Best Costa Rica Fishing Faq

Costa Frequently Asked Fishing Questions

Fishing in Costa Rica is an experience unlike any other, and Rich Coast VIP can get you there. Here are a few FAQs about fishing in Costa Rica to help you plan for your chartered trip!


Q: What is Fishing Like in Costa Rica?

Unlike offshore fishing in some other locations, fishing in Costa Rica is a relaxing experience. The waters are tropical and relatively calm the land mass of Costa Rica acts as a natural wind barrier! You won’t have to worry about rough seas and high winds!


Q: How Long is the Ride Out to the Fishing Grounds?

The time varies because the boats follow the fish, but it’s usually a short 1 to 2-hour ride, giving you almost a full day to spend fishing!


Q: What is Included in the Fishing Charter?

Everything is included in the charter fees except for the required one-month fishing license ($30 paid in cash at the entrance to the dock). Fishing gear is provided, and the boat and crew are at your disposal. Coffee, pastries, water, soft drinks, Imperial beer and your choice of lunch are all provided.


Q: What Do I Need to Bring?

You can bring anything that will make you more comfortable, such as a good sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, specialty beers, wines, and liquors. You should also bring enough cash for your fishing license and tips for the crew.


Q: Should I Tip the Crew?

A tip of 15% or more is recommended. Tips are split equally among the crew by the captain.


Q: What Type of Fish Can I Expect?

The type of fish you can expect changes throughout the year. Blue, black and striped marlin prefer the cooler waters found from October through January, although sometimes they can be found in February. Sailfish, tuna, and mahi-mahi can usually be found year-round. The best times to find roosterfish, cabera snapper, grouper, wahoo, and red snapper are during the summer, fall and early winter.


Q: How Long is the Typical Fishing Charter Day?

Our days typically being at 7 AM, although we ask that you meet at the reception area of the charter company at 6:45. The boat usually returns about 4 PM. Half days go from 7 AM to 11:30 AM or 12:00 to 4:30 PM.


Q: Can I Eat the Fish I Catch?

If you are fishing and catch tuna or mahi-mahi, the crew will fillet your fish and have it ready for you by the time the boat reaches the marina. There are several local restaurants that will prepare your fish for dinner. Rich Coast VIP can also make arrangements for a personal chef to cook your catch back at your vacation rental.


When you book through Rich Coast VIP, we’ll take care of all of the details of your fishing vacation on the beautiful waters of Costa Rica. All you’ll have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the fishing! Contact us today about including deep sea fishing in your Costa Rica vacation with Rich Coast VIP.


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