The ultimate destination in Costa Rica.

There is no other place where you will feel more connected to the natural world than when you’re on the Osa Peninsula, where the edge of Costa Rica’s largest coastal rainforest meets the Pacific—and at its heart is Crocodile Bay Eco-Resort. From the moment you arrive, a once unattainable world of adventure will unfold before you like the calm and welcoming waters of the Golfo Dulce.

General information

Crocodile Bay Costa Rica fishing resort is situated on 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens with 28 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. Costa Rica sport fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort is world-class with catch and release bill fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, dorado, tuna and wahoo.

Inshore sport fishing in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) for roosterfish, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, sierra mackerel, tripletail, and grouper is excellent throughout the year. We provide a variety of Costa Rica fishing options such as; live bait, trolling, casting, and Costa Rica fly-fishing. New for 2015 we are offering guided kayak fishing and shore fishing excursions.



As your day of Costa Rica fishing or eco adventures ends, you’ll long for the welcoming comfort of your villa: a charming retreat solidly handcrafted in local Costa Rican authenticity. The real luxury is revealed when you step onto your balcony and into nature amid an active tree canopy where Scarlet Macaws soar and wildlife thrives. The peaceful sounds of the rainforest will create a soothing nighttime soundtrack before you awake to the privilege of doing it all over again.

One can witness a staggering variety of birds and wildlife right from your observation deck on our 44 acres of manicured grounds, as well as a unique array of butterflies and of course, amazing tropical plants.



The Restaurant at Crocodile Bay Resort

Whether transformed into tasty ceviche, fresh sushi, or grilled to perfection, your selection will be masterfully prepared and complemented by locally sourced produce. Each meal is intended to nurture your well-being to prepare you for what lies ahead. Savor, relax, and let the memories of the day wash over you. Then take a few extra moments—you’ve earned it—to indulge in another round of inspiring conversation with new friends as the sun sets. 


The Fishing

Awe for the Most Elite Anglers

Crocodile Bay boasts the largest professional sport fishing team in Central America with in-house captains and mates able to cater to all skill levels. At the helm stands Todd Staley, Director of Fishing, expert fisherman, writer and active conservationist. 

Todd and his crew are dedicated to providing education and training to ensure you enjoy the fishing adventure of a lifetime. 

Offshore, inshore, and now all-new kayak and shore fishing excursions are available, each uniquely challenging and equally rewarding. Are you ready to strap in and reel in a yellowfin tuna that can reach up to 300 lbs.? Do you think you have what it takes to beat the roosterfish resort record at 106 lbs.? The upwelling caused by the offshore winds to the north and south moves bait fish into the area and leaves a flat ocean with one of the highest concentrations of sailfish in the world. What are you waiting for?

If you’re eager to claim your catch from a different vantage point, cast your line from a kayak or the shore. From your kayak, you’ll be guided through calm waters to find the perfect destination to cast the shoreline or estuaries for roosterfish, snapper, snook and a variety of other inshore species. Shore fishing places you within reach of your catch as you cast from the shore of beautiful beaches and long for the eagerly anticipated tug on your line. 

Costa Rica and Central America’s Largest Private Fleet

Our fleet of Boston Whalers and Strike Yachts is easily accessed from our 800-foot private pier and includes 24’ center consoles, 27’ offshore center consoles and our  33’ and 35′ tower boats. Crocodile Bay Resort offers world-class catch and release bill fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, dorado, tuna and wahoo.

Fishing in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) for roosterfish, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, sierra mackerel, tripletail, and grouper is excellent throughout the year.

Costa Rica Offshore Fishing Species


The “lady in the blue dress” or blue marlin is the most common of our marlin and cruise our cobalt waters all year. They peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black Marlin are most abundant in July and August and few Striped Marlin are around at the same time.


Again year round when a half dozen are common any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase.


Any day of the year, common January through May and very abundant November and December.


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 size tunas hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December. No wonder the Marlin peak at the same time.


A Wahoo can surprise you any day of the year but are not common in this area.


Costa Rica Inshore Fishing Species 


Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica the home of Crocodile Bay, is voted the #1 Roosterfish Destination in the world by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine!

The species most sought after is the Roosterfish. Twenty-five to fifty pound fish are very common and we catch a couple over 50 each week. The Resort record for this fish is 106 lb


We have a dozen different kinds of snapper with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 lbs with the biggest to date here 63 lbs. Other bottom fish is the Broomtail Grouper as well as other groupers and the Goliath Grouper. 


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.


Crocodile Bay Sports Fishing Fleet

Our boats are outfitted with Penn International 50’s and 30’s as well as both Penn spinning and conventional gear in 20 and 30 pound outfits. We always try to have live bait on-board before you leave the dock. We use Temple Fork Fly Fishing gear on-site but we welcome anglers to bring their own gear if they prefer. 

Sports Fishing Crew

Most of our crew members grew up in the area and know the waters well. Our crews will give you as much or as little help as you want. We want this to be a great experience and communication with your crew enhances your visit here. 


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