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Crocodile Bay Resort | Big Game Fishing | Costa Rica

Tour code: COS001  

The stunning eco resort of Crocodile Bay set in amongst the lush Costa Rican rainforest is known around the world for several different things, but mainly the world-class big game fishing. The boats we use are fully equipped with all top brand fishing equipment free to use from the stand up and fight rods and reels to light rods for lure fishing. You will also find large cooler boxes full of cold drinks of your choice plus a huge variety of food freshly prepared at the hotel and loaded on to the boats every day. Another reason why this destination is so popular is the huge array of eco tours on offer meaning it is very family friendly, one day you could be out fishing chasing down striking billfish and the next trekking through the amazing rainforest located a short drive away. This is the definitive destination for exploration and restoration that surpasses imagination. Where unforgettable Costa Rica fishing expeditions meet rainforest safaris to inspire the ultimate sportsman’s bucket list adventure.


Crocodile Bay Eco fishing resort is situated on 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens with 28 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. The charming and rustic town of Puerto Jimenez is only a short 10 minute walk where you will find some lovely art and craft shops, supermarkets and some of the finest fish restaurants around this area and of course the fish cannot get much fresher. The resort, over the years, has built a very good reputation for its friendly staff and excellent service they provide and once you have spent a week’s holiday in their presence you will feel like a have built a great friendship that will last many years. Another reason why so many people head to this resort is the fishing especially the run of Sailfish, each year multiple catches per day are very common. The reason why the fishing is so very good in this part of the Pacific Ocean is due to the upwelling caused by the offshore winds to the north and south that moves bait fish into the area and leaves a flat calm ocean perfect for a day afloat searching for your chosen species.


The fishing on offer at Crocodile Bay is so varied and appeals to many different fishing practises from fly fishermen to lure anglers, it really does offer everything any angler will want. The offshore fishing offers many different options from trolling big Marlin lures and rigged baits for the Billfish, to tease and switch. Whilst fishing offshore you will come across huge shoals of Tuna and Dorado which can be caught either with lures, or by fly fishing and the standard trolling. The inshore fishing, again is varied from throwing poppers at feeding Roosters, vertical jig fishing for big Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers and fly fishing for surface feeding species. The Billfish caught at Crocodile Bay are mainly Blue Marlin averaging around 300lb and the Sailfish average around 70lb with some even going over the 100lb bracket. Tuna to target would mainly be the Yellowfin Tuna and average sizes are between 20 – 50lb with the odd 100lb gracing the boats each week. Roosters average 25lb but there is always a chance of a huge one approaching the 100lb bracket, a real fish of a lifetime.


Crocodile Bays fleet of boats range from the 24’ centre console Boston Whalers to their luxury 33’ and 35’ tower boats. All boats are kept up to a very high standard and are equipped with the most modern fish finding equipment, VHF radios and of course they are loaded with high quality fishing tackle free for you to use.


On the larger boats you will get a captain and a deck hand to ensure that you have the best experience, whilst on the Boston Whalers you will be accompanied but a captain. The Boston Whalers will require you to be a little more hands on with setting the rods out, striking fish and sometimes even keeping the boat moving whilst your captain sorts the rods out or helps land your fish of a lifetime.

Other Activities

As briefly discussed, this is an Eco and Spa resort so there are many other activities to be visited whilst in Costa Rica. We have listed just a few very popular choices below, however there are many more which can be tailored to suit your group sizes. Simply ask a member of our staff and they can send you the full details:

Zip Line Canopy Tour – Miramar Canopy Zip-line Once a realm limited to scientific investigations, canopy exploration has quickly become one of the fastest growing and most sought after tour frontiers of the rainforest. We are now proud to offer one of Costa Rica’s finest and safest canopy tours.

Jungle Night Walk – Hunt or be hunted is the night time order of the rainforest, when many animals are active. In this tour we observe “survival of the fittest.” Night walking, as opposed to a day hike, is characterised by a much slower moving pace and a sharp inspecting eye.

Bird Watching Introduction – The wealth of Costa Rica’s avifauna, in itself, warrants a trip to our resort. With 854 species of birds in an area the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica is home to more bird species than vast continents like Europe, North America and Australia.

Crocodile And Cayman Tour – To come to this eco-resort and not see why it is called Crocodile Bay would be to miss a chance at a great story and to have that story corroborated by photos! Come with us to see and explore the beautiful lagoon where these big reptiles live naturally.

Mangrove Kayak or Sunset Kayak – You will paddle through the exotic and mysterious landscape of a river mangrove estuary. The serene passages of the river bring you silently alongside many beautiful aquatic birds: roseate spoonbills, boat-billed herons, and white ibis.

As you can see, a holiday to Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica isn’t just your normal fishing adventure, there is so much more on offer and its all there just waiting for you to make the best decision of your life.

Crocodile Bay Lodge

Crocodile Bay resort is a destination for restoration and exploration and, of course, world-class sport fishing. It is set in 44 acres of lush tropical rainforest with some of the finest wild life on your doorstep. You simply have to stand on your own private balcony to view a huge variety of birds, butterflies and stunning tropical plants.

The friendly staff at Crocodile Bay will cater to your every need and will give you as much privacy as you desire, whilst helping you discreetly to enjoy an experience of a lifetime. You will be invited to fish from the biggest and best sport fishing fleet in south America, fishing a variety of inshore and offshore experiences for such fish as Roosters to the very popular Marlin.

The resort offers some of the finest land and water based eco tours, that you simply have to find time to add to your itinerary.

Crocodile Bay is a very small and intimate resort, where you can be as relaxed as you wish, or you can experience the thrills of lots of activities. With the resort only having 40 air-conditioned rooms, you never ever feel like you have to fight for a space.

The fantastic international and local cuisine restaurant will masterfully prepare your meal each day, whether it is fresh sushi, grilled fish or locally sourced meats, everything is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, leaving you feel like you have had a culinary experience of a life-time.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Single & double available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Shop: Souvenir shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: American Dollar
The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton

The hotel we use in San Jose is located a short 5 minute taxi ride from the international airport and is world known for its excellent service. Located in the heart of San Jose, you will get a real feel of what Costa Rica has to offer. Hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and is within walking distance of Cariari Country Club golf course as well as one of the finest shopping centres.

The hotel offers upgrades to Suites or Executive rooms that are very stylish and modern. The standard rooms are very comfortable and homelike with archways and cool tiled floors.

The restaurant / bar at the hotel serves local and international delights. Why not unwind with a variety of national and international cocktails, whilst listening to local music? They also have an open-air pool for you to use.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single & double available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: American Dollar
Species Information
Season: All Year
Peak: November to May
Weight: 70LB to 140LB
Average Weight: 75LB
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 70LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Jack Crevalle
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 15LB
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 15LB
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5LB to 80LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Blue Marlin
Season: July to April
Peak: November to December & March to April
Weight: 200LB to 400LB
Average Weight: 250LB
Season: All Year
Peak: January to May & November to December
Weight: 5LB to 70LB
Average Weight: 20LB
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: July to August & November to December
Weight: 10LB to 300LB
Average Weight: 30LB
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami
Arrive San Jose

The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.

Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton (Twin room) B/B

DAY 2: Fishing Day.

In the morning you will be picked up and taken to the internal airport where you will embark on a 45 minute flight across Costa Rica to our lodge. Upon arrival you will meet and be greeted and transferred to the lodge (transfer approx 5 mins).

After breakfast around 8 AM, you will meet your captain and you will have a full day inshore fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 3: Fishing Day.

Our captains and crew will be happy for you to do as much or as little of the rigging, running lines and hooking of fish as you require.

This day you will be targeting the inshore species.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 4: Fishing Day.

After breakfast around 7 AM, you will meet your captain and you will have a full day offshore fishing. The waters around Costa Rica are full of many different species.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 5: Fishing Day.

Offshore fishing has to be one of the most exciting types of fishing, as you never know what is going to hit your lure.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge (Twin room) F/B

DAY 6:

In the morning you will be picked up and returned to the small local airstrip for your return journey to San Jose.

You will then be met at the airport and be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton (Twin room) B/B

DAY 7:

In the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the International Airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Depart San Jose
Arrive Miami
Depart Miami

DAY 8:

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
15/12/201815/04/2019874£4,137N/A  Book Now
16/04/201914/12/2019874£3,742N/A  Book Now
15/12/201915/04/2020874£4,137N/A  Book Now
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15/12/202015/04/2021874£4,137N/A  Book Now
16/04/202114/12/2021874£3,742N/A  Book Now
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We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

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What's Included & Excluded
  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • San Jose Hotel as stated in itinerary
  • Airport Transfers
  • State of the art fishing boats
  • All big game tackle
  • Professional fishing guide
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 4 days fishing
  • All meals at Lodge
  • House wine with evening meal
  • Soft drinks
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other drinks
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service
  • Fly fishing tackle and local tips

World Traveler Plus upgrades
Business Class upgrades
First Class upgrades
Boat upgrades
Single room upgrade

Tour Notes


A machine readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: If you’re flights to Costa Rica involve travel through the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

Malaria and Typhoid

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is a $29 USD additional departure tax payable upon leaving Costa Rica however this can change regularly.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Miami (approx 9 hours)
Miami – San Jose (approx 3 hours)
San Jose – Crocodile Bay Lodge (approx 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Local airport – Crocodile Bay Lodge (approx 5 minutes)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Crocodile Bay Resort is located in a small village called Puerto Jimenez on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and is set amongst 44 acres of some of the most stunning tropical gardens in the whole of Costa Rica and when you have seen all the wonderful wildlife at this resort you will want to go back year after year.

Where do they fish?

If you chose to offshore fish then the fishing will be out in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The inshore fishing takes you along some of the most remote and beautiful deserted beaches in Costa Rica.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The offshore fishing takes around 40 minutes to reach the drop off where you will start to find cobalt blue waters where the Billfish will be hunting their prey. Depending on what zones you will be inshore fishing, these can be anything from 20 minutes from Crocodile Bay Resort to 50 minutes as you will not be fishing the same inshore fishing grounds from day to day and will be done on a rotation basis.

What fish will I catch?

The main draw to Crocodile Bay Resort is the Sailfish as these are in huge numbers. The peak months for the huge numbers of Sailfish are between January and March. There are also many Blue Marlin that cruise the offshore waters. There are also large shoals of Dorado, which are great fun on light gear. You will also find many different species of Tuna. The inshore species list is huge but the main one is the Roosterfish these grow huge in Costa Rica. You will also catch all different types of snappers, jacks, barracuda, small shark species, African Pompano and Cubera Snapper.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are fishing offshore targeting Billfish it is a waiting game and you could spend a few hours trolling before you see any action from the Billfish. However, there are normally other species like the Dorado and Tuna. The inshore fishing is very different you should be expected to be kept very busy all day long with constant action from all the species you will be targeting. If you chose to troll with baits the action can be a little slower than if you lure fish all day.

How do they fish?

Each evening around the dinner table the fishing manager will come and see you to have a quick chat about what you want to fish for the following day. These are your boats so you decide what is targeted. The fishing manager then sits down with all the captains to decide where people fish. Each boat is given its own zones to fish so you do not troll over water that has already been fished over that day. Many of the areas are rested during the week as to give the fish a rest. When you are fishing offshore you will be mostly trolling lures and using the switch and tease method which is when they tease the fish to the back of the boat and you get to throw the bait. The inshore fishing is also mainly trolling but another very good method is to use lures as this will really get their predator instincts flowing.

Do the guides speak English?

The captains of the boats at Crocodile Bay Resort speak perfect English. Some of the deckhands speak broken English but enough to get by. If there is something complicated you need to tell the deckhand then simply ask the captain to ask them.

Who is best suited to this destination?

The beauty of Crocodile Bay Resort is that it is suitable for all levels of angling ability due to the Captains and deckhands they will make it as easy as you wish or as hard as you wish. They really are there to take all the stress out of the fishing. On the other hand, if you want a morehands-onn approach then this will be welcomed.

What skill level is required?

As we mentioned above, there is no skill level required fro the fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort as you will have a deck hand and captain who will assist in everything. You are more than welcome if you are a little more experienced to do everything and the deck hand will just make sure you have all the equipment that you will need for a days fishing.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole Crocodile Bay Resort is not a physical demanding destination. There is a short walk from the lodge to the boats of around 5 minutes through the jungle but apart from that all the resort facilities are ground level and located in and around the hotel.

When to go?

If you want numbers of Sailfish then January to April, the Marlin starts to show up around the beginning of November along with the Dorado, the Marlin tend to thin out in numbers around the time when the first load of Sailfish turn up. The Tuna fishing is from November to July and the inshore fishing for Roosters is year round with the peak time being June.

How to get there?

The normal route is UK to either the US or Madrid then on to San Jose. If you time your holiday on certain days then we can arrange a direct flight from London Gatwick direct to San Jose Costa Rica. The second option of the direct flight only happens on certain days but we highly recommend taking this route to Crocodile Bay Resort as it cuts out the need for an American Visa.

What is the accommodation like?

Crocodile Bay Resort is set amongst some stunning lush tropical gardens and is in the heart of the rainforest. The main entrance to the lobby is stunning and very welcoming. You then walk through the lobby in to a bar / restaurant area which is where you will take your breakfast and evening meals. Just outside of this room is the swim up pool bar with Jacuzzi. Surrounding the pool are 12 very private rooms with their own balconies looking out in to the jungle. The rooms are very spacious with lovely en-suite bathrooms. In genera,l the whole atmosphere at Crocodile Bay Resort is very friendly and welcoming.

What is the food like?

Breakfast is served in the morning and there is a huge selection to choose from. You can have cereals, waffles, cooked breakfast, eggs on toast and if there isn’t something you like then they will fix it. Lunch is mainly taken on the boats and you will have the choice from lots of different sandwiches to salads plus lots and lots of fruit and drinks. The evening meals and very tasty and all produced from locally sourced farms. The food ranges from big Steaks to the catch of the day and again if there is something you really like that’s not on the menu all you have to do is ask.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge provides all the tackle to spend a great days fishing even if its offshore or inshore. There is some fly-fishing equipment but it is very limited but most of the bait fishing and some lure fishing is included.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and internet is good how ever the Wi-Fi is a little patchy when you get away from the main bar area but once at the bar the connection is very good

Are there other activities available?

At Crocodile Bay Resort it is all about eco tours and there are just too many to list. For example, you can spend the day shooting around on tree top zip lines then the next day you could find yourself on fully guided nature walks through the jungle spotting all different manner of animals and creepy crawlies. For full details of all the tours contact a member of Sportquest who will be more than happy to assist.

How much does it cost?

Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and & availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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