Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a small country that boast a very diverse landscape and climate. Indeed, it is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and is divided into twenty national parks, eight biological reserves and a series of protected areas that captivate eco-lovers, making it an ideal destination for non-fishing holidays, be they spent exploring the mountains and volcanoes, the rainforest or just sitting on the beach. From large hotels complete with spas, multiple pools and a variety of restaurants to small, more intimate boutiques there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from.
But Costa Rica also has an abundance of great fishing. On the west coast, the two most popular areas are Quepos on the central Pacific coast and the Flamingo Bay area on the north-west coast in Guanacaste province. Both towns are a short flight of less than an hour from the country's two major airports. In Quepos, December to the end of April is the best time for sailfish, yellowfin tuna and dorado, with marlin from July to September, and often October to December can provide great action as well. Inshore species such as roosterfish, grouper, jacks and snapper are present year round. In Flamingo, the best time to fish has historically been June to August, however September and October can be great for yellowfin tuna in the 200-lb plus range with opportunities for sailfish and marlin as well. Around the Catalinas and Bat islands, inshore species such as roosterfish, snapper, grouper, Spanish mackerel and others are year-round targets and great fun on a fly or light tackle.
Across the country on its east coast you will find the Caribbean Sea, and the estuaries and rivers are famous for their tarpon nurseries that offer, at certain times of the year, the chance to catch a monster fish.