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Drake Bay, Mata Palo, Puerto Jimenez &
Golfito Sports Fishing

Vast tropical jungles, abundant wildlife and incredible marine diversity characterize the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica.

The Southern Pacific coast is famous for it’s natural diversity, world class sports fishing, endless beaches, scuba diving, ancient stone spheres and maybe one of the best surf spots on the planet.

This area is one of Costa Rica’s final frontiers. The Osa Peninsula, Talamanca Mountain Range and Golfo Dulce are the premier natural wonders in this area.

The Southern Pacific region remains virtually untouched by large scale tourism. There are a handful of fabulous destinations and tour operators throughout the region.

Sierpe, Drake Bay, Golfito, Zancudo and Pavones are the main towns in the area and there are a variety of activities, hotels and restaurants to choose from. Golfito is the largest city in the area and because of the small airport, most Southern Pacific vacations begin there.

The drive to the Southern Region of Costa Rica takes about 8 hours. The road is in good condition but most people save time by taking a local flight from San Jose to Golfito. Taxi’s, buses, rental cars and tour guides are readily available in the Southern Pacific area. The roads in the region have undergone improvements in the past few years. There are a few roads that require 4-wheel drive during the rainy season.

Golfito is the largest town on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast, but there are about a half a dozen Sport Fishing operators scattered between Drake Bay, Golfo Dulce, Golfito, Puerto Jimenez, and Zancudo Beach.

The Southern Pacific is famous for its incredible inshore fishing. The really big Snapper and Roosterfish are consistently caught here every year. The Southern Pacific, like the rest of the Pacific Coast has excellent offshore fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo.

Thanks for your time,

Jerry “bubba” Hallstrom
Costa Rica Fishing Report

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Fishing Species and Seasons

The bite is good year round and this region is known for it’s giant Roosterfish and giant Amberjack. Fish live bait or cast poppers and hold on because they hit like a freight train. These hard hitting Jacks are one my favorite and if you want to catch a big Roosterfish this is the place to go. more...

The Snapper bite is good year round. There are several different species of Snapper on the Pacific Coast. The Southern Pacific is famous for its huge Cubera Snapper. Cubera Snappers in the 50 to 80 pound range are common. Fish the rocks, reefs and rivers mouths with live bait or poppers. The Snapper fishing is good along the entire Pacific Coast. more...

The Sailfish bite is above average year round. When the fishing is good, boats can average 20-30 Sailfish a day. When the fishing is slow, boats can average 5- 10 fish per day. The best months are normally December through March. The Sailfish bite can slow a bit from April through June but usually picks back up in July and peaks in August and September. more..

Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and the occasional Stripped Marlin can be caught anytime if the water temperature is right. The peak months are normally August, September, November and December. Many operators will fish the drop off outside the Matapalo Cape and those that target Marlin will usually catch fish. more...

Yellowfin Tuna are caught throughout the year on the Southern Pacific coast. The best Tuna fishing normally corresponds with best Marlin and Sailfish seasons. Schools of 12-20 pound Tuna are common, frequented by groups in the 40-60 pound range and every year there are plenty of 200 pounders caught. more...

The Dorado fishing is above average year round. May through October are normally the best months when the seasonal rains flood the rivers and wash out debris that forms trash lines inshore, the Dorado use these trash lines as cover. The rest of the year, the bigger Dorado are further offshore in the blue water, 30 to 50 pound Dorado are very common. more...

Wahoo can be a pleasant surprise anytime of the year. Wahoo are not abundant in this area but can be caught trolling offshore or fishing around the structure near the Matapalo Cape. more...

Snook are usually caught trolling or casting near the many river mouths that run into the Pacific Ocean. There are a lot of 20 to 40 pound Snook caught every year. The locals have known about these big Snook for years, now a few of the smaller charter boats are targeting them. There is a good Snook bite inside the Zancudo Peninsula and at the mouth of the Esquinas River.. more...

Map of Southern Pacific Costa Rica


Local Pangas 25 ft
25 ft
Sons of Blarney
28 ft
27 ft
Hoo’s Up
28 ft
Mi Bruja
30 ft
Miss Behavin
32 ft
Sea quester
32 ft
R&J 33 ft
35 ft
Hoo’s your Daddy
Estrella de Mar
38 ft
38 ft
Tres Amigos
38 ft
38 ft
Hot Reels
40 ft
Super Fly 42 ft
The Bite
42 ft
Spanish Fly
42 ft
Marlin Mujer
48 ft
55 ft
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BIRD WATCHING: Basically everywhere but specific tours are available for the serious Bird lover.
BUNGEE JUMPING: Available at several places – lots of fun, a little scary.
CANOPY TOURS: Available all over Costa Rica. Everyone loves the Canopy Tours.
CASINO / NIGHTLIFE: Casinos and Nightlife are available in most of the popular towns.
CROCODILE TOUR: Day Tour available in several places.

DOLPHIN / WHALE WATCHING: Dolphins are usually everywhere plus we do see the occasional whale.
HORSEBACK RIDING: Available in most places, who hasn’t wanted to ride a horse on a beach.
HOT SPRINGS / SPA: Available only in a few places, the best in romantic and relaxing getaways.
KAYAKING: Available in several places, white water or ocean kayaks – cheap water fun.
LAKE FISHING: Fish for the Guapote (Central American Bass) at Lake Arenal and Lake Nicaragua, great fighters on light tackle.
MOTORCYCLE / QUAD RENTAL: Available in several places, great fun, wear your helmet.
NATIONAL PARKS: Available in most areas, great tours, see wildlife and beautiful scenery.

PARAGLIDING: Available in a few places…try it if you get a chance…a few moments of panic followed by the best ride of your life.
RIVER FISHING: Fly fish for Trout in the high mountain streams, fish the jungle rivers for giant Tarpon and Snook.
SHOPPING: Available everywhere, take home some souvenirs and coffee
SURF / BOOGIE BOARD: Available in the most popular towns, what the hell…give it a shot.

TURTLE WATCHING: Available only at certain times and certain places but for some the thrill of a lifetime.

VOLCANO TOUR: Available almost everywhere, good family trip.
WHITE WATER RAFTING: Scenic and serene beauty followed by wet and wild adrenalin rush.
WINDSURFING: Available at a few places, Lake Arenal is famous for its windsurfing

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