Boasting miles of unspoilt beaches along the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. As a tree frog, I prefer hanging out in the rainforest, but thousands of visitors come here every year to enjoy the clear azure waters off the Costa Rican coast. When I'm hopping through the jungle, I see all sorts of fascinating creatures, but the marine life that inhabits the oceans is just as exotic! If you're a keen angler, why not put your skills to the test on a sportfishing charter?
Costa Rica sportfishing tours are the ultimate in outdoor angling. The waters off the country's Pacific Coast are some of the most densely populated in the world, providing you with the perfect conditions to catch a live one. However, before you stow your gear and set sail, you'll need to decide whether you want to stick closer to shore or head further out into the great blue yonder.
There are two types of sportfishing expeditions - inshore and offshore. If you'd rather fish shallower waters, inshore trips are your best bet. However, if the idea of landing a 50-pound marlin gets you running for the nearest bait shop, you'll want to head offshore.
Should you choose to head further out, you'll have the chance to fish for some of Central America's largest species, including marlin, sailfish and wahoo. These fish are all renowned for their speed and agility, making them tough to catch. If you manage to land one of these big boys, you'll definitely earn bragging rights back on shore! In particular, sailfish are prized as game fish due to their lightning-quick movements. Here's a tip - even if you've never gone sportfishing before, don't call sailfish by their true name, as sportfishermen call them "billfish."
There are many excellent spots for sportfishing in Costa Rica, and you can set off from a variety of ports. The waters off Jaco and Playa Heromosa are perfect for sportfishing and a good marina is nearby at Los Sueños, and you can also depart from marinas at Tamarindo, Quepos, Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez and Golfito.
No matter where you choose to go, a sportfishing vacation in Costa Rica will be the thrill of a lifetime. Just don't forget to bring a camera - if you manage to land that 50-pound marlin, you'll want to be able to prove it!
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