Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Fishing

 Quepos and Manuel Antiono fishing adventures


Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast is Costa Rica’s number one tourist destination. About 20% of all visitors to Costa Rica either stay for a day or more in Manuel Antonio – or the town of Quepos, of which Manuel Antonio is an extension on the ridge – or visit the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Visit the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park

Sportfishing charters in the Manuel Antonio area of Costa RicaIf you decide to fish Manuel Antonio, make sure to set aside a day to visit the absolutely gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the world’s most biodiverse nature preserves. The park’s lush tropical cloud forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches totaling 1,700 acres of land and 136,000 acres of ocean make up one of the most diverse ecosystems imaginable. In the park you will probably encounter white-faced Titi and Howler monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, iguanas, and perhaps even the endangered Squirrel monkey, which calls the park home as well.

The town of Manuel Antonio is 100% based on the tourist industry. There are hundreds of hotels, from four-star to modest hostels; restaurants, cafés, grocery stores and supermarkets; bars, tourist boutiques… all catering to people from around the world.

Manuel Antonio is an enjoyable two-and-half-hour drive from San José, or a short 25-minute hop by commuter flight from San José on either Sansa or Nature Air.

Manuel Antonio fishing = Quepos fishing

Sportfishing in Manuel Antonio is really more about Quepos fishing in Costa Rica.Groups of anglers who stay in Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica sportfishing vacations will not fish out of Manuel Antonio itself but will fish out of the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos. It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from most Manuel Antonio hotels to the new marina, which has one of the finest Costa Rica sportfishing fleets and most experienced Costa Rica fishing charter captains in the country.

Manuel Antonio fishing is Quepos fishing: stay in Manuel Antonio, as most tourists and Costa Rican sport fishing enthusiasts visiting the area do, and fish out of the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos.

Manuel Antonio fishing seasons follow Central Pacific pattern

As Manuel Antonio is smack in the middle of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, the peak Manuel Antonio fishing seasons conform to the patterns of that area. As everywhere along the Pacific, you can catch any species every day of the year, but anglers coming for a Costa Rica fishing experience who set their minds of billfish, for example, will find the peak Marlin and Sailfish bite between December and April.

Yellowfin Tuna follow, coming into the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area a couple of months later, and peaking in July-September. If you are looking to boat a Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) for dinner on your Costa Rican sportfishing charter, your best bet is between July and October, when the rains wash reeds, branches and logs into the Pacific Ocean river mouths of Manuel Antonio and vicinity. And you might find a Wahoo screeching your reel when the water is clearest.

Costa Rica fishing enthusiasts will enjoy top inshore action

Like everywhere else, inshore Manuel Antonio fishing is a spectacular. Anglers on Costa Rica sportfishing charters out of Pez Vela Marina can catch Roosterfish; Cubera, Red and Mullet Snapper; Common Grouper and Broomtail Grouper; Pacific Snook even closer inshore when the tide is right; Mackerel, Jack and Skipjack.

Fish for Marlin in Quepos and Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Area Fishing Charters

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