Sailfish the National Fish of Costa Rica: Protecting Billfish

 

Sailfish Diving
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Billfish are some of the ocean’s most beautiful strong fish and sailfish with their vibrant blue fins stand out. Sailfish are magnificent creatures of the sea that combine both strength and elegance in their form. Times are changing, and it is evident in the boats that pull into the marina now with their color tag and release flags flying off, showing off their catches for the day. Long gone are the days of billfish hanging proudly from the boats.  There is a campaign underway to make Sailfish the national fish of Costa Rica. Continue reading

Casting a Line for Tranquility: Fly Fishing in Costa Rica

Fly Fishing Solo
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With the hectic pace of modern life and stress people are under today, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to escape to for an outdoor adventure especially for fly fishing. You can form a deeper camaraderie with the people important to you or use the time to fly solo and reflect on your own life. From the fresh water lagoons to the remote jungle rivers to the deep saltwater, you can take on just about any kind of fishing experience that you can imagine. There is a something very therapeutic about the ancient art of fly fishing on these waters. It is a tranquil adventure.  Continue reading

Catch and Release Fishing: The History

Catch and Release Sailfish
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Costa Rica is known for fishing and the practice of catch and release is widespread now. It is method practiced these days all over the world as a result of conservation efforts and is widely supported by international professional anglers who understand that preserving fish stock is critical.  Anglers spend a lot of time out on the waters and familiar with the plentiful or not so plentiful fish stock making more them more aware of issues surrounding maintaining healthy populations. With the growth of commercial fishing many species are now threatened by overfishing and protecting fish populations from overfishing is now more important than ever before in history.  While Costa Rica has strong catch and release policies in effect and is probably one of the most popular destinations for anglers worldwide, the practice actually began in the UK. Continue reading

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning: Major Victory for Biodiversity

Banning Shark Finning
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Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla signed a law-banning shark finning yesterday. The practice involves slicing off shark fins, often while the sharks are still alive and then throwing them back into the ocean to die. Costa Rica had loopholes in their previous legislation that banned the practice. It should also be noted that last week Costa Rica passed legislation banning hunting for sport. Huffington Post quoted President Chinchilla saying “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we have had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.” Continue reading

Spotting Wildlife on Horseback: Day Long Ecotour In Costa Rica’s Rainforest

A couple traveling together and staying at Crocodile Bay took a day long ecotour on horseback through the Osa Peninsula’s rainforest here are their pictures from their trip.

Relaxing before our ecotour
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Crocodile Bay guests getting ready to leave for day long tour through the rainforest of Corcovado National Park on horseback.

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Jet Blue Offers Election 2012 Sore Losers A Ticket To Costa Rica

Election 2012: Costa Rica Ocean
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Pack your bag for Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Jet Blue is offering free plane tickets this election 2012! All it takes is a second to participate in Jet Blue’s Election Protection 2012 contest to win a free flight to one of the airlines international destinations. If you live in the USA then you are aware of the election buzz occupying the minds of most people as the debates continue to heat up over health care, education, taxes and jobs. Meanwhile down south, the people of Costa Rica are quietly going about their daily lives with very little drama compared to the hectic pace of the USA.  Surfboards, fishing rods, good food and spending time with people is what matters in the happiest country in the world. Continue reading