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Photography workshops are growing at Crocodile Bay Resort and the reason is simple. The Osa Peninsula is known as the most biodiverse place on Earth, providing thousands of different types of flora and fauna to photograph, and the luxurious facilities at Crocodile Bay are the most comfortable on the Osa. This allows photographers to have access to shoot all of the tropical animals in the rainforest, yet not feel like they must sacrifice comfort on their vacation time to do so.
Challenge and develop your photography skills on our lush 44 acre property and in the largest coastal rainforest on the Pacific, and return to Crocodile Bay, your oasis within! Join us in one of our many upcoming Photography Workshops in 2019, with an incredible array of the most well-known professional photographers from around the world!
Each workshop is limited to only 8 to 10 available spaces to ensure each workshop participant has full access to their group leader to improve their working knowledge. All workshops continue to sell out very fast. At this time we only have a small number of spaces left for 2019 photography workshops lead by Jeff Mauritzen and Steve Morello in April of 2019, a workshop lead by Ralph Velasco in June 2019, and Jeff Cables workshop in July 2019.
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Greetings from the Tropics – February 2019 Fishing Report
Great weather continues, with sunny days in the upper eighties and light offshore breezes. The tuna have been around for the last few weeks and there have been some epic feedings with spotted dolphins, tuna, manta rays and sailfish all converging on bait balls. The tuna have been anywhere from ten-pounds all the way up to 200+ lbs. Last week we had an angler, Mr Harris from the UK, that hooked up a big tuna on a Penn 50 International and fought the fish for over three hours in the late afternoon. As it started to get late they pushed the drag up to “sundown” and the tuna made a couple of hard runs that ended the fight by breaking the line. It was a tough way to end such a battle, but after three hours of tug of war with the big fish and no end in sight, I am not sure that Mr Harris was that unhappy to finally put the rod down.
The fishing for sailfish has been an interesting mix with some boats having good days while others struggling to entice the hungry fish. There is plenty of sailfish offshore and our crews have been seeing them free jumping and swimming on the surface. With a lot of bait offshore now, and when the fish do bite, the stage is set for things to really get going.
Inshore has been interesting the past month, as we have been landing some very big strong roosterfish the last two weeks. Some that were over forty-pounds and three this week which were better than fifty-pounds. The snappers have been biting as well with Rock-snappers, Yellowtail-snappers, African pompano, and a 30lb+ Cubera-snapper all landed this week. As we move away from this month’s “Super Moon”, things should continue to evolve for the better regarding inshore fishing.
Historically, March offers some of our best sailfish action of the year, and with plenty of bait offshore, we are anticipating a great month!
Capt. Allan Smith
A glorious morning boat ride takes you across the beautiful Golfo Dulce to the largest and most elegantly manicured botanical gardens in the region. This huge family owned garden not only contains the largest collection of orchids in the area, but also gives you an all senses experience of chocolate, cashew, and mango and other tropical fruit trees, many spices like black pepper, vanilla, ginger, and more.
The gardens are in a road-less track of national park providing a slideshow of the birds, insects, butterflies and other wildlife that visit the gardens. The botanical gardens are a wonderful place to take photos, as there are ample opportunities to view birds, butterflies, flowers, and other wildlife up close.
If you’re interested in wildlife photography, consider joining one of our upcoming photography workshops at Crocodile Bay Resort. We offer many photography workshops throughout the year, with different professional photographers teaching you how to take that perfect shot.
There are only limited spaces available, and some workshops fill up quickly.
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Do you love mountain biking on your active vacation? Then lucky you because Crocodile Bay Resort offers guided cross-country mountain biking on our beautiful Osa Peninsula with ample amounts of trails to explore for both the beginner and the advanced rider alike.
See the Osa Peninsula countryside close-up and personal on our new Trek Mountain Bikes. The casual rider will experience the rolling hills and flatlands as they meander along the back country roads past fruit farms, quiet rivers, rustic casitas and local ranches. More advanced riders can explore the steeper terrain leading to commanding ocean views. A Crocodile Bay support vehicle will take you directly to the best spots and can also drive you up to the higher points for the sheer thrill of a downhill run. Regardless of which trek you choose, numerous opportunities exist to see exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloth, toucans, & scarlet macaws in the rainforest with Crocodile Bay.
Cross-country mountain biking is a fun way to explore the beautiful Osa Peninsula and not just for Crocodile Bay’s guests. For the past three years in the month of February, the non-profit development organization of Corcovado and Carate (ADI) organize an eco-cross-country mountain biking event called “Ecocleteada Corcovado”. This event attracts riders from all over the country. The organization chooses three different routes, a beginner or “easy” route (violet), a longer more challenging route (blue), and finally the red route which is the most advanced of all. Mountain biking is becoming more and more popular on the Osa Peninsula, as visitors realize the near endless options of mountainous trails and beautiful scenery.
Join us at Crocodile Bay for your next vacation and ask us about arranging your mountain biking adventure.
We are blessed with amazing people at Crocodile Bay Resort and our customers tend to come back year after year as they feel that our staff treats our guests as if they are part of the family.
Arriving at the resort after the 45-minute scenic trip by air from San Jose, our guests are greeted with our famous all-natural local fruit welcome drinks, which is certainly an amazing treat. Anyone who has ever been to Crocodile Bay knows our resort team “mother” and amazing host Olimpia. Yaisa, a local Puerto Jimenez born young woman has assisted our front desk staff for three and a half years now. Our newer front desk staff members Lea, Sharon and Meyson joined in 2018 and are always happy to help you arrange transportation, a tour, Spa appointment, or solve any other questions for you.
Out of our many excellent reviews on Tripadvisor most guests write amazing feedback on our staff, such as Nicole F. who wrote: “As soon as we walk in the door, we were greeted with a smile and a hug! The employees that work at Crocodile Bay are just like family.” Wendy A. wrote: “Most of the incredible staff knew our names by the second day! We chose this resort because of the fishing they offer but quickly learned there is MUCH MORE to this resort.”
We hope to welcome you soon at Crocodile Bay, with a fruity welcome drink and a big smile.
Greetings from the Tropics – January 2019 Fishing Report
January historically is a transitional month. The marlin and dorado in November and December begin to taper off and the water temperature rises slightly with sailfish numbers increasing. This month has been basically true to form, though we are still waiting for the big push of sails. There have been some very good days with the sailfish so far this season, including a ten fish release day from one boat. As of yesterday, we are still seeing a few marlin, but the main body of sailfish have yet to arrive.
One of the great things about the fishery here is the diversity and as is often the case, when one thing slows, something else usually rises to take its place. In the last two weeks, we have had some excellent yellowfin tuna fishing. Big schools of spinner dolphins have been in the area and are feeding voraciously on small baitfish with hungry tuna mixed in. The action has been relatively close (around ten miles) and has even allowed boats that are fishing inshore to run out and bag a few tuna when the opportunity arrives. Such was the case with the groups of Chris Pott and Roy Marlow and Tom Potts and Tim Watson, both visiting from the UK. They are light tackle enthusiasts who brought much of their own tackle and enjoy jigging and popping. When the call came over the radio, that the tuna were biting, both groups ran out to get in on the action. Roy hooked up on a sixty-pound yellowfin tuna that was a mere twenty feet from the boat before a very big marlin came up and nearly grabbed it. The action was steady and most of the fish were caught on butterfly jigs and poppers. When the day ended both groups had landed thirteen and fourteen tuna, respectively, and almost all on artificials.
I would like to mention a couple highlights from this month. We had a visit from Mark Davis filming an episode of ‘BigWater Adventures’. Mark did a show on inshore fishing and caught multiple fish, including eight different species. He landed a couple of bluefin trevally that he said he had never caught on camera before. Mark, and his cameraman Phil told me they were excited about the show and said it would really showcase some of the fish varieties we have here.
Another person I would like to mention is Mike Walton who was just here for an extended stay. Mike likes to relax on vacation and doesn’t rush from one activity to the next. Some days he is very active battling 15 mile jungle hikes with the staff “for fun” and other days he is in no hurry to do much of anything other than enjoy the coastal “pura vida lifestyle.” I think that is great. One of the things that Mike does like to do while he is here is to fish off the pier and he usually has pretty good luck. This trip was no exception. I ran into Mike one afternoon at the pier while I was waiting for the boats to come back in. He told me he had seen this big roosterfish cruising back and forth at the pier and he was trying to catch him. I got busy with the other guests and then went up to the hotel. A little while later I saw Mike with a huge smile on his face. He said “did you hear what happened? I hooked him and he took off for the moorings. Captain Anthony started up his boat and I jumped in” The fish almost broke off a couple times, but I finally got him. Forty pounds!” Congratulations Mike.
February is usually the month when the sailfish come here in numbers. Judging from all the bait that the dolphins and tuna are feeding on, I believe we are primed to have a great month. The weather has been absolutely fantastic with clear sunny days and light tropical breezes. If you are facing an incoming “Arctic blasts”, you might want to head down and see us. The arctic blast is much more fun to experience from the tropics than they are in person.
Capt. Allan Smith
Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) have a history of visiting the waters around the Osa Peninsula from January through to May.
Whale sharks are the largest of all sharks, and indeed the largest of any fish alive today. They feed on plankton and travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce. Whale sharks are found in all the tropical oceans of the world.
The maximum size of whale sharks is not known but could be as large as 20m. Females give birth to live young but this has never been observed. Where pupping occurs and where the youngest animals situate remains a mystery, as they are very rarely found. Adults are often found feeding at the surface but may dive to 1000m.
Seeing these amazing creatures in the protected waters of the Golfo Dulce, and off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, is a treat.
No other resort on the Osa Peninsula can offer you a more complete range of water adventures on both the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce. Our privately owned fleet is the largest in all of Central and South America. The fleet includes Boston Whaler 250 Outrages (24’ and 25’ center consoles) and Strike Yachts (33’ and 35′ tower boats) that are easily accessed from our 800-foot private pier. This means that you will have the opportunity to explore places on the water that no one else can take you. Just take a short walk down to our pier and off you go on an ocean safari of your choosing.
Come explore the waters off the Osa Peninsula with Crocodile Bay Resort and be amazed at what nature has designed.
No other resort on the Osa Peninsula offers such a complete range of adventures both on the ocean and in the rainforest. Each unforgettable experience is carefully planned and overseen by Dennis Atencio, Director of Expeditions. Dennis is certified within the Osa Peninsula Conservation Area (ACOSA) by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) as an Ecological Guide. Joining Dennis are Diego and Jose, who are both certified ICT naturalist guides for the southern zone of Costa Rica.
All three guides are also avid birders, who can not only show you the colorful array of birds that we have here on the Osa Peninsula, but they can mimic a lot of their calls as well.
Dennis and his full-time staff will safely bring you as close to nature as you wish to get. Expeditions have been expertly crafted within four distinct habitats with all skill levels in mind. Ride in comfort in our beautiful new Mercedes-Benz 4×4 as you shuttle from one eco-adventure to another. From white-knuckle thrills to awe-inspiring sightseeing – there’s so much to explore with Crocodile Bay on the Osa Peninsula.
Crocodile Bay Resort is where elite anglers come to discover some of the best inshore and offshore sport fishing experiences in the world. But if you don’t fish, don’t worry because it is also here that families and friends can experience an array of eco adventures and expeditions. And in 2019 Crocodile Bay will add a tackle box full of new possibilities and experiences.
At Crocodile Bay you will find over 30 different rainforest and ocean expeditions with certified experts as part of our in-house staff. Tours include canopy zip lining, horseback riding, surfing, botanical garden & animal sanctuary tours, snorkeling, and whale watching just to mention a few of the guided excursions available!
Canopy exploration has evolved to become one of the fastest growing and most sought after activities in the rainforest; and we are proud to offer one of the safest and most exciting canopy tours available in Costa Rica. A 17-acre tract of virgin forest called Miramar or “ocean view” makes for the ideal site for trekking through the canopy. The commanding view of the Golfo Dulce and the surrounding rainforest is sure to take your breath away! Flying through the canopy in the daytime enables you to witness an array of colors only seen from above.
But since half of all that lives in the rainforest is active at night, one can also revel in the exotic sights and sounds of the jungle, as seen when lit by the stars.. The day and a night zip-line adventure affords adrenaline seekers a completely different and unique experience not to be missed.
The fishing around Mato Palo and the rocks have been yielding some snappers, African pompano and a lot of bluefin trevally. The dorado have also been prevalent inshore and depending on how many you’ve already caught offshore, are either a curse or a blessing.
Capt. Allan Smith
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