Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica Eco Tours – The Lizard King

 

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Carpe Noctem! Seize the Night – (Photo by Dennis Attencio)

Crocodile Bay Resort offers thirty of Costa Rica’s most popular Costa Rica eco tours.  A guest favorite is our jungle night walk where visitors will witness a staggering variety of wildlife. From red-eyed tree frogs and snakes to nocturnal mammals, you will be amazed to see the jungle come to life after the sun sets. If you’re really brave we also offer a night zip-line canopy tour.

Caminar en la noche en el bosque es toda una aventura, nuestra visión tal vez se reduce pero gracias a una linterna o foco podemos observar a nuestro alrededor en pequeños segmentos y así escanear de forma más detallada hojas, ramas, troncos…. y verán una gran actividad de vida salvaje pequeña que trabaja sin parar toda la noche y otros descansando para estar listo en el día como éste amigo, el

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A History of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

The GoldWalker, a Historical Documentary of the Osa Peninsula – The Official Trailer

The Unique History of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – 5 Years in the Making!

We hope you enjoy this special gift from Crocodile Bay Resort and StepOut Entertainment. For those of you who have experienced Crocodile Bay Resort in the past this presentation will enable you to better understand the magic of the Osa Peninsula.

We are pleased to offer our guests and newsletter subscribers a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary featuring the Osa Peninsula –  which at one point in time,  was on the brink of destruction. From a penal colony in the the early 1900’s; to the discovery of gold in the rivers, and a period of deforestation that was almost the end of the Osa. There are few places in the world where the regions natural beauty is only surpassed by the amazing history behind it. Enjoy the show!

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About the Creator:
gramaha-1.jpgIf you have ever considered running away from the high stress conventional existence that so many of us experience in big cities today, Christopher Graham is an inspiration that escaping is indeed possible. In another life Chris was a trader in the financial world who decided to take a sabbatical from his high stress job; he did just that, and has never looked back since; this was 14 years ago!

In his pursuit to fulfill his desire to make a difference as an environmentalist, he involved himself in variety of local initiatives in the Osa Peninsula; a region renowned worldwide for its biodiversity; and over the course of the last 14 years he managed to produce a series of documentaries ranging from unplugging from everyday life, to capturing the essence of the Osa and its rich history on film. Christopher’s most ambitious initiative was the creation of a documentary that focused on The Osa Peninsula at a time that the region was on the brink of destruction.

In conjunction with Crocodile Bay Resort, Chris is pleased to offer you, our valued past guest and clients, a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary. We hope you enjoy the never before seen historical images featuring remote locations dating back to the early settlers.

This presentation has been created without sponsorship, and was 5 years in the making. We hope that you enjoy this educational journey in a region that many of you are already familiar with; and should you enjoy it, we encourage you to make a donation of $2.00 or more towards the creation of additional documentaries.


The Best Costa Rica Eco Tours – Exploring the Osa Peninsula

leaveyourcomfortzone2When it comes to adventure and Costa Rica eco tours, the small country of Costa Rica offers more options than most 10 times it’s size; the trick is to find the region of the country that offers the most complete variety of Costa Rica eco tours and activities  – on land, water, and even air…for thrill and adventure seekers of all ages and skill levels. Costa Rica has so many geographically and biologically diverse regions, it’s almost like four or five destinations packed into one. With a Pacific and Caribbean coast, cloud forest, the central Talamanca mountain range, and lowland tropical primary and secondary rainforest, you definitely want to research the activities each region has to offer. Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, has emerged as Costa Rica’s “Crown Jewel” and is unparalleled in the country when it comes to rural eco tourism including access to Corcovado National Park and a plethora of other unspoiled tropical rainforest, beach and  protected marina areas. Crocodile Bay Resort, was built by the Williams family from California in 1999, and originally catered to professional anglers – they quickly realized catch and release sport fishing for marlin and sailfish was only a fraction of what one could experience in Costa Rica’s Southernmost Peninsula.

Costa Rica ToursOffering over 30 unique adventure eco tours, cultural experiences, and relaxing day trips, Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination with something for everyone. Zip-line through the canopy of Central America’s largest coastal rainforest (offering three zip-line tours with varying degrees of scenery and difficulty). Tour options also include jungle and mangrove kayaking, hiking, primate tours, a visit to an animal sanctuary, biking, horseback riding, snorkeling, chocolate farm visit, and the list goes on.

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For more information watch the  video above or visit Crocodile Bay Resort directly www.crocodilebay.com

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Beneath the Surface – Costa Rica Fishing

Costa Rica Fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort – Beneath the Surface

Enjoy this new short video that begins beneath the surface of our 750 foot private pier and then takes you along some of Southern Costa Rica’s best inshore fishing spots and finally to the cobalt blue offshore waters of Costa Rica for sailfish, marlin and more. Enjoy the Costa Rica fishing action and check back for more editions of “Beneath the Surface” at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

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Crocodile Bay Guest Reviews

Costa Rica Fishing Reviews out of Crocodile Bay Resort

From Captain Smity – September 2015
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First of all, Crocodile Resort is lst class all the way.  All the arrangements, over night hotel in San Jose, pick up at airport, next morning pick up at hotel for hop to the resort airstrip. Every thing went like clock work. Great job on your part making these arrangements

Early morning breakfast, traditional American style, and off the pier to meet our guide and mate.  Great boat and lst class gear.  All Penn reels and rods with live bait we caught each morning.  The 25 foot Boston Whaler with twin Merc 150 Verados took the chop like a champ. We trolled most of the day with the two motors and you could barely hear them.
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Here’s the best part. Captains Johnnie and Anthony puts us on fish straight away.  We got into some huge Jack Crevelle which got our motivation right on track.  We didn’t catch that many roosterfish that day, but I did manage a trophy of about 30 lbs.  After trolling inside close to surf, it got slow and our Captain suggested deep water for red snapper and cuebera which we caught in about 200 feet of water.  We caught yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners, mackerel, and some other fish I have never heard of.  We kept the snapper as Todd, the fishing director of the Lodge told us to do.  Man, you talking about good eating.  Small red snapper gutted and scaled deep fried whole.  Yes, I said whole.  The meat fell off the bone and melted in your mouth.  Next day got better.  We worked mostly for roosterfish and caught several up to 30 lbs.  More Jacks, snapper and one pompano. The 3rd day was the gravy day.  We targeted the roosterfish and caught 14 with me catching 3 over 40 one of which was 50.  We were getting bites all morning and there were some nice fish that broke off and the hook just pulled out.  Just part of fishing, but we should have boated well over 20 rooster fish.  Troy and I agreed that it was one of the best fishing trips we had ever been on together.

I remain a die hard peacock bass fisherman, but I now have a healthy respect for that roosterfish.  I have never had ahold of a more powerful fish in open water.  When they take off, all you can do is hold on.  They do come up and show themselves and I liked that.  When you think you have them whipped and they see the boat, off they go like a streak of greased lightning and again all you can do is hold on.  I have never seen a fish that can move that fast in the water.  All were safely released to fight again.

WE managed to catch one more pompano on about the last fish. It fought bravely, but when we tried to release it, it could not be revived.  Anthony filed it out for us and told us to tell the cook to fix it on the grill.  Alan, that undoubtedly was the best fish I ever put into my mouth.  I cannot fully explain the flavor and texture of the filet.  You would just have to experience for yourself.

Thanks buddy for all your help.  Troy wants to go back they same time next year and take his youngest son who will be 17 then.  Of course, I will gladly tag along.  Although the Lodge Manager said Jan, Feb and Mar were the best months, Sept is off season and both our Captains agreed that was a good time to come and we were the only boat out and the pressure on the fish was minimal.  That was a trip and finished my “bucket” list of fish I wanted to catch and a trip beyond my wildest dream.  How fortunate I am to have been able to be healthy enough to have fished all over the world as I have.

Capt Smitty

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Costa Rica Weddings at Crocodile Bay Resort

Read an excerpt from a recent press release about a surprise Costa Rica wedding at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

costa rica weddingsFor Immediate Release – Just imagine…you receive a wedding invitation…and it is to your own wedding. This rare occurrence actually took place at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica in an area renowned to be the most biologically intense place on Earth – The Osa Peninsula.

All of us at one time or another have participated in or, perhaps it is more accurate to say has been the victim of, a surprise party or announcement.

Most popular are surprise birthday parties…followed by surprise anniversaries, or congratulatory receptions.

Of course there is also the risky business of surprising someone you love with a marriage proposal, this is usually done in all kinds of creative settings and manners; and we have seen these go very well…and sometimes we have seen these go horribly wrong.

But when is the last time you have actually witnessed a lady attending a surprise wedding…her own wedding? Now that’s a scenario that would take the proverbial cake…the wedding cake that is.

costa rica wedding destinationAs you can imagine; the logistics of pulling off a surprise wedding are paramount…and to complicate matters; the victim in this story, Silvie Spakova, has a 7 year old daughter (Sophie) who would never be able to keep such a secret from her mother…and the deal with the groom to be (David Belinko) has always been that Sophie must first grant permission for her mother’s hand. This was actually the weak link in the whole plot.

The first challenge was to convince Silvie to allow herself to be filmed in a whimsical setting walking along a beach in Costa Rica with Sophie. This supposedly was to be used for a promotional video to encourage family tourism to one of the most exotic destinations on Earth, and a fishing and adventure lodge that typically caters to professional anglers and adventure seekers. Silvie agreed and so the stage was set.

Dressed in smart casual tropical attire with the ocean as a backdrop Silvie is presented with an envelope which the director of the promotional video, Christopher Graham, gave to Sophie. When Silvie opens the envelop she realizes that she is reading the invitation to her wedding taking place at this exact hour and place; a beach appropriately named Plaja Preciosa or Precious Beach in English.P1000249

Just a few meters away friends and family are gathered in hiding; waiting for Silvie and Sophie to come upon the gathering; the rest is blissful history.

Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast where the largets rainforest in the America’s meets the Pacific Ocean. In addition to hosting weddings on the beach or next to thundering waterfalls in the rainforest, Crocodile Bay offers some of the world’s best fishing, 30 eco adventure tours and a luxury rainforest spa. They have hosted weddings and corporate retreats with groups susch as Boston Whaler, The BBC, Yamaha, CNN, National Geographic, PENN Reels, Columbia Sportswear and others. They were also featured on Good Morning America and a prize vacation package on Wheel of Fortune. To learn more about hosting your Costa Rica wedding with Crocodile Bay Resort Click Here.

Costa Rica Summer Vacations

Crocodile Bay has long been known as one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world. What is little known is that Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination located in the area of Costa Rica National Geographic Magazine has referred to as “The most biologically intense place on Earth.”  The other little known fact is that Crocodile Bay Resort offers 30 unique Costa Rica tour options that include zip lining, snorkeling, birding, hiking, biking, dolphin and whale watching, monkey tours, guided kayak fishing, surf casting, chocolate tour, botanical gardens, paddle boarding, surfing, sea turtle rescue and more.

It’s very common for elite anglers to wrap up a great Costa Rica vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort and say “Wow..I’m coming back here with the whole family”. With a luxury Spa to top off the experience, Crocodile Bay Resort truly is  a unique vacation destination that has something to offer those of all ages and skill levels.

We hope you enjoy this Costa Rica travel video designed to educate you about the magic you and your family or significant other can experience in one of the most amazing vacation destinations on Earth.

For reservation information call 1.800.733.1115 or visit www.crocodilebay.com

A Fishing Adventure in Costa Rica and Nicaragua – From Sport Fishing Magazine

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From Sport Fishing Magazine www.sportfishingmag.com

A Tale of Two Coasts – Costa Rica Fishing Adventure at Crocodile Bay Resort

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Joined by my son, Luke, I recently visited Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast for a few days of outstanding Tarpon action out of Rio Indio Lodge(The photo at left is an estimated 140-pounder we released; fish closer to twice that size have been released here in the past year.) For the other half of our Central America adventure, we fished Costa Rica’s Pacific coast out of famed Crocodile Bay Resort.

(All photo in this gallery by Dave Lewis.)

Rounding the Tip

Just ahead of us, another of Crocodile Bay’s fast, roomy 33 Strike express boats heads out past the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula to look for billfish in blue water.

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Costa Rica sailfish release

Luke gets a quick lesson on how to release his first Pacific sailfish on a Crocodile Bay boat off southern Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula.

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Where Roosters Prowl

Where the Pacific hits the Osa Peninsula is some of Central America’s best-known roosterfishing. A variety of other light-tackle targets lurk just outside the surf line as well.

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For the full story visit Sport Fishing Magazine www.sportfishingmag.com

Or book your Costa Rica fishing trip of a lifetime at www.crocodilebay.com

Costa Rica Fishing Report – The Unsuspecting Angler Who Ate His World Record

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As a longtime angler, Dennis Tilden knows: the quicker a fish is prepared after it’s caught, the fresher it will taste.

But Tilden, who reeled in a 32-pound Mexican barracuda recently while fishing in the Pacific off Costa Rica, did not know until dinner was being served that he’d be eating a potential world-record catch.

The International Game Fish Association lists as the all-tackle record a 28-pound, 6-ounce Mexican barracuda caught off Panama in 2010.

Tilden’s barracuda, caught during a tournament out of Crocodile Bay Resort on the Osa Peninsula, was weighed briefly before its head was removed for a soup. It’s flesh was quickly filleted and later prepared as a ceviche.

A proper certified weight had not been obtained, and measurements and other details for the paperwork were not collected, nullifying any chance for a record.

Tilden could only recall the captain telling him that the barracuda was the largest he had ever seen.

A description from Todd Staley, the resort’s director of fishing reads:

“As the chef was preparing a barracuda ceviche and getting the rest ready for dinner, Dennis mentioned the captain’s comment.

“A check with the IGFA record book showed the biggest recorded was 28 lbs. Tilden’s fish at just under 32 lbs made a delicious world-record meal.”

Tilden considered it a lesson learned, and could hardly complain about the fishing.

A day later he caught a 350-pound blue marlin to win Day 2 of the Boston Whaler group competition

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Costa Rica Fishing Report – Feburary 2015

Costa Rica Fishing Report – February, 2015 by Todd Staley – Congratulations to an old friend Dr. Bruce Pratt who along with 23 friends and family passed his 88th birthday here at Crocodile Bay Resort. Bruce has been a fly fishing enthusiast for many years and set a goal to catch 150 sails on a fly. He is an “old school” type of fisherman and doesn’t chase the fish down with the boat just to get numbers.

I was lucky enough to accompany him when sailfish #149 came into the spread. The fish sat under the fly for what sailheadseemed like an eternity and he had to re-cast three times before the fish engulfed the fly. It was a huge sail, weighing an easy 120 lbs and took off like a greyhound after a stuffed rabbit.

It finally broke water 300 or so yards behind the boat and even at that distance it looked huge. For over an hour sweat poured from his brow, while he played the fish perfectly for the release. Number #150 eluded the Doc and he already made plans for his return trip.

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We have become part of the Gray team and began tagging fish for their research program. Different than most types of tagging programs, this one is interactive and anyone can go online and see what and where fish are being tagged. We have already captured a roosterfish that crossed the gulf after it was tagged and a fish that we tagged was recaptured by a neighboring operation. Ask about tagging your own fish and naming it while you are here.

sailfbestFishing hasn’t been so bad as of late. There are lots of fish out there although some days they are finicky. We have seen plenty of double digit days in the spread and other days, free jumpers that don’t care to play. The marlin have hung around all season so far. We don’t see big numbers of fish but we are still catching them. Inshore has been steady.

A 65 lb roosterfish has been the top dog of late caught by Bret and Duane Swanson. Snapper and amberjacks have come from the reefs and a few nice big African pompano have made some nice ceviche.

Update 2/26– We released two blue marlin yesterday, one at 500lbs.

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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