The best tarpon fishing in Costa Rica is on the northeast Caribbean coast, an area accessed only by air or boat – no roads. There are three locations, the Rio Colorado, which is the largest river, and the most popular location, the Rio Parismina, a smaller river to the south, and Tortuguero located halfway between the two and famed for its turtle nesting beach and eco-tourism.
Tarpon trips are typically booked as all-inclusive (fishing, lodging, meals, and flight) and start with an early morning flight from San Jose to start the day’s fishing and end by flying back to San Jose the morning after the last days fishing.
The tarpon fishing is good year-round, but since the best action is in the Caribbean, sea conditions dictate when it is best to go, usually from March through September
RIO COLORADO LODGE
The world’s best tarpon and snook fishing are at Rio Colorado Lodge, built on the banks of the Colorado River, right at its mouth where it empties into the sea and where fishing is frequently the best. The whole complex is built on stilts, elevating it from the ground and is undercover, shielding it from the rain. Rooms are double roofed, providing a cooling, insulating effect for your comfort. Even the walkways and dock are roofed for your convenience. 18 comfortable rooms.
All have private baths, hot showers, electric fans, and daily maid service (we can also take care of your laundry). Meals are served family-style, all you care to eat, and the cuisine at the Rio Colorado Lodge has earned high praise from ardent fishermen from around the world. There is a comfortable recreation room with game tables, and you’ll find a new video room with satellite TV, telefax equipment, a very well stocked tackle shop and ample outdoor lounging areas, and a very interesting zoo. We have a fully stocked bar with drinks at reasonable prices. Our daily Happy Hour is from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. when all rum drinks and soft drinks are “on the house.”