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
4.4 / 5
Based on 27,742 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Costa Rica: 36 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(21 reviews)
Garza
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trips from $750
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(41 reviews)
Quepos
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(63 reviews)
Herradura
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trips from $660
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Playa Flamingo
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trips from $500

What anglers said about Spearfishing in Costa Rica

It was a little choppy for us, weather was a bit overcast. Show up early, bring your seasickness medicine of choice (we used peppermint oil which was great), sit back and relax and enjoy your time!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was a little choppy for us, weather was a bit overcast. Show up early, bring your seasickness medicine of choice (we used peppermint oil which was great), sit back and relax and enjoy your time!
Joshua  L.
Joshua L.
Be prepared for plenty of sun and a good fight when you get a fish on. The fish are beautiful and have some amazing colors to them.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be prepared for plenty of sun and a good fight when you get a fish on. The fish are beautiful and have some amazing colors to them.
Brent  G.
Brent G. DeKalb, IL
Sun screen. Hydrate. Patience. Enjoy every second being on the ocean. Watch for leatherback turtles. We saw two giant ones mating! You might get a pelican to join you. If you are at risk of motion sickness, get the patch or whatever you need to stay healthy on the water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sun screen. Hydrate. Patience. Enjoy every second being on the ocean. Watch for leatherback turtles. We saw two giant ones mating! You might get a pelican to join you. If you are at risk of motion sickness, get the patch or whatever you need to stay healthy on the water.
Michael  O.
Michael O. Woodbury, MN
Summer is the slower part of the season so if possible book a longer trip to give more time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Summer is the slower part of the season so if possible book a longer trip to give more time
Caleb  A.
Caleb A. Bluffton, SC
Check the weather first. When it rains to much the water is not clear enough.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the weather first. When it rains to much the water is not clear enough.
Wilhelmus  K.
Wilhelmus K. San José, Provincia De San Jose
Know what fish is available and butting in what months so you go in the correct amount to catch what you want.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what fish is available and butting in what months so you go in the correct amount to catch what you want.
Larry  H.
Larry H. Provo, UT
Most boats are not at docks. You will take a water taxi so your feet will get wet. Make sure you have water shoes or are willing to go barefoot on a rocky beach.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Most boats are not at docks. You will take a water taxi so your feet will get wet. Make sure you have water shoes or are willing to go barefoot on a rocky beach.
Stephen  M.
Stephen M. Fort Worth, TX
Great scenery, and good variety for fishing. If you want to catch mahi and billfish book a full day and get out to deeper water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great scenery, and good variety for fishing. If you want to catch mahi and billfish book a full day and get out to deeper water.
Jared  S.
Jared S. Allentown, Pennsylvania
Be ready for a great experience! Just being out on the ocean was a great experience and the fishing is very enjoyable. Recognize there may be significant periods of waiting for the fish to bite.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Be ready for a great experience! Just being out on the ocean was a great experience and the fishing is very enjoyable. Recognize there may be significant periods of waiting for the fish to bite.
Chester  W.
Chester W. New Market, MD
Find a local captain. Bring some big poppers and top lures. White feather jigs are also good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a local captain. Bring some big poppers and top lures. White feather jigs are also good.
Rhett  P.
Rhett P.
It is just the start of rainy season, but fish were of good quality and amount. Just remember its called fishing, not catching so every trip is different. with no guarantee
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It is just the start of rainy season, but fish were of good quality and amount. Just remember its called fishing, not catching so every trip is different. with no guarantee
Scott  C.
Scott C.
Yes. These guys know the waters and will do everything to get the targeted fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. These guys know the waters and will do everything to get the targeted fish.
Paul  J.
Paul J. Nicoya, Guanacaste Province
Not the best time of year to catch fish, but the charters out of Quepos give you the best chance of catching them. The port was very well kept, clean, and professional. A great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not the best time of year to catch fish, but the charters out of Quepos give you the best chance of catching them. The port was very well kept, clean, and professional. A great experience.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Mamaroneck, NY
Use Gitana! Tell them you're a novice and ask to practice proper use of the reel beforehand. It is a bit of an art to keep a large fish in the hook.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use Gitana! Tell them you're a novice and ask to practice proper use of the reel beforehand. It is a bit of an art to keep a large fish in the hook.
Tim  F.
Tim F. Kansas City, MO
Fish bite was slow when we went in June but still managed to hook on 3 Sailfish and landed 2 of them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish bite was slow when we went in June but still managed to hook on 3 Sailfish and landed 2 of them
Phil  B.
Phil B. Perez Zeledon, Provincia De San Jose
Be prepared for a great experience along the beautiful Costa Rican coast line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a great experience along the beautiful Costa Rican coast line.
Fredy  M.
Fredy M.
Quepos in June produces, the weather might put you in a bind depending on how the storms line up but the fish are there and eating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Quepos in June produces, the weather might put you in a bind depending on how the storms line up but the fish are there and eating.
Brondum  K.
Brondum K. Pascagoula, MS
Stay Calm and Tuanis Mae. Be ready for a great experience fishing the waters in beautiful Costa Rica.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay Calm and Tuanis Mae. Be ready for a great experience fishing the waters in beautiful Costa Rica.
Eric  H.
Eric H.
Temper your expectations and listen to your crew. We had an idea of what we wanted - we communicated that and were open to being agile on the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Temper your expectations and listen to your crew. We had an idea of what we wanted - we communicated that and were open to being agile on the bite.
Alexander  D.
Alexander D. Scottsdale, AZ
Be open to bottom fishing to increase your chances of success. We had some success trolling, but bottom fishing was much more successful.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be open to bottom fishing to increase your chances of success. We had some success trolling, but bottom fishing was much more successful.
Corey  B.
Corey B.

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