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On the Pacific side of Costa Rica, tucked into the southern region known as the Osa Peninsula, you will find some of the best bluewater fishing found anywhere in the world, offering consistent action for sailfish, marlin, roosters, tuna, wahoo, dorado, and more. Whether you're looking to fish hard every single day, or trying to combine a fishing trip with the numerous eco-tour activities and options offered throughout this part of the country, Costa Rica and Crocodile Bay have long been a Central American favorite.
You may arrive and depart any day of the week and arrange packages for any number of nights lodging (minimum stay of 3 nights) or any number of days fishing. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
Crocodile Bay Resort is Costa Rica’s finest sport fishing and eco-tour destination. The resort is situated on 44 acres of lush, tropical gardens with 44 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez, on Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast. The rooms at Crocodile Bay are a major step up from the screened-in, open air fishing and jungle lodges found at most resorts throughout the country. All rooms at Crocodile Bay feature AC, purified water dispenser, fishing gear rack, safe, alarm clock, observation deck, and queen sized beds. Some rooms include optional jacuzzi tub and a second room. There are also a number of private villas that are perfect for family and group vacations!
Crocodile Bay features a game room connected to the festive bar area with cash slot machines, large TV (with SKY TV), pool table, foosball, and lounge area. Wireless internet access (and guests workstations) are available in the lobby. The resort's pool area is a great option for relaxing between your fishing and jungle adventures. Pull up a cool seat at the swim-up bar for an exotic cocktail, or enjoy an evening seat in the elevated Jacuzzi for a birds eye view of scarlet macaws and other wildlife in the surrounding jungle trees. The jungle sounds are intense in the evening and provide the ultimate soundtrack for truly enjoying your vacation and forgetting the stress of everyday life.
The resort's 5,000 square foot, newly-constructed luxury spa offers guest 6 private massage rooms, locker room, shower area, and a spacious relaxation room for enjoying a glass of wine, raw juice, or mineral water while you wait. Once you walk in the front door you will be greeted by gentle aroma therapy and sounds of the rainforest coming from our high-end audio system. Choose from over 25 Spa treatments or mini-day spa packages for guests that prefer not to fish or take part in eco-tours. Crocodile Bay's conference center is ideal for group meetings, conferences, seminars, private gatherings, and more. The facility has audio/video equipment, internet access, restaurant service, and air conditioning.
There is a photo waiting to be taken at any moment on the Crocodile Bay grounds. You'll be astounded by the abundant flora and fauna right outside your doorstep. Resident sea almond trees provide a favorite dinner buffet for wild scarlet macaws, red colored parrots, toucans and other tropical birds. You won't have to wait long to see a basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizard) do his famous run across the water's surface, or see a dog sized Iguana darting across a grassy area. In the morning near the pier it is not uncommon to see large troops of white face monkeys picking the trees clean of fruits and howler monkeys dining on leaves or taking an afternoon nap. If you're a plant lover you'll see some of Central America's most amazing tropical flowers, plants and trees right on the resort grounds. There are two large walk-in butterfly habitats that allow you to experience over 50 varieties of Costa Rica' most amazing butterfly species. Not only is this an exciting and educational experience for guests, but Crocodile Bay also raises and releases butterfly's into the wild to keep these wonderful creatures at healthy population levels. At the nearby "Crocodile Lagoon," guides will explain a little about the crocodile (Caiman) and it's important roll in local ecosystems.
If you are looking for an intimate setting to host your family or group vacation, look no further. The resort has a number of 2600 sq. foot private villas that are close to the resort, but secluded enough to provide increased privacy. They also each have three bedrooms with private bathrooms (two queen sized beds in guest rooms, one king sized bed in the master bedroom), SKY TV, refrigerators, stove, wine cooler, washer/dryer, maid service, deck, and AC. They are a short walk from the restaurant area and situated away from the standard rooms and suites.
All of the resort packages include breakfast, and à la carte lunch, and an incredible all-you-can-eat nightly dinner buffet that includes sushi (when fresh tuna is available), a variety of beef and vegetarian choices, and other mouth-watering specials drummed up by the resort's talented chef. There is also have a game room connected to the main bar area with cash slot machines, a large TV (with SKY TV), pool table, foosball, and a lounge area. You'll be surprised with the quality of the dining options deep in the heart of the jungle.
The fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort is world-class, with catch and release fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, Dorado, tuna and wahoo. You also have access to the world-class fishing in Costa Rica's Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) for roosterfish, cubera snapper, Jack Crevalle, bluefin trevally, sierra mackerel, tripletail, and grouper.
Offshore Costa Rica Fishing Species:
Marlin — The "lady in the blue dress" or Blue Marlin is the most common of Costa Rican marlin and cruise the area's cobalt waters all year. They peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black Marlin are most abundant in July and August and few Striped Marlin are around at the same time.
Sailfish — Year round, and a half dozen are common any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase and days of 12 fish or more are common.
Dorado — Any day of the year, common January through May and very abundant November and December.
Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys, 100 to 300 pounds, can test you any day of the year if you are lucky enough to come across a school of porpoises offshore. The big Tuna swim with them and the feed on the same baitfish. "Football sized" tuna hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December.
Inshore Fishing at Crocodile Bay:
Roosterfish — Twenty-five to fifty pound fish are very common, and each week, the resort's fleet usually catches a couple over 50 pounds. The resort record for roosterfish is 106 lbs.
Snapper — There are a dozen different kinds of snapper in the area, with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 lbs with the biggest landed to date 63 lbs.
Grouper — Bottom fish such as the Broomtail Grouper and the Goliath Grouper. These are pretty tasty.
Others — Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to barracuda, several types of Jacks, snook, bonito, mackerel, African pompano, bluefin trevally, rainbow runners, sharks, and more.
Crocodile Bay's fleet of 40 boats, easily accessed from the resort's 850-foot private pier, includes 24’ center consoles, 27’ offshore center consoles, 32' and 33’ tower boats, plus the 35' owner's tower boat.
Crocodile Bay is not just about the fishing! The resort's Costa Rica Eco-Tour Department offers 29 privately guided eco and adventure tours in Costa Rica's most biologically intense region. With over 350 bird species (including scarlet macaws and toucans) and countless mammal species (including all four species of indigenous monkeys, sloths, jaguars, and tapirs), Costa Rica's Osa peninsula is one of the few regions in Costa Rica where one can witness a diverse array of flora and fauna in a short amount of time. Tours include kayaking, rainforest canopy tours, snorkeling, visits to animal sanctuaries, botanical gardens, surfing, bird watching, horseback riding, gulf tours (to spot spinner dolphin, humpback whales, pilot whales, whale sharks, and the occasional orca) and more! Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Crocodile Bay also has a new 5,000 square foot, newly-constructed luxury spa that offers guest six private massage rooms, locker room, a shower area, and a spacious relaxation room for enjoying a glass of wine, raw juice or mineral water while you wait. Choose from over 25 Spa treatments or mini-day spa packages for guests that prefer not to fish or take part in eco-tours. Did we mention that this is a GREAT destination for a non-angling spouse?
If you have purchased the Crocodile Bay Resort transfer package (which we recommend and can easily arrange for you), a driver will be waiting for you directly outside the San Jose International Airport departure doors (after clearing customs) with a Crocodile Bay sign. Depending on your time of international arrival and departure into/from Costa Rica, we may be able to eliminate your overnights in San Jose. The last flight down to the lodge in the high season (Dec 1-April 20) departs at 3:15 PM and in the low season (April 21-Nov 30) departs at 10:45 AM. You would need to arrive into San Jose (SJO) two hours prior to those departure times to make the flight to Crocodile Bay Lodge.
From Puerto Jimenez (Crocodile Bay Lodge) back to San Jose the earliest flight departs at 7:00 AM and arrives in San Jose at approximately 8:10 AM year round. If your connecting flight back to the states departs after 11:00 AM, you will be able to avoid a San Jose Hotel sleep over for your final night. From December 1 to April 20th the last flight back to San Jose is 4:30 PM each day. It is possible to fish from 7:00 AM until 3:15 PM, a regular fishing day, before you depart Crocodile Bay Lodge.
You can arrive and depart Crocodile Bay on any day of the week, based on the transfer times and schedules listed above.
Please call Yellow Dog at 888-777-5060 for a full breakdown on package rates, fishing package options, and details. There are numerous packages and rate structures, and all trips can be customized to include exactly what you are looking for, and all desired inclusions.
* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Where is the most likely place in Costa Rica you will see a jaguar? The Osa Peninsula. A humpback whale? The Osa Peninsula. Scarlet Macaw? The Osa Peninsula. Catch a trophy size Marlin or Sailfish? The Osa Peninsula. Osa means "giant anteater" and you might see one of these on one of our Ecotours here in Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest. Like any frontier, the Osa seems vast, stretching away into unknown places. A dark green forest covers steep hills with views of the blue ocean from the peaks and ridges reaching to over 2000 feet. Nestled into massive rivers and looming verdant slopes lies the huge Corcovado National Park as well as the Matapalo rain forest. Golfo Dulce, the sweet gulf, bathes the East Coast of the peninsula and the open Pacific pounds the western beaches. The northwest shelters Drake Bay, the northeast holds giant mangrove forests and huge river mouths, and offshore rises lush Caño Island.
Your Crocodile Bay Resort transfer package includes your NatureAir flight from San José to the Osa Peninsula where you will be worlds away from civilization, landing at a small air strip in to be whisked away to a secluded paradise.
Even if you have ten years, don't expect to see all the life that resides in the 1000 or so species of hardwood trees. Scientists speculate that here some individual rainforest trees may even harbor their own unique insect species.