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Samara, Nicoya Peninsula

Exceptional fishing for cubera, roosterfish, jacks, amberjack and dorado.

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The hotel “Pension Playa” is very quiet, with swimming pool, situated in the village centre, 100m from the beach and all amenities.  A friendly place with comfortable rooms all air-conditioned and with cable TV. Breakfast and packed lunch daily included. 

Boats are 26’ motorized with Suzuki 90, and 140cv 4 stroke (with second security engine) and equipped with a cover, colour sounder with GPS mapping, VHF, and all the safety equipment. These units allow us to move quickly on the different fishing spots. Tackle is supplied.

Getting There
Our driver will welcome you and pick you up at San Jose Airport or from your hotel if you have booked one night's accommodation in San Jose. After a 3 and half hour drive in an air-conditioned van with beverages, you will arrive at your hotel in Samara on the Pacific Coast.

For casting and jigging, we fish inshore along rocks and over features. We can go 30 miles on the south of Samara and 30 miles to the North. We have more than 4,000 gps fishing spots for inshore fishing. We fish Cubera, roosterfish, jacks, amberjack, and dorado. There is no marina which means there are very few boats and low fishing pressure!
Offshore fishing is available.
20 minutes from Samara the fishing for sailfish, marlin, dorado, and tuna is excellent. Best time is November to May.
Methods include popping, jigging and trolling.
Yellowfin tuna arrive November to December and again in May. 
Fishing hours, 07:00 to 16:00 hours.

Closed September and October (heavy rains).


6 nights accommodation at hotel Rancho de la Playa in single air-conditioned rooms with breakfast
5 days guided fishing with trolling equipment, packed lunches and non-alcohol beverages included

£1985 per person - based on 2 adults per boat
£1782 per person - based on 3 adults per boat

7 nights accommodation at hotel Rancho de la Playa in single air-conditioned rooms with breakfast
6 days guided fishing with trolling equipment, packed lunches and non-alcohol beverages included

£2372 per person - based on 2 adults per boat
£2087 per person - based on 3 adults per boat

If required first nights' accommodation at airport hotel in San Jose is approximately £80 per person extra (sharing twin rooms)

Flights from the UK are not included. We suggest the direct British Airways flight to San Jose Airport.

Not included - pay in resort:
Rental of casting and jigging tackle (€150 per angler)
Fishing licence (€25 per angler)
Beverages and dinners - there are many nice restaurants in Samara, expect to pay $8-$12 per person
Personal expenses and tips
Exit tax of Costa Rica (around €25 per person)
All Insurances

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Dave Lewis 2019 Report

I have just returned from my second hosted trip of the year to Samara, Costa Rica, and once again the group caught some very nice fish including roosters, sailfish and a striped marlin. The weather was absolutely glorious though if I am absolutely honest, as I always like to be, the fishing we experienced was tough. The inshore fishing in particular was somewhat disappointing. Despite seeing large numbers of roosters and jacks each day, getting any to bite a lure ranged from difficult to impossible. Some days we managed to tempt a few, but on others it was the best we could do to avoid a blank.
Offshore the fishing was equally tough. Throughout our five days we managed three sailfish releases, one lost, plus a bonus striped marlin that was probably the best part of 200lb. We averaged one or two good dorado a day, plus a few small yellowfin tuna, with other boats fishing the area reporting similar catches. January and February are traditionally absolute peak season in Costa Rica, but this year there is no getting away from the fact the fishing has been below average.
So why is this? Well, offshore we witnessed plenty of (illegal) long line activity each day, and this has undoubtedly impacted on the pelagic fishery. Inshore we were seeing good numbers of fish, but for some obscure reason they were not feeding. Several local skippers and crew told us the inshore sea temperature was much warmer than usual, so this is most likely the reason the fish were lethargic.
I have fished in Costa Rica on many occasions since my first trip in the 1990's and having considered all options, I have decided to reschedule my hosted trips to this wonderful destination to the very start of the season, in November and December. My first trip to Samara was in November 2017 and the inshore fishing we experienced during that trip was truly incredible. Certainly sea temperatures are cooler at this time of the year, but being at the end of the rainy season you should expect a few heavy showers. Most of the anglers who join me on my hosted trips to Pacific Central America travel primarily for the inshore fishing, casting and jigging, and from my recent experience this is the time they will most likely produce plenty of action with large numbers and dorado and jacks, roosterfish and numerous other species.
At the time of writing I have a few places available for November 2020, get in touch with Anglers World Holidays as soon as possible if you would like to join me next year.

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