Great Accommodations and Superb Bluewater Fishing
On the Pacific side of Costa Rica, tucked into the southern region known as the Osa Peninsula, you will find some of the best blue water fishing found anywhere in the world. This is an area and a fishery that offers very 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, fantastic ecotour activities and options offered in this part of the world, Costa Rica and Crocodile Bay have long been a Central American favorite.
Crocodile Bay Resort is Costa Rica’s finest sport fishing and ecotour destination. The resort is situated on 44 acres of lush, tropical gardens on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. The rooms at Crocodile Bay are a major upgrade from the screened-in, open-air fishing and jungle lodges found at most resorts throughout the country. All rooms at Crocodile Bay feature A/C, purified water dispensers, fishing gear racks, an observation deck, and queen-sized beds. Some rooms include optional jacuzzi tubs and a second room. There are also a number of private villas perfect for family and group vacations.
The main Resort features a game room connected to the large bar area with cash slot machines, large TV, pool table, foosball, and lounge area. Wi-Fi access and guests computer workstations are available in the lobby. The Resort pool area is a great option for relaxing after a full day of fishing or jungle adventure. 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 bird’s-eye view of the 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 luxury spa offers guests six private massage rooms, locker room, shower area, and a spacious relaxation room. Crocodile Bay’s conference center is ideal for group meetings, conferences, private gatherings, and more. The facility has audio/video equipment, internet access, restaurant service, and air conditioning. If you are looking for an intimate setting to host your family or group vacation, then this is hands-down the best operation in all of Costa Rica. The resort has a number of 2,600 square foot private villas that are close to the resort but secluded enough to provide increased privacy. They are a short walk from the restaurant area and situated away from the standard rooms and suites.
Food and Beverages
All of the Resort packages include breakfast, an 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 regional specials drummed up by the resort’s talented chef. You’ll be impressed with the quality of dining options deep in the heart of the jungle.
Typical Length of Stay
You may arrive and depart Crocodile Bay Resort any day of the week and arrange packages for any number of nights (minimum stay of 3 nights) or any number of fishing days. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Crocodile Bay is not just about the fishing! The resort’s 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), the Osa Peninsula is one of the few regions in Costa Rica where one can witness a diverse array of flora and fauna in a small area and a short amount of time.
Tours include kayaking, rainforest canopy tours, snorkeling, visits to animal sanctuaries, botanical gardens, surfing, birdwatching, horseback riding, gulf tours (to spot spinner dolphin, humpback whales, pilot whales, whale sharks, and the occasional orca) and more. In the morning near the pier, it is not uncommon to see large troops of white-faced monkeys picking the trees clean of fruits, and howler monkeys dining on leaves or taking a 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.
Crocodile Bay also has a 5,000 square foot luxury spa, making this a GREAT destination for a non-angling spouse.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Resort guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Some cell phones may work in the area as well.
How To Get There
If you purchase 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 (SJO) departure doors with a Crocodile Bay sign. Depending on your time of international arrival and departure into/from Costa Rica, we may be able to eliminate the need for any overnights in San Jose. The last flight to the Resort during 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 Resort) back to San Jose, the earliest flight departs at 7:00 AM and arrives into 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 night in San Jose on your final night. From December 1st to April 20th, the last flight back to San Jose departs at 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 Resort in the afternoon.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests can arrive to and depart from Crocodile Bay on any day of the week, based on the transfer times and schedules listed above.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Costa Rica and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay.
Yellow Dog offers 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 [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
World-class, catch-and-release fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, Dorado, tuna and wahoo. Guests also have access to the productive in-shore fishing in the 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 can be found in the area’s cobalt waters throughout the year. Numbers peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black marlin are most abundant in July and August and few striped marlin is around at the same time.
Sailfish — Sailfish are present year-round and a half dozen hook-ups are common almost 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, most commonly 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 feed on the same bait fish. 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 few roosterfish weighing 50 pounds or more. The Resort record for roosterfish is 106 pounds.
Snapper — There are a dozen different kinds of snapper in the area, with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 pounds with the biggest landed to date being 63 pounds.
Grouper — Bottom fish such as the Broomtail grouper and the Goliath grouper are available throughout the year and 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.
Boats and Equipment
Crocodile Bay’s fleet of 40 boats, easily accessed from the resort’s 850-foot private pier, includes 24-foot center consoles, 27-foot offshore center consoles, 32-foot, and 33-foot tower boats, plus the 35-foot owner’s tower boat. There is a tackle shop that is fully stocked with all necessary gear and equipment.
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. Since there are so many different packages and fishing options available through Crocodile Bay Resort, we suggest that you call Yellow Dog at 888-777-5060 for a full breakdown on package rates, fishing package options, and details. All trips can be fully customized by Yellow Dog.
- Number of nights lodging
- Number of days of guided off-shore or in-shore fishing as specified in your package
- Costa Rican fishing license
- Use of all fishing gear (rods and reels)
- English speaking crew
- Soft drinks and bottled water
- Daily happy hour buffet
- Wi-Fi access
- Daily cooler for the boat with sandwiches and beer and soft drinks
*Depending on your package, you may also want to include the Crocodile Bay Resort transfer package from San Jose, which we recommend and can easily arrange for you.
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to San Jose
- Domestic flight from San Jose to resort
- Any overnights or other costs in San Jose
- Gratuities for staff and guides
- Round-trip ground transportation
- Local liquor, local beer and local wine
- Travel insurance