Tarpon of Tortuguero

Fish for the Mighty Tarpon in Costa Rica.

Head out with one of the best tarpon guides in the entire country as you spend a week chasing the ‘silver king.’ You’ll spend the week in the small town of Tortuguero, located the remote Barra de Colorado Wildlife Refuge along Costa Rica’s northeastern Caribbean Coast. Enjoy fishing the fresh water canals, river mouth, and Caribbean Sea for our mammoth tarpon. Tarpon here average 100 lbs and not uncommon to get up to 200 lbs.


*Prices reflect our best approximation of low and high season rates and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us. The rates listed here, are per person, double occupancy accommodation and include taxes, domestic transport, tours and hotels as described, unless otherwise indicated. Price does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.

Day 1: Fly into San Jose, Costa Rica where you will be met inside the airport and taken to your waiting private transfer. You’ll spend your first night here in the capital city at the beautiful Grano de Oro Hotel. Located downtown, this converted Victorian Mansion is one of San Jose’s most exclusive hotels. A first class restaurant, luxurious accommodations, and roof top jacuzzi make this the perfect place to spend your first night in Costa Rica.

Day 2: You will be picked early in the morning to start your journey to Tortuguero on the remote northeastern Caribbean Coast. You’ll travel by van for three hours and then switch to a covered boat to finish your trek with a one hour ride through the canals until you reach Tortuguero. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, caimantoucans, and manatee that all find refuge in the national park. Once you arrive you’ll settle into the area’s nicest hotel, the Hotel Manatus. With just 16 rooms total, this is the only luxury hotel that features AC, hardwood floors, private baths with hot showers, a great pool, and an à la carte menu.

Day 3: You’ll head out for your first day of tarpon fishing with our local guide, Elvin, on his 22’ White Dove. Better known as Primo, he is one of the best tarpon guides in the entire country. Primo grew up in the area and has been fishing for over 20 years so he will put you on the fish and have a great time doing it. Troll, sight cast, or jig your way to tarpon bliss.

Day 4: Head out for another full day of tarpon where it is not uncommon to get double digit tarpon hook ups in a day. Depending on weather and sea conditions you can use this day to fish the freshwater canals for snook, snapper, machaca, rainbow bass, and even alligator gar. As the boat is entirely yours for the day you can even spend the morning in the canals and then spend
the afternoon out on the ocean or vice versa.

Day 5: Take a day off from fishing to rest your muscles and see what else this exotic location has to offer. Take a guided tour of the fresh water canals to see the local fauna including monkey, crocodiles, toucans, snakes, and if you are really fortunate manatee or jaguars. Tortuguero is better known as a one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting sites, so if the season is right you can take a guided tour to the beach to see them either laying their eggs or the babies hatching and making their way down to the ocean.

Day 6: Last day of fishing! If you have caught your fill of tarpon try to land a snook so the Manatus Hotel can make you some fresh ceviche. Other species found in these waters are kingfish, jacks, snapper, and even sharks!

Day 7: You will board an early morning flight to return from Tortuguero back to San Jose and then take a short shuttle to the international airport for your flight home – sore muscles and all.


This package includes these hotels:

  • Grano de Oro

    Grano de Oro

    Nothing can beat the intimate atmosphere of a boutique hotel and Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis and sanctuary in the heart of a bustling city. Converted from a Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home.

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  • Manatus

    Manatus

    This new, exclusive hotel is located along the main water channel in the Tortuguero National Park, on the North Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The comfortable, extraordinarily tranquil atmosphere of the Boutique Hotel Manatus will put you...

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No additional tours besides fishing.


Ideal for catching:

  • Rainbow Bass

    Rainbow Bass are part of the cichlid family, which includes oscars, wrasse, angel fish, the closely related peacock bass. Better known as ‘guapote’ here in Costa Rica, they are the main target of freshwater anglers. « Read more about Rainbow Bass »
  • Tarpon

    Tarpon are found in shallow, warm tropical waters in the Atlantic ocean from the Caribbean to the coast of Africa. This prehistoric fish dates back to the time of dinosaurs, and in our opinion are one of the most unique and exciting game fish in... « Read more about Tarpon »
  • Snook

    Snook are found literally all over Costa Rica – from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Coast to the inland rivers and lagoons. They are typically found near shore, in brackish estuaries, or even in fresh water rivers depending on the time of... « Read more about Snook »
  • Snapper

    Snapper are found in the Pacific Ocean from Southern California to Peru and in tropical and temperate waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The number of different snapper species numbers well into the double digits, but the ones we are most concerned... « Read more about Snapper »

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