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Crocodile Bay | Costa Rica | Big Game Fishing

Overview

Tour code: COS001  

The stunning eco-resort of Crocodile Bay set 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 of the top branded fishing equipment which is free to use. 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.

Location

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. Here you will find some lovely art and craft shops, supermarkets and some of the finest fish restaurants around. The resort, over the years, has built a very good reputation for its friendly staff and excellent service they provide. Another reason why so many people head to this resort is for the fishing, especially for the run of Sailfish as 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 baitfish into the area and leaves a flat calm ocean perfect for a day afloat searching for your chosen species.
Fishing
The fishing at Crocodile Bay is very varied and appeals to many different fishing types from fly fishermen to lure anglers. The offshore fishing offers many different options too, including trolling big Marlin lures and rigged baits for the Billfish. Whilst fishing offshore you will come across huge shoals of Tuna and Dorado which can either with lures, by fly fishing or by standard trolling.

The inshore fishing is also varied with options to throw poppers at feeding Roosters, vertical jig for big Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers or fly fish for surface feeding species. The Billfish caught at Crocodile Bay are mainly Blue Marlin averaging around 300lb. The Sailfish average around 70lb with some going over the 100lb bracket. The Tuna you can target are mainly the Yellowfin Tuna which average 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.

Boats
Crocodile Bays fleet of boats ranges from the 24ft centre console Boston Whalers to their luxury 33ft and 35ft 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.

Guides
On the larger boats, you will get a captain and a deckhand 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
Because this is an Eco and Spa resort there are many activities. Some of these activities include the zip line canopy tour, jungle night walks, bird watching,  crocodile And cayman tours and kayaking.

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. For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will help you to plan and book the perfect fishing holiday.

Accommodation
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
Species Information
Sailfish
Season: All Year
Peak: November to May
Weight: 70lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 75lb
Amberjack
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
Kingfish
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Roosterfish
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
Dorado
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

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. This is a 5-minute transfer.

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 at around 7am, 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

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 Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
16/04/2019 14/12/2019 8 7 4 £4,057 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/12/2019 15/04/2020 8 7 4 £4,465 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/04/2020 14/12/2020 8 7 4 £4,057 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/12/2020 15/04/2021 8 7 4 £4,465 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/04/2021 14/12/2021 8 7 4 £4,057 N/A Enquire Now N/A

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.

ATOL
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.

What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other drinks
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service
  • Fly fishing tackle and local tips

Options

  • World Traveler Plus upgrades

  • Business Class upgrades
  • First Class upgrades
  • Boat upgrades
  • Single room upgrade

Price Supplements

  • N/A

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.

Financial Security

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.

Tour Notes

Visa

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 cruises 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 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 more hands-on approach then this will be welcomed.

What skill level is required?

As we mentioned above, there is no skill level required for the fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort as you will have a deckhand and captain who will assist in everything. You are more than welcome if you are a little more experienced to do everything and the deckhand 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 physically 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 into 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 into the jungle. The rooms are very spacious with lovely en-suite bathrooms.

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 day 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 however 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 treetop 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?

We offer 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 we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Martin

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Costa Rica last December. What a wonderful place to go to, the fishing was a bit on the slow side but I was lucky enough to get my big blue marlin and see one of the biggest Dorado you will ever see! It was about 90to 100lb, well done Bob. Thank you Sportquest, I will never forget this trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Martin,

It was a real pleasure to have fished with you and a super big well done for catching that Blue, I know how much it meant to you. Yes the Dorado was a monster and I am sure it was one of the biggest caught.

All the best Martin and hopefully I will get to fish with you again one year

Tight lines Paul

Ray

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica 2018 – amazing fishing destination.
For my second trip to Costa Rica I decided to take along my non-fishing partner Janine and once again left it to Sportquest to arrange 5 days fishing and a few extra spare days to relax with some excursions around the local area. Just as it did last year everything turned out to be absolutely fantastic.
All flights, Transfers, Fishing, accommodation, some Eco Tour trips etc were pre-arranged and went like clockwork so our holiday experience was wonderful.
First days fishing I landed a 90lb Tuna on light tackle that took nearly 3 hours to land - what a fight that was. Also landed some nice Sailfish, Roosters and Jacks.
As per my previous trip the guides were great and worked extremely hard every day. Boats were ideal, well kitted out with tackle and a supply of iced drinks plus plenty of food for a days fishing.
At the resort the rooms were spacious and comfortable, food was excellent and the Staff could not have done more to help in every way possible. Such wonderful, pleasant and friendly people that made our stay a memorable one. Janine felt very safe and comfortable back at the lodge while I was away fishing and the staff could not have been more helpful in looking after her making her holiday so pleasant.
Eco Tours and Massage sessions were easily arranged and added to the whole experience.
A great holiday and good fishing.
Thanks Sportquest.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ray, what a great review and thanks for taking the time to fill it out. Crocodile Bay is an excellent resort for both anglers and non anglers. Thanks for the pictures and speak to you both soon

All the best

Steve

Best part of the holiday, first day, first fish 300lb plus Blue Marlin.

Bast part, caught 45-50lb Yellowfin Tuna. Made fresh Sushi on the boat. Great taste.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Steve, glad you guys had yet another great time at Crocodile Bay and caught some impressive fish. Yes fresh fish on the boat is stunning hopefully same time again next year????

All the best

Janine

Well organised. Lovely place. No problems from start to finish

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Janine

Thank you for your feedback. Its great to hear you had a good time out there with no problems.

Ray

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – amazing fishing destination.

Having decided that I must do a trip to Costa Rica I left it to Sportquest to arrange 5 days fishing and a few extra spare days to relax with some excursions around the local area. Everything turned out to be absolutely fantastic.
All flights, Transfers, Fishing, accommodation, trips etc were pre-arranged and went like clockwork so my holiday experience was wonderful.

During my five fishing days I landed two Blue Marlin, three Sailfish, a couple of good Roosters and a big Dorado – all were ‘firsts’ for me. Fishing was a bit hard but Todd at Crocodile Bay wanted for me to catch more fish so he gave me a free extra days fishing whereby I landed another two big Sailfish.

The guides were great and worked extremely hard every day. Boats were ideal, well kitted out with tackle and a supply of iced drinks plus plenty of food for a days fishing.

At the resort the rooms were spacious and comfortable, food was excellent and the Staff could not have done more to help in every way possible. Such wonderful, pleasant and friendly people that made my stay a memorable one.
You can be sure that I will be back to Crocodile Bay next year to once again experience one of the most magical destinations I have ever visited (and I have been on many fishing trips overseas).

Thanks Sportquest.

Regards
Ray Froud

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ray

It was a pleasure taking to you again today and to hear that you had such a great time in Costa Rica. yes the lodge and staff is a great place and one on my all time favourite list. I have posted you a memory stick today so look forward to all the pictures my friend.

As normal thank you for your continued custom it is always appreciated by us all. I look forward in dealing with you and hopefully getting the chance to fish with you again oneway soon.

Regards Peter

Jodie

Hotel staff were amazing and looked after us.
Disappointed in the excursions as many not available and expensive.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Jodie, thank you for taking the time to fill out your feed back form. So glad you loved the hotel and staff they are amazing.

I think the Eco tours were not running properly due to them receiving the largest amount of rain in November on record. They had 15feet of rain in November and as you would expect, this would have an effect on rainforest tours where vehicles are needed to move around.

Perhaps if you return I will be able to get you guys two or three excursions free of charge

All the best

Paul Stevens

Stephen

Most things about this holiday were great as usual. Praise is good, but we learn from critique.

This was poorest Captain I have had on any fishing trip.
No complaint about absent Marlin, he lacked purpose in his hunting.

Panic about frustration and visit same sites many times.

Other issue was the co-ordination of flights to hotel was a little frustrating - otherwise all good!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stephen

Thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback, I have tried to contact you via telephone but unfortunately keep missing you.

I would like to know did you mention any of the issue about the captain to anyone at the lodge? Also did you speak to Todd as he is in charge at the lodge and normally sorts out any issues straight away.

In relation to the flights, the reason for the over night hotels which is the standard package both at the beginning and end of the itinerary is because if there is any issues with the small internal flight which is a very small airline, It can mean you then missing your international return flight, which comes at a considerable additional expense. We have over the years now had 3 occasions where there was an issue with flights from the lodge which resulted in customers having to stay an extra night at the lodge, however as we had allowed for the extra night in San Jose it meant no one missed any international flights home.

Please to hear apart from the above in general the holiday was great as usual. Please feel free to call me when you are free as I would love to discus further and also talk about whats next for you both?

Tight Lines Peter

John

All in all it was a wonderful experience, wildlife was fantastic. Fishing was good. Released 2 sailfish although raised and lost quite a few more. caught 8 Roosterfish, 9 Tuna, 3 Jacks and a needlefish, but gain lost quite a few more. Direct flight takes the sting out of travelling to Costa Rica

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello John, thank you so much for sending us back your customer feedback form.

We were getting little reports from Todd whilst you were over in Costa Rica saying you guys were having a great time. So glad you loved the wildlife, it truly is an amazing part of the world.

Sounds like the fishing was good, shame you lost a few but thats fishing I guess.

I think the direct flight to Costa Rica will attract lots more people as like you said, it takes the sting out of travelling.

All the best and speak soon

Paul

Steve

Paul,

We have just returned from our second trip to Costa Rica, in every sportsman life you get a few exceptional days whether it’s a good butt on a grouse moor or being in the right place on a river with the right fly.

Our trip to Costa Rica this year proved to be one of the sporting highlights of my life, accommodation was excellent , the fishing was simply fantastic, the conditions were right, boat crews were great and the fish were there.

In the six days fishing that I had my first day inshore ended up with two roosters, three snappers and a white tip shark.

Offshore days started with five sailfish on my first day and ended with thirteen on my last day with my first on a fly rod, total for my five days offshore was a sensational forty three sails.

Thanks once again for arranging this fantastic holiday, I hope to return again to Crocodile Bay to get my Blue marlin which is the next on the bucket list.

Would you please pass my thanks on to all the staff at Crocodile Bay for a fantastic holiday?

P’s My wife also loved the spar, horse riding and the almost private swimming pool.

Yours, Steve

pp.’s attached some photos

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello, thanks for taking the time to give us such a great report on your trip. By the sound of it, you experienced what every angler dreams of.

And a huge congratulations on your first Sail on a fly.

Having 43 Sailfish must be close to a record.... I shall find out for you

So glad your wife had an awesome time as well.

Whats next then? Maybe another return visit???

All the best

Paul

Brian

Unfortunately the flight to San Jose was 2 hours late, then the conveyor belt broke down resulting in another 1hr delay.
Same guide most days, he was a touch over enthusiastic, changing guides regularly would have enhanced the experience.

One of the reels packed in early day 3, no replacement on boat, had to fish most of the day with one rod whilst my companion had two.

The same happened on day 5 but it was later in the day.

We lost an hours fishing on day 4 as the boat broke down.

On the return plane from San Jose was over an hour late and we almost missed our connection in Madrid.
My companion's case was lost but he did get it back two days later.

Good

Accommodation.
Location.
Experience.

The whole holiday was arranged in a professional manner, the things gone wrong were not down to Sportsquest but our comments relating to the fishing, may be worth addressing with the Lodge to improve the experience of future customers.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Brian

So sorry to hear about the issues, as you pointed out unfortunately we can not help when airlines cause issues. However thank you for pointing out the issues you had both with tackle on the boat and with a boat breaking down. I will certainly make sure this is passed on to the lodge.

I must say this is VERY unusual for this lodge as normally everything runs very smoothly.

Did you report the issues about tackle and boat to Todd the fishing manager? I know that he runs a very tight operation and I think he is going to be very surprised when I report back to him. I know he will as he always does take these issues very seriously.

Thank you for your feedback and also kind comments about Sportquest. Again sorry that everything was not perfect lets hope we can make it up to you all on the next adventure.

Al

Top class fishing resort, friendly, luxurious, great food.

Fishing was a little tough inshore but by the end of the week the offshore fishing was excellent with 12 Sailfish caught and released and many more raised to the teasers. All equipment was first class and the crew were friendly, knowledgeable and spoke decent English.

On top of this was the stunning scenery and wildlife, even just around the resort.

Highly recommended!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your feedback form. Glad you guys loved the place, it is truly one of those places in the world that you will want to return to year after year.

Shame the fishing was a little tough but still you had some good Sails in the end.

Where is next for you guys?

Once again thanks for choosing Sportquest to take care of your adventure.

All the best

Paul

Stewart

Staff were great facilities also very good. The area is such a unique place maybe if you organise for the client to be taken or have the option for a forest walk or something to get them more involved with locals and the surrounding area would be nice.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your feed back and so glad that this destination lived up to your expectations. I also believe the fishing was good for you guys and you had many bill fish.

When you return later this year the guys over there will be very pleased to see you

Once again thank you for your booking and look forward to meeting you over in Soroya

All the very best

Paul

Myles

Flying into Costa Rica then onto the Lodge was painless
The accommodation was comfortable and food excellent
The Skipper and Gilley on the boat were very knowledgeable of local conditions and preparing baits.
We caught numerous sail fish and raised a lot more, the best fish was a marlin of about 275kg. Inshore was also excellent with plenty roosters, jacks and snappers being caught.
We certainly caught more than expected and the variety was what we were looking for.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Myles, thanks for your very kind words and so pleased about your Marlin, what a fish!!! This destination is simply one of the best Big Game destinations in the world. With so many different species to target.

I will pass your kind words on to the resort manager and if we can be of any more help in the future just ask. If you have got any pictures of your trip please do email them to me as would love to write a blog/report of your trip

All the very best

Paul

Steve & Julie

Wew had an excellent time,caught our first bill fish 1/2 hour after getting on the boat.
Food , service and accommodation were excelent at Crocidile Bay, staff and guests all friendly.
We caught 10 sailfish in five days fishing and raised a lot more.
Eco tours were great ,horse riding through the rain forest was magical.

Negitives- food at crocidile bay was excellent but a limited menu .
Flights back through Miami was a nighmare 4 hours to get through security almost missed flight home ,would suggest not going through this airport in peak season.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Guys,

Thanks for your very kind words and i am so glad you had a great time. You must of been so pleased with your sailfish and so very quickly, well done.

It was great to speak with you when you returned and thanks for the recommended eco tour of the horse riding, i will highly recommend it to other travellers

Once you have got some dates for your next trip give me a shout and we can help with that as well

Look forward to speak with you again

All the very best

Paul

Resort Manager

“Thank you for your valuable comments- we have passed your suggestions to the kitchen staff. Please come back soon! ”

Tim

Peter,

Fantastic holiday everything was just perfect from the moment we arrived. The service at Crocodile Bay was some of the best I have experienced anywhere in the world, the staff actually knew our names by the end of day two!!!

Fishing was very good (see attached photos) and the Captain and mate were superb with a real willingness to put you onto the fish. I had my first Sail on day one at 80lbs and had another one to 100lbs about an hour later. The inshore species were entertaining and I will never forget hooking into my first Rooster an unbelievable scrap....I would travel half way around for that experience alone. Sadly very different from a couple of the UK skippers I have been out with who anchor up and if you catch its a bonus. The eco-trips were great and the guides all spoke English, and were passionate about their subject and couldn't do enough to help.

Costa Rica is an outstanding Country with amazing people....I would definitely consider a return trip!!


Best regards,


Tim

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tim

Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice detailed review. It is an amazing place and a holiday to remember. When you are ready to return just call me personally and I will deal with everything again for you both.

Regards Peter

Charles

Just returned from fishing trip to Crocodile Bay and was treated to one of most desirable trips I have ever been on. Rooms were 5 star with flat screen on satellite, stocked fridge, phone, microwave,large walking showers and more. Service was beyond compare.Food served by excellent chef such as turkey & dressing, lobsters, ham, tuna fantastic, shrimp cocktails more. Boats and crew were excellent. Caught 200# tunas, 70# rooster fish, snappers, wahoo, jacks doradas and others. My wife Ann and grand son Cross and I will never forget this trip, and will return. Excellent swimming pool and bar.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

The Hotel is so well equipped,they really know how to look after people

Great results Charles and look forward to helping you next year

Regards

Peter

Mike

First class staff and accomadations. The Black Marlin we wanted eluded us do to the bait situation, But the Yellow fin action was fantastic with our smallest at #125 and largest # 300 IT WAS WAS A REAL TREAT. I WILL SUGGEST THIS LODGE AND FISHING TO EVERY ONE.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats the great thing about fishing Costa Rica is that if the Marlin are not playing ball there are always lots of back up species to keep you entertained

Good angling and please spread the word

Regards

Paul

Dan

We had the opportunity to get to Crocodile Bay back in August and as you can tell from the other reviews this place is a first class operation. If you are looking for this type of fishing experience you should not look any further, these guys will not disappoint. The crews work their [--] off to get fish on your lines and I don't think you can get better food anywhere in Costa Rica.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Dan, we very rarely get any negative comments on Crocodile Bay it is just one of those must visit places to believe all the excellent reviews

Many Thanks

Paul

Chris

I'm sitting here in the Miami Airport looking at a few pictures that were sent by Victor and thinking about the trip. What an amazing life experience. I greatly respect the mission you have chosen to follow. I can honestly say that this has been an experience of a lifetime. I want to personally thank you . Certainly from my perspective you have accomplished your goal. I am already planning my next trip. This has been 1 of the few experiences in life that has completely exceeded my expectations. This is rare for me in life as I am so demanding not only of myself but of others that I am involved with. I will do what I can to help you along your venture.

For what it is worth, your efforts have given me 1 of the greatest gifts I've had in my life. I sincerely thank both you and Karen for your efforts.

Sincerely, Chris

PS: I am very relieved that you found my camera. losing my camera and pictures would have been heartbreaking.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Chris, we are so glad that Crocodile Bay went above an beyond your expectations. it is one of the finest fishing resorts in the World

Regards

Peter

Helen

My husband and I along with two other couples found this dream location through Sportquest Holidays. The owners were very welcoming and helped us plan other non fishing activities while the men went fishing. Upon our arrival, she made drinks and laid out food for us. The pool was right outside our doors and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. The place is tucked away so makes an ideal destination.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

We also love it has that real personal touch, plus the fishing is always spot on. We are so glad that you all enjoyed the whole experience.

Robin

Just home after our second stay at Costa Rica Fishing Lodge & Nature resort. We love this place so much think we will have to go back for our third.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Robin, thank you for giving us the opportunity to pamper you both again. I will look forward in arranging your third trip soon. If you keep sending me lovely comments I am more than happy to keep handling your bookings. Mel

Leonard

Paul

Thank you from us both for such a great holiday, great location, small but had everything we needed. Fishing was unbelievable. Leonard

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats what I like to hear, glad you both enjoyed both the destination and the fishing. Thank you for your continued custom and taking the time to complete the feedback Kind regards Paul

Carl

Hi Paul, just a quick note to say thank you for such a great holiday my wife and children loved at are more keen than i am to go back. Next time i would like more fishing days

Speak to you soon

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats my pleasure Carl i knew you and your family would love it

Call me anytime

Regards

Paul

Janet

The non fishing excursion just added to the whole class of this trip and made us realise what a beautiful world we all live in. Just need to see more now.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

There are so many non fishing activities to do at Crocodile Bay that it is impossible to do them all in one visit. We have some great offers for next year coming up, so as soon as we have the full details i will give you a call and see if they are of any interest to you

All the best

Paul

Malcolm

We had the trip of our life, thank you so much. The fishing was on top form and so was the celebrations back in San Jose on the way back. Hooked for life.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats our pleasure and it is very easy to become hooked on this type of fishing. Where next then?

Regards

Paul

Peter

It was only a dream but you made it real. Thanks to you and all the staff at the lodge who took such good care of us.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

That is what we are all about, making dreams come true

Thanks Peter i shall pass your kind words on to Paul who helped you book your trip

Regards

Peter

B

First Class service! Everyone was so pleasant and made us feel special, The Fishing was great, The Eco tours fantastic, The Food Excellent. We brought our 4 y.o. son to a place known for excellent fishing hoping there would be things for him to enjoy, He had a blast!!

We toured the wildlife refuge where monkeys were holding his hand did the rainforest tour! and best of all Zip Line (yes my son did it to) every night at dinner a staff member would stop by our table and ask what we would like to do the next day and what ever we asked for they provided! Oh yea we also went fishing, The Dorado bite was on I never thought I would be catching and releasing 35+ lb fish, A very well organized operation with great people!!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

We are so happy with feedback like this makes our job worth while. I also love this destination and feel like nothing is too much for any staff member.

I took my son with me and he also loved all the echo tours and keeps on at me to take him back

Also good to hear that the fishing was on fire, when its hot it really is hot and one doesn't get a moment to rest. If you have any pictures please let us have them

Look forward to speaking with you soon

Regards

Paul

Gary

Great fishing boats and crew. Extremely professional and friendly. It is not the kind of hotel with beach front rooms but rooms and Villas are comfortable and nice. There is a swimming pool with a heated jacuzzi. Food is good and the service excellent. The Happy hour is something you can't miss!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Gary, Costa Rica has some of the best fishing and fishing boats in the World and we are really glad you enjoyed it. Would be great to see some pictures as i believe you had some outstanding days fishing according to their head guide.

Next time we will look at putting up some where with a beach frontage with the same first class service

Thanks for your comments

Regards

Peter

Christopher

Deservedly one of the small luxury hotels of the world, everything was top form including the fishing, boats and crews, we had a ball thank you.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Chris, so happy that everything lived upto your expectations and congratulations of the Marlin, thats a memory that will stick with you for a good few years. Regards Paul

David

As usual it was a wonderfully relaxing trip. It was great to see the familiar faces of the staff and to catch up with some old acquaintances and make new ones.

The breakfast buffet is always good, lunch menu too. The evening dinner menus always carry great selections and the buffet evenings truly spoil you for choice. Having fished most days and brought back dinner, the preparation in the kitchen, whether sashimi, grilled or blacked was superb, compliments to the chef and his staff as usual.

My thanks to all the staff and management that take such special care of us on every trip. Thanks to Capt. Jackson who managed to allow me to play caveman and bring back dinner every night and also managed to give Seb his 18kg Wahoo, Emily her 25kg yellowfin tuna and Lauren her first sailfish - and no I dont mind being out-fished by the kids!

So, thanks all round for a truly great time, again and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David, a pleasure as always, back again next year is what I like to hear, Regards Mel

Shelia

We were 14, and we think we had the most wonderful week one can dream of. The hotel is not less than perfect in every detail. Tastefully made, expertedly run, friendly, clever staff, big beutiful rooms, wonderful food. Dinner outdoor at the terass by the sea, still the best meal was the breakfast.

Comfortable sun chairs by the pool in the shade of parasolls or palm trees, every morning made ready for us, nice pools, swims in the sea even during low tide, Never crowdy, never cueing for anything, nice fellow guests. Calm family hotel And the organized activities so good, the sunset on the dow was out of this world.

Yes, we were all in heaven that week And we will go back as soon as possible ! Highly recommended Gunilla Skarman

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats what we like to receive, great feedback from happy customers, glad to of been a service Regards Mel

Lisa

My husband and I have just returned from this fabulous hotel. Staff are great fun and look after your every need. Food is fantastic - five stars to Omar and his staff!

Rooms are large and comfortable and the beds are turned down every night with flowers put on the pillows.

Do not miss the afternoon teas! Be prepared to put on weight!

We must return next year - can't wait - want to go back now!.

Go for it - you will not be disappointed.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

This resort always seems to hit the spot, glad you liked our suggestion and we hope to see you again soon. Remember if theres anything I can ever help you with please feel free to contact me directly Regards Peter

Shelia

It was our dream to have the perfect honeymoon and you provided that dream, from the bottom of my heart I can not thank you enough. The help and support you provided over what is such a stressful thing to organise is a great credit to you all.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Congratulations on your wedding we were just pleased we could help. Regards Paul

Stephen

Thanks for a great trip, we both loved the lodge and fishing, we will both be back soon.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stephen, glad to be of service for you both again and for taking the time to rate both us and the destination. Already working on your next trip for you both, Regards Peter

Tony

AA older planes were poor comfort and entertainment... the new 777 was excellent however to JFK New York. Fishing was slow but we caught 35 fish in total 5 per day we were told by a regular not to go at full moon as it has a detrimental effect on catches?

Apart from that we had an amazing time.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tony glad that you both enjoyed the trip and shame that the fishing was not red hot, but yes you are correct it is not best with a full moon. We will have to get you both back soon on a different week then you will see what the fishing can really be like. Peter

Martin

Even though the fishing turned out a little bit slow due to weather overall we had a great time. Great accommodation plus all the boats, tackle and guides were first class. But as they say its fishing, nothing anyone could of done different.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Martin, thank you for your valuable feedback, we are glad that everything ran smoothly and that you liked the accommodation and fishing. Yes its very frustrating when the weather slows things up, you travelled in peak season so everything should of been in your favour. It is also frustrating for us in the office as we love to hear everyone return with lots of memories catching fish. Hope to see you again soon on another trip. Regards Paul Stevens

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