A holiday to Crocodile Bay gives you the chance to achieve unbelievable results on this hosted big game fishing trip. Many personal best Marlin and near-record sized Roosters get caught by anglers who have joined us on this fishing holiday. Another reason why this destination is so popular is due to its vast array of family-friendly eco-tours. One day you could be chasing down beautiful Billfish. The next trekking through the spectacular rainforest located a short drive away.
There are several advantages of joining a Sportquest Holidays hosted fishing trip. You can travel on your own at no extra charge; you will get to fish with like-minded anglers and form long-lasting friendships; you get to travel with an experienced host who has travelled extensively and will help you every step of the way. So if you are looking for your next saltwater adventure and like the thought of fishing with other like-minded anglers, then this trip is for you.
Do you like travelling with your non-angling partner? And are you looking for a place that will cater for both of you? Then why not join this hosted trip? You can fish during the daytime, be back at the lodge by 3 pm, then spend the rest of the day relaxing around the resort or why not take advantage of the many eco-tours available on-site.
Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort is situated on 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens, has 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 most excellent fish restaurants around. The resort, over the years, has built an outstanding reputation for its friendly staff and excellent service they provide. Another reason why so many people head to Crocodile Bay is, of course, for fishing. Especially for the run of Sailfish. Each year multiple catches per day are very common. The fishing is good in this part of the Pacific Ocean due to the upwelling. The reason is the offshore winds to the north and south that moves baitfish into the area—creating a flat calm ocean, perfect for a day afloat searching for your chosen species.
The fishing on offer at Crocodile Bay is varied and appeals to many different fishing types, from fly fishers to lure anglers. Offshore fishing offers many other options, including trolling big Marlin lures and rigged baits for the Billfish. While fishing offshore, you will come across vast shoals of Tuna and Dorado. You catch them either with lures or by fly fishing and the standard trolling.
Please read through some of our previous Crocodile Bay Fishing Reports to get a good insight into the fishery.
The Billfish caught at the Fishing Resort is mainly Blue Marlin averaging around 300lb. The Sailfish average around 70lb, with some going over the 100lb bracket. The Tuna you can target is mainly the Yellowfin Tuna which average between 20–50lb with the odd 100lb gracing the boats each week.
The inshore fishing is also varied and world-class, with options to throw poppers at feeding Roosters, vertical jig for giant Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers to fly fishing for surface feeding species. Roosters average 25lb, but there is always a chance of a huge one approaching the 100lb bracket, a real fish of a lifetime.
The boats will cruise the surf line looking for fish-holding areas; make sure you are ready to go as the captain will spot fish feeding and call out to make a cast. You can use baitfish with the more standard trolling tactic to attach the lines to the outriggers and troll at a slow speed. This style is very productive and sometimes will trick the wariest of fish.
The fleet of vessels at Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort ranges 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 equipped with the most modern fish finding equipment, VHF radios, and of course, the high-quality fishing tackle free for you to use. Visit our YouTube Channel to explore more of our Big Game fishing holidays.
The boats we use on the hosted trip are the luxury Strike 33′ or 35′ boats. These will give the anglers more room to manoeuvre when the strike happens. The boats do not have fighting chairs but have plenty of space at the stern so you can stand toe to toe with the fish, giving you the true feeling of the power some of these fish have. All boats come equipped with a toilet, an area to relax, and plenty of food and drink on board.
If you would like to popper or lure fish, you can bring your equipment with you. We can offer you updated lists of the lure, poppers and other tackle that you will require. This method of fishing is very productive in Costa Rica, and the results can be advantageous. The main area where lure fishing is successful is inshore fishing over shallower waters. You can still lure fish offshore for the Tuna and Dorado, and it is a tremendous amount of fun when you find a large shoal of either Tuna or Dorado.
On the larger boats (upgrade to Strike 33ft), you will get a captain and a deckhand to ensure that you have the best experience, whilst on the Boston Whalers, it will be you and 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.
Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort is also known for its unique eco-tours on offer. The list is endless, from zip-lining through the rainforest, evening guided insect walks, paddleboard trips, whale watching excursions, bird spotting tours, the list goes on. So if you are travelling with your non-angling partner or want to add a few days to the hosted trip to take advantage of the eco-tours, we can easily arrange this.
For 2023 Crocodile Bay has undertaken a vast accommodation upgrade creating its new Botánika resort, combining an incredible blend of luxury accommodations and amenities. Offering guests the chance to visit a region so teeming with wildlife that National Geographic called it “the most biologically intense place on earth”.
Botánika’s resort experience and amenities centre around its unparalleled access to the rainforest, offering a range of adventure activities, a lagoon-style pool, an oversized fitness centre, and an array of beautiful nature trails. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and Corcovado National Park on the other, the resort will offer guests a variety of eco-adventures and premier fishing from Crocodile Bay Marina.
The resort’s organic architecture and interiors blur the lines between outdoors and in. With well-appointed studio, 1-, 2-, and 3- bedroom accommodations offering casual comfort and panoramic vistas, creating your retreat in paradise. Each room at Botánika is carefully crafted with you in mind using natural materials and a warm-modern aesthetic.
GUEST ROOM – 2 QUEENS
Rest and recover by night in your 446-square-foot room featuring double Serta Sweet Dreams queen beds, a 55-inch television, high-speed Wifi, a luxurious shower, cool air conditioning and more – all hot commodities in the jungle!
1-BEDROOM SUITE 1 KING
This 944-square-foot or 956-square-foot one-bedroom suite features a Serta Sweet Dreams king bed, a 55-inch television, high-speed Wifi, a luxurious shower and cool air conditioning.
2-BEDROOMS 1 KING/1 QUEEN
Are you travelling with friends or family? This 1,405-square-foot two-bedroom suite features an expansive terrace, two Serta Sweet Dreams king beds, a 55-inch television, high-speed Wifi, a luxurious shower, cool air conditioning and more.
3-BEDROOM SUITE 2 KINGS/2 QUEENS
Are you travelling with even more friends or family? Rest and recover by night in your spacious 1,851-square-foot three-bedroom suite with an expansive terrace featuring two Serta Sweet Dreams king and two queen beds, a 55-inch television, high-speed Wifi, a luxurious shower, cool air conditioning and more.
The new resort offers a range of dining opportunities, from the flagship Tierra a la Mesa to the Driza Bar & Grill to the Becrá Lounge and the Babánca Wine Bar.
TIERRA A LA MESA
Sustainably sourced from the surrounding land and sea, the authentic flavours of Costa Rica come to life at Tierra a la Mesa, Botánika’s flagship dining experience. The restaurant supports local farms while showcasing traditional and innovative land-to-table and fresh seafood dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you’re dining indoors or outside, Tierra a la Mesa pulls the outdoors in through organic materials and an earthy colour palette, creating an exquisite culinary destination that melds nature and civilization.
DRIZA BAR & GRILL
Named after the rope that hoists up sails on a sailboat, Driza Bar & Grill invites guests to unwind with fresh fruit juice, local craft beers and exotic cocktails mixed with Costa Rican flair. Enjoy a modern bar menu including tapas, ceviche, Peruvian-style “tiraditos,” healthy fresh salads, and the best burgers in town, all set against the open, airy backdrop of the lagoon-style pool and a soundtrack of sunset DJ sessions.
Located off the lobby, Becrá Lounge allows guests to grab and go in a more casual setting. Sip Costa Rica’s world-famous coffee. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the pastry chef’s creations. Curb your appetite with homemade sandwiches. And quench your thirst with exotic fresh fruit juices. Becrá, meaning hideout, promises you can leave your worries at the door.
BABÁNCA WINE BAR
Located in the lobby, Babánca adds to the refined atmosphere of The Clubhouse with sweet and savory culinary offerings that will delight the palate. Enjoy local chocolate samplings, coffee and scotch tastings, and wine tastings from around the world with visiting vineyards, and local and imported cheese and charcuterie pairings. Babánca, which means to exchange, is the perfect place to connect and mingle with others.
Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart London Gatwick with British Airways
Arrive San Jose
Once you land in San Jose and collected your luggage, the group will then meet outside the terminal where there will be a representative from Crocodile Bay waiting to transfer the group to the overnight hotel. (transfer approx. 15 minutes)
The rest of the evening is free to relax at the hotel. If you want to go out for something to eat this evening there is a wonderful Argentinian Steak house opposite the hotel and well worth visiting.
Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree (Twin room) B/B
Early in the morning the group will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the small internal airport for a 6 am flight. This flight is only 45minutes long and the views you get are out of this world.
Once you have landed at the local airstrip there will be a minibus waiting to transfer everyone to the hotel (transfer approx. 5mins) where you will be greeted by the house staff with freshly made cocktails (either alcoholic or non). After the very quick briefing, you will be escorted through to the breakfast hall for a good meal.
After this everyone will make their way down to the boats for the first inshore fishing day targeting Roosters and any other inshore species you would like to catch. A little tip on this day, when you are at the hotel in Costa Rica make sure you travel to the resort in your fishing clothes as this saves time when you want to go out fishing.
Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge Suites (Twin room) F/B
Over the next four days, you will get to fish a mixture of inshore and offshore. Using many different methods. Even though all fishing tackle is included you can bring your own if you wish and choose to popper or jig fish.
Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge Suites (Twin room) F/B
Later in the day, you will be taken back to the local airstrip for a short flight back to San Jose where you will be picked up at taken back to the DoubleTree Hotel.
Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton (Twin room) B/B
The morning will be free to relax around the pool before your return international flight. The host will let you know what time to be at reception for the transfer back to the airport
Depart San Jose with British Airways
Arrive London Gatwick
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 91%
"Thanks for arranging such a great hosted trip for now on Crocodile Bay Resort is my favorite place for fishing, enjoying nature, and just plain relaxing in Costa Rica. Accommodations, meals, and service are first class, and the setting is a tropical paradise. I can’t wait to go back again."
"Sportquest thank you for such an amazing trip. The sailfish, Marlin and Roosterfish fishing was of the charts. The lodge is idilic and a real home from home. I would love to return and next time I will bring the whole family as they will also love it. Thanks again Martin"
"Just returned from another hosted trip with Sportquest. This time I joined a group to the famous Crocodile Bay and it did not disappoint in anyway. First class operation, fishing, boats and guides. The accommodation and resort is suitable for both anglers and non anglers, which was a real bonus (As I would sleep on the beach if the fishing was good enough) Thank Sportquest another successful trip."
The season runs from November to April.
Season: All Year
Peak: February to April
Weight: 70lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 75lb
Season: July to April
Peak: November to December & March to April
Weight: 200lb to 400lb
Average Weight: 250lb
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Season: All Year
Peak: July to August & November to December
Weight: 10lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Season: All Year
Peak: January to May & November to December
Weight: 5lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 20lb
As this is a hosted holiday there are no supplements for travelling alone. If you wish to take a non-angler then please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team who will organise a price for the non-angler.
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.
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Prices are based on twin rooms for accommodation and two anglers per boat on the Boston Whaler Outrage 24ft (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 surcharges.
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