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Costa Rica Sport Fishing

More than 40 fishing world records have been registered along the central and southern portions of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. With offshore waters that boast fish weighing between 4 and 400 pounds – including sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, snapper and more – it’s little surprise that the fishing here is so good. As such, sport fishing tours are a wonderful way for both beginners and experts alike to get their hands wet while reeling in a whopper. The tours, which employ well-equipped fishing boats, can be as short as a half day or as long as seven days. Certain seasons are better for certain types of fish, and some of the best fishing spots in the country are Manual Antonio, Playa Ocotal, and Uvita. To get an idea about what fish you will encounter during different parts of the year and of course where they are please familiarize yourself with our Costa Rica map here.

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Sport Fishing Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Sport Fishing Manuel AntonioManuel Antonio

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers world class sport fishing for all ranges of fishermen, including novices and avid fisherman. The beauty and excitement of a day on the Pacific is hard to beat.

Sport Fishing
Fun at the Ocean Combo Tour, Costa Rica
Fun at the Ocean Combo TourPapagayo Gulf

This tour of the Papagayo Gulf will take you along the coast of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region. Guanacaste is a tropical region with abundant fish near its coast. You can book this tour as either a half-day or a full-day tour.

Boat Tours
Sport Fishing
Papagayo Sport Fishing, Costa Rica
Papagayo Sport FishingPapagayo Gulf

During one of these tours, you’ll head out into the Papagayo Gulf and get the chance to hook a range of impressive fish. There’s no better way to experience Costa Rica’s coastal areas than by landing a massive fish.

Sport Fishing
Gulf of Nicoya Sport Fishing, Costa Rica
Gulf of Nicoya Sport FishingTambor

Go fishing in the Gulf of Nicoya with a captain who has over 15 years of experience. This catch-and-release tour introduces you to some of the enormous species you can find in this part of the deep blue sea.

Sport Fishing
Sport Fishing Tour, Costa Rica
Sport Fishing TourUvita

Head out into the Pacific Ocean for an exciting day of sport fishing and nature viewing on for either a half day tour of 5 hours or a for a full 8 hour day of fishing.

Sport Fishing
Coastal Sport Fishing, Costa Rica
Coastal Sport FishingMontezuma

This tour offers a range of pickup options, and you’ll set sail from either Tambor or Montezuma. You can keep any of the small fish you catch, but keep in mind that you’ll need to set free any sailfish or marlin.

Sport Fishing
Papagayo Sport Fishing Tour, Costa Rica
Papagayo Sport Fishing TourPapagayo Gulf

Playas del Coco is on the coast of the Guanacaste region, near a small beach town that has plenty of accommodations for visitors. This is a popular fishing beach for visitors and Costa Rican fishermen alike.

Sport Fishing
Mangrove Fishing Tour, Costa Rica
Mangrove Fishing TourManuel Antonio

Damas Island is just off the coast of Manual Antonio National Park, and mangrove forest lines Damas Island's coast. For this tour you will board a high-tech motorboat and glide past mangroves, and eventually reach a good place to go fishing.

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