Crocodile Bay Lodge Costa Rica


Trip Details

Costa Rica Fishing at Crocodile Bay Lodge

Not only is billfishing sensational, in Costa Rica's cobalt offshore waters, but the 30-mile long, 15 mile wide Golfo Dulce also offers some of the best inshore fishing action in Costa Rica. More than 40 IGFA world records have been established in the area. Crocodile Bay's 34-vessel fleet includes five 33-foot Strike Fishers and one 35-foot owners Strike. The rest of the fleet is composed of 27' Boston Whalers, Pathfinders, Champions, Bulldogs and 17-foot backcountry flat boats to work the estuaries and rivers inshore. Several major rivers wind through the mangroves and dump rich nutrients into the gulf.  It is the dance of the sailfish and the lightning speed of the marlin that that attract most anglers to the Osa Peninsula. It is not uncommon to raise more than 20 billfish in a days fishing. Most dorado coming to the dock have been over 30 lbs with Tuna always plentiful. You can likely catch a billfish any day of the year, with January through April the top months for marlin and sailfish along this region of the southern coast. Football-size tuna are almost always present and sometimes those that top out at 300 pounds.

Trip Duration

4 nights / 3 days fishing

2012 Season Rates

$2,895 per person (double occupancy - 2 per boat), plus airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica

Deposit Amount

$1,000 per person. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival date.

Package Includes

  • Lodging at Crocodile Bay Lodge (double occupancy)

  • Fishing boat with fuel and guide

  • Fishing tackle

  • All meals at the lodge including local liquor, beer, wine and soft drinks 

  • Full days guided fishing 

  • Daily maid service

  • Costa Rica Fishing License

Not Included

  • International airfare, meals in San Jose, airport departure tax and gratuities. All rates are per-person, double occupancy unless noted otherwise. Passport: For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. citizens must present valid passports that will not expire for at least six months after arrival, and a roundtrip/outbound ticket

  • A transfer fee of $400 per person is NOT included in these rates and can be added to your package. The transfer fee includes inbound night lodging at The Doubletree Hilton Cariari or Sleep-Inn Hotel in San Jose, (double occupancy), ground transfers between airports and hotels, & scheduled round trip domestic air transportation between San Jose and the resort.

  • Tips – Gratuities for guides and staff

  • A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required within 10 days of the reservation request. The balance is due 90 days prior to scheduled arrival at Crocodile Bay Resort. A refund of the deposit less a handling fee of $150 per person will be returned if written notice of cancellation is received by Crocodile Bay Resort at least 90 days prior to scheduled arrival. There will be no refund of any monies for “no shows” or cancellations received less than 90 days prior to arrival  


Marlin — The "lady in the blue dress" or Blue Marlin is the most common of our Marlins and cruise our cobalt waters all year. They peak in November and December as well as March and April. Sailfish —  year round when a half dozen are common any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase and days of 12 fish or more are common. Dorado — Any day of the year, common January through may and very abundant November and December. Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys, those 100 to 300 pounds can test your back any day of the year if you are lucky enough to come across a school of porpoises offshore. The big Tuna swim with them and the feed on the same baitfish. "football size tunas hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December. No wonder the Marlin peak at the same time. Wahoo — a Wahoo can surprise you any day of the year but are not common in this area.  

Available Dates

We are now accepting reservations for the 2012 / 2013 season. Contact us for available dates. We recommend that you book early to get the dates you want.


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