Puntarenas is a commercial port city on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast. Along with the port city of Limón on the Caribbean cost, Puntarenas has played a key role in the country’s economic history for almost 200 years as the entrance and exit point for goods and produce imported and exported via sea transport, a Pacific role it now shares with Puerto Caldera a few miles south.
Port cities the world over have a reputation for polluted waters, seedy streets and slow decay. However, Puntarenas and its beach strip and seafood restaurants, less than two hours from San José, has long been a popular escape for landlocked Costa Ricans to spend leisure time, especially on weekends. The city’s ferry terminal is a convenient way to connect to lovely beaches and resorts on the southern tip of the Golfo de Nicoya, such as Tambor and Montezuma.
Not a major Costa Rican fishing center
Being an important port city, Puntarenas is not a major Costa Rica fishing destination. It does not have a large sportfishing charter fleet, or a stable of well-known captains. Most anglers who come to fish Costa Rica, and choose the Central Pacific coast, will fish out of Los Sueños Marina/Jacó or Pez Vela Marina/Quepos.
However, Puntarenas is a day-long port of call for a host of large, luxury cruise ships and liners whose tours originate in the United States, Panama and Venezuela, for example. Ponant, Windstar, Azamara and Princess all have cruises that stop over in Puntarenas, docking early morning, and leaving early evening.
Puntarenas offers Costa Rica fishing charters
We often contacted by travelers who have booked a cruise that docks in Puntarenas, asking whether we can arrange a one-day Costa Rican sportfishing charter. We do offer offers cruise passengers the chance to fish Costa Rica.If your liner stops in Puntarenas or Caldera, we offer a three-quarter day Costa Rica fishing charter with an experienced English-speaking captain whose expertise is inshore fishing, and who guarantees lots of action.
Fish Costa Rica with Captain Tavo
Captain Octavio (Tavo) Nuñez will come across the Gulf of Nicoya from Tambor and meet your ship when it docks in the morning. He will take you bottom fishing on his specially-rigged, coast guard-approved 32ft panga for feisty Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack and other exotic inshore species native to Costa Rica.
Enjoy lunch at lovely Tortuga Island, fish some more, and then be back at the Puntarenas or Caldera dock later that same afternoon. The trip, for one to three/four anglers, persons, includes pick-up and drop-off at the Puntarenas or Caldera dock; all tackle and live bait; refreshments; and a light lunch at Tortuga Island.
Offshore fishing also an option
For cruise passengers docking in Puntarenas who prefer to fish Costa Rica offshore, we can arrange a minivan transfer to Los Sueños Marina, a three-quarter day charter out of the marina, and a transfer back to Puntarenas/Caldera that will get you to the dock before your liner leaves for its next port of call.
Puntarenas Area Fishing Charters
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