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Guanacaste: 94 fishing charters available

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(120 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $495

North Pacific Adventures

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(17 reviews)
El Jobo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $585

Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(88 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(24 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Sport Fishing El Gato III

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $500

Tiburon Azul

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $380

Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
Coco
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trips from $510

Capullo Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Maryola Tours

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(76 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $650

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Guanacaste

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 $550, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $962 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:

The top 3 types of fishing in Guanacaste are:

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 – $548
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $633
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $701
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $949
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $902
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,110

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
4.3 / 5
Based on 25065 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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Jose told us that off shore fishing in this area at this time was not the best. At first trolling we did not catch much. But when we started drop shotting, it was one fish after another!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jose told us that off shore fishing in this area at this time was not the best. At first trolling we did not catch much. But when we started drop shotting, it was one fish after another!
Eugene  F.
Eugene F. Cape Fair, MO
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Douglas  M.
Douglas M. Pittsburgh, PA
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Enjoy the company of a local expert. The weather and scenery won't disappoint.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little homework and realize the trophy fish to catch here are roosterfush and cuberra snapper
Charles  R.
Charles R. Arlington, VA
YES! Great boat, great assistance, great weather, and an all around great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
YES! Great boat, great assistance, great weather, and an all around great experience!
John  C.
John C. Safety Harbor, Florida

Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Booked the All Day Trip w Captain Luis and caught 10 Mahi! Brought in 6-7 released a few it was a great day!! Don’t forget Sunscreen!!
Jimmy  P.
Jimmy P. Tulsa, OK
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(120 reviews)
Caught a dozen fish! Good conversation, great people to fish with. Highly recommend!!
Jack  C.
Jack C. Hermosa, SD
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Best trip I’ve had since I had my own boat. It was like fishing with old friends. They asked what I wanted to fish for and customized the trip for me. I am experienced fishing so they didn’t baby me like some do. They were welcoming and kind and had a great assortment of drinks and snacks. I caught the biggest Mahi Mahi in my life. Can’t wait to come back.
Gerard  T.
Gerard T. Lexington, NC
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Capt. Danny and first mate Macho were great. They took us straight to the fish and maxed out the fish we could catch and keep. Then they took us for more difficult catch and release fish to see what else we could get photos with. We got to see a whale and a turtle as bonuses. Being able to eat what we caught was a great addition to a great morning spent fishing.
Stanley  O.
Stanley O. Bozeman, MT
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Captain Darcey and Noah put us on fish right away. Plenty of action. Caught so many skip jack that we moved out to deeper water to try our hand at mahi mahi. In a matter of one hour we landed three mahi mahi and had several hits on the lines. Could not have asked for a better experience! Great service with a lot of professionalism. Saw a breaching whale and several sea turtles. Add the beautiful scenery to the trip and you have an experience you will never forget! Thanks Darcey and Noah!
Chris  H.
Chris H. Santa Cruz, G
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Incredible day of fishing with family. Local amazing experience. Lots of fish to cook for the rest of the week. Amazing crew. Thank you Pura vida
Shirley  P.
Shirley P. Crowley Lake, CA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
This was the highlight of our whole trip to Costa Rica!!!! Darcy and Noah were hospitable and amazing boat captains. We caught huge Mahi Mahi and tuna. We also got to see 3 types of dolphins as they swam next to the boat. The whole experience was perfect! Thank you Darcy and Noah!!
Skip  W.
Skip W. Amherst, VA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
We had a great day of fishing. Captain took us to the fishing grounds we ended up with 6 mahi, 4 of them big bulls. Great experience!!!
Sergey  O.
Sergey O. Ridgewood, NJ
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
We had the best time ever! Captain Luis was friendly, knowledgeable, and put us on the fish. We caught sailfish and mahi mahi. Would highly recommend!
Marielle  D.
Marielle D. Brevard, NC
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
This trip was all that we had hoped for with two heavy Mahi Mahi. Hope to return soon!
David  L.
David L. Placerville, CA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
We couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water. Captain and crew were friendly, knowledgeable, and very accommodating!! Wouldn’t highly recommend and book another trip with Sea Breeze!!
Patrick  W.
Patrick W. San Antonio, TX
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We did 2 full day of fishing with them in November . Nice boat, excellent crew and we caught many fish. Really recommend to book with them.
Jonathan  M.
Jonathan M. Playas Del Coco, Provincia De Guanacaste
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Great fishing on a very hot day, we did jigging, trolling ( no luck) and bottom fishing with some good specimens. Lots of species. Lots of drinks, delicious food including fresh pineapple. Highly recommended.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Costa Rica
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Danny did a great job making us feel comfortable and putting us on fish! I’d highly recommend!
Kyle  M.
Kyle M. Anchorage, AK
Rhino Charger Sport Fishing
Rhino Charger Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
My family and I had an excellent day with the Rhino Charger team. We had our expectations managed prior to going on the trip (it’s called fishing, not catching) but man were we excited when we landed a sailfish no more than 45 minutes after leaving the harbor. After the sailfish we all managed to catch great sized mahi mahi! Many thank yous to the crew who were very helpful and attentive!
James  G.
James G. San Diego, CA
Coyote Sportfishing -  Coyote Tres
Coyote Sportfishing -  Coyote Tres
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
The boat is not in good shape and has no a/c but the experience was great. They worked hard to find fish and got us a sail, dorado, and yellow fin tuna with sashimi on the boat. Mario and his deck hand were fantastic.
Tysen  L.
Tysen L. The Woodlands, TX
Tiburon Azul
Tiburon Azul
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Luis was awesome and gave us a great restaurant recommendation to prepare our fish. Awesome day!
Scott  E.
Scott E. Dallas, TX
Coyote Sportfishing – Coyote 10
Coyote Sportfishing – Coyote 10
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Finally got my mahi !!! Had it cooked at local restaurant Jose was awesome!!
Jason  J.
Jason J. Ontario, CA
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Again, I went out with Gerald after a few months back in the states. Gerald once again proves himself to be an amazing captain who knows all the spots. He’s a pleasure to fish with and is a true professional fisherman. I will be taking the Rainbow Runner again, and you should too.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Scottsdale, AZ
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Friendly and full of knowledge. If your a serious fisherman like myself, these are the guys you want. A half day got me four Mahi Mahi plus one sail fish that we released. I'm not a no ice and know it can always go the other way. Ronald and Gerald had a aggregate of 50 years experience. They work hard tobring you the best possible result. Well worth the money.
Ralph  M.
Ralph M. Playas Del Coco, Provincia De Guanacaste