Destinations: San Jose, Tortuguero, Tamarindo
Duration: 8 days
*Price Range: $$$
*Rates inclusive of full vacation experience – hotels, tours, domestic transfers, and tax (excluding international airfare). Actual price based on length of travel, number of travelers/rooms, seasonal rates (high, low, peak), number of tour activities, and mode of domestic transportation.
$$$: At or under $1,200 per person.
$$$: $1,200 – $1,800 per person.
$$$: $1,800+ per person
Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) where one of our local airport representatives will meet you before immigration holding a sign with your name on it. They will guide you through the immigration process and to baggage claim and take you out to your waiting private driver. You’ll spend your first night in downtown San Jose at the beautiful, new Hilton Garden Inn. Take a taxi to one of many delicious restaurants in the city (ask us for some of our personal favorites!).
Wake up early and get ready to fish! After a quick 30-minute flight, you’ll arrive in Tortuguero on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean Coast. Known primarily for incredible biodiversity and being one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites on the planet, Tortuguero is also home to phenomenal tarpon and snook fishing. After you check into your hotel, the beautiful Evergreen Lodge, you can eat a quick breakfast, use the restroom, and change before you head back to the main dock to board your private fishing boat for a full day of tarpon fishing. Our local expert guides boast 25+ years of experience and are regarded as the best tarpon guides in the country.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast and then head down to the dock for another full day of tarpon fishing. Being such a prized gamefish, tarpon are strictly catch and release. If you want to try and catch dinner you can target snook, snapper, kingfish, jacks, and mackerel. Light tackle freshwater fishing for exotic species like mojarra, machaca, and rainbow bass (guapote) is also an option.
Today you’ll fly from one corner of the country. Wake up to the rising sun on the Caribbean and watch it set on the Pacific. After two short flights and a quick stop in San Jose you’ll arrive in the popular Playa Tamarindo where you’ll stay at Esplendor Tamarindo. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, modern accommodations, and an infinity edge swim-up bar with ocean views.
Head into the deep blue Pacific Ocean for a full day of sport fishing. Offshore fishing with our local crews will give you a chance to catch marlin, sailfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, and the elusive (and delicious) wahoo. All billfish are strictly catch and release, but all others can be brought back to your hotel or local restaurant for dinner
Take a break from fishing and explore the volcanoes and rainforest that make Costa Rica so popular. Enjoy a full day combo tour into the Rincon de la Vieja National Park where you will go zip-lining, horseback riding, and enjoy mud baths and thermal hot springs.
Last day of fishing! Today it’ll be your choice if you wish to go offshore big game fishing again or if you’d like to try inshore and bottom fishing for different species using different techniques. The variety of inshore species include several types of snapper and grouper, jacks, mackerel, barracuda, and the big daddy of ’em all – the roosterfish.
Take a private ground transfer to Liberia Airport or a 55-minute domestic flight back to San Jose for your international flight home.
- Enjoy your first night in Costa Rica’s capital city with a view of the National Stadium
- Spend two days on the Caribbean Coast fishing for huge tarpon and snook
- Stay in a private treehouse with all meals included at the beautiful Evergreen Lodge
- Watch turtles laying eggs along the beach or baby turtles hatching in Tortuguero (seasonal)
- Wake up to a Caribbean sunrise and then watch the sun set on the Pacific
- Enjoy one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach towns, Playa Tamarindo
- Experience world-class offshore and inshore fishing just miles from Playa Tamarindo
Best for: Family, Couple, Group, Adventure
Bucket list experiences: rainforest, volcano, hot springs, beaches, wildlife, zip-lines, Tortuguero National Park, Playa Tamarindo, tarpon, snook, roosterfish, sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado
Accommodations & Location:
- Hilton Garden Inn, San Jose
- Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero
- Esplendor Tamarindo, Tamarindo
Every Central America Vacation itinerary includes 24/7 in-country support. We’re here with you every step of the way to insure the best experience possible, from the initial planning stages to the moment you’re on your flight home!