Marlin of Costa Rica shores

For those with a passion for fishing, Costa Rica is a dream destination. With its rich waters and exciting nightlife, this country offers an all-in-one experience for every angler. Here’s your complete guide to what you need to know, including fish seasons and the nearest international airports to Costa Rica’s best marinas.


Complete Marina Overview: Fish Types, Seasons, and More


Los Sueños Marina

Location: Near Jacó, Pacific Coast

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Marlin (November to March), Sailfish (December to May), Tuna (June to September), Snapper (Year-round)

– Amenities: High-end dining, yacht club, and modern facilities

– Best Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

– Nightlife: Jacó’s bustling bars and live music venues


Los Sueños Marina sits near the vibrant town of Jacó, a place that’s as exciting by night as it is by day, thanks to a range of bars and live music spots.


Marina Pez Vela

– Location: Quepos

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Marlin (Year-round), Tuna (April to November), Snapper (Year-round), Sailfish (December to April)

– Amenities: Contemporary facilities, shopping, and dining

– Best Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

– Nightlife: Scenic waterfront bars and lively nightclubs


Quepos, home to Marina Pez Vela, offers an eclectic nightlife with waterfront bars and dance floors that come alive after dark.


Golfito Marina

– Location: Golfito, Southern Region

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Roosterfish (Year-round), Snapper (March to September), Tuna (June to October), Marlin (October to February)

– Amenities: Eco-friendly facilities, casual dining, and lounges

– Best Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

– Nightlife: Casual beachside lounges and local watering holes


Golfito Marina is your go-to for a relaxed and eco-conscious angling experience, followed by a laid-back evening at local bars and lounges.


Papagayo Marina

– Location: Gulf of Papagayo

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Mahi-Mahi (November to May), Wahoo (June to September)

– Amenities: Luxury accommodations, family activities, and fine dining

– Best Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

– Nightlife: Exclusive resort entertainment and chic lounges


Papagayo Marina offers a five-star experience near Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport. Its nightlife is equally premium, featuring resort-based entertainment and upscale lounges.


Puntarenas Marina

– Location: Central Pacific

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Barracuda (May to October), Grouper (Year-round), Marlin (December to April)

– Amenities: Gear rentals, eateries, and convenient access

– Best Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

– Nightlife: Cozy local pubs and relaxed bars


For those who prefer a no-frills experience, Puntarenas Marina offers straightforward angling and nightlife that’s equally down-to-earth, with local pubs and casual bars.

Flamingo Marina (see their article in this edition)

Location: Guanacaste Region

– Signature Fish and Seasons: Yellowfin Tuna (June to September), Dorado (November to March), Sailfish (January to May)

– Amenities: Boutique shopping, dining with ocean views, and water sports

– Best Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

– Nightlife: Beachfront parties and live music

Flamingo Marina, set in the picturesque Guanacaste Region, pairs quality fishing with lively after-dark activities, including beach parties and live music events.


From Hook to Nightlife:

Your Comprehensive Costa Rican Experience

When you’re planning a fishing trip to Costa Rica, it’s not just about the fish—although let’s be honest, that’s a big part of it. Knowing the best seasons for different types of fish, the closest international airports and the local nightlife will help you make the most out of your trip. So, grab your tackle box and dancing shoes, because Costa Rica offers the full package.

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