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Big tarpon fishing in Caño Negro

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Discover Best Costa Rica Sport Fishing Tarpon in Caño Negro Refuge: Get your big tarpon in one of the best places around the world for tarpon in fresh water.

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with our customized packages for discovering unparalleled tarpon fishing experience, showcasing why Caño Negro is a premier destination for tarpon enthusiasts and expert fishermen worldwide. We guarantee you that Caño Negro Refuge is a prime location and optimal timing to battle the majestic silver king.

While spinning tackle remains popular, fly fishing for tarpon is the best technique for getting nice specimens. Rely on our local knowledge to connect you with Costa Rica’s top tarpon local guides, ensuring an unforgettable expedition.

When fish a big tarpon in Caño Negro Refuge?

All year-around, in Caño Negro Refuge the tarpon population is mostly resident, mature fish. We don’t catch juvenile tarpon because they are not here and the tarpon fishing in Caño Negro is not based on migratory seasons. The main river (Rio Frio) and the large wetland of Caño Negro, the abundance of bait and the quietness of this water, keep the tarpon here year-round.

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Where is the Best Tarpon Fishing in Costa Rica?

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is the best fishing destination in Costa Rica.
It is not the most popular, but it is the place that can give you the most thrilling experience when it is time to catch a Tarpon in Costa Rica.

Why Caño Negro Refuge?

First of all, we have big mature tarpons only. We do not have juvenile tarpon. From 50-60 LBS up the the biggest old 200 lbs tarpon, we have it!

Caño Negro Refuge is the place to test your skills in fishing. The Rio Frio is not such a big river, it has some current water, and trees underwater, and during the dry season is shallow.

This makes your Tarpon fishing experience challenging. This is the real deal!

When you get a tarpon in Caño Negro you can say that you really fish a tarpon!

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Experience the thrill of tarpon fishing in Costa Rica

where the challenge lies not only in hooking these powerful fish but also in the exhilarating battle to land them. Tarpons, scientifically known as ‘megalops atlanticus,’ boast large, black eyes that aid their nocturnal hunting prowess in Caño Negro. Their bony gill plates pose a formidable challenge, capable of severing even stout leaders if they’re not careful.

In Caño Negro Refuge, we measure success by how many tarpons you “jump” rather than how many you release, highlighting the intense encounters and intricate manoeuvres required when fishing from our agile panga-style boats. We care about tarpons. These beautiful silvery fish are strong in the water, but at the same time are very delicate animals. They stress easily, and this can lead to their death. Responsible fishing techniques are a must to prevent their life. This ensures their continued population health and provides anglers with countless opportunities to test their skills against mature tarpon weighing over +50 lbs, with non-so-exceptional specimens reaching up to 200 lbs. In Costa Rica, tarpons are strictly catch-and-release game fish in Costa Rica

The lush Caño Negro wetlands and this beautiful tropical forest of Costa Rica, make this fishing destination in Costa Rica a magical place for tarpon fishing.

Unlike many other tarpon destinations in Central America, Caño Negro has a resident population that offers year-round angling excitement. Whether you’re drawn by the challenge of battling these magnificent creatures or the thrill of witnessing their acrobatic leaps, tarpon fishing in Caño Negro Refuge promises an unforgettable adventure amid stunning natural surroundings.

Costa Rica Fly Fishing.

Fly fishing tarpon in Costa Rica at the Refuge of Caño Negro is probably the most exciting experience in fishing.

Explore this world-class fly fishing in Costa Rica – Caño Negro Wetland, where the thrill of tarpon fishing reigns supreme. Our Costa Rica Tarpon Fly Fishing adventures are a top choice for anglers seeking jungle fishing action. The adrenaline rush begins when these powerful and big silver kings take your fly and erupt into acrobatic displays of twisting and leaping. Witnessing a tarpon jump ten feet into the air is a testament to their strength and agility, making every encounter a heart-pounding challenge.

More than Fly fishing a tarpon

Hotel de Campo, which is the first Costa Rica Fishing Lodge in Caño Negro since 1998, is located strategically in front of one of the lagoons of this peaceful natural reserve.

We offer more than “just” tarpon fly fishing. Our expert guides lead also unforgettable Garfish fishing experiences.
The Garfish is also a prehistorical fish. It looks like a mix between a caiman and a fish. A caiman head with very sharp teeth and the body of a fish with bony scales. The actual name of this garfish is Alligator gar.
Most of the time we fish the Alligator gar with life bait or fake bait.
It is a tricky fish to get, with a peculiar way to grab the bait resembling a caiman.

Young anglers’ fishing experience

The National Refuge of Caño Negro is a world-class fishing destination for enthusiasts and experienced anglers.
But it is also very suitable for young anglers’.
All youth anglers will have an opportunity to get one of the most thrilling fishing experiences. Definitely, Caño Negro is a destination for a family vacation in Costa Rica based on wildlife, photography and fishing.
At Hotel de Campo we can organize a family vacation package that includes all the jungle experience.

Customizable sport fishing packages

Sport Fishing Packages in Caño Negro Refuge

Hotel de Campo prepares for you 3 basic options for sportfishing packages. These are some offer ideas, based on our customer experience.
All the packages are fully customizable.
The following fishing vacation packages are based on fishing only. If you travel with non-anglers, we also have some choices in the next section.
Or, you can request a personalized offer.

2 nights - 1 day fishing

Short time in Costa Rica? we have it covered!
With this offer, you get 2 nights lodging, +7 hrs fishing, breakfast, dinner, and more

Price: from $295 per night per person, based on double occupancy.

3 nights - 2 days fishing

The more time you spend fishing, the more chances you have! With more than 14 hrs of pure fishing, we can cover more places for the greatest tarpon.

Price: from $275 per night per person, based on double occupancy.

4 nights - 3 days fishing

3 days fishing with +21hrs around Caño Negro in the search of the perfect timing. Because you never get tired of fishing, this is the staring point of your Costa Rica fishing experience.

Price: from $250 per person per night, based on double occupancy

Send us a message, and request full detail of the offer.
Include a description of the date, how many people, if are all anglers or not, what is your expectation and your fishing style preference (casting, baitcasting, flyfishing, live bait, etc).
Be as much precise as possible, to give you the necessary information.

Travel with non-fishermen

Fishing and nature Packages in Caño Negro

Caño Negro is the right destination to travel with your non-anglers companion

Do not miss the possibility of fishing in Costa Rica. You travel from somewhere far from Costa Rica This is also your vacation. 

Let’s create together a vacation package that will make happy everybody in your party. Fishing, relax, nature, birdwatching, photography…. We can cover all!

Send to us a message with detailed information about your party, date, how many people, and how you share rooms. Please include information about fishing, wildlife spotting, photography or what are the expectations of everybody.

With this information, we will send you a few proposals that we can customize.


More than fishing

What else to do in Caño Negro?

The Refuge of Caño Negro is more than a fishing experience in Costa Rica. You can enjoy a beautiful vacation time with your non-fisherman companion. The National Wildlife Refuge is also known as a prime destination for wildlife, birdwatching and photography.

Join us for an unforgettable fly fishing experience in Costa Rica, where every cast holds the promise of an exhilarating battle with some of the most sought-after game fish in the world.

At Hotel de Campo, Birdwatching and/or photography is our prime service. We have been taking birders and photographers coming from every country around the world for many years. The following proposals include most of the services that those clients have chosen.
The most important characteristic of these packages is that tours are private. And packages include a lot of hours of tours. Have a look at those Costa Rica Vacation Packages, and again, if you cannot find the right offer, let us know.

Agamy Pack

A great quick visit at the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, but with up to 8 hrs of birding trip at this precious birding hotspot.

2 nights – 3 days

Jabirú Pack

You will be birding for 12+hrs in this gorgeous birding hotspot in Costa Rica. This is the best-selling Vacation Package when it is time to visit Caño Negro.

3 nights – 4 days

Pinnated Pack

A lot of birdwatching and photography in Costa Rica. And also spare time to relax. 2 birding hotspots to visit in 1 vacation package: Caño Negro and Medio Queso.

4 nights – 3 days

What else to do in Caño Negro?

Packages For Nature Lovers

Nature is everywhere in Costa Rica, and also of course in the National Refuge of Caño Negro. Today, Caño Negro Refuge is well-known as a prime birding hotspot. But, Caño Negro is not only about birdwatching. We also have many other species to see. Such as caimans, iguanas, basilisks, sloths, 3 kinds of monkeys, anteaters, and more.
The EcoNature packages are prepared for those people that enjoy being in nature. That Nature Lover who wants to see anything that flies, that swims, that jumps around the Refuge of Caño Negro. Have a look at those Costa Rica Vacations Packages, and again, if you cannot find the right offer, let us know.

Easy EcoNature

Short on time? No problem. With the Easy EcoNature vacation package, you can still enjoy a quick visit to the National Wildlife Refuge of Caño Negro

EcoNature Plus

Not so short on time? The 2-nights Vacation Package is the most sold always. You will have time for a nice boat tour and time for yourself. Do not miss Caño Negro.

Extra EcoNature

Take it easy, and fully enjoy a visit to Caño Negro Refuge. With up of 5 hrs boat tour and plenty of time for yourself, this package is worth it. Sometimes extra is better.

Custom vacation packages

Couldn't find a costa rica vacations packages right for you? Please feel free to contact us, giving us some feedback. We will prepare a custom package just for you.

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Travel tips about Costa Rica

Surfing around the internet, you can find people asking about Costa Rica. We choose a few of those very common questions for you. Let me say, that giving a straight answer is sometimes impossible. This is because often it will depend on your taste. So we will give you some advice, and then you must make your decision.

What is the best time of year to go to Costa Rica?

Let me ask you… What are you looking for? What is your interest about Travel to Costa Rica?

As we are dedicated to nature, birding, and photography, I have to tell you that it doesn’t matter where you travel in Costa Rica, nature will be there for you.

So, if you are a birdwatcher and you are looking for specific species of birds, you should check with your local guide. Or visit, where you can find all the information about birds, their location, and the best time to see them.

If the weather is an important issue for you, keep in mind that Costa Rica has 2 major seasons, dry and rainy. And between them a transitional season. But these seasons can occur during different months.

The Pacific Coast is characterized by having a well-defined dry and rainy season. The dry season extends from December to March. April is a month of Transition. The driest and warmest month is March. The start depends on the latitudinal location since it starts first in the northwest of the slope and lastly in the southeast. The opposite happens at the beginning of the rainy season.

This period runs from May to October, with November being a transition month. There is a relative decrease in the amount of rain during July and August (we call “veranillo” which means short summer) when the force of the trade wind intensifies.

The rainiest months are September and October, mainly due to the influence of cyclonic systems, winds Monsoons from the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and sea breezes, which are responsible for heavy rains when they join its effect on orographic barriers.

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is a low-pressure belt located in the equatorial region of the planet, formed by the convergence of warm, moist air. The ITCZ ​​is one of the most influential factors in the Pacific precipitation regime, especially all to the south of the country. It can move until it reaches a part of our territory. The rains occur predominantly during the afternoon and early evening

What is the average cost of a trip to Costa Rica?

This is a very difficult question because it really depends on your tastes: Which hotel category are you looking for, if you are renting a car or traveling by bus, the activities would you like to do… and so on.
But let’s say, statistics of average vacation, with middle-class hotels, local restaurants, and most commons activities, it will be about $85 – $125 per night per person.

Is it cheap in Costa Rica?

No is not! Even if Costa Rica is part of the pour Latin America country, that doesn’t mean is a cheap country. It is difficult to say how much you will spend, but an average vacation according to the government statistic with middle-class hotels, local restaurants, and most commons activities, will be about $85 – $125 per night per person.

Why should you book a vacation package to Costa Rica?

Normally because when you choose a vacation package you will receive a special price. Also because you forgot to worry about scheduling activities, looking for hotel, and so on. Just enjoy your vacations.

When is the cheapest time to go to Costa Rica?

Prices in Costa Rica are stable year around.
But, if you travel with cash, and you make reservations directly with the service provider, you can probably receive a better price all year round. This is because travel agencies charge commissions. Direct reservations are always the best and cheapest way to travel to Costa Rica.

Can I travel to Costa Rica right now?

Yes, you can!. Just buy a ticket, and travel to Costa Rica.

How much does a Costa Rica vacation package cost?

A right answer doesn’t exist. When you travel to Costa Rica, you can find any kind of service, any kind of activities, any kind of hotel, restaurant, car rental, and so on.
And it will depend also if you are looking for a solo travel vacation package, a Costa Rica family vacation package, or a Costa Rica all-inclusive package with a flight.
Just for reference, the statistic of the Government of Costa Rica says that the average cost for an average vacation is around $85 – $125 per person per night.

When should you book a vacation package to Costa Rica?

As soon as possible, especially if you travel during the high season (November to April).
But if budget is a major issue for you, try to travel to Costa Rica during the low season (May to October)