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Fishing is superb in Lake Arenal. Rainbow bass, a member of the cichlid family, are especially prolific in the lake’s waters. Their tasty white meat and feisty nature make them a challenge – and a delight – to catch.
You’ll can also fish for machaca, mojarra and tilapia. You’ll split those days up with a few days of fishing in the exotic and wild Caño Negro Reserve. Here you’ll find snook, freshwater tarpon, and even alligator gar!
Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest – a total area of 33 sq. miles (85.5 square km) – and best known lake. It’s surrounded by incredible scenery – to the east you’ll see the towering Arenal Volcano. Also, rolling hills embrace the entire body of water. The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity created the lake and the nearby town for hydroelectric purposes.
There are also a lot of activities you can do at this fascinating spot. Boat tours, kayaking, sailboarding and windsurfing are among them.
Freshwater fishing Costa Rica includes:
- 4 full days of fishing in Lake Arenal, Cano Negro and Rio Frio.
- Exclusive Airport ‘Meet and Greet’ service. We’ll greet you off the plane and going through customs will be a breeze
- Private transfer to Arenal Kioro with an English-speaking driver
- 7 night lodging at Arenal Kioro*
- Tours with master angler.
- Private transfer back to San José Airport for your flight home
Lake Arenal has a strategic location, as it is minutes from La Fortuna, and less than a two-hour drive from Monteverde and Liberia. If you want to take in the spectacular scenery, you can arrive to Monteverde by boat.
This area is also booming with activity and biodiversity. You may go hiking, mountain biking or birdwatching. Or, if you’re exhausted from fishing, spend an entire day in the thermal waters. Life is hard in paradise!
*Package price range indicates luxury, moderate, or affordable lodging combinations.
"$$$$" signifies the value of more than $2,500 per person, "$$$" price range of $1,500 to $2,500, and "$$" price range of $1,000 to $1,500 per person, based on double occupancy.
You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.
DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica
Arrive into San José, Costa Rica and we’ll travel due 3 hours north to see Costa Rica’s most iconic volcano, Arenal. You’ll stay at the luxurious Arenal Kioro, which features its own thermal hot springs. Nothing feels better than soaking your bones in these therapeutic waters.
Day 2:Time for Freshwater Fishing Costa Rica!
Head out early with a master angler for an exciting day of bass fishing. He will take you to whatever corner of the 33-square-mile lake to fish.
Day 3: Untamed Waters
Drive 1.5 hours north into the jungle and the untamed waters of the Rio Frio and Cano Negro Reserve. Here you will big machaca, snook, freshwater tarpon, and even big alligator gar!
Day 4: Rappelling Waterfalls
Spend this day trying something different – rappelling down a canyon through waterfalls. This is an experience you will never forget!
Day 5: Caño Negro Monsters
Head back up to Caño Negro for one more day of fishing for freshwater monsters. Very few things can beat seeing a tarpon explode through a top-water lure in a narrow river.
Day 6: Last Day Fishing!
One last day of fishing! Fish near fallen trees and near the river mouths that empty into the lake. Look for big machaca or try to find a big rainbow bass to eat for dinner.
Day 7: Free Day
Admit it: you’re tired but you still don’t want to go back to work. Take this day off to sleep in and enjoy your last full day in Costa Rica. Explore the nearby town of La Fortuna on your own, and relax at the pool and hot springs.
Day 8: Head Home
We will pick you up and take you back to the San José Airport for your international flight home.
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Arenal Kioro offers fabulous accommodations with the best view of the Arenal Volcano in the entire country.« View Hotel »
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