Where to fly to: San Jose, Costa Rica
Where your tour starts: San Jose, Costa Rica
Transfers on arrival: Yes, Private charter flight to Rio Colorado. 25-30min
Transport to camp: Cessna Caravan. Lodge is situated next to the runway. Road transport is also possible for guests wishing to see more of the countryside – in this instance; we recommend a charter flight into camp, and then a boat a road transfer back to San Jose
Type of accommodation: Family run guest house – rooms are shared, en suite and have air-conditioning.
Laundry – done daily if required and charged for at end of stay
Boats: Yes – All fishing is done from a boat offshore. 2 guests per boat, allowing ample space
Communications: Limited cell communications in camp. Wifi also available.
Optional add on to your stay: Costa Rica has a huge number of add on options on the pacific coast and interior – sport fishing, eco-tourism, and leisure. Here it is easy to add on a family holiday, a rooster fishing, or blue water fishing option. It is also easy to arrange a charter flight directly from Tarpon camp to the pacific coast to make the logistics extremely easy.
Safety: 100% safety record. All groups are guided by world class English speaking professional guides, with a wealth of experience in the safari and fly fishing industry. Each group of 6 anglers is accompanied by 1 professional African Waters guide and 3 local English speaking guides to ensure safety at all times when fishing offshore. Costa Rica is a very stable and safe country, and tourism is a big part of their economy. Everything is geared towards tourism, which makes traveling here extremely easy and safe.
Costa Rica has long been a haven for adventurous anglers in search of the Silver King. Throughout Costa Rica’s history as a fly fishing destination, the fishing has remained at a very high level, and its consistency is phenomenal.
The Rio Colorado, just south of the Nicaraguan border, is considered the home of the tarpon.
Every year in the months of September and October, extreme numbers of tarpon congregate at the mouth of the Rio Colorado, feeding aggressively on the abundant herring which occur in the area during this period.
Most of the tarpon run in the 60 – 180lb range, and every week there are a few fish that reach the 180 to 200lb mark. The fishing takes place in and around the river mouth, or along the dirty water lines a short distance off shore. Finding rolling tarpon, and casting at balls of aggressively feeding fish are the names of the game.
Accounts of presenting flies to balls of hundreds of feeding tarpon are not uncommon.
The Costa Rica Tarpon Camp is a simple but comfortable family-run guest house on the lower reaches of the Rio Colorado, offering a highly authentic Costa Rican experience. This setting allows guests to enjoy both the fishing and birdlife of this amazing venue. Accommodation consists of simple en suite rooms with twin configuration. Meals are enjoyed in the communal dining area, which includes a dining table, coffee area, and fly tying table.
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