Tamarindo Sportfishing Information
Located on the northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Tamarindo Beach is well known as one of the foremost destinations for world-class sportfishing. With the dropoff of the continental shelf beginning just 9 miles offshore, Tamarindo enjoys extremely close access to deep bluewater fishing and is a pivotal jumping off point for fishing broad regions of these coastal waters. Inshore or offshore, you’re in the right place for a super Costa Rica sportfishing experience!
On the Beach
Because Tamarindo is situated in the middle of the Las Baulas National Marine Park, there is no public dock. Sportfishing boats are maintained on moorings a short distance from the beach, and fishing operations use skiffs or dinghies to ferry crew, fuel, supplies, and customers from the beach to the boats.
You will meet for your fishing charter on the beach in Tamarindo in front of restaurant El Chiringuito:
There are no offices or desks here on the beach; some operations will have some sort of a portable sign for their company, but some operations will just have a host waiting on the beach to meet customers. If you don’t see your operator when you arrive, don’t hesitate to ask anyone standing around; someone should be able to direct you.
What to Bring
All fishing charter boats will be supplied with fuel, tackle, bait, ice, soft drinks, beer, water, fruit, snacks, and other supplies. You should bring sunscreen (a must at this latitude!) and perhaps a hat, shoes, sunglasses, and some cash for a tip for your crew (a minimum 10% gratuity is common practice on charters). If you or a member of your party has a tendency towards seasickness, you will have to bring your own medication, as boats do not carry this on board.
*IMPORTANT* Fishing Licenses are required on all sportfishing charters. Licenses can be purchased online from the Costa Rican Institute for Fishing and Aquaculture, INCOPESCA. We have posted an illustrated guide to using the INCOPESCA license purchase page, as the checkout process can be confusing. If you have any trouble successfully purchasing your license, reach out to us and we’ll be happy t0 help from this end.
Common Local Fish Species
There are a great number of fish species in Costa Rica and on either an inshore trip or offshore trip it is quite common to see and possibly hook and catch some of these common local species:
What are they catching right now?
If you want to see what’s happening currently with the fishing scene in Tamarindo, check out our daily fishing report here: Tamarindo Fishing Report
The Pacific Ocean in front of Tamarindo is vibrant with marine life and if you are out on the ocean for any time at all you stand a great chance to see a lot more than the fish you are hoping to catch. It is very common to see a good number of bird species such as gulls, booby birds, shearwaters, and frigate birds, as well as different types of dolphins such as spinners, bottlenose, spotted, and Pacific common dolphins, and also sea turtles like the olive ridley, green, and giant leatherback. Whales are not an uncommon sight, especially pilot whales and humpback whales.