The Rio Colorado Lodge is located on the North Atlantic coast of Costa Rica, approximately 18 miles south of the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border.

The Fishing

The fishing at the Rio Colorado Lodge focuses on Tarpon and Snook. The Tarpon can be found in either the river and or out in the ocean. The Tarpon may be rolling up on the surface or can be found 8-15 feet down. The Snook fishing is done primarily in the river, however, large Snook can be found just outside the river mouths, lurking in the ocean breakers. November and December are the optimal months for snook in the 8-12 pound range. The best Tarpon fishing runs from November through April and the average sized silver king runs from 60 to 120 pounds. There are other species available in the river and lagoons, so if you'd like to spend a day fishing the back country, just let your guide know the day before so he can plan the following day accordingly. Because of the proximity of the lodge to a myriad of lagoons and small tributaries running off the main part of the river, the back country fishing is easily accessed by boat and provides a great change of pace from chasing big Tarpon. The back country scenery is spectacular and species such as Guapote, Machaca, Roncador and Mojarra, can all be caught in this lush, pristine environment.

The fishing day at the lodge is broken down into morning and afternoon sessions. The first session begins at 7-7:30 am depending on guest motivation (if you are ready to go right at 7 am, your guide will be ready to take you!) The morning session ends at 11:30 am when all boats return to the lodge for lunch. There is a siesta after lunch until 1:30 pm when the afternoon fishing session begins. The afternoon session ends at 5-5:30 pm when the boats return to the lodge for cocktails and dinner.

Trip Information

Documents Required

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Visas Required

US and Canadian citizens, Australians and New Zealanders and people of other nationalities require consular visas to enter Brazil.

Boats and Equipment

16 feet to 21 foot bass-boats with 40 h.p.outboards. To get in and out, there are 3 Cessna Turboprop floatplanes


Tarpon, Snook, Guapote, Machaca, Roncador, Mojarra.

Rates (Login required)

All prices are based on double occupancy – please contact us for single accommodation rates

6 days / 5 nights (3 full fishing days)

$1,908 USD

$2,201 USD Deluxe

7 days / 6 nights (4 full fishing days)

$2,373 USD

$2,721 USD Deluxe

8 days / 7 nights (5 full fishing days)

$2,838 USD

$3,266 USD Deluxe


Year round


12 anglers


On the arrival day, guests will overnight in downtown San Jose. The Sleep Inn is located right downtown, near the entertainment district. All the casinos and bars and several good restaurants are within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The Rio Colorado Lodge is the oldest tarpon lodge in Costa Rica, having been in continuous operation since the early 1960's. It is located on the banks of the Rio Colorado, about 3 miles from the ocean.

The lodge is completely made out of local hardwoods and the bar, docks, dining areas and offices are all connected through a series of covered walkways. The rooms have either one or two beds, private bath with hot and cold water and air-conditioning. The lodge bar is a center of activity from lunch time on and comes equipped with a pool table. Dress is casual and the lodge atmosphere is very informal and relaxed.

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, which is located in the heart of San Jose's entertainment district. Early the next morning, guests will be picked up in the lobby of the hotel for the shuttle ride out to the Sansa Air terminal, which is located just down the road form the International Airport. There is only one flight per day from San Jose to Barra Colorado and it leaves at 6:20 am, which means that we'll be picking guests up at 4:30 am in the lobby of the hotel.

The flight up to Barra Colorado takes 30 minutes and flies over one of Costa Rica's central mountain ranges. The lodge is a 2 minute walk from the airstrip and the lodge manager will be waiting for you as soon as you get off the plane. On your departure day,the flight from Barra Colorado back to San Jose leaves at approximately 7 am and it's the only flight out for the day. You will arrive back in San Jose at 7:30 am and can either fly home that day or stay in San Jose for an extra day, depending on your preference.

What's included

  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • Ground transportation
  • 1 night in San Jose at a downtown hotel

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to San Jose
  • Round trip airfare from San Jose to Barra Colorado
  • Dinner in San Jose on your arrival day
  • Alcohol in San Jose
  • Alcohol at the lodge (unless on a Deluxe package trip)
  • Gratuities for staff and guides
  • Fishing gear
  • Extra days
  • Fishing activities and meals in country
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline