Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp

a close up of a trophy tarpon head with the fly clearly in the upper lip at Rio Colorado, Costa Rica

Tarpon – Jack Crevalle

SEASON: September – October
DURATION: 8 Nights
GROUP SIZE: 2-8 Guests

Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp tours are all about casting to aggressive Tarpon along the pristine coastline of Northern Costa Rica creating what any fly anglers simply describe as pure magic. Costa Rica has long been the destination of choice for anglers in search of trophy Tarpon and with that in mind, the Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp could quite literally be the home of the Silver King.

The Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp, located just south of the Nicaragua border, offers not only spectacular fishing but the consistency of this fishery to produce huge fish is what has kept it at the pinnacle of Costa Rica’s Tarpon destinations.

Fishing at Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp

Every year between September and October, huge numbers of Tarpon congregate at the mouth of the Rio Colorado, feeding aggressively on the abundant herring that occur in this area during these months. Most tarpon range between the 60 – 180-pound mark, but every week a few fish tip the scales at the 180 to 200-pound mark.

Panga Boats are used for all fishing at Rio Colorado. Each boat is 18ft with a center console and is ideal for fly fishing. Fishing sessions take place in and around the river mouth. You’ll be targeting dirty water lines and casting at active rolling Tarpon for most of the fishing day. When the sessions really heat up you’ll have shots at balls of feeding Tarpon (sometimes in excess of 100 fish) smashing baitfish on the surface.

Of course, the abundant herring in the area also attract other game species of which Jack Crevalle can be targeted and are without doubt one of the hardest pulling Jack species on the planet.

Accommodation at Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp

The Rio Colorado is a simple yet comfortable family-run guest house on the lower reaches of the Rio Colorado. If you are after an authentic Costa Rican experience, Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp is it.
Simple en suite rooms in a twin configuration make up the accommodation. Each room comes standard with fans and air conditioning. Guests share rooms on tour at Rio Colorado.

Mealtimes are taken in the dining area. The chef prepares authentic home-cooked Costa Rican dishes. The communal dining area also includes a coffee station & a fly tying table… for those flies that won’t stop getting eaten.

Getting to Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp and Itinerary

Guests are requested to fly into San Jose with enough time to make the charter flight to Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp. Alternatively, the tour includes a night’s stay at a hotel and a transfer the following day to the charter hanger. Charter flights typically leave in the morning to allow for an afternoon session.

  • DAY 1: Charter Flight to Camp – After a brief from the head guide we’ll do a tackle setup & if possible spend the remaining afternoon fishing.
  • DAY 2 to 7: 6 Full days Tarpon fishing. Each day includes early morning and late afternoon sessions.
  • DAY 8: Breakfast, settling bills and packing. Mid-Morning charter flight to San Jose.


USD estimate $550,00 return charter flight

Price Includes:

  • All Accommodation (shared): Seven nights in Rio Colorado Tarpon Camp and one night in San Jose
  • Professional Host & Local guides
  • 6 Full and 1 half-day fishing
  • Boat and fuel
  • All meals in camp
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Transfers between Holiday Inn, and San Jose Airport

Price Excludes:

  • International airfares
  • Charter Flight from San Jose to Rio Colorado*
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tackle
  • Meals in Transit, and in San Jose
  • Taxi from San Jose Airport to Private Charter Hanger**

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Extra Info

All visitors require a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity.

Valid yellow fever inoculations are required by most countries. Please enquire with your local travel clinic. Rio Colorado is not considered a malaria area.

Please enquire about roaming options with your service provider prior to departing.

GMT +6

Costa Rican Colon (CRC) is the local currency. USD is widely accepted and can be used to settle bar accounts, etc. in camp.

Spanish. English is widely spoken

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