+44 (0)1603 407596

Zancudo Lodge Fishing Adventure | Costa Rica

Overview

Tour code: COS003

The Zancudo Lodge, where over 70 IGFA records have been set, is world-renowned for its lure and fly fishing inshore and offshore. You will receive access to all the required fishing tackle from ultra-light tackle to heavy fly fishing tackle with poppers, lures, jigs and small flies all included. All tackle is of a very high standard taking out the need for you to be carrying unnecessary amounts of luggage. Each day the fishing will be tailored to suit what you want to do and all of the relevant equipment is provided. Zancudo Lodge is one of the only beachfront resorts along this coast and can be found in Playa Zancudo.

Location
Surrounded by amazing wildlife and foliage, this lodge overlooks amazing Pacific waters in the West and on the east side of the hotel there are the excellent freshwaters of the Sabalo River. Within close distance from the lodge, you will find the regional attractions including Fortunato Atencio Stadium, Golfito Marina, Parque Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito, Corcovado National Park Office and also Playa Cacao. Any of these attractions are a must visit part of Costa Rica and can simply be booked with the lodge staff on arrival. Zancudo Lodge is located on the scenic Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, on the Bay of Golfo Dulce, four miles from Golfito. The Golfito Bay area of the Pacific Ocean is renowned for its excellent saltwater fishing. Zancudo’s property is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sabalo River on the east.

Fishing
Your fishing holiday it Zancudo Lodge can be completely tailored to suit your desires, from inshore to offshore to fishing the river banks. Our fishing guides have years of fishing these waters, there is not much they do not know. A great advantage of fishing with these guides is that they are very experienced in all fishing techniques so if you are a die-hard fly angler then everything will be planned around taking you to areas that will suit this style of fishing. If you wish to popper and lure fish all day then your guide will take you to deeper areas in search of hard fighting pelagic species.

Not only do they have Sailfish and Marlin, but their big secret is… the variety of light tackle stand-up fishing that’s available. Here is some information to help you decide when you would like to travel:

  • Marlin: All Marlin species are caught year-round. The peak time for Blue Marlin is November and December, March, and April, while the Black Marlin peak is during July and August.
  • Sailfish: Common year-round but peaking from November to May. It is not unusual to catch more than 20 sails in a day.
    Dorado: Year-round, with seasonal highs during November to April.
  • Tuna: Large Yellowfin, in the 200- to 300 lb range, are often found feeding under the large schools of porpoises. Schoolie sized Yellowfin are available year-round.
  • Bigeye: Considered the bruisers in the Tuna family, they are common year-round. Hooking a large Bigeye will lead you on an epic multi-hour fight.
  • Roosterfish: Available year-round with common sizes ranging from 20 to 70 lbs.
  • Snapper: There are over a dozen types of Snappers ranging between 15 to 100 lbs.

Boats
The lodge has eight, custom-built 28’ centre-consoles with twin Suzuki 140 HP four-stroke engines, and three 32’ Contenders with two 300 HP four-stroke Yamaha engines. The Contender is equipped with all the necessary navigational electronics, and an icebox to keep the refreshments cool. There is a toilet onboard – an essential requirement when spending a day in the ocean or on the river banks. Please call if you wish to upgrade to the contender boats.

Other Activities
If you fancy a break from the world-class fishing then you can book an eco-tour at the lodge. These eco-tours include wildlife sanctuary tours. Deep in the Osa Peninsula lies a vast area of rainforest developed for the sole purpose of the rehabilitation of Costa Rica’s treasured and injured critters. On top of this, you can book golfito city tours, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking through the rainforest waterfall massages, water rappelling, cliff jumping into our natural jacuzzi, bosque zip-line canopy tour and more.

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

Accommodation
Zancudo Lodge

Zancudo Lodge resort is surrounded by the pure beauty of the Costa Rican wildlife and tropical rainforest. Stretching for miles is the stunning private Zancudo beach that offers the perfect setting for a relaxing massage or the tranquil surroundings for some down time. You can also enjoy the picturesque scenery from your very own beach front pool and hot tub.

All 20 rooms at Zancudo Lodge are air-conditioned and come equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, your own international telephone service, Satellite TV with widescreen TV and a very fresh and modern en-suite bathroom.

The brand new part of the lodge / reception has an elegant fountain area, gift shop, 3 lounge areas and a fine dining restaurant that is capable of seating 40 guests. On the second floor there is a games room complete with widescreen TV, pool table, shuffleboard table, card table, foosball and a massage and relaxation room.

 

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single & Twins
Telephone: In room International Phone
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: Daily Laundry Service
Power: 120 Volts
Air Conditioning: In Room
Meals: Onsite Restaurant
Alcohol: Onsite Bar
Equipment Hire: Included Free Of Charge
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit Card
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Blue Marlin
Season: November to April
Peak: November & December
Weight: 150lb to 500lb
Average Weight: 250lb
Sailfish
Season: November to May
Peak: February & March
Weight: 70lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 90lb
Roosterfish
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: November & December
Weight: 10lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Dorado
Season: All Year
Peak: November & December
Weight: 10lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 30lb
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: 12lb
Cubera Snapper
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 15lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 35lb

Itinerary

Make an enquiry Contact Us

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, the flights have been based on the British Airways direct flights which only depart on certain days of the week. There are other options for other airports and these depart daily 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

You will depart London Gatwick and arrive in San Jose.

A representative from Zancudo Lodge will be waiting at arrivals holding a board up with your name on. They will then transfer you to your overnight hotel we are you free to relax and take in the fine foods of Costa Rica. The transfer is approximately 15 minutes.

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

Day 2

The next day at a prearranged time, a representative from Zancudo Lodge will transfer you to the small internal airport for your small flight to Golfito.

Once you have arrived at Golfito airport the Zancudo Lodge transfer will be waiting for you. After you have disembarked and collected your luggage, make your way over to your private transfer where a member of staff will help load all your luggage before heading to the lodge. The transfer is approximately 20 minutes.

After the very scenic drive through the rainforest, you will arrive at the lodge where staff will help with your check-in. Once you have checked in you will be shown to your room where you will be free to relax and unwind after your journey. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 3 - Fishing Day

After breakfast and at a prearranged time you will make your way down to the marina where your captain will be waiting to take you out for your very first fishing day.

Your captain will speak to you beforehand about your chosen method of fishing. You will then be taken out for a full days fishing.

Fishing hours are normally 6am – 4pm

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 4 - Fishing Day

Each day you can choose where and how you wish to fish. Zancudo Lodge specialises in lure and fly fishing so why not try and tempt a very aggressive hard fighting Tuna on a popper rod. Once these fish are hooked you will be in for some fun.

Another huge advantage with your stay at Zancudo Lodge is that all your tackle is provided from all your lure and fly rods and reels to the heavy stand up and fight equipment. They even supply all lure, poppers, jigs and most flies. (Large Marlin flies can be purchased from the lodge)

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 5 & 6 - Fishing Days

Over the next couple of days work hard with your captain to put as many fish on the boat by being open to what he thinks is working well. He will advise you on what is fishing well and of course, he will show you how to if you have never done the style of fishing he is recommending.

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 7 - Fishing Day

This will be your last fishing day so if there are any species that have evaded you during you week this is the time to target them. As mentioned before, you decide what and where you would like to fish so if there is a certain species you want to tick off your list make it clear to your captain at the start of your week.

Overnight accommodation: Zancudo Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 8

Once you have checked out of your accommodation you will be transferred back the short scenic drive to Golfito airport (transfer approx. 20mins). The Zancudo Lodge representative will then help you and your bags into the airport where they will assist you with check-in ready for your small internal flight back to San Jose.

After you have landed at San Jose internal airport you will need to collect your bags and make your way to the international departures ready for your return flight back to the UK.

Day 9

Arrive UK

Prices

Make an enquiry Contact Us

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
01/11/2019 30/11/2019 9 8 5 £4,866 N/A Book Now N/A
01/12/2019 31/12/2019 9 8 5 £5,866 N/A Book Now N/A
01/01/2020 31/01/2020 9 8 5 £4,976 N/A Book Now N/A
01/02/2020 29/02/2020 9 8 5 £5,146 N/A Book Now N/A
01/03/2020 31/03/2020 9 8 5 £4,976 N/A Book Now N/A
01/04/2020 30/04/2020 9 8 5 £4,976 N/A Book Now N/A
01/05/2020 31/05/2020 9 8 5 £4,976 N/A Book Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 9 8 5 £5,132 N/A Book Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 9 8 5 £6,132 N/A Book Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 9 8 5 £5,242 N/A Book Now N/A
02/02/2021 28/02/2021 9 8 5 £5,412 N/A Book Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 9 8 5 £5,242 N/A Book Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 9 8 5 £5,242 N/A Book Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 9 8 5 £5,242 N/A Book Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing (Standard Boat) and Standard twin room for 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
  • All popper and jig rods
  • Fly rods and reels
  • Tackle for both Fly and lure fishing
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 5 days fishing
  • All meals at Zancudo Lodge
  • House wine with evening meal
  • Soft drinks

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other drinks
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service

Options

  • World Traveler Plus upgrades

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

  • The itinerary is based on the elegant standard double rooms. You can upgrade the rooms to the stunning Junior suites which are 450 sqft bungalows. If you really want to spoil yourself then you can upgrade your room to the spectacular Master Suite which comes with stunning Ocean Views, separate bedroom, spacious living room and private terrace with hammock. Please speak to a member of Sportquest Holidays team who will happily advise on the current upgrade prices.

Price Supplements

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

The departure tax is now included in your flight ticket.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – San Jose (approx 10 hours)
San Jose – Zancudo 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 – Zancudo Lodge (approx 20 minutes)

Questions & Answers

Make an enquiry Contact Us

Where is the hotel?

The hotel is based in the Puntarenas Providence, Playa Zancuda in Costa Rica. Set amongst some stunning Costa Rican Jungle.

Where will I 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?

On your offshore fishing days, the grounds are around 30 – 40 minutes away from the hotel. The inshore is split between zones and depending on what zone you will be fishing that day it can range anything from 5 minutes to 45minutes away from the hotel.

What fish will I catch?

Depending on your targets and if you have certain fish you wish to target then you can expect to catch; Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Tuna, Amberjacks, Roosters, Sharks, and lots of reef groupers and Cubera Snappers.

How many fish will I catch?

If you are fishing offshore then the numbers of fish are lower as the fish you will be targeting are spread around. So if targeting the Marlin and Sailfish you should expect to raise a couple each day. When fishing Tuna you should be looking at multiple strikes. The inshore fishing is different as the fish are more concentrated in areas that are accessible by boat. Inshore fishing is a lot more productive as you can spin, fly or baitfish.

How will I fish?

A normal day fishing offshore will be either spent trolling artificial lures or you can popper/baitfish. Depending on what you are fishing for your skipper will suggest the best methods. The inshore fishing is a lot more active as there are a lot more species willing to take your bait or lure.

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is perfect for a huge variety of anglers from beginners to the most expert of anglers. Your skipper will help you with every style of fishing and if you have never lured fished for hard fighting species before they will give you some lessons. Fly fishing is also a great method and again our skippers will be on hand to help you with everything.

What skill level is required?

A general knowledge of fishing from a boat is an advantage but not necessary. The guides are there to help you achieve what you want out of your holiday.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole, the trip is not that physical apart from playing the fish. The boats are easy to walk around and have comfortable seats for moving around from spot to spot. There is a little step down into the boats at the marina.

When is the best time to go?

The season is November to July with the peak times being from November to March.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Costa Rica is to take advantage of the direct British Airways flights from London Gatwick straight to San Jose in Costa Rica.

What is the accommodation like?

The hotel is stunning and service is their number one aim. Nothing is too much for the staff. Surrounded by idyllic jungle foliage, its own private beach and their own private marina this truly is a fisherman’s dream location.

What is the food like?

Breakfast is served in the main restaurant and there is a huge selection from cooked breakfasts to the more continental style breakfast. Lunch is packed in a coolbox at taken down to your boats each day or alternatively if you are not fishing there is a superb menu of lunches from fresh fish to hamburgers. Evening meals are crafted from locally sourced products and locally caught fish. All the food is prepared and cooked onsite by the professional cooks.

Is fishing tackle provided?

The great thing about Zancudo lodge is that they supply everything. If you fancy trying some popper fishing or vertical jigging they will supply everything you will need, try to catch a Marlin on a fly, they will supply the lot. You can just turn up with no fishing equipment and they will have it covered.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal around the hotel is good plus you get free Wifi at the hotel.

Are there other activities available?

There are many different tours available that can be arranged with the reception and they have a great spa onsite. (Contact a member of the Sportquest team, who will give you a more detailed list of other activities)

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the Dates and Prices tab above.

 

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange your own we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please call our offices on 01603 407596.

Blogs

Make an enquiry Contact Us
Stay in Touch
Sign Up To Our Newsletter
Sign up to our weekly newsletter to get the latest travel advice, offers and adventures.
Request A Brochure
Our inspiring, free brochure is packed with incredible travel inspiration from every corner of the planet.
Submit An Enquiry
Our experienced team are always on hand to help you with any questions or advice you need.