Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast (The Osa Peninsula), which has been referred to by National Geographic Magazine as "The Most Ecologically Intense Place on Earth". It is also where the edge of Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest meets the pacific. The Osa Peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park.
Park as well as over 400 bird species, 250 species of mammals and of course...inshore and offshore fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna and other sought after trophy fish! Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination offering over 25 exotic eco tours, a luxury spa and an 800 ft. pier with a private fleet of high end fishing boats that include Boston Whaler and Strike Yachts.
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 lored 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 here on the lodge’s grounds
Anglers will delight in the diversity of offshore big game fishing and marvel at the selection of inshore fishing species to target with Costa Rica's pristine beaches and jungle as the backdrop. The bilingual, experienced crew will offer you as much, or as little help as you require to fish for marlin, sailfish, dorado, tuna, snook, snapper, and others. Crocodile Bay also offers Costa Rica Fly Fishing for billfish and other species
Marlin — The "lady in the blue dress" or Blue Marlin is the most common of the Marlins and cruise the nearby cobalt waters all year. They peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black Marlin are the most abundant in July and August and few Striped Marlin are around at the same time.
Sailfish — Again, can be considered year round as 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. They are common January through May and are very abundant during the months of November and December.
Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys, those 100 to 300 pounds can test your back 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 tunas hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December. It is no coincidence that the Marlin numbers peak at the same time.
Wahoo — A Wahoo can surprise you any day of the year but are not considered common in this area.
The species most sought after is the Roosterfish. Twenty-five to fifty pound fish are very common and often a couple over 50 lbs are caught each week. The Resort record for roosters is 106 lbs.
Snapper — There are a dozen different kinds of snapper with the cubera being top dog. Cubera average about 15 to 20 lbs with the biggest to date here 63 lbs. Other bottom fish are the Broomtail Grouper as well as other groupers and the Goliath Grouper. These are pretty tasty.
Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to Barracuda, several types of Jacks, Snook, Bonito, Mackerel, African Pompano, Bluefin Trevally, Rainbow Runners, Shark, etc.
The trick to catching any fish on a fly is to get them to eat. A hot billfish will attack almost anything and unlike many species, it only takes a short cast to present your fly to a billfish. The number of fish you put in the boat so to speak might not be as high as other methods of fishing, but the visual reward of actually seeing the strike makes up for the reduced number of landed fish and unless you have a boat that goes as fast in reverse as it does forward, it will take a little longer for the average angler to land a fish on fly gear.
There are very few sights an angler can see that will be etched into his memory forever more than a school of roosterfish honing in and attacking a school of sardines. They come racing in, their combs raised above the surface cutting through the water at lightning speed, changing direction in a flash with sardines scampering all directions trying to escape. Roosterfish can be teased like a billfish. They will raise to a teaser or a hookless popper but their attention span is very limited and unless you are cocked and ready and can throw a fly 80 to 100 feet with pin-point accuracy, the chances of a take are slim.
You will independently book your international airfare into San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) where with the Crocodile Bay PLATINUM TRANSFER PACKAGE will begin. This package includes private transfers and 1st class lodging in San Jose with on-staff bilingual chauffeurs who drive air conditioned Mini-Vans. Enjoy your first night at the Cariari Doubletree by Hilton, which is 15 minutes from the International Airport. Also included in the package is a Round Trip Nature Air in-country ticket for each package purchased.
Rooms and Private Villas
The rooms at Crocodile Bay Lodge are a step up from the screened in, open air fishing and jungle lodges you will find throughout the country. All rooms are spacious with AC, purified water dispenser, fishing gear rack, safe, alarm clock, observation deck, and queen sized beds. Some rooms include optional Jacuzzi tub and second room. There are private villas that are perfect for family and group vacations!
All packages include daily FULL breakfast, à la carte lunch, and an incredible ALL YOU CAN EAT nightly dinner buffet (or à la carte) at the large open air grill. In the evenings it's time for that exciting day of fishing to pay-off with your fresh catch being served the way you like it. Also offered is an incredible variety of other dishes at the buffet including sushi (when fresh tuna is available), a variety of beef and vegetarian choices as well as other mouth-watering specials drummed up by the talented chef.
Crocodile Bay Lodge also has a game room connected to the festive bar area complete with cash slot machines, large TV (with satellite TV), pool table, foosball, and lounge area. Wireless internet access (and guests workstations) are available in the lobby so you don't have to wait to get home before showing off your days catch with friends and family! You'll definitely be surprised to find dining options like these deep in the heart of the jungle!
The 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 bird’s 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. Poolside massages are offered from the spa staff during happy hour.
The 5,000 square foot, newly-constructed luxury spa offers guest 6 private massage rooms, locker room and 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 Resort offers aquatic eco-tours including kayaking, surfing and snorkeling on the Pacific and inland tours including rainforest treks, zip-line canopy tours, animal sanctuaries, birding, horseback riding, and more! Encounter countless mammal and bird species or relax and enjoy one of several exotic beaches!
Below is a listing of the organized Eco-Tours available:
SEASON: November 1, 2012-August 2013
20% Discount off Package Rates
May not be combined with any other offers
November 1 - November 30, 2012
May thru September 2013
PER-PERSON RATES - Standard Boat
Party of 4-night/3-day 5-night/4-day 6-night/5-day
2 per room/boat $3,185 $3,845 $4,395
3 per room/boat $2,745 $3,295 $3,735
Book with Bob Marriott’s Travel Center and enjoy a free upgrade to a 33-ft Strike tower boat from the standard package for one fishing day at no extra charge ($700 value).
PER-PERSON RATES - 33-ft Strike boat with tower
Party of 4-night/3-day 5-night/4-day 6-night/5-day
2 per room/boat $4,175 $5,055 $5,825
3 per room/boat $3,405 $4,175 $4,945
*Strike packages include upgrade to deluxe room.
Call us for additional rates options for fishing packages for larger parties/varying lengths; and for non-fishing and adventure tour/spa packages.
A transfer package fee of $450 per person is not included in the above rate and should be added (if necessary) to the fishing package. It includes inbound night lodging at the Doubletree Hilton Cariari or the Sleep-Inn in San José (double occupancy), ground transfers between airports and hotel, and scheduled round-trip domestic air transportation between San José and the resort.
*All rates are subject to change without notice.
Fishing boat with fuel, fishing gear, guide, fishing licenses, lodging, all meals and soft drinks and cooler with beer when fishing. NOTE: Does not include alcoholic beverages at the resort.
Transfer fees, domestic overweight seat and baggage, international airfare, meals in San Jose, airport departure tax, change fees, gratuities and alcoholic beverages at resort.
A deposit of $1,000 per angler is due within 10 days of reservation. Full payment is due upon receipt of invoice for bookings made within 90 days of departure.
Costa Rica Departure and Airport Taxes are $28 per person, payable at the airport in either US dollars or the equivalent in colones prior to check-in with your flight departing San José.