Located along the eastern shore of the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Bay) on west coast of Costa Rica, Golfito is Costa Rica’s most southern port town and is well known as a fishing paradise. Golfito was the home of the United Brand Banana Company until its closure in 1985. The company donated its land to the Costa Rican government who turned the majority of the property into national park land and wildlife reserves.
Golfito is now Costa Rica’s most popular spot for Eco-tourism. Here you can enjoy fantastic hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding, ATV, and canopy tours of the lush rainforest and cloud forest areas, where you can experience the best of Costa Rica’s wildlife including monkeys, sloth, toucans, macaws, and more. Golfito also offers great duty-free shopping, and beautiful botanical gardens showcasing the best in lush tropical foliage. Of course, Golfito has wonderful beaches that offer the best in water sport adventures as well.
Surfing, sailing, kayaking, jungle river tours, and windsurfing are all available in and around Golfito. There are many hotels in Golfito; with the most popular type being eco-lodges that offer a jungle experience in an eco-friendly atmosphere. Restaurant choices range from elegant dining to simple but delicious local cuisine featuring wonderful local seafood and produce. You can even bring your catch to one of the local restaurants for the chef to cook for your dinner.
The Golfito Regional Airport has frequent daily flights from San Jose on Sansa Air. Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose has flights from many major airlines including: American, Continental, Air Canada, Delta, Frontier, Mexicana and more.Golfito, like all Pacific Coast Costa Rica destinations, offers world-class billfishing for black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish as well as offshore fishing for yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado (mahi-mahi), and barracuda. Inshore species caught off Golfito include fantastic fishing for roosterfish, snapper, grouper and snook.
The fishing off Golfito is fantastic year round, with offshore fishing for black and blue marlin, and yellowfin tuna excelling from September through December. Sailfish and dorado are at their peak from November through April, but offshore fishing for Pacific sailfish and dorado is great year round at Golfito. Inshore fishing for roosterfish and snapper are excellent year round.
There is no bad time for roosterfish and snapper in Golfito. Anglers can also find good, consistent inshore and beach fishing for snook year round. Golfito offers beautiful, tropical weather year round with the rainy season peaking from September to November. Temperatures range from the mid 80’s to low 90’s year round with evening lows in the 70’s. Golfito has a large charter fishing fleet with great options for all budgets.
Golfito, Costa Rica is a true gem in the charter fishing world. Remote jungle lodges, great duty free shopping, fantastic water sports and adventure tours, friendly local people, lush rainforest and sparkling beaches help make Golfito a true angler’s paradise and a fishing destination that can’t be beat.