Anglers Fishing in Costa Rica: Catching a Marlin

Posted by on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 with 0

Anglers enjoying some offshore fishing in the Osa Peninsula waiting to catch a marlin.

Marlin Approaching

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Here comes a big one. Marlin approaching Crocodile Bay fishing boat… Continue reading…

Crocodiles Galore: Spotting Endangered Species in the Osa Peninsula

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Endangered Species: Crocodile

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Costa Rica is home to many endangered species including the intimating crocodile, the legendary sea turtle and lovable frog. All these creatures live on the beautiful Osa Peninsula. With so many different endangered species, the Osa Peninsula is a trip into the world of exotic animals.  Crocodiles can be found throughout the rivers and estuaries along with many colorful frogs, and along the beaches are protected areas for the sea turtle.  There are ecotours that can take you to different spots in the peninsula where you will spot many of nature’s wonders. Continue reading…

Sharing with the Indigenous Guaymies

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012 with 0

Guaymi Girl

Featured Article & Photos by: Dennis Atencio, Eco Director for Crocodile Bay

Two weeks ago we received a letter from the Red Cross of Puerto Jiménez. The letter was an invitation to donate anything we could to the indigenous, Guaymies who have economic problem from the over use of their land and not having adequate health care and education. This group of indigenous people live 18 miles from Crocodile bay, they have a territory with about 2713 hectares with 85% primary forest.  The name of the area where the people live is Alto Laguna, which means upper lagoon. Continue reading…

The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

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Biodiversity Marine Life

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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading…

Sea Turtle Rescued From Pirates: Costa Rica Protects Biodiversity

Posted by on Friday, October 5th, 2012 with 0

Sea Turtle Biodiversity

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Yesterday, rangers at the Cocos Island in the Pacific rescued an endangered green sea turtle hooked by fishermen in protected waters. Conservation officials say this incident highlights the threat illegal fishing poses to endangered and vulnerable species.  The hooked sea turtle, named Swift, was one of 15 turtles tagged by the Sea Turtle Conservation Group, which works to protect this critically endangered species.  Crocodile Bay donated the GPS tracking devices for sea turtle conservation and research. Illegal poachers who are catching sharks for shark fin soup, a popular Asian delicacy, threaten sea turtle populations that get caught on their lines. This happened after Costa Rica lawmakers just passed a law banning hunting an important measure in protecting biodiversity. Ensuring biodiversity requires protecting endangered species and plants as well as the ecosystem. Continue reading…

Hearing the Call of The Wild: Costa Rica Bans Hunting in Favor of Wildlife Protection

Posted by on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 with 1

 

Wildlife Protection: Jaguar

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Yesterday, Costa Rica lawmakers approved a law that prohibits hunting for sport, enforcing wildlife protection. The law only allows hunting for scientific research, subsistence and species control. The law is expected to be signed next week by President Laura Chinchilla who supports the bill. Costa Rica will become the first nation in the America’s to ban hunting for sport. Hunters violating the law would have to be a fine up to $3000. This landmark law marks a major victory for wildlife protection. Continue reading…

Reeling in Your Dinner: Inshore Fishing and a Recipe for Pompano

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 with 0

Golfo Dulce Inshore Fishing

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As we move into fall and the temperatures begin to drop, it may time to start to plan an inshore fishing trip to Costa Rica’s legendary Golfo Dulce. In the sweetest gulf, there is always warm sunny weather and plenty to do even if it is just lying on a hot sandy beach with a book for hours. For the past 25 years, Costa Rica has been one of the most popular fishing destinations in the world.  October is a great month for inshore fishing, and it is also the peak of the surfing season. Most of the inshore fish you catch can be taken back to your lodging to enjoy for dinner after a long hot day on the water.

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Grab your Rod and your Board: Day Trip to Pavones for World-Class Fishing

Posted by on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 with 0

 

Pavones Fishing

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While Pavones is famous for it’s big breaks and excellent surfing conditions, it is also a great place to go fishing for tuna and snapper.  Known for its legendary left hand break, this spot is a secret favorite destination among surfers. This sleepy peaceful beach town in the Osa Peninsula is home to surfers and artisan fisherman. Travelers pass through the town looking to catch a legendary wave and experience the break of a lifetime. It is a spot for those with an adventuresome spirit, and its remoteness has kept the usual commercial tourist traffic thankfully far away.  Since it is a beach town, the food here centers around fish especially tuna and red snapper. There are several seemingly modest restaurants in town that serve excellent fresh fish.  Pavones is an excellent place for a sport fishing trip. Continue reading…

Plentiful Fish and Perfect Weather: Breakdown of the Best Months for Fishing in the Southern Pacific

Posted by on Monday, October 1st, 2012 with 0

Sport Fishing Costa Rica

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Whether you are looking for a laid back trip fishing off the coast at sunset or a rugged adventure to battle the legendary marlin in the offshore, the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica offers some of the best fishing in the world. Its remoteness keeps the area a pristine spot for fishing that is not overrun with commercialism.  Here you can relax and take a break to escape into the beauty of raw nature and if you choose be completely offline for as long as you desire. Golfito is the largest town in the Southern Pacific equipped with a modern marina.  The narrow peninsula has miles of beach on the north side and the other side is bordered by several rivers with mangroves. From the mouth of a river, you can take a boating fihsing adventure deep into the rainforest of Costa Rica. With both inshore and offshore fishing there is no shortage of options here.  The area can accommodate just about any type of fishing experience. Sailfish, marlin, jacks, runners, mackerel, amberjack, roosterfish and snapper all swim in these waters. Continue reading…

Spotting the Exotic and Rare: Wildlife in the Sierpe Mangrove Reserve

Posted by on Friday, September 28th, 2012 with 1

Sierpe Mangrove Searching for Wildlife

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The Osa Peninsula is one of the most protected regions in Costa Rica with an incredible diversity of rare and exotic wildlife.   Corcovado National Park and the many reserves in the area including the Sierpe Terrapa Wetland Reserve make it an excellent vacation spot for ecotourism and outdoor activities. 25% of Costa Rica’s land mass is protected either as a park or as a reserve. Founded in 1994, 66, 850 acres of raw nature make up this reserve. It is considered the richest mangrove swamp in the world. With its winding waterways and elaborate network of canals, lagoons, swamps and mangrove forests makes this reserve an excellent place for a boating bird watching tour.  It is home to two of Costa Rica’s endemic bird species plus numerous migratory and resident birds.  Of course, as I mentioned earlier this week, the Sierpe River mangroves are also great for fishing. The reserve is a wonder of nature teaming with exotic wildlife to be observed and explored. Continue reading…