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Costa Rica Sport Fishing

Costa Rica became a popular sport fishing destinations in the80 `s, when the first guys from the US came down to explore several parts of both coasts. One of the most popular fishing spots back then was Barra del Colorado, a great place for those looking for the mighty Tarpoon, still the main highlight in the area currently. Today, both coasts offer great sport fishing. Along the Northern Cartibbean, Barra del Colorado is still the best place to go. Along the Pacific Coast, there are basically three regions. The South Pacific, where Puerto Jimenez and Golfito are the main places to go if you are interested in half day or full day fishing charters, both coastal fishing, or deep sea fishing. Further north, in the Central Pacific region, Jaco Beach and Herradura, with its new marina, are probably the best places to stay at if you want to catch some major fish. Quepos, a bit further south also has a brand new marina, called Pez Vela, where around 80 fishing yachts and charters boats are stationed. Species include Blue and Black marlin, Sailfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Dorado or Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna, Black Tuna, Amberjack, Barracuda and Roosterfish. Puntarenas City also has its own starting from Yacht Club, probably the most important fishing marina back in the 70`s and 80`s. In Guanacaste, or the North Pacific, there are even more sport fishing destinations. One of the best places to go is Playa Carillo, currently one of the best spots from where you can catch large fish. North of Carrillo, El Coco, Flamingo beach, Tamarindo, El Coco, Ocotal, Papagayo are all equal when it comes to fishing trips and charter boats. Rates for a full day depending on the size of the boat and equipment ranges anywhere from 750 to 1800 U$ for a full day, while half day trips go from 400 to 800 U$, also depending on the gear, size of boat and equipment.

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