Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica Fishing

Playa Carrillo is one of the best fishing spots in all of Costa Rica.


Puerto Carrillo is a small Pacific Ocean beach resort and Costa Rica fishing village in the south central part of the Nicoya Peninsula. Within 20-25 minutes of Carrillo to the northeast are two other important Costa Rican sport fishing destinations: the beach resort villages of Samara and Guanamar.

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Fish Carrillo, enjoy Guanamar and Samara too

Fishermen visiting Carrillo will find plenty of hospitality optios available.Those who decide to fish Puerto Carrillo can enjoy excellent angler-friendly hotels from modest to upscale; restaurants, bars and boutiques. Puerto Carrillo is a small, rustic village, relaxed and laid back, with inviting beige sand beaches.

Traveling for Carrillo fishing, although seemingly complicated, simply isn’t. Anglers on Costa Rica fishing trips might choose a four-hour drive from San José across the Tempisque River bridge and then through Nicoya. Or, there are also daily 45-minute commuter flights from San José to the Puerto Carrillo area on domestic carriers Nature Air and Sansa.

If anglers who have decided to fish Carrillo prefer to fly into Liberia’s international airport, it is a two-hour drive from there through Santa Cruz and Nicoya.

Carrillo is area’s best-known fishing destination

Anglers staying in Puerto Carillo might also pick up their Costa Rica fishing charter at Samara or Guanamar, depending on where the particular boat they have booked is moored. Costa Rican sport fishing captains who live in and fish the area usually don’t make much of a distinction between Carillo and Samara or Guanamar, 20-25 minutes away by cab, although as a Costa Rica fishing destination, Carillo is the best known of the three.

Boats travel from Flamingo to fish Carrillo

While visiting Puerto Carrillo you can book a sport fishing adventure.Puerto Carrillo – along with Guanamar and Samara – is a winter haven for many Costa Rican sport fishing charter captains, who bring their boats down from Flamingo and the Papagayo Bay area between January and April and set up temporary quarters to escape the Papagayo winds that sweep over the northern part of Guanacaste.

Puerto Carrillo offer excellent offshore and inshore Costa Rica fishing action all year around. The bay and coastline where Carillo is situated are always rich in baitfish, so every species of gamefish that anglers chose to target can be caught 365 days a year

Carrillo Marlin bite tops in January-March

There is a particularly good Marlin bite out of Puerto Carrillo between January and March. For whatever reason, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Striped Marlin often skip the South and Central Pacific areas and congregate off the Pacific coast near this part of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Anglers on Costa Rica fishing charters out of Puerto Carrillo will find that the Sailfish bite will peak a couple of months later. The beginning of May usually signals the arrival of Yellowfin Tuna. There will be more Dorado available to anglers on Costa Rica fishing charter as of July/August when the rains start and spill reeds, branches and logs from local rivers into the ocean. A Wahoo might take the hook when the water is clear.

Carrillo offers superb inshore fishing

The inshore enthusiast will find Carrillo fishing excellent all year round. Anglers who fish Carrillo will encounter Cubera Snapper, Rock Snapper, Mullet Snapper and Yellow Snapper; Roosterfish; Grouper; Amberjack; Jack Crevalle, Horse-Eye Jack; Blue Jack and Sierra Mackerel, among other inshore species.

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