Fishing in Pavones

Year Round Fishing

There is always something biting in the crystal waters off of Pavones. Inshore and offshore fishing is available. There is nothing quite like catching a tuna or dorado a couple of minutes off the beach. The captains that operate out of Pavones are very skilled and understand the ever changing conditions in this amazing fishery.

Breaking Down the Seasons Its proximity to the equator means the climate of Costa Rica only has two main seasons, summer and winter. December-April (Summer) Summer is the dry season in Costa Rica, which means the water temperatures are warmer. This, in turn, attracts more life. This means baitfish begin to flourish drawing in larger schools of the trophy species. May-November (Winter)
Winter is known as the rainy season, with an average of 100 inches of rain falling per year. The added rain brings additional fishing opportunities, depending on the species you are after.


Exotic Fishing at its Finest

A cloud forest hung on the tropical skyline, looking like a scene out of King Kong, with a canopy of greenery sloping dramatically to the ocean, where giant swells exploded on patches of sandy shore and inlets carved out from volcanic rock. The scene before us with nimbus clouds collecting the day’s energy since the sun first made its way over the mountains and lights up the Pacific’s deep cobalt sea. Costa Rica holds so many secrets, but it is the ones with dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins that intrigues us the most.

The Osa Peninsula forms one side of the Golfo Dulce, or “Sweet Gulf,” named for the many freshwater streams that empty from one of the few tropical fjords in the world. Over the past eight years, commercial fishing in the Golfo Dulce has been greatly restricted, allowing baitfish to thrive in these rich waters, naturally protected by steep slopes on three sides. Within the Gulf, jagged reefs, formed over a million years ago by erupting volcanoes, offer cover to several species of snapper, including the Cubera, which reaches sizes over 50 pounds. In addition to snapper, amberjack, grouper, African pompano, and trevally are just a few of the inshore fish that can be caught, along with the prized roosterfish.

Species Galore

Below is a small collection of friends, family and clients of International Surf Properties having the time of their lives catching tuna, jack, grouper, red snapper, roosterfish (gallo), mahi mahi (dorado), needlefish, wahoo and more.

How To Book Your Fishing Trip

International Surf Properties works with many great captains from Pavones and surrounding areas. Please see a couple of spotlight captains below. Send in your inquiry and we will pair you up with the perfect Captain for the perfect fishing trip!


Captain William Mata

Captain William and his family have been in Pavones from the beginning. William has an eye for the conditions and where the fish might be hitting. He and his wife own a great restaurant in the village, La Choza de Carmelita.  William’s specialty is the inshore fishing and knows all of the high spots and fish holes by memory. He can bring out his fishfinder for the secret grouper hole down towards Panama!

But don’t let the inshore moniker throw you off, Willam finds more tuna inside the Golfo Dulce and around the corner past Punta Banco than just about anybody. William also knows the complete history of Pavones and if you are interested he will share his experiences with you throughout the day.

Captain Leo Espinoza

Captain Leo is a superb fisherman with detailed local knowledge and constantly talking to other captains in search for pelagic species like tuna, wahoo and dorado. Captain Leo is a family with a large contingency in town. They own an excellent restaurant in town called Ebenezers. You can go there and have a tasty plate of the fish you or Leo caught that day. The Pura Vida experience.


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