Costa Rica Spearfishing Charters

Costa Rica Spearfishing Charters

Best Spearfishing Fishing Charters in Costa Rica

Spearfishing in Costa Rica

Like no other sport, spearfishing combines the thrill of diving with the chance to catch some delicious fish. Come spearfishing in Costa Rica, and you’ll discover some of the ocean’s best-hidden gems. From the productive reefs to the vast open waters, there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered. 

What to Expect

Most spearfishing charters in Costa Rica offer conventional fishing alongside spearfishing. Combine the two for a fun-filled day out with sure-fire rewards! If you’re a spearfishing enthusiast, you can always ask your captain to spend the whole day in the water. Hunt a range of different fishing grounds and get your fix. 
 
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s something for you in Costa Rica. Everyone can discover the range of fish in the nearshore reefs. From Snappers and Groupers to Trevallies, Roosterfish, and Jacks – you’ll have plenty to target during your productive day out. 
 
Novices will be guided through the spearfishing process by a competent guide, so there’s no need to worry. If you’ve done it all before, though, you’re welcome to go free diving, and you can even hit the deep waters offshore to battle it out with monster Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and more!

Where to Go

Since the turn of the century, Costa Rica has witnessed a tourism boom and it’s easy to see why. The luscious countryside dotted with volcanoes is an epic backdrop to the crystal clear waters. Take a spearfishing charter out of any resort on the Pacific coast and you’re in for a treat. 
 
In the north, just out of Playa Hermosa or Playa Flamingo, the waters are surprisingly warm despite being so close to the open oceans. Plenty of exciting and delicious fish make the reefs their home and you won’t know where to look! Keep your eye on your target and experience the rush of landing that prized fish. 
 
Around the center of the coast, the bustling city of Jaco and delightful resort of Playa Herradura are the places to go for spearfishing. The area is known as Los Sueños, or “The Dreams,” and you’re sure to be in dreamland here. Escape the winter blues and take a trip between December and March for the best conditions in the bay, and get your fill of Cubera, Mullet, and Spotted Rose Snappers, among many more. 
 
Further south towards the border with Panama, the Osa Peninsula creates a peaceful, protected bay for some great shallow-water diving. Head out of Puerto Jimenez and Cubera Snapper will be the order of the day. With the deep waters just a stone’s throw away, this is also the best spot in the country for offshore spear action. 

How to Prepare

Spearfishing trips in Costa Rica can last anywhere from half a day to a full day or more on the water. On full day trips, you’ll usually get a complimentary lunch, while there will be plenty of drinks to keep you refreshed on a half day trip. 
 
Some charters may not have all the necessary equipment for spearfishing on board. Check with your captain if it’s provided and make sure to bring your own if needed. The last thing you want is to get on board and find out there’s no gear!
 
Other than that, everything else you need for a productive day is out on the water. Come spearfishing in Costa Rica and discover a different, magical side to the ocean!
Costa Rica
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Costa Rica: 35 fishing charters available

Dos Mas Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Golfito
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trips from $950

Nosara Sea Saw Tours – Joy Toy

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Garza
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trips from $700

Mar Vida Adventure

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $500

Maryola Tours

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Tamarindo
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What anglers said about Spearfishing in Costa Rica

Understand it is into the rainy season, so the weather and waves can be rough. Still big fish to be caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand it is into the rainy season, so the weather and waves can be rough. Still big fish to be caught.
Kevin  W.
Kevin W. Phoenix, AZ
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
WILLIAM  T.
WILLIAM T. Lake Charles, LA
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
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Brad  M.
Brad M. Englewood, CO
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Lusby, MD
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
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Eduardo  W.
Eduardo W. Jaco, Provincia De Puntarenas
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Tracey  S.
Tracey S. Le Mars, IA
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Vanessa  C.
Vanessa C. San José, SJ
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
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
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Edouard  B.
Edouard B. Turrialba, Provincia De Cartago
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
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Alex  B.
Alex B. Dover, NH
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
William  F.
William F. San Ramon, Provincia De Alajuela
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

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