We spent 3 nights at Crocodile Bay during our recent trip to Costa Rica. We felt that it was a first class operation from start to finish and was glad that we picked there to stay. We went fishing 2 of the days and an eco-tour between fishing trips.
As part of the package, they'll pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your hotel in San Jose. You'll then be picked up around 5am (Jonathon picked us up there and his enthusiasm, professionalism and pride of the company rubbed off on us and set the pace for our entire stay. Great guy!) and fly to Puerto Jiminez in a little prop plane. The trip was beautiful and the landing exciting. And, not to worry, should things go awry, the strip is located adjacent to the local graveyard, so you won't have far to travel. The hotel in San Jose is very nice (Double Tree Cariari).
First day fishing was really good, we were in one of the open fisherman boats with Jonathon & Pitti. Great great captains. We caught the most that day and were on the smallest boat. Caught 1 sail (my first) and I hooked (but lost) another. Also bagged 2 large dolphins and a good sized triple tail, which were grilled fresh for dinner that night.
The next day we took an eco-tour. We wanted to go to the national rainforest park, but the water level was too high, so that tour was cancelled and we went to the Osa rainforest instead. It's always disappointing not to get what you want, but the trip itself wasn't disappointing at all. Dennis was our tour guide and after the rainforest walk, we visited a few isolated beaches on the way back, had a picnic and at one of the beaches watched some surfers cruising picture perfect waves. Great tour, great guide. A trip highlight. We loved it.
We were "upgraded" to another boat to make room for some others to do some inshore fishing with Jonathon & Pitti. (Who caught so many rooster fish (19, the most ) that they were worn out and asked to come back early that day) We had an upgraded boat, the 33' Striker, but I can't say it was an upgraded crew. We trolled all day long, not even one bite, and the first mate was at times even sleeping. A little note: The type of fishing that they do is troll jigs that splash the water in an effort to raise billfish. Once you see them, then you put the pre-hooked baits and wait for a strike. Ok. I spotted a marlin behind the boat early in the morning, but neither the Capt or mate saw it jumping behind the boat and didn't even put in a bait to catch it. Jonathon & Pitti certainly would have at least hooked it. They were like fishing machines. Bottom line, not all crews/captains are equal, keep that in mind. That day, other boats in our general area did rather well. One even landed a decent sized marlin. Besides us, only one other boat got skunked, but at least they had one hooked. This wasn't only disappointing, it bordered embarrassing because usually I catch fish. Oh well. Next time (yes I would return) I'll certainly check the boards closely and request captains that don't typically get skunked. Life is full of these little lessons.
The seas were fairly calm and the ride out is about 35 or 40 minutes and very scenic. While in the deep water we saw some red tide, but fished around it and easily fished around all of the rain. The larger boats are very comfortable, worth considering the upgrade.
The resort grounds are very nice, the staff especially friendly, and the spa is nice. (I'm not really a spa guy, so take that for what it's worth) We borrowed the resort bicycles and rode into town (about 15 minutes) and enjoyed watching local life. We'd do that again, actually we'd do everything again except fish with captain Francisco. The prob could have been with the first mate, but as the saying goes, the capt is in charge of the boat.
Overall, it was a great trip, could have been amazing had the second fishing day been at least a little productive. Like I said, if I were to return to Costa Rica to go fishing, I wouldn't hesitate to return to Crocodile Bay. This is a first class outfit and beautiful resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-inclusive packages for World-class Billfishing offshore or Roosterfish, Snapper, & Dorado inshore. Kids love our 24 exclusive Ecotours - Corcovado Rainforest, Zipline, Mangrove Kayaking, & Moms love our luxurious state-of-the-art Spa with a full complement of 30+ Spa massages, facials and full body treatments. Set on 44 lush tropical acres in the bio-diverse Osa Peninsula. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crocodile Bay Hotel Puerto Jimenez
- Crocodile Bay Resort - An All-Inclusive Resort Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez