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“Incredible Fishing Experience”

Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: COSTA RICA DREAMS SPORTFISHING is the 5 STAR, EXCLUSIVE charter company at the famous Los Suenos Resort and Marina near Jaco Beach. We are the largest owner/operator in Costa Rica offering fishing packages for fishing charters, tortuga island tours, condos and transportation. Fish aboard one of our first class fishing boats from 32' to 50' yachts. We are NOT just a "booking agent".....we actually OWN the boats and the Full Time crews (Captains & Mates) are our permanent employees. All with first class customer service!
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Lafayette, Louisiana
1 review
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“Incredible Fishing Experience”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Dave and his crew really took care of us! We were fortunate we scheduled our trip during one of the premier years of fishing there. From the boat to the crew, everything was top notch!! Never will forget that day of fishing! Highly recommend this to anyone.

Visited February 2014
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Costa R, Owner at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
THANKS!! Love all you guys and gals from Louisiana. You all know how to have a good time! See ya next time. Dave
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Burbank, California
2 reviews
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“Wasted Day”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

We booked and paid for an excursion for Saturday March 1, 2014. The driver never showed and we were left hanging for an hour and no phone call. They refunded our money but didn't even offer an alternative. They either don't care or don't have the resources but either way, it was our problem not theirs. Don't rely on them but find yourself another alternative because they won't.

Visited March 2014
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Costa R, Owner at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
We have no idea who this is and has nothing to do with our business of fishing charters and packages. They say it's for an "excursion" and don't even say what they are talking about. This isn't our customer and have no idea why this is posted to our page. TripAdvisor just ignores our request to remove it. We are Costa Rica "SPORTFISHING" and NOT "Costa Rica Dream MAKERS"..... who they are probably referring to. Dave
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
1 review
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“First Class All the Way!”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

We had such an incredible experience in 2012 with Costa Rica Dreams and Capt. Embry we came back again this year (February 2014). Capt. Embry and his best girl Kathy took care of our every need. Everyone was super kind and accommodating. The fishing boat/crew were top notch world class. Over three days of fishing we caught a blue marlin, 62 sailfish (31 in one day) and 3 dolphin. The condo was well appointed and had spectacular views!!! Capt. Embry even handled our local transportation for us - the drivers assigned us took us to and from the airport and chauffeured us on various tours. A favorite restaurant was the Oliver North airplane. The food was incredible and the imagination it took to build the structure was fantastic. Without a doubt the best fishing experience of our lives!!!

Visited February 2014
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Costa R, Owner at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Well you know we always enjoy having you boys down and thanks so much for the great review! Glad you could get away from that COLD!! See ya next year. Dave
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Fort Payne, Alabama
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Surpassed all expectations!!!!”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

This is our second trip with Costa Rica Dreams in the past 6 months and I would highly recommend this company to anyone!!!! I wrote a review about our first experience, which was less than ideal due to weather and mechanical issues with the boat. Due to the issues we experienced the first time around, the owner, Dave waived all fees on this trip. We opted to upgrade to a larger boat this time around so we paid the difference and didn't regret it one bit. The boat, Dreams 2 was amazing the staff were extrememly helpful and hardworking! They were on the spot every time we needed them and very enthusiastic, which made the experience even more fun! We caught 9 Sailfish total, my husband caught 5, I caught 3 and my mother caught one. My husband is an avid fisherman at home in Alabama, but the look on his face when he landed his first sailfish was absolutely priceless! The fishing was awesome, but everything from the complimentary breakfast in the morning to the great lunch at sea to the friendly welcomeing staff was way above par. We are extremely satisified with Costa Rica Dreams and very thankful to Dave for his kindness and understanding about our prior trip, he in no way had to do what he did for us. Bad weather happens (especially in the rainy season when we were there before), boats malfunction, it is how owners and staff handle those situations that set Costa Rica Dreams apart from the others.

Thank you all again for the experience! We look forward to doing it again in the future and wouldn't go with anyone other than Costa Rica Dreams!

Visited January 2014
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Costa R, Owner at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
2nd Time's the Charm!! Thanks for coming back and giving us a chance to get you on some fish!! I'm so glad you guys had such a great day and that your Mom was able to make it a land some fish of a lifetime! Hope to see you guys again soon! Dave
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Jaco, Costa Rica
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Boat Ride”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

When we made reservations we were told that we're going after multiple species of fish. They were only going after sailfish. If you want to catch sailfish which is catch and release then there not a bad outfit. We caught 4 sailfish between 4 people on the boat. The expectation was we would catch sailfish as well as fish for us to eat as in dorado, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, grouper and rooster fish. If your lucky you might get 1 mahi mahi. Dave Embry implied the chinese wiped out the yellow fin tuna. Dave knew we were only going to catch sailfish but did not disclose that to us. We would have went a different route if we knew this. If you want a nice boat ride with music, beer, sandwiches and lots of time to lay around then this is your guy. If you want to fish then look elsewhere. Then I got a nasty email from Dave telling me he went out of his way to do us a favor by booking that trip for us because he wasn't happy about the tip we left. This was after his company failed to contact us to confirm our trip. I had to email Dave at 8:30 the evening before to get confirmation that we were still going. Maybe that is the favor he was doing us. Unbelievable!

Visited January 2014
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Costa R, Owner at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Very disappointing to see this type of response from these people. I understand that not everyone can afford a quality fishing experience here but to come in all hopped up on drugs and alcohol and beg for a "cheap" fishing trip with someone else paying the majority of the bill..... to go out and have a full day on the water releasing 4 sailfish for the day and then come in complaining about everything and that we lied to them is just sad. It's apparent we don't treat people like this and there are just some "people" like this out in the world regretfully. Also, the other "Disappointed" negative review posted at the same time on here is from his other fishing buddy and not a separate review. Just disgruntled drunks/druggies who don't know how to act.
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