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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
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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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If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
David  C.
David C. Cincinnati, OH
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
Benjamin  K.
Benjamin K. Hacienda Tamarindo, G
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
David  S.
David S. Santa Cruz, G
Enjoy the company of a local expert. The weather and scenery won't disappoint.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Enjoy the company of a local expert. The weather and scenery won't disappoint.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Ottawa, Ontario
Always somthing to catch! We were here in March and had to come back not even a year later. Love the fishing, love the people. Piura Vida!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Always somthing to catch! We were here in March and had to come back not even a year later. Love the fishing, love the people. Piura Vida!
Casey  K.
Casey K. United States
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
Gene  H.
Gene H. Little Rock, Arkansas
Gret fleet. Best fishing I've ever had. I live in Costa Rica and can fish anywhere. I choose to drive 4 hours to Flamingo.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Gret fleet. Best fishing I've ever had. I live in Costa Rica and can fish anywhere. I choose to drive 4 hours to Flamingo.
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. Liberia, G
Our trip was action packed - a hit about every 15 minutes with a good fight to reel in each one. The crew was positive, helpful and informative.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Our trip was action packed - a hit about every 15 minutes with a good fight to reel in each one. The crew was positive, helpful and informative.
H  L.  M.
H L. M. Knoxville, TN
Do it. Great experience. We have fished Hawaii and Mexico. This is better.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do it. Great experience. We have fished Hawaii and Mexico. This is better.
Larry  M.
Larry M. San José, SJ
Great experience for me and my family of two girls, a young boy, my wife, and father.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great experience for me and my family of two girls, a young boy, my wife, and father.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S. San José, SJ
Absolutely fishing was great lots of Mahi Mahi and a double on Sail Fish Ausume time
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Absolutely fishing was great lots of Mahi Mahi and a double on Sail Fish Ausume time
Jerry  B.
Jerry B. Meridian, ID
Do a little homework and realize the trophy fish to catch here are roosterfush and cuberra snapper
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a little homework and realize the trophy fish to catch here are roosterfush and cuberra snapper
Charles  R.
Charles R. Arlington, VA
You never know what you will catch and it really doesn't matter as long as you catch fish!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You never know what you will catch and it really doesn't matter as long as you catch fish!
Richard  H.
Richard H. United States
YES! Great boat, great assistance, great weather, and an all around great experience!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
YES! Great boat, great assistance, great weather, and an all around great experience!
John  C.
John C. Safety Harbor, Florida

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Captain and Darcy provided us with a great day on the water. They were very responsive and flexible when our plans changed and they worked hard to put us on quite a few fish.
Andrew  S.
Andrew S. Arlington, VA
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
Captian Warner and fisrtmate Leo were absolutley first class. They had us on fish and treated us like royalty. I would highly recommend them.
Clayton  S.
Clayton S. Tehachapi, CA
El Mahi Mahi lll 32'
El Mahi Mahi lll 32'
Fishing charter in Coco
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Boat had a different name (really, who cares). I think the size was the same. Crew was really nice. For cheapest price on this site, it was fine.
Tim  M.
Tim M. Longview, TX
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Capt. Luis took my wife and I out and it couldn’t have been better. They picked us up right off the beach by our resort right on time. The boat was clean and well maintained along with very good fishing tackle. We caught Mahi, saw dolphins, and sea turtles. Capt. Luis and his crew took great care of us and keeping the beers flowing.
Kris  W.
Kris W. Midland, TX
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
Miguel and Leo did a great job! My wife and I had a blast. Lunch, fruit, beer was all included! Not many people caught fish this week but we did! Cleaned up the mahi mahi!! Thanks guys!!
Chelsea  S.
Chelsea S. San Juan
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
To call it a fishing charter doesn't do it justice. Sure we landed 7 fish in the boat. 3 Mahi, 1 Yellowfin, 2 snapper, and 1 grouper. But the day was so much more than that. Captain Gerald had us right in the thick of things from the jump. We saw whales, birds, hundreds of dolphins, and even rescued a sea turtle that had gotten caught in a tangled up long line. I've fished many times and this was hands down the best day I've had on the sea. Truly epic
Zac  S.
Zac S. Buckley, WA
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
I had a great time spending the day fishing, caught a couple Mahi, Tuna, and Culbera snapper. I was on holiday with my girlfriend she didn't enjoy the experience hence the tip **I tried she had the money** but overall I would recommend.
Tristan  Z.
Tristan Z. Port St. Lucie, FL
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
The captain and crew were top notch. Mainland support very good. Boats a bit older but the crew makes it feel brand new. We killed it in 3 hrs and went home very happy. Glad to give the crew half day off, they deserved it on a Lucky day..
Michael  B.
Michael B. San Diego, CA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Great day with Luis. First mate was fantastic also. We caught lots of yellow fin tuna. Mahi mahi or sailfish we're not biting but had a great time!
Gib  E.  E.
Gib E. E. Loon Lake, WA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
We knew fishing was slow when we went out, but both Captain Luis and Crew-mate Luis were wonderful. We had a great experience, saw tons of animals and even caught a few fish! Knowledgeable team and gorgeous weather all made for a fun day
John  A.
John A. Littleton, CO
North Pacific Adventures
North Pacific Adventures
Fishing charter in El Jobo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Such an awesome day on the water! I've been on several fishing charters, and this was my best day on the water by far! We hooked into huge fish all day! Roosterfish, sailfish, barracuda, and even hit a school of wahoo at the end of the day and got some great eating for that evening! Jose and crew were super knowledgeable and knew where to find the big boys. Hot lunch and more beer than 3 men could possibly drink were provided. All around awesome experience!
Josh  M.
Josh M. Littleton, CO
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
They were not biting today but we had a beautiful day!! Thank you we will see you soon!!!!!!
John  R.
John R. Queen Creek, AZ
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
This fishing trip was a highlight of our vacation! I have never fished before and I caught a big yellowfin tuna and a yellowtail, which the Captain filleted for us and we brought to a nearby restaurant to be cooked. The crew was amazing! They took all of these pictures for us and found all of the best fishing spots. They made sure we had the best time and had fresh beer, pop, water and snacks available. Would definitely do this again and highly recommend to anyone in Tamarindo. 10/10!!!
Corey  B.
Corey B. Tampa, FL
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
A very determined and knowledgeable crew. They will not stop until you catch you fish and they know where the fish is. I caught every species of fish that I had on my list. I'm planning on going with this captain next year.
Igor  D.
Igor D. Sarasota, FL
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
3.7 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 41 reviews
Unfortunately no Marlin, but with a nice Mahi Mahi and 2 Sailfish boated truly enjoyed my time. Miguel and the Captain worked hard to put us on the fish. As they say, it's fishing, not catching. Boat and some of the equipment could definitely use some maintenance/upgrading. Not sure 3 anglers would find it comfortable. 6? Nope. Easy communication with Erica. Thanks all
Michael  C.
Michael C. Binghamton, NY
Tiburon Azul
Tiburon Azul
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
My entire family and I enjoyed this fishing trip. Caught many fish and the crew knew what they were doing.
Josue  B.
Josue B. Berrien Center, MI
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Absolutely recommend Sea Breeze for a great day of fishing! Noah & Darcy were so kind and helpful, going that extra mile to ensure we had a great experience. Not too hot, fish caught and friendly crew. Who could ask for more! Roy & Leah
Roy  M.
Roy M. Tyrone, GA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Had a great time captain was on time ready and prepared took us trolling got a bunch of hits but nothing took the bait so he took us closer and we landed a mahi-mahi then dropped down for some snapper he fished us through sun and rain and back never gave up. Great time🤙🏽
Alan  L.
Alan L. Ventura, CA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Only reason for four star was that fish weren’t biting. Not anyone’s fault. This crew will work hard to provide great experience. Noah and Darcy were a delight. Had a great time and they made sure we caught some fish. Saw whales, turtle orgy and they even tracked down beers when we needed them. When I come back would book this trip in a heartbeat. Thanks crew for a great memory!!!!
John  C.
John C. Charlotte, NC
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Noah & Darci where excellent hosts for myself and the kids. We caught several tunas, a Tile fish and almost caught a huge Bull shark 🦈 I never realized how hard the crew would have to work to help us have a grand experience. Much respect to Noah & Darci & keep up the good work. One Love Big Mike
Karl  M.  D.
Karl M. D. San Marcos, CA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Guanacaste

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Guanacaste costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $527, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $919. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Guanacaste is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner, and Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’ are some of the most popular fishing charters in Guanacaste. Full list of top fishing charters in Guanacaste.

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner, and Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’ all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Guanacaste.

The best way to experience fishing in Guanacaste is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Guanacaste.

The most popular fish species you can target are Roosterfish, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Sailfish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Guanacaste.