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 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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
With one of the deepest gulfs in the world and an abundance of coral reefs, the Osa Peninsula is a great place to go snorkeling. Drake Bay is one of the most popular spots for amateur and professional scuba snorkeling and scuba diving. Not far from the coastline is the protected biological preserve Cano Island, which is a popular dive site if you want to venture deeper into the ocean than snorkeling permits. Combining a snorkeling with a boat trip out to Cano Island to do some whale or dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day when visiting the Osa Peninsula. The Peninsula has approximately half of Costa Rica’s 500,000 species. Continue reading →
Located along northern border of the Osa Peninsula is the Sierpe River, the gateway to the beautiful exotic Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing. There is something here for everyone who loves the outdoors. When taking a well needed break from the hectic pace of modern life, it is a great place to book a vacation. With its warm waters, prolific fish holding structures and numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean, some of the best fishing is found in the Osa Peninsula. There is an abundance of Red Snapper and Snook in the Sierpe River, and you can be sure that you will catch your dinner after a day of fishing here. There are parts of this river with left hand breaks that you can surf. Another popular activist are taking wildlife tours up the river where you will spot monkeys, crocodiles, rare exotic wildlife, and hundreds of different bird species including Macaw and Toucan.