S.
Tony S.
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Hermosa
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(59 reviews)
Capt. Juan and his mate worked hard for us. Caught a nice Mahi, lost couple more. Fed us very fresh sashimi and a pineapple, prepared like he was a sushi chef!
Douglas  P.
Douglas P.
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(225 reviews)
Was super easy setting up the outing. The crew was very knowledgeable, kind, and fun to be around. We caught enough fish to make it worthwhile and ate fresh sashimi on the boat!
Frank  C.
Frank C.
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
The crew on the Talking Fish were great and they put us on the fish in a hurry! We ended up catching grouper, dorado, yellowfin and ended the day with a marlin. Couldn’t have asked for a better one day fishing trip! I will be booking them on my next trip to the area.
Tomasz  S.
Tomasz S.
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(225 reviews)
What an incredible trip! We ended up catching 7 mahi mahi and had an amazing time. Darcy and Noah are the best fishing guides I have ever had. They worked extremely hard, and are two of the most genuine nice people I have ever met. Not only was the fishing amazing, but the service is spectacular. Noah and Darcy prepared fruit for us and even made sashimi for us. I will definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone going to Costa Rica.
Ben  S.
Ben S.
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Hermosa
Very good
3.7 / 5
(59 reviews)
It was me and my moms first time going on a fishing charter and it did not disappoint! Although we only caught one fish, the crew was great and tried their hardest to make our trip memorable. I definelty recommend
Payton  S.
Payton S.
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Caught my first Sailfish, which is great! Over 6ft long. Not always easy to get them to bite, Great job getting some fish on the line! Saw at least a dozen porpoise dolphin, few sea turtles, Caught another 1/2 dozen small tuna off the reef. Working together with other fisherman to try and find the bait/bite.
Wes  J.
Wes J.
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Hermosa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
This was hands down the best part of our vacation so far. The captain is so accommodating and kind. He loaded my kids for me. He watched the baby while I went swimming and made special stops to swim at a stunning beach!! We caught a large mahi mahi and he made us sashimi on the boat. So incredible!!! He also picked us up from a restaurant which made pickup easy and effortless! This is a great fishing trip. It’s family friendly and you actually will catch fish
Spencer  H.
Spencer H.
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Hermosa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Perfect half day trip especially if you have a mixed crew of new and experienced people. Juan Carlos made our pickup super easy, had all tackle and gear prepped, and even though the fish caught were light we caught a monster that was more than enough by itself. His on boat sushi was amazing!! Great value for your money and great experience.
John  P.
John P.