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The fertile fishing grounds of the Gulf of Papagayo provide year round action for approximately 25 varieties of sport fish. Although most famous for its sail fishing from April through September, these same waters produce great marling catches almost every month of the year. For blue marlin, these waters are considered some of the finest in the world. Seen year round, most catches are made during December, January, February, March and April. The rare striped marlin is also occasionally caught in Costa Rica waters.

Sails are caught year-round, averaging 1 to 2 sails raised per day from October through March. Ocotal boat crews are experienced to assist light tackle and fly fishermen challenge these 100 pound plus fish.

Apart from billfish, probably the most sought after prey for the sport fishermen is the roosterfish. More trophy-size roosters are taken from waters around Ocotal than any place in the world. Taken on live bait, 40 to 60 pound roosters, taken with certainty all year round.

Accommodations consist of 58 deluxe rooms and 3 VIP Suites, king or two queen beds, ceiling fan, refrigerator, coffee maker, color satellite TV. and telephone. Each one has its own terrace overlooking the blue Pacific where you can enjoy room service from the lodge’s gourmet restaurant menu.

The original 12 rooms are located in 6 duplex bungalows stepped into the hillside down to the water’s edge. Two wings of rooms set in a cliff above the sea with dramatic views of the entire Gulf of Papagayo to the horizon. This area has his own Jacuzzi, sunning area and swimming pool.

Another wing of 18 rooms and 2 suites are located right on the sand of the lodge’s beach. There is another fresh water swimming pool in this area and the tennis court is within steps. The lobby and restaurant sitting atop a knoll surrounded by water on three sides with the lodge’s third swimming pool below is regarded as one of Costa Rica’s most picturesque spots.

All rooms have Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Cable tv, Telephone with direct international access, Coffee maker, Alarm clock, Safety deposit box, Hair dryer, Hot water, Private terrace or balcony, and a wonderful Ocean view.

Ocotal Resort beach is a calm sandy beach about 1/3-mile in length and ideal for swimming and beach activities. Although many visitors come to this lodge for its world class sportfishing, exciting scuba diving and surfing, other activities like tennis are available for guests. This is the perfect place to just relax and enjoy the quiet easy going pace of this semi-isolated area.

Three twin diesel 32 ft. sportfishing cruisers, with 12 ft. beams and a comfortable clear fishing area, make up what is Costa Rica’s most experienced and professional fleet. Boats are outfitted with shade top, flying bridge, outriggers, cabins with heads, and light to heavy Penn International trolling rods and reels for novice or the most experienced fisherman.

Crews are both professional and accommodating, loaded with a lifetime of local fishing knowledge, but eager and willing to try new different techniques. All captains have knowledge of English, especially with regards to their trade.

The Gulf of Papagayo offers outstanding fishing year around for sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, tuna, dolphin and over 25 other varieties of sport fish. At approximately 20 knot cruising speed, it is a 1 hour run to either of the two most important fishing grounds; bat islands or offshore.

Ocotal believes strongly in the preservation of our fishing resources and encourages all bill fish and non-edible catches to be released Our crews are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in how to correctly release fish to ensure the highest probability of survival.

We ask the cooperation and participation of our fishing guests to aid our efforts to preserve these magnificent marine creatures.

Enjoy the Best Costa Rica SportFishing!

Trip Rates

Example Rates – subject to change by operator (per person)

Peak Season: May through August

Party Size4 nights 3 days fishing5 nights 4 days fishing
1 Person$3,165.00$4,137.00
2 Persons$1,671.00$2,180.00
3 Persons$1,026.00$1,343.00

January 3 through April 30

September 30 through January 2

Party Size4 nights 3 days fishing5 nights 4 days fishing
1 Person$2,963.00$3,856.00
2 Persons$1,530.00$1,990.00
3 Persons$907.00$1,184.00
Rates include: airport transfers between Liberia and Ocotal, accommodations at Ocotal Beach Resort, breakfast, box lunch, sportfishing, conventional tackle, fighting chair, ice, fuel, bait, captain, mate, soft drinks and beer on boat, approximately 8 hours of fishing per day and all taxes.
Not Included: Fishing license ($24.00 per person – valid for 1 year), bar bill, and tips to crew. A Fishing day starts at 6:15 a.m. with breakfast on the picturesque terrace of Restaurante Roca Bruja, overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. Boats are ready to depart at 7:00 a.m. The eight-hour day generally includes a one-hour run time and 6 hours of fishing.

2008 Additional Rates

(per person)

Extra day fishing, 32ft. Cruiser, max. 4 people:

April 16 to August 31: $890.00

All other times of year: $765.00

Boat dives (2 tanks, weights, guide and snacks)  $75.00

Night dive (1 tank, weights, guide, boat and crew)  $55.00

Arenal Volcano Tour  $132.00

Corobici River float trip  $110.00

Los Inocentes Horseback Riding  $132.00

Monteverde Cloud Forest  $154.00

Nuevo Colon Canpoy tour  (half day), $66.00

Horseback Riding (half day)  $78.00

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