Crocodile Bay Resort | Big Game Fishing | Costa Rica


The world-class resort we use in Costa Rica called Crocodile Bay has won so many awards on Trip Adviser, that we class it as a must go for any big game angler. It is also the perfect destination to take your non-angling family, as the eco tours onsite are unbelievable and if you were to stay there for a whole month, you would never get through them. The fishing is some of the finest in the world – from the inshore Rooster fishing to the offshore Marlin/Sailfish fishing. It really is a mecca for all anglers and non-anglers .

Crocodile Bay is located on 44 acres of some of the lushest tropical gardens known to man and with it only having 40 air-conditioned rooms, it really is a little piece of paradise. The resort features a fantastic swimming pool, hot tub and a luxury 5,000sq foot eco spa, which you simply must visit.

The fishing is divided into two main areas; inshore and offshore with a variety of fishing options such as: live bait, trolling, surface poppers, jigging, and fly-fishing. For Inshore the species most sought after is the Roosterfish. 25lb to 50lb fish are very common with fish over 50lb caught each week.

Offshore, Sailfish are the main target; these fish are available year round and a half dozen are common any day. If you ever fancied learning to catch billfish on the fly, then due to the sheer numbers of fish raised, this has to be one of the top places anywhere in the world. Other species available are Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Jacks, and Amberjacks.

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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
Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability
16/04/2018 14/12/2018 8 7 4 £3,742 N/A   Book Now
15/12/2018 15/04/2019 8 7 4 £4,137 N/A   Book Now
16/04/2019 14/12/2019 8 7 4 £3,742 N/A   Book Now
15/12/2019 15/04/2020 8 7 4 £4,137 N/A   Book Now
Price Match Promise

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)

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