Not just a Mecca for surfing,
Tamarindo fishing is another huge draw for this popular tourist
However, the numerous other attractions make Tamarindo
the perfect place for a family fishing vacation since fishermen and
non-fishermen will both be satisfied.
Tamarindo is the base for numerous fishing charters in the
Northwest region of Costa Rica. The charter boats here roam the waters
south along the Nicoya Peninsula and north into the productive Gulf
of Papagayo in Guanacaste. In this region both inshore and offshore
fishing are fantastic.
One of the unique things about fishing in Tamarindo, and the
/ Papagayo area in general, is that along this portion of coastline
the continental shelf descends very near to shore.
In fact, the continental shelf drop-off can be reached in just 40
minutes. This is a good thing because it means that you don't have
to head very far offshore to start getting into deep water, the
territory of offshore species like Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Black
Inshore fishing is still great though, with plenty of Dorado,
Yellowfin tuna, and Roosterfish. There is also good bottom fishing
in this region for Grouper and Snapper.
While every type of fish mentioned above can be caught at any
time of year on a Tamarindo fishing trip, certain times of year are
typically better than others.
Tamarindo Fishing Seasons by Species
- Sailfish: The best months are from May through August.
Bites are least frequent from late August throught November.
- Marlin: Blue marlin are more common than black marlin,
and the best time of year is from the middle of November to the
beginning of March. Another peak time is from early June to the end
of August or beginning of September.
- Dorado (Mahi mahi): Late May through October is the best
time of year for this tasty fish, during the rainy season when
debris is being carried out to sea by the rivers. Dorado like to
swim beneath floating debris, like logs and rafts of junk.
- Roosterfish: This fish can be caught year round in the
Gulf of Papagayo, depending on the water conditions. However
November through March are the most productive months. The Bat
Islands are a hot spot for this fish (and a great diving
- Tuna: August through October is the best time for
Yellowfin, with the waters between Tamarindo and the Catalina
Islands being the best spot, an area less than thirty minutes from
- Wahoo: The bite for wahoo is around the rainy season,
like Dorado, starting in mid-May, with peak season from July
through August. They're often caught around rocky marine topography
like the Catalina and Bat Islands, but in season they can be found
Tamarindo Fishing Charter Companies
The majority of sport fishing charter companies don't have offices
in town, so it pays to do some research and make some calls before
you arrive in town. Here's a list of some of the most popular