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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.
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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. 


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.

Guanacaste Fishing Calendar

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3/4 day trip with Capt.Randy
David C. fished with Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express on March 18, 2021
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Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
8 hrs with Captain Mario & 1st Mate Romeo
Bruce Z. fished with Dream On Sport Fishing – 32' on February 4, 2020
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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.
Good experience
Woody E. fished with Boos Adventures on January 20, 2020
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Just go with the flow. They know what they are doing.
Full day 30'
Albert A. fished with Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish on April 28, 2019
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Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Half day trip with Capt Just
Randall F. fished with Coyote Sportfishing – Coyote 10 on April 26, 2019
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No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
A blast with captain Carlos and crew.
Chera G. fished with Go Fish Costa Rica – 30’ Islander on April 20, 2019
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Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Full day with Rob, Jose, Edwin of the Estrella
Alta L. T. fished with Estrella Sportfishing on April 11, 2019
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Use the Estrella, great boat and crew !!!
Fishing with Michael
Richard M. fished with Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I on March 28, 2019
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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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Guanacaste

According to customer reviews, Sea Breeze Fishing & Adventures, Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner, 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, Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner, and Sport Fishing El Gato III 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 top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Guanacaste are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Guanacaste.