Costa Rica is an angler's dream come true. The country's Pacific ports and beach resorts
provide access to some the best deep sea fishing in the world. Billfish are the country's
biggest attractions, with abundant sailfish and marlin off the Pacific coast, but fishermen
also hook plenty of other feisty fighters, such as wahoo and roosterfish. Giant marlin,
sailfish beyond number; high jumping tarpon, record class snook and a dozen or more hard
hitting fresh water species... Many of these are catch and release, but if you reel in a 50 lb
mahi-mahi, as we have at Quepos, prepare to have (and share with many friends!) a most
delicious dinner fresh from the sea. Costa Rica has them all! Fishing just doesn't get any
better than this.
Quepos is center of fishing on the central coast, but there are charters available out of
Puntarenas, the resorts at the southern end of Nicoya Peninsula, Jacó Beach, Punta Leona
and at Drake Bay. Billfish are the target of most visiting anglers, and they are seldom
disappointed from around December through April. Some sails and marlin are taken
throughout the year. From most areas mentioned above, it's no more than 12 to 20 miles
run to the blue water where most of the billfish action is encountered. Inshore sport
includes tuna, roosterfish, wahoo, dorado, jacks, mackerel, cubera, a varity of small
snapper species and even snook. The snook can be taken trolling just outside the breaker
line off the river mouths in the area, but are more often fished from shore. Some boats out
of Quepos also offer multi-day trips to Drake Bay and Caño's Island area, overnighting at
one of the several lodges centered around Drake Bay. This region is best known for its
wahoo, big cubera and roosterfish, but there are also tuna, dorado, sails and some marlin.
Marlin: October is normally the top month for marlin in this area, but action is also good in September and
November and occasional blues and rare black are likely to be found any time of year although they are usually
out further than the boats hunting for sailfish are likely to be fishing.
Sailfish: Middle of December to the end of April when they begin moving north is rated the best season, but the
big schools often move in about October and occasionally stay longer. A few sail always show among the catch
from June through September, mixed with the other species that are found inshore during those months.
Tuna: Found through the year as they all along the Pacific coast, but most abundant from June through
September. Most are the eight to 12 pounders, but a dozen over 200 pounds, and maybe another two dozen in
the 100 to 200 pound range are taken every year.
Dorado: Best action begins with the "green season" rains that start in late May.
Roosterfish: Fishing for this hard-hitting inshore species is incredible, with the best spots off the river mouths and
the rocky drop-offs. Favored spots are the mouth of the Parrita; Palo Seco between Parrita and Damas, just
outside Damas; off the mouth of the Naranjo River; around the points at Dominical and throughout the Drake Bay
and Caño's Island area. Best fishing is from June through early September.
THE RAIN FOREST
Tram and zip-line tours let visitors explore the elevated ecosystem of the rain forest canopy, a luxuriant and
little-known realm that is home for most of the jungle's plant and animal species. It has only been in the last two
decades that biologists have begun to seriously study the canopy, using such varied devices as mountain climbing
equipment and construction cranes, and tourists now have the opportunity to follow them into that biological
Visitors can take a "tram" ride on a modified ski lift
that takes passengers floating through the tree
tops to platforms set in the crowns of massive
tropical trees, more than 100 feet above the jungle
Adventurous travelers may want to try a local
canopy tour, which entails strapping on a mountain
climbing harness and "zipping" along suspended
cables to a series of small wooden platforms built in
the tops of trees.
These tours offer a monkey's-eye view of the rain
forest canopy, where thick branches serve as
platforms for an incredible diversity of smaller plants,
and such animals as tree frogs, vine snakes, sloths
and hundreds of bird species.
Costa Rica already has quite a reputation among surfers, who are drawn there from near and far by the quality
and consistency of its waves. Though the country gets plenty of the big waves that true surf fanatics live for, there
are also days and spots that are perfect for people who have little experience with the sport, or who have been
away from the ocean for a long time, and would like to try it again. This means that whether you're a veteran
wave ripper or a belly-boarding beginner, you can usually find the conditions you need to have a great time.
The most consistent beach break in the area (10 minutes south of Jacó) and 10 minutes north of Esterillos, where
deep waters off the coast and exposure to different swells have built up a variety of sand bars. The preferred
sand bar to surf is located in front of a large tree known as the "almendro". Explore up and down the beach for a
perfect A-frame peak of your own. Another powerful beachbreak. One of the most consistent waves in Costa Rica.
Practice holding your breath for a while before coming here
Esterillo Oeste, Esterillos Este, Bejuco, Boca Damas
Plenty of beach breaks with conditions similar to those of Playa
Hermosa. Access is easy from Costa Villa.
One of Costa Rica's most visited surf towns, only 20 minutes from
Costa Villa. It hosts a wide range of tourist attractions,surf shops,
ding repair facilities, hotels, cabins, campgrounds and restaurants.
Jacó Beach itself is a fun beach break, and home to some of Costa
Rica's best surfers. It tends to close out on larger swells but its
central location and wide range of amenities make it a good base for
The "Crazy Rock" is located at the southern tip of Playa Jacó, just off
the cliff from the coastal highway. This tricky wave breaks right over
submerged, shallow rocks and is best during large swells.
Surrounded by lush rainforest, the Marriott's Los Sueños Ocean & Golf Resort, in Playa Herradura, is situated on a
secluded cove of the Pacific Ocean, offering beautiful views of Costa Rica's coastline. This course is one of the very
finest in all of Costa Rica and only 17 miles from Costa Villa.
Designed by Ted Robinson Jr., this outstanding Par
72 course is nestled into the tropical rainforest of
Costa Rica down along its Pacific coast. Playing
Los Sueños is an ecological experience as well as
a great day of golf on a spectacular course of
natural beauty, lush vegetation, and full of tropical
Over 150 birds, 150 trees, and 100 animals have
been identified living in the heavily vegetated
area surrounding the course. A variety of native
monkeys, toucans, iguanas and pizotes can often
be seen on various holes around the course.
Birding in Costa Rica is an extraordinary experience. With
878 species recorded to date, Costa Rica offers to birders
great birdwatching opportunities within relatively short
distances, involving very diverse habitats from sea level to
high mountains above 12000 feet.
From Carara southeast to the Panamanian border, the
Pacific lowlands offer some of the best birding in Costa
Rica. A number of species unique to this region make this
zone essential for the visiting birder. Idyllic beaches and a
range of accommodations add to its allure. Thirteen miles
north of Jacó lies the Carara Biological Reserve, home to
a large population of scarlet macaws and acres of
unspoiled Pacific lowland forest.
The scarlet macaws can be seen early or late in the day as they fly between the reserve and roosting areas to the
northwest. Well over 100 notable species can be easily spotted in the Carara Reserve, including the great tinamou,
red-lored parrot, crimson-fronted parakeet and scarlet-rumped cacique. Other good spots for birding in the Pacific
lowlands within easy drive of Costa Villa include the Rio Tarcoles Estuary, (also known for its crocodiles) and
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Sea and river kayaking, white-water rafting and boat
tours are all available in North Puntarenas, within easy
drive of Costa Villa, in Manuel Antonio, Jacó and the
Carara Reserve. For those who enjoy adrenaline filled
vacations with heart pounding adventures, white water
rafting is the sport to enjoy. Rated as being among the
best white water rafting spots in the world, Costa Rica is
a paddler’s delight. Here rivers range from Class II to
Class V rapids, with something for everyone. From
families to adventure junkies and from novice rafters to
those who enjoy the thrill of zipping down a river, Costa
Rica offers some amazing experiences.
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