There is a reason why Costa Rica is often hailed as the Mecca of sport fishing. From salt water and fresh water fishing to offshore and river fishing and also conventional and fly fishing this tropical paradise has it all.
With the Pacific on the West and the Caribbean on the East it is a veritable treasure trove of varied marine life forms. And one simply cannot ignore the numerous rivers across the tiny country. With so much variety it is no wonder that Costa Rica has been the place where a host fishing records have been set. Currently the country holds as many as 89 international Game fish association records.
But the most commendable aspect of fishing in Costa Rica is the government’s efforts towards the conservation of game fish. The government keeps a close eye on commercial as well as sports fishing activities with new rules being implemented to reduce the killing of billfish due to poor fishing practices and long lining.
Costa Rica offers a complete sport fishing experience. Patrons vouch not only by the excellent fishing quality, but also the other comforts that the country has to offer such as inclusive lodges, delectable meals and the serene environment. Of course the opportunity to fish tarpons, snappers, guapotes and snooks is the primary benefit.
Fishing enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised at the host of accommodation options available. You can choose fishing villages, beach resort towns or the tranquil lodges set in remote locations.
However, before you consider fishing in Costa Rica you may have to do a little research since the season for each fish type varies. Even though fishing is a thriving activity in both the northern and southern parts of the country, the fishing season is shorter in the north as compared to the south. Some of the more popular sports fishing destinations in Costa Rica famed as the ‘Fisherman’s Paradise’ include:
Quepos in Central Pacific: You will find a large and experienced fleet here coupled with almost year round fishing. An added advantage is the opportunity to visit one of the most famous National Parks of Costa Rica called Manuel Antonio.
Puerto Jimenez: The location is perfect for fishing and relaxation, set amidst the natural beauty of Costa Rica you can experience year round fishing depending on the type of fish you prefer.
Corcovado National Park: Surrounded by lush greenery, the area offers year round real life pacific fishing experience. The accommodation options are equally spectacular with amenities to rejuvenate and pamper you.
Los Suenos- Jaco: this is a very upscale and luxurious destination perfect for fishing and to rub shoulders with the rich and the famous.
Playa Nicuesa: It is a self sustained eco-lodge that spells adventure the moment you decide to visit it. You are taken to your destination in a small plane that affords a breathtaking view of the scenery and the flora and fauna of the area.
Other options include Tamarindo, Parismina Lodge and Homosassa. However, before you choose a destination you need to decide what it is that you are looking for. Are you just interested in the fishing or do you also want to experience the local culture and life? Do you want to spend your time surrounded by peace and tranquility or do you want to experience the glamour and glitz of the nightlife. Whatever option you choose Costa Rica has them all. If you are looking for the perfect sport fishing destination you cannot possibly go wrong with Costa Rica.