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Costa Rica Surf Fishing

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13 hours ago, KG33 said:

Anywhere you can go that has good fishing but also nice resorts and night life? Going with family that just wants a fun vacation they don’t care about my fishing. You seem to really know Costa Rica. 

i always thought tamarindo was known for having a pretty hot nightlife scene with all the surf bros and associated females

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3 hours ago, michjacket said:

KG -

I just booked a trip for my family in Playa Coco during July. Where are you planning to stay?

Not even sure yet. Just starting to do the research now. Can go wherever I want as long as it’s not too hard to get too. I know the rest of my family won’t want to take a bunch transfers. By scanning this thread and a quick google search I did tamarindo seems like a good candidate. Going to read up a bit more on it. You ever been before?

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59 mins ago, gobigblue said:

i always thought tamarindo was known for having a pretty hot nightlife scene with all the surf bros and associated females

Good to know. Thanks. 

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4 hours ago, KG33 said:

Not even sure yet. Just starting to do the research now. Can go wherever I want as long as it’s not too hard to get too. I know the rest of my family won’t want to take a bunch transfers. By scanning this thread and a quick google search I did tamarindo seems like a good candidate. Going to read up a bit more on it. You ever been before?

I have been there.  If you want a lively area with good night life and plenty of ticas this is a good place.  If you have a rental car you should try playa grande right across the estuary.  Great vibe there and a little more low key and can be in tamarindo in 15 Mins. Can fly into Liberia airport for less of a transfer. Rental car is a must if you’re going all the way to Costa Rica.  There’s a lot to explore. 

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There’s a really large outcropping of rocks on the Playa Grande beach. Can’t  miss it. Fire some wood lures all around the north side of that. I had what was at least a 60 lb cubera snapper damn near bite my toes off when a wave washed my pencil popper to my feet. Also, plenty of jacks go ripping through there. 

 

Another move is to find in’s the rock fields at low tide, then fire darters over them at high tide. 

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One more thing- bring cheap gear and a back up set. That whole area is a protected park where you’re not supposed to fish. I hear they will take your gear. That said, I fished that whole area every day for two weeks and didn’t have a problem. 

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5 hours ago, yosco said:

Go to Tamarindo w the family.

Go to Jaco w friends w no morals.

Lol that’s the truth! That jaco is one seedy place.  

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Be careful anytime your wading..   lots of saltwater crocs  and cayman north and south....someone lost a foot there last year and almost died

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17 hours ago, KG33 said:

Not even sure yet. Just starting to do the research now. Can go wherever I want as long as it’s not too hard to get too. I know the rest of my family won’t want to take a bunch transfers. By scanning this thread and a quick google search I did tamarindo seems like a good candidate. Going to read up a bit more on it. You ever been before?

No this is our first CR trip. We stumbled upon Playas del Coco and it seemed like a good location.

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 1:33 AM, KG33 said:

Anywhere you can go that has good fishing but also nice resorts and night life? Going with family that just wants a fun vacation they don’t care about my fishing. You seem to really know Costa Rica. 

I'm not the best for identifying night life locations. The wife and I have been married for 28 years and very rarely go to a bar, even when on vacation. Gobigblue's suggestion of Tamarindo is pretty good.

 

Jaco, on the Pacific coast, has more night life than the other towns we have visited. There are casinos, bars, plenty of shopping and Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park are a short drive away. Jaco is known for its surfing, the surf is quite ruff so swimming in Jaco isn't the greatest and can sometimes be downright dangerous, but there are a few calmer beaches within a short drive north at Playa Herradura. Fishing the rocky areas to the north and south are pretty good. There is also a small river that enters the north end of the beach and it has a small cove behind the beach with a deep channel to the ocean, I have caught a number of fish in the channel and the cove, mostly grunts and trash fish, but I'm told bigger fish do come in there. I have not been able to surf cast Jaco, the water is too ruff, I can't hold bottom and lures are almost impossible to fish there as well. Great charters can be taken from the marina on the north end of Playa Herradura. If you have the time and money I would suggest at least a full day offshore charter for billfish and a half day inshore charter for big jacks and Roosterfish.

 

Sorry it took so long to respond. I haven't been online in a while.

 

 

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On ‎4‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 9:47 AM, michjacket said:

No this is our first CR trip. We stumbled upon Playas del Coco and it seemed like a good location.

We always spend some of our stay in Playa Hermosa which is just north of Playa Coco. We prefer the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica the most. The surf is calmer than in the south, so snorkeling is great. Also the tour company we like the best in CR (Mardigi Tours) is centered near Liberia and services the northern resorts areas.

 

Playa Coco has the only bait and tackle shop I know of in Costa Rica. It's called Coco's Fishing Supply right near the Hard Rock Café.

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3 hours ago, Trainman327 said:

We always spend some of our stay in Playa Hermosa which is just north of Playa Coco. We prefer the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica the most. The surf is calmer than in the south, so snorkeling is great. Also the tour company we like the best in CR (Mardigi Tours) is centered near Liberia and services the northern resorts areas.

 

Playa Coco has the only bait and tackle shop I know of in Costa Rica. It's called Coco's Fishing Supply right near the Hard Rock Café.

Thanks for the info!

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