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Guanacaste: 93 fishing charters available

Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures

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

North Pacific Adventures

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

Sport Fishing El Gato III

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

Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner

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

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

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

Tiburon Azul

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

Capullo Sportfishing

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

Papi Chulo Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(26 reviews)
Playa Potrero
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trips from $625

Flamingo Sportfishing – 32’

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

Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I

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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Guanacaste

The average price for a private 4 hour Guanacaste fishing trip is $547, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $930 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 deep sea fishing. 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 25043 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
(86 reviews)
Absolutely amazing. These guys are great. So professional. Captain Luiz was attentive and gave us 100 percent. Thank you.
Jonathan  L.
Jonathan L. Duck Key, FL
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Caught yellowfin tuna, rainbow Fish, rooster fish and several pompano. Crew was great, I would definitely fish with them again
Greg  B.
Greg B. Austin, TX
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
We caught 400 lb Blue Marlin but on a 30 reel which needed a 50 or 80 for that large of a fish so after an hour of fighting it, it broke the pole but great day of fishing!! Luis was a great captain!! Next time for sure! Great snacks and hospitality
Gidget  M.  J.
Gidget M. J. BROOKSIDE VL, TX
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
The day started out rough with inclement weather, but quickly passed over leaving a beautiful, sunny day. I think the rain may have slowed the bite, but Capt Gerald used all his experience to ensure we were able to still find some fish and get some action. I would book with Capullo again on my next visit to Tamarindo.
Rex  J.
Rex J. St. Petersburg, FL
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Tried offshore for billfish and trolled for 5 hours with no bites. Came inshore to reef and caughtv4 small skipjacks.
Greg  B.
Greg B. Austin, TX
Costa Rica Extreme Fishing
Costa Rica Extreme Fishing
Fishing charter in Coco
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Roberto was wonderful! Picked me up at the beach from our hotel! On time (early) with everything ready to go. Asked me prior if there was anything special I needed. I laughed and said Mt Dew, as I was here from Florida. HE MADE IT HAPPEN. Ice cold too! Couldn't get the roosterfish to bite, as it got very windy. But still an amazing trip. Would recommend to anyone. His captain and mate are father and son, and worked extremely hard to put us on fish. Can't wait to fish with him again!
Michael  D.
Michael D. Tejar, Provincia De San Jose
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Sea Breeze was the best today. We had a great time and caught a ton of fish. I will be using them again.
Daniel  J.
Daniel J. Oakland, California
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Had a great time with the team- they worked really hard to find us some fish to catch. Had a full day with them and appreciated their expertise. They even cleaned the fish and sent it with us. The hotel made sashimi and cerviche out of the the rainbow runner and snapper and fried up the grouper! Excellent day!
Melanie  G.
Melanie G. Phoenix, AZ
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(112 reviews)
Had a great day on the water, the weather was excellent. Caught some good fish and saw plenty of wild life. Boat was a very good ride and the crew was excellent. Would definitely go again if in tamarindo.
Nick  A.
Nick A. Port Neches, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time with Noah and Darcy today. The fishing action was amazing. They both work very hard to keep you on the fish. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun day on the water. Can’t wait to come back and go out with them again in the future.
Kyle  S.
Kyle S. Santa Cruz, Provincia De Guanacaste
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
He was amazing! He did whatever we wanted! We went trolling caught a beautiful sailfish, then bottom fishing that we hooked onto wahoo’s, groper, rainbow runner, tile, and Bonita’s. He provided snacks and drinks and was awesome! Definitely recommend!
Sandra  G.
Sandra G. Orlando, FL
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Darcy and Noah were great! They knew where to get us on some fish and we tried a variety of bate, lures and techniques! She also provided drinks and snacks including fresh pineapple. They did an excellent job preparing the fish we caught for us to take home. I highly recommend booking with the Sea Breeze!
Johanna  R.
Johanna R. Grand Junction, CO
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Darcy and Noah are such a great couple and excellent guides. We had a great half day, got some fish to eat and went out a bit further to explore billfish territory. If your fishing in Tamarindo, head out with these guys!
Clancy  R.
Clancy R. Austin, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Wow! Just Wow! Fantastic day on the water! Noah and Darcie were excellent! Very friendly and accommodating! Will remember this time on their boat for the rest of my days! Most definitely recommend!
Brian  T.
Brian T. Santa Cruz, Provincia De Guanacaste
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Was a perfect day fishing on the water. Captain Noah and Darsey were great. Very knowledgeable and friendly, and found us lots of big fish to catch. Added surprise of seeing dolphins and whales along the way too.
Marc  G.
Marc G. Port Washington, NY
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Probably one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken. I’ve been fishing for a long time and this trip was above and beyond. These two are not only kind and accommodating, THEY DELIVER! 125 pound sailfish! I can’t speak highly enough of them. Take it from an old fisherman. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING! On top of the sailfish we saw sea turtles, dolphins and the cherry on top, humpbacks breaching. Amazing. I will be posting a video as well soon. Thanks Sea Breeze!
Thomas  F.
Thomas F. Austin, TX
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Sport Fishing El Gato III
Fishing charter in Playa Flamingo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
We had an amazing experience today. The captain and first mate were great. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Even when the wind had the seas acting crazy, we were able to reel in a once in a lifetime sailfish and more than enough mahi for a great dinner.
Ray  W.
Ray W. Dalton, GA
Capullo Sportfishing
Capullo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Roy and his crew were amazing. Next time we will book the Capullo again for a 3/4 or full day. It was a great trip.
MICHAEL  G.
MICHAEL G. Galveston, TX
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
We had an absolutely epic half day trip! All three of us caught fish all day including rainbow runners, tuna, red snapper, surgeonfish, skipjack, and lots of amberjacks. Darcy and Noah worked really hard to make sure this was a day to remember! Next time we come to Costa Rica, we will definitely be going out fishing with them again. Awesome people and an awesome day!
ANGELA  F.
ANGELA F. Eagle, ID
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures
Fishing charter in Tamarindo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
One of the best charters I've ever been on. Darcy and Noah were very friendly and knowledgeable. They put us on fish and made my wife,who doesn't fish often, feel comfortable. We saw wales, sea turtles, and had some of the best fishing action ive experienced while targeting Mahi Mahi. I would recommend 10 times out of 10.
Max  T.
Max T. Burlington, WA