Rio Colorado Lodge, Costa Rica – Caribbean side

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Rio Colorado Lodge is located in Costa Rica, on the Caribbean side of the country. Rio Colorado Lodge is built on the banks of the Colorado River, right at its mouth where it empties into the sea and where fishing is frequently the best. Located in one of the world's most beautiful and primitive tropical rain forests, the weather is seldom oppressive; mosquitoes and other insects are not a concern. Temperature averages about 80 degrees year around, seldom going above the mid 80's. Showers may occur any time of the year, with the heavy rains from late May through December. Rio Colorado Lodge is the only fishing resort in the area that remains open year around.


Rio Colorado Lodge complex is built on stilts, elevating it from the ground and is roofed , protecting it from the rain. The 18 rooms are double roofed and air-conditioned providing a comfortable cooling, insulating effect. Even the walkways and dock are roofed for your convenience. All have private baths, hot showers, electric fans and daily maid service. You may choose to use the laundry service and carry less in your luggage. Meals are served family style, ‘all you can eat’. The cuisine at Rio Colorado has received high praise from guests from around the world. There is a comfortable recreation room with game tables, and you'll find a video room with satellite TV, telefax equipment, and very well stocked tackle shop. There are more than ample outdoor lounging areas, and a even a small zoo. There is a fully stocked bar with drinks at reasonable prices. During Happy Hour, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., all rum drinks and soft drinks are complimentary.


Both tarpon and snook can be taken any month of the year. But like fishing anywhere, there are never any guarantees, and at certain times of the year chances of scoring big are greater than others. The dry season, from January through May, is considered the peak season in the river and lagoons as the acrobatic tarpon swim in by the thousands to spawn. Some outstanding angling has also taken place as late as July and early August on the inside, but in autumn, the sea is calm and the fish move to the ocean, providing prime action along the coast. Really, the fishing is good year around. The snook are also present year around in the waters of the Rio Colorado Lodge, and are taken casting, trolling, surf fishing and even on flies. Small snook, or "calba", move into the rivers in November-December and provide fast and continuous action for two to three months, with 20 to 80 five pound fish per rod not being unusual in a day. But beware! There are always a few up to 30 pounds mixed in with the smaller calba. The best surf fishing and trolling in the waters near the river mouths is in the late fall, when monsters from 25 pounds on up are typically caught. You're may also tie into a big jack crevalle, bonita dorado or mackerel while fishing in the sea. Light tackle gamesters including guapote, mojarra, machaca, and drum are taken in the rivers, creeks and the estuaries 12 months of the year, so don't forget a light bait casting or spinning outfit. King of all game fish is the tarpon. You set the hook hard when they strike, then watch the water explode as they seem to head for the stratosphere, leaping and twisting above the water eight to twelve times! The Average tarpon taken at the Rio Colorado Lodge is around 80 pounds, and fish to 207 pounds have been brought to gaff. You can expect to jump eight or ten of these royalty in an average day or as many as 25 on an extraordinary day! Only artificial lures are used, and all fish are lip-gaffed so they can be released after the photos have been taken. You will fish with experienced guides from a comfortable 23 ft. fiberglass boat, powered by 90 HP, 4 stroke motors, and equipped with two very comfortable fighting chairs.

Getting There

You will fly into San Jose International airport be met by a representative of Rio Colorado and taken to your hotel. (You may make your own reservations or have the Lodge make them for you.) Next morning take an in-country flight to the lodge. Space and weight is limited to 25 LBS including luggage and tackle on the flight between San Jose and the Lodge, so please keep your baggage to a minimum. Bags in excess of 25 LBS may be allowed at your expense and subject to space and weight restrictions as determined by the air carrier. Your hotel in San Jose will check your extra luggage until your return.


The zoo, rainforest, and rivers provide great photo opportunities. The lounge or veranda is perfect for relaxing with a book or just soaking up nature. Also possible are:

A canal or River Tour in or out of the Lodge 7 hours. Jungle walk, local Butterfly Farm, night turtle watching (July-September), private boat bird watching or touring Tortuguero canals or park.

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