Crazy for Croc Bay
Crocodile Bay Lodge-a Central American paradise
Article from Florida Fishing Weekly
by By Pete Gray, Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
For those who haven’t been to Costa Rica, I put it on the ‘must-go’ list of places. I have visited several Costa Rican fishing resorts, but the finest by far is Crocodile Bay Lodge. Located on the OsaPeninsula on the country’s southern Pacific coast, Crocodile Bay is a scenic 45 minute flight from San Jose. National Geographic called the Osa peninsula one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world for
its incredible plant and wildlife. Costa Rica has a population of five million, including one million residents
in the capital city of San Jose. The population has a literacy rate of 90 percent, no military, and it’s a very
safe place to travel. The people are friendly, and you can safely drink the water and eat the food. San Jose is a 2 1/2 hour flight from south Florida, and several major airlines offer daily flights.
Crocodile Bay has one of the best boat fleets of any fishing lodge I’ve seen. The 30 boat fleet includes Strike 33’s for offshore fishing, 28- foot inboard diesel center consoles, 24-foot center consoles powered by twin Yamaha 115 four stroke outboards. For river fishing, the lodge utilizes 21-foot Champion Bay Champs and a couple of flats boats. Fishing opportunities vary with the season, but you have a choice of offshore fishing for billfish, tuna, wahoo and dolphin; inshore fishing for roosterfish, snapper and jacks.
All boats are fullyequipped with Shimano gear, live bait and a cooler full of Costa Rican fruit, sandwiches,
sodas, water and beer. Crocodile Bay Lodge is an all inclusive resort. You don’t need to bring any fishing
gear. The lodge even provides top quality fly fishing gear. The words “all inclusive” take on a special meaning at Crocodile Bay: Even the food is fantastic; the staff at the lodge is one of the most accommodating and friendly you will ever find; and is also the best fishing resort for non-fishing spouses. There are a variety of activities available in addition to fishing. Rainforest tours, botanical tours, butterfly tours, surfing, horse-back riding and waterfall rappelling are a few of the more
popular tours available. On any given day you can see four species of monkeys on the Osa peninsula, white face, spider, howler and squirrel. Colorful toucans and scarlet macaws fly overhead on a regular basis, and there’s an amazing variety of trees, orchids and exotic plants. The prime fishing season extends from January to April, when the Pacific sailfish are thick offshore. It’s both dry and warm during
these months. May through November is considered the rainy season, although it can offer fantastic fishing. The inshore fishing is good year round. Any time is a good time to go to Costa Rica and Crocodile Bay Lodge. It’s a well-run resort with a fantastic boat fleet, great people and a bargain price. When
you add all that comes with this trip; the flight from San Jose to the lodge, the fishing, the food, drinks, tours, transfers, you will not find a better deal for the money. Lori Buell with some of the local residents.
FF Weekly photos by Pete Gray