What does it take to fish in Costa Rica?
Lots, compared to a destination such as Mexico. But there are ways to minimize the Costa Rican costs.
First, stay away from the Caribbean side. That’s where the best known, most expensive resorts are located. That’s also where, unfortunately, the tarpon are located.
On the Pacific side, stay away from the luxury resorts in the north, around Peninsula de Nicoya. Fish out of Quepos, nearly midway along the coast north-to-south. Or fish out of a primitive - with the emphasis on “primitive” - southern lodge such as Rio Sierpe.
Fred Contaoi of Rod and Reel Adventures in Modesto, Calif., (800) 356-6982, told us standard rates are $825 at Rio Sierpe for a three-night, four-day fishing package, or $1,005 for a four-night, five-day package, including taxes, with food and drink at the lodge included. Spring specials, however, can be had for 30 percent less.
It also would cost about $130 round trip for commuter air from San Jose to Palmar, jumping-off site for Rio Sierpe.