Located in southeastern most Costa Rica, Tarponville is unique operation where fly and conventional anglers pursue large tarpon in a pristine natural setting. Most fish will be caught in 5-20 ft. of water and fly anglers will blind cast, troll and occasionally sight cast to these large, hard fighting fish. In addition, anglers may encounter jacks, dorado bonefish and permit. The lodge has special permit flat, located within a nearby national park that can be booked in advance and consistently provides stealthy anglers with shots at tailing fish.
Tarponville lodge is located in the middle of the Manzanillo/Gandoca Wildlife Refuge, just above the Panamanian border. Howler monkeys, sloths, a numerous number of bird species, and other wildlife can all be viewed from your front porch in the mornings and evenings, making this not only a ‘must go’ destination for fishermen, but wildlife and nature enthusiasts alike. Being that the lodge is located within a wildlife refuge, there is not vehicle access directly to the lodge and a travelers must walk the last 300 yards.
The lodge is comfortable and rustic, with a definite beach comber, fisherman vibe with beautiful beachfront views of one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Caribbean. The guest rooms are located only a few yards from the water’s edge on a beautiful beach perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or just plain relaxing. The combination of the ceiling fans and consistent ocean breezes make sleeping quite comfortable.
Tarponville is located in the Caribbean costal town of Mazanillo, just above the Panamanian border.
Tarponville offers a shot at some of the most powerful Tarpon you will encounter. Most fishing will take place in shallow waters with intermediate and floating lines. This a large part of the appeal of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, near the border with Panama. Here there are lots of tarpon over 100 pounds and some pushing 200 pounds. The fishing varies greatly from day to day with some days producing very little and other days anglers getting more than 15 hook ups in a morning. Furthermore, the fishing waters are situated in a wildlife and marine reserve, which insures management and protection of the fish and habitat.
The fishing in this region could set a new standard for tarpon and snook fishing, with new information about unfished lagoons and uninhabited coastline emerging every day. The lodge owners and guides have spent over 90 days in the past three years exploring these new tarpon and snook waters, with more still waiting to be explored. If you are looking for a real fishing adventure, English speaking guides, fish that have rarely seen a fly or lure, try the newest and most exciting locale in the Americas.
Tarponville’s quality guides are trained and experienced on the local fishery to enhance every aspect of your day. All of the lodge guides extremely close-knit with the Tarponville owners and staff, and this will stands out in the way that they all work together to get you into fish and home safely. All of the staff guides are English speaking, punctual and informative on the local fishery.
Accommodations and Meals:
Ceiling fans cool the rooms by moving the pleasant sea breezes through the rooms. All rooms are non-air-conditioned and have their own private bathroom, two beds, ceiling fans and open air window to catch the breeze at night. Most night you will find it necessary to use a light blanket. All meals at the lodge will be prepared by local cooks and the menu includes such items as snapper, local fruits and vegetables, along with other local delicacies.
Day 1: Arrive San Jose in the afternoon and overnight at the Costa Verde Inn. Note: If arriving before 11:00 am you may have the option to transfer to the lodge for an early arrival / check-in.
Day 2: 5 hour transfer to lodge. Upon arrival you'll have a lodge orientation and prepare for your next day of fishing.
Day 3-7: Five full days guided fishing.
Day 8: Depart lodge for San Jose.
2019 Rates: $3,665 per person for a 6 night/5 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, snacks, guided fishing, non-alcoholic beverages, daily happy hour (beer and rum), round-trip transportation between Limon and the lodge
Not Included: International airfare to/from San Jose, airfare from San Jose to Limon, accommodation, and meals in San Jose, fishing equipment, staff & guide gratuities, beer and rum outside of happy hour, laundry service, phone use, and airport departure tax
Species: Tarpon, jacks, dorado, bonefish & permit
Season: March - May (spring) or September - October (fall)
Time: Central Standard TIme (CST)