Mid January – May and Mid August – mid November
The finest tarpon fishing on the planet! If you enjoy exotic destinations that are easy to reach, and love fighting fish that are, pound for pound, among the strongest in the world, then you’ve got to try the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This lodge was built in 1988 on 50 acres of lush jungle on the banks of the famous Parismina River. The fishery offers exceptional spin (and some fly) fishing for tarpon and some snook. Guests report hooking several tarpon a day in the 50-100 pound category including some real giants!
The lodge features a pool, hot tub and spacious, well-appointed rooms with private baths. The meals are superb! A fine fleet of 21 foot v-haul ocean craft boats are custom built for these waters and are fully rigged with all of your tackle needs. A crew of experienced, English speaking local guides are dedicated to making your day on the water one you’ll never forget! Your day in paradise begins with the voices of the howler monkeys sounding the approach of dawn. A light knock on your door at 5:00 AM will let you know it’s time to rise and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee is welcome. This close to the equator, fishing early, before the sun reaches full intensity is the practice. The early morning hours are refreshingly cool and provide good fishing. Breakfast is served at 5:30 AM and your guide will be prepared and waiting for your arrival at the dock. Chances are he already knows where the fishing action will be and you could have your first tarpon jumped by 6:00 in the morning. Normally you fish until 11:30 AM when your guide will bring you back to the lodge. Many folks like to take a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi after a morning of fishing. A wonderful hot lunch is served at noon followed by one of the greatest ideas ever conceived, siesta! At 2:00 PM you head back to the docks where your guide once again will be ready and waiting. You will fish until just before dark. The lodge tries to pack as much quality fishing time into the day as possible. If you would like to surf fish before breakfast or after dinner, we can arrange for your guide to escort you.
Cocktails and appetizers are served on the verandah or by the open bar, followed by a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Fresh seafood and meats, local fares, exotic fresh fruits, pastas and heavenly desserts. After dinner, guests enjoy recounting the day’s adventures or visiting the nearby National Park to observe giant nesting sea turtles.
Double occupancy/shared guide: 3-days fishing $3,400; 4-days fishing $4,250; 7-days fishing $6,500.
Single occupancy/guide: 3-days fishing $3,700; 4-days fishing $4,500; 7-days fishing $7,000.
3-days (Sat-Mon.) 4-days (Tues.-Fri.) 7-days (Sat.-Fri.)
Fishing License: $15
Purchase at the lodge $15
Tips and gratuities; Additional tackle
Fly to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to the Cariari to overnight (at your expense, approx. $150). The next morning you will be met at the hotel lobby and transferred back to the airport for your 20 min. charter to the lodge. After breakfast and orientation, you will begin to fish. Each day you’ll fish until about 11 a.m. returning a short distance to the lodge for lunch and a siesta, followed by another round of fishing from about 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner and drinks back at the lodge.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.