COSTA RICA - QUEPOS

Location

Quepos is located less than 100 miles from San Jose, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

The Fishing

The Quepos area is world renowned as a "must fish" destination and there are several compelling factors that make this such a great place to fish. The optimal time to come is December through April, when the weather is nice and the sea is calm. Guests frequently comment on how surprised they were at how flat and tranquil the Pacific Ocean is off the coat of Costa Rica during the winter months. There are stretches during the season when this beautiful cobalt blue body of water scarcely has a ripple on it. This means that 25 miles runs are done in the blink of an eye and the flexibility that this allows the boats in terms of getting to wherever the fish are, without dealing with rough seas, is a real plus. Another great aspect to this fishery is the outstanding diversity of species that can be caught in the waters off Quepos. Guests can expect to target sailfish, roosterfish, snappers (pargo), wahoo, marlin, tuna, dorado, grouper, and snook. The sailfishing in particular is excellent and this is an outstanding location for those who are looking to land their first sail on the fly. Guests can do either inshore days or head offshore, depending on what they are most interested in chasing that day? Inshore the targeted species are rooster fish up to 65 pounds, pargo, jacks and grouper. Offshore, it's a steady diet of sailfish, tuna, wahoo, marlin and dorado.

The methods used for fishing include, trolling lures, fishing with live bait and fly fishing. Not all boats and skippers are comfortable with guests throwing flies so please let us know if fly fishing is part of your plan so that we can secure the right captain and boat for your trip. While the fishing takes place out of the Quepos Harbour, guests stay in the town of Manuel Antonio, which is situated about a 7 minute taxi ride away. Manuel Antonios is a great little town with lots of lively bars and restaurants and a fabulous beach that draws people from around the world. If socializing is an important part of your fishing trip, you will enjoy some of the best restaurants and numerous watering holes on your trip to Quepos.

Fly and Spin welcome!


Trip Information

Documents Required

A valid passport that does not expire for at least 30 days from your departure from Costa Rica.

Boats and Equipment

26 foot center consoles powered with single and twin 4-strokes and the larger, 31 and 32 foot boats with twin-diesel engines, fighting chairs and marine heads (a good idea if ladies are coming).

Species

sailfish, rooster fish, blue marlin, tuna, dorado, grouper, snapper, jack crevelle

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Season

December through April

Capacity

26 anglers

Accommodations

We base our guests out of a hotel called Villas Mymosas. This is our favorite location to fish from when staying in this area as it has all the facilities needed to make the stay a comfortable one. The hotel has a pool, air-conditioning, cable TV, restaurant and bar and is ideally situated between the town of Manuel Antonio and Quepos boat docks (about 5 minutes in either direction.) Each of the suites has two comfortable beds, along with a functioning kitchen with fridge and a large sitting area with couches. There is plenty of storage space and large a large closet for clothes and gear. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and meals are prepared right in front of guests in an open kitchen format. The chef has been formally trained and his culinary skills are exceptional! Breakfast is served at 6 am on the days that guests fish and the taxi is waiting at 6:45 am for the short ride down to the boat dock.

Getting There

Guests will fly into the capital city of San Jose where you will be met by a Flytreks representative as soon as you've cleared customs. You will then be driven into downtown San Jose where you will spend the night at the Sleep Inn located in the heart of San Jose's entertainment district. The next morning our driver will pick you up in the lobby of the hotel and drive you to the domestic air terminal which is located just down the street from the International Airport. The 30 minute flight from San Jose to Quepos is a breathtaking flight over the western mountain range. The scenery is stunning! Upon arrival in Quepos, a taxi will take guests directly from the airstrip to the hotel in Manuel Antonio for check-in. The rest of the day is open for relaxing or exploring.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs in San Pedro
  • Round trip taxi service from the San Jose International Airport to your downtown hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in the downtown San Jose entertainment district (double occupancy)
  • Round trip airfare from San Jose to Quepos
  • Round trip taxi service from the Quepos Airstrip to the hotel in Manuel Antonio
  • 7 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast each day
  • Lunch and drinks on board each day
  • 5 days of guided charter service on either a 32 or 26 foot charter boat
  • All conventional fishing gear and tackle
  • All applicable hotel taxes

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to San Pedro
  • Dinner in San Jose on arrival night
  • $25 US sport fishing license (to be purchased at the pier on the first morning)
  • Alcohol
  • Dinners in Manuel Antonio
  • Gratuities
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline

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