SuperSix

Going to Costa Rica or Nicaragua, need suggestions and advice!

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Hey guys, so my pain in the ass girlfriend is trying to book a trip to visit the Pacific coast of either Costa Rica or Nicaragua in the end of November to early December, which I'm told is the transition from the wet to the dry season. Naturally, I told her that where we go is going to depend on the fishing opportunities there, but I know very little about these regions. 

 

So my question is, which area would anyone recommend, bearing in mind that I want to catch fish I can target without a boat, maybe some bonefish on the flats, or roosterfish would be very exciting too. I surf as well, so that's going to be a factor all the same.  

 

Does anyone have any advice or local knowledge to lend some good recommendations on where to go?

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Spent 10 days there loved it didnt fish but had great time, Fly into Libera,Guncaste area ,we stayed at Playa Flamingo,small place Non Commercial had to look for Gifts ,eat locally out in  Town drink local water,Hired a Van w driver/guide all day $100.00,give a tip so120.00 all day, Hotel will have tours if enough sign up Beach was deserted seen a couple of Panaga boats not far off shore

 

Very friendly, clean, no graffiti litter,dont get in hurry to go any where as roads narrow and they still have cattle drives that use the Highway.

Save room for some coffee to Bring Back (Brit) ' Go to Bank get exit tax form before going to airport going home

Suggest you contact Travel agent ,(travel authority) we avoided large Hotels Playa Flamingo had 150 room,and a small casino open in evening,water front dinning .

December big tourist time so prices higher ,i  would not get an all inclusive as you may be off some where and miss a meal you have paid for get Breakfast and then pay for your dinner Dinner, fresh fruit at Breakfast was fantastic , out in small town had lunch couple local places 

Our agent now Going to Playa Riu ?? (to Big for us) you have no way but to enjoy the trip  Al

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Stayed at Secrets Papagayo in September and LOVED it.  Fishing charters available right on the beach, just do some research beforehand.  Did a half day, caught red snapper, porgys, mackerel, bonitas, groupers, etc.  Didn't take a rod myself, but had fish breaking within casting range off the beach almost every morning, and saw a school of snook right in the wash one afternoon.  Coastline is rocky and very fishy looking.  Any sort of spoon or even a pencil popper should work for you off the beach.  Resort was excellent, food was excellent, people were excellent.  Secrets is all-inclusive, which I would recommend.  All you can eat and drink, alcohol included.  Good luck!

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I have surfed the summers in Costa Rica and taken a few fall and winter trips there as well.  You should check out the Anywhere Costa Rica website (now it looks like the best one is Vacations Costa Rica) and it will give you the seasons by region.  Most people go there for sailfish or  roosterfish on the Pacific or tarpon on the Caribbean.  In Guanacaste the sailfish season is around August and in central and southern Costa Rica the sailfish season is December through March.  I am certain that there are other great times to go, I think B Horsley just posted a trip report to the FADs but seems fairly specialized.

 

So, with all that fishing from a boat info out of  the way, I would say you should check out Tamarindo.  Its a little town that has a bunch to do.  There are some good surf spots and the tamarindo river mouth and witches rock both work on a NW winter swell.  It will be offshore all day in the winter months (I think).  You should be aware that there are crocodiles in the river but they don't usually bother people.  I used to paddle across the river mouth until I saw one of these crocodiles on the bank.  If it's cost that you are concerned with there is a guy Pedro who can take you out for 4 hours for about $250.  His usual program in December is to troll for little 3-5 lb tuna.  We did get close to a beach and I hooked up with little rooster.  If I were going down there outside of the August sailfish season I would see if you could get him to cruise you around all of the rocks and see if you could hook up with a rooster or jack.

 

With regard to shore fishing, there are some rocks at the southside of Tamarindo and I saw two guys casting flies out there.  I would look at a map and see how long it takes to get to any rocky spots.  Probably Langosta, one town south would be a good spot to check out.  I have heard stories of good snook fishing on the pacific.  I don't know anything about it could be worth some research.

 

 

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5 hours ago, SuperSix said:

Al, are you talking about Costa Rica or Nicaragua?

Costa Rica (Guanacaste area, Playa Flamingo on Pacific side ) ,which is not far from Nicaragua,we were about a 45  50  minute ride from Liberia (airport)  

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