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Guanacaste: 91 fishing charters available

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(98 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

North Pacific Adventures

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(13 reviews)
El Jobo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $585

Sport Fishing El Gato III

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(79 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner

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

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Tamarindo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

Capullo Sportfishing

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

Tiburon Azul

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

Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(70 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Sea Hunter 1

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $530

Lupo Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(13 reviews)
Playa Flamingo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Guanacaste

The average price for a private 4 hour Guanacaste fishing trip is $548, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $916 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, North Pacific Adventures, and Sport Fishing El Gato III are some of the most popular fishing charters in Guanacaste. Full list of top fishing charters in Guanacaste.

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, North Pacific Adventures, and Sport Fishing El Gato III all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips 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. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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 24785 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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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
(79 reviews)
Great day of fishing! I highly recommend Capt. Luis. 5 yellowfin, two mahi and a marlin and sailfish bite. My son and I had a blast, and we’ll call Capt. Luis next time we are in CR.
Travis  W.
Travis W. Yorktown, VA
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Great half day of fishing with Luis, an adult, 15 year and 13 year old. Luis knew his stuff and we had a great time! Highly recommend El Gato and Luis
Nick  F.
Nick F. Alamo, CA
Lupo Charters
Lupo Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Mauricios crew Daniel and Karlitos were top notch! We caught more than enough for multiple meals and hooked into a nice marlin. These guys are pros and I’d highly recommend.
Joe  E.
Joe E. St. Louis, MO
35' Cabo Express in Tamarindo Beach
35' Cabo Express in Tamarindo Beach
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Arms were almost dropping off after 4hrs of fun action at 400ft deep. Crew were awesome, helpful and knowledgeable... was concerned afternoon rain might cut us short but offshore stayed away from bad weather on land. Great fun but would do the whole day and try trophy fishing in same trip if I had chance again . Thanks
David  B.
David B. Castle Hayne, NC
35' Cabo Express – Tamarindo Beach
35' Cabo Express – Tamarindo Beach
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
I would like send a HUGE thank you to Captain Jon’s crew, David, Luis and Alex. They were all so helpful and kind. We had a fantastic day fishing. It was a quiet start despite the crews tireless efforts. By early afternoon, we caught a beautiful mahi-mahi then a 200+ pound marlin. It was an unforgettable experience! You will not be disappointed! Pura Vida!
Lisa  M.
Lisa M. Chester Springs, PA
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Captain Ruiz is freaking amazing. The man know exactly where to go and was so good with my daughter. We will definitely be back and will request him everytime.
Carlos  A.
Carlos A. Maiden, NC
Lupo Charters
Lupo Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Awesome experience catching two sailfish and a mahi mahi. Capt Daniel and his crew made sure we got what we came for!
Remi  D.  B.
Remi D. B. Costa Rica
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
Thank you Darcy and Noah for the best fishing trip ever! Look no further, book with them today!!!
Ly Kong Pheng Jalao
Ly Kong Pheng Jalao Elk Grove, CA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
Noah and Darcy were wonderful! My boys and I thoroughly enjoyed our time on their boat. We caught lots of fish and made lots of memories!
Michael  N.
Michael N. Salado, TX
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Great trip! Got us on fish quick all my boys got the rooster and some other cool fish even a little shark. Great experience!
Richard  Z.
Richard Z. Saratoga Springs, UT
Capullo Sportfishing
Capullo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Had a great time! Started the day going offshore looking for clean water. Finally found some and captain and mate knew exactly what they were doing and located the fish that the boats around us couldn't get onto. Followed pods of dolphins that were driving bait fish all day. Landed mahi mahi and tuna. Thanks!
Aaron  K.
Aaron K. Minneapolis, MN
Lupo Charters
Lupo Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Carlos put us on fish early. But the most amazing part of trip was fishing with a super pod of dolphins. Must have been 2 thousand of them. Pictures don’t tell story
Mark  M.
Mark M. Houston, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
The captain was very knowledgeable and took us right to where the fish were biting. We ended up getting a few types of tuna including yellowfin. The first mate was very kind and the two of them made this an unforgettable trip.
Karl  J.
Karl J. Santa Cruz, California
Lupo Charters
Lupo Charters
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Great experience. Each person on board caught a fish and boat was very clean and well kept.
Alex  L.
Alex L. Guanacaste, Provincia De Alajuela
Capullo Sportfishing
Capullo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Had a great time drink beer smoke cigars and I caught my first blue marlin for my birthday and the homemade granola was to die for would recommend
Brian  S.
Brian S. PROVDENCE FRG, VA
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
Darcy & Noah were quick to respond to all questions prior to our trip, friendly, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Jaclyn  R.
Jaclyn R. Dripping Springs, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
The two people working the boat were very nice and extremely friendly. We had a couple of young children on the boat and the crew was very accommodating. This was my grandson's first experience of deep sea fishing and he really enjoyed it. They did an awesome job.
Eric  S.
Eric S. Union, KY
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain Luis and his wife were as nice as they could be. The fish weren’t biting on the day of our trip as none of the boats in the area were having much luck. However, Captain Luis worked tirelessly through the trip to locate the fish and make sure my son had a good experience. He’s a crew of 1 and switched between live bait and lures while trolling and bottom fishing to find us bonitos, yellowfin, rooster fish and grouper. I would highly recommend using Captain Luis and El Gato
Kenneth  S.
Kenneth S. Columbia, SC
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
This was my wife and I's first charter and offshore fishing experience and it was a really good time thanks to the crew on El Gato III. We both have never tried to reel in a 25 lb + fish but Luis and his crew guided us on what to do and we both caught 2 rooster fish which was an awesome experience. We then moved further off shore, they showed us around the Las Catalinas where we saw more wild life and caught some bonito fish. Highly recommend this charter especially if it's your first time.
Justin  P.
Justin P. Baltimore, MD
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We had a great time reeling in 30 grouper and a few other fish. I would highly recommend, we will be back.
Greg  V.
Greg V. Deckers, CO