Guanacaste & The Gulf of Papagayo

The fishing in the Gulf of Papagayo…Playa del Coco and Playa Hermosa area in the province of Guanacaste is amazing! Not only are we situated right in the heart of some of the best fishing, diving and snorkeling in the area, but we are also a short thirty to forty-minute boat ride to the Catalina Islands in the South and a sixty to ninety-minute boat ride to Bat Islands (Isla Murcielagos) in the North. The Gulf of Papagayo begins up North in the Bat Islands area…Los Arcos and ends at Punta Gorda and the Catalinas area.

Gulf of Papagayo map

In our area, there are two seasons… We have the dry season which generally starts in November and ends in March. The dry season is the Costa Rican summer. It is a beautiful time of year to visit and fish in this area. The mountains explode with vibrant colorful flowers, sunsets are epic and the evenings are fresh and great for stargazing. The water can be a bit cooler with temperatures averaging 74 degrees with cooler thermoclines of 65 degrees. It can also be windy this time of year making choppy surface conditions. The water is rich with nutrients (plankton), which is what keeps all the fish happy.

We also have the rainy season which begins in April and ends in November. Rainy season normally starts with a couple of rain showers a week, progressing to sunny mornings with afternoon rain showers and ending the day with fabulous sunsets. September and October are the months for the heaviest rains. The landscape is lush and green, very tropical. The water is warmer this time of year averaging 78-85 degrees with some thermoclines. The ocean is calm and not much wind making, it the perfect time of year to be out on the water fishing.

We fish twenty to forty minutes from the Playa Del Coco / Playa Hermosa area. Full day is forty to sixty minutes from Playa del Coco. Fishing locations depend on the weather and where the fish are hanging out. Our captain has been fishing in these areas for thirty years and knows all the hot spots. We normally catch red snapper, amber jack and grouper. Depending on the time of year, you also have a chance to catch yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi (dorado), and wahoo. Sailfish, marlin and roosterfish are quite the exciting challenge. These fish are catch and release only. Mounting services are also available. Visit our BLOG Live Laugh & Dive Costa Rica for current stories and photos of our fishing adventures.

Half day fishing begins at 7am- 12pm. The half day fishing package includes fishing gear, beer, sodas and snacks. Full day charters include light lunch, extra drinks and snacks. These packages are for up to four fishermen. The price is $400 (up to five hours) for a half day and $600 for full day (up to eight hours). The fishing license is $15 extra per person and is good for eight days. We can add the price of the fishing license to your package and purchase the license for you or you can purchase the license yourself by visiting the INCOPESCA website. If you purchased the license yourself, you will need to bring it with you on the days you are fishing. You are welcome to bring extra snacks or special drinks on board. You should also bring a hat and light covering for protection from the sun. You should also bring sunscreen, it is best to bring this from your home, as it is expensive in Costa Rica. If you choose to use aerosol sunscreen please use care when applying and spray onto your hands and rub it on. Aerosol sunscreen makes the boat surface dangerously slippery. NOTE: All passengers on the boat must have a current fishing license and a copy of your passport’s photo page and visa stamp page.

You never know what is going to come by while you are out on the water for the day. Depending on the time of year we sometimes get entertained by humpback whales, mantas and devil rays jumping out of the water, mating turtles and pods of dolphin. This friendly whale shark was very curious about our motor and stayed with us for thirty to forty minutes.

You can also build your own customized excursions that includes fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and beach exploring trips. Contact us and let us know what type of excursion you would like to plan and we will send you a quote.

We can you pick up from the beach at Playa del Coco, Grand Papagayo, Playa Panama, Mangroove Hotel, Hyatt Andaz Hotel, Four Seasons, Exclusive Resorts, Peninsula Papagayo, and Secrets Hotel. Depending on the seas we can pick you up by boat or car from Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa, and RIU hotels on the days you are fishing with us. We can also arrange transportation at a discounted rate from other areas such as Flamingo, JW Marriot, Liberia and Tamarindo.

Our goal is to offer the best fishing, diving, surfing and snorkeling experiences possible.

Providing personalized excursions to our customers and friends from around the world.

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