Tarpon fishing is nothing new in the Caribbean so it’s hard to believe that there are still unexplored regions to be found. That being said, in recent years there has been a concerted effort by a few individuals to find untouched water. For years, fishermen have heard rumors of large Tarpon in great numbers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica near the border with Panama and over the last few years those efforts have paid off and the “mother lode” has been found.
After numerous trips, sportfishing specialists have now developed a fishing operation in this previously unknown area. Twenty hook-ups in a morning have been accomplished and Tarpon over 200 lb have been landed on a fly. Best of all, the fishing waters are located in a wildlife and marine reserve, which insures management and protection of fish and habitat.
At a Glance
Target Fish: Tarpon, Permit, Snook
Location: Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October)
Nearest Airport: San Jose
Electricity: 110 volts
Tarponville Lodge is Costa Rica's southern most fishing lodge located on the Caribbean coast. Located just above the border of Panama, Tarponville offers the best chance at some of the most powerful Tarpon you will ever encounter. Fishing shallow waters with intermediate and floating lines the excitement of these fish will leave you breathless.
The fishing in this region could set a new standard for tarpon and snook fishing, with new information about unfished lagoons and uninhabited coastline emerging every day. The staff at Tarponville Lodge have spent over 90 days in the past three years exploring these new tarpon and snook waters, with more still waiting to be explored.
If you are looking for a real fishing adventure, English speaking guides, fish that have rarely seen a fly or lure, try the newest and most exciting locale in the Americas
Tarponville has two fishing season: Spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October). They base their season around the dryer times of the year and calmer seas.Fishing days begin with breakfast at 6:30 and then a short walk back to the creek to meet your boat captain that you will be fishing with for the day at 7:00am. Fishing days will be a total of 8hrs per day depending on the available light and are broken up into two fishing periods.
Tarpon: Nowhere in the world are your chances of landing a tarpon of 200lbs more likely than Tarponville! Feel the pure power of these fish as they inhale your fly and immediately explode out of the water instantly peeling fly line and backing from the reel at blistering speeds! A normal fishing day will start with breakfast at 6:00 AM. You will depart for the fishing grounds by 7:00am (20-30 minute ride). Normally you will return by noon for a prepared lunch, return to fish at about 2:00 PM until dark.
Bonefish: The Bonefish and Permit fishery in Costa Rica is truly virgin territory. The fish in this area have seen little to no fishing pressure for the past decade. You will depart Tarponville by shuttle very early in the morning, as early as 4:30am, headed to meet the local captain located less than 30 minutes away. You will board his boat and head first to the flat for a 3 hour walking and wade session. Your morning will end around 10:30am and you will board the shuttle back to Tarponville for lunch, siesta and return to the tarpon fishery for the evening session
Lagoon Fishing: Located 10km south of Tarponville just above the Sixiola river mouth is the “Gondoca Lagoon”. Surrounded by mangroves and coconut trees Gondoca offers another option for anglers to catch baby tarpon, snook and snapper. This can be a great option if seas are high and the tarpon fishing is slow. Fishable by kayak or by panga, depending on the water level and if the mouth of the lagoon is open.
You will be taken to Gondoca by panga’s and dropped off with kayaks to explore the lagoon. The captain will wait for you in the panga out in the ocean until you return. If you would like to have a guide with you that can be arranged.Gandoca lagoon is your best at catching a snook for those anglers that are working on there "super slam".
Best Fly Fishing Seasons
Spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October).
Tarponville Lodge is a clean and comfortable beachfront lodge located just outside the village of Manzanillo. Due to being located in a Wildlife Refuge, there is no vehicle access directly to the lodge and a walk of 300 yards is required.
Each room at the lodge has two beds, ceiling fans, a private bathroom, and a beachfront view of one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Caribbean. The rooms are located only a few yards from the waters edge on a beautiful beach perfect for swimming, snorkelling, or just plain relaxing. The combination of the ceiling fans and consistent ocean breezes make sleeping quite comfortable.
The lodge is located in the middle of the Manzanillo/Gandoca Wildlife Refuge, one of the most beautiful places in the entire area. Howler monkeys, sloths, a ridiculous number of bird species, and other wildlife can all be viewed from your front porch in the mornings and evenings.
On Site Amenities and Activities Include
Satellite TV and VCR
Gourmet Caribbean Food
Safes in each room
Ceiling fans over each bed
Non fishing activities: hiking, Dolphin tours, Bird Observation, Snorkeling
All meals at the lodge will be prepared by local cooks, and the menu will include such items as snapper, local fruits and vegetables, and other local delicacies. The Lodge bar and kitchen area stocked with complimentary beer, rum, sodas, and mixers for any alcohol that you would like to purchase at the duty free store in San Jose and bring with you to the lodge.
Other activities in this spectacular area, fun regardless of whether or not you are an angler, include: wild dolphin watching tours, ocean kayaking with wild dolphin, river kayaking, guided jungle hikes, snorkeling and Scuba diving, horseback riding, indigenous cultural tours, botanical gardens, beachcombing the miles of undeveloped white sand beaches, and the legendary Caribbean night life in Puerto Viejo.
After arrival at San Jose International Airport you will be met at the by a representative from “Costa Rica Shuttle” You will be shuttled to the Costa Verde Inn for an overnight stay, wake and enjoy breakfast, and climb aboard the shuttle van or shuttle bus for your departure to Tarponville.
The ride to tarponville is approx. 5 hours and will take you through the beautiful mountain pass and down the valley until you reach the Caribbean coast and turn south. Your final destination is the southernmost village of Manzanillo. Driving through Manzanillo, to the end of the road, you will be met by the staff of Tarponville at the entrance to the Manzanillo/ Gondoca wildlife refuge where you will need to cross a small creek and continue down the trail approx. 200 yards until you reach “Tarponville Lodge.
Tarponville is located in a protected area which vehicles are not allowed to enter. Depending on your type of package, your return is the same, starting in Manzanillo and returning to san Jose for a night stay at the Costa Verde Inn and a shuttle to the airport the following day for your departure.
Fishing seasons: Spring (March 1 - May 31) and fall (August 1 - October 31).
Tarponville fishing packages are all inclusive seeing after you from your time of arrival into San Jose Costa Rica all the way through your stay with Tarponville until your airport drop off on your final day.
There is a complimentary Happy Hour from 5:30pm-6:30pm, which includes a beer and rum bar. Prices are based on double occupancy.
Trip Length 2 Per Room, 1 Per Boat Non Angler Rate
2 Per Boat
8 N/7 GF $4650pp $5250pp $1975pp
7 N/6 GF $4100pp $4725pp $1750pp
6 N/5 GF $3565pp $4200pp $1500pp
5 N/4 GF $3050pp $3600pp $1250pp
4 N/3 GF $2580pp $3000pp $1175pp
*Additional rate for single room with a shared boat = Add $100.00 per night to double occupancy package.
*Additional day lodging/ fishing- 1 per room/ 1 per boat- $625.00
*Additional day lodging/ fishing- 2 per room/ 2 per boat- $425.00
*Additional day lodging/ non-fishing- $225
**Permit/Bone fishing – Tarponville charges an additional $110.00 per morning session (sessions include 2 anglers).
*Full Day Fishing (non guests) - $425 with a $125 deposit
*Rental Rods - $35 per day / $100 damage deposit required (limited availability)
Included in packages:
The number of nights lodging and days fishing as specified in your package, airport reception (Limon) and private shuttle to and from Limon airport, all meals, snacks, nonalcoholic beverages, daily happy hour (beer and rum), guide and boat per specified fishing days in package and free laundry service.
Not included in packages:
International airfare to/from San Jose, air fair to and from San Jose to Limon, accommodations outside of specified package dates, meals during travels to lodge, fishing equipment, gratuities for (guides, staff, and shuttle driver), beer and rum outside of happy hour, phone use, travel insurance and airport departure tax (Approx. $25 to be paid at airport).
Deposits, cancellations & refunds: A deposit of 30% per person is required within 10 days of the reservation request. The balance is due 90 days prior to scheduled arrival at Tarponville. A refund of the deposit less a handling fee of $150 per person will be returned if notice of cancellation is received by Tarponville at least 90 days prior to your scheduled arrival. There will be no refund of any monies for “no shows” or cancellations received less than 90 days prior to arrival. No refund will be given for early departures. A fee of $100 dollars will be charged for date changes made after deposit is received. Changes in dates may not be available at time of request.