The offshore fly-fishing experience at Crocodile Bay has converted many anglers who never thought they would enjoy such extreme fly fishing. We urge you to give it a try.
Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast (The Osa Peninsula), which has been referred to by National Geographic magazine as "the most ecologically intense place on Earth." It is also where the edge of Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest meets the Pacific. The ocean is clean and blue in this area and it’s one of the more remote parts of the country, far from the tourist developments closer to San Jose. The waters offshore attract migrating fish as well as a resident population, and the chance of raising many fish a day is better here than in other parts of the coast most of the year, but particularly from December through April. Onshore, Corcovado National Park attracts nature enthusiasts year round. While the lodge is set back from the water – required by law in conservation minded Costa Rica – there are extensive beaches nearby and the lodge arranges excursions daily. The rainforest in this area is particularly well preserved and you will observe tropical birds, mammals and plants in some pristine environments.
November to June is the dry season and the most popular time to visit Costa Rica. Crocodile Bay Lodge is open from early December through April, the peak season. March is the sunniest month, but sunny, warm weather is the norm along the Pacific coast from December through April. Some rain is possible anytime – it’s a rainforest coast.
San Jose, Costa Rica, is the main gateway and there are frequent flights from US gateways. You can reach it in a day from any part of the United States. You can make your own arrangements to get to the lodge or take advantage of the optional transfer package which includes an airport pickup, night in San Jose, and an early morning transfer flight to the lodge the next morning. Most packages end on the final morning of your stay, with time to get back to San Jose in time for your international flight home. If you booked the optional transfer package, your return flight to San Jose and airport transfers will be included. Orvis Travel can also customize your itinerary to spend the final night of your package in San Jose, allowing for an earlier international flight departure.
The local transfer flights are included in the optional transfer package, so you only need to get airfare to San Jose. There is an additional ticketing charge of approximately $225 for guests that weigh more than 250 pounds. This is a policy of the airline and not Orvis Travel or Crocodile Bay Lodge. Please notify us when you book your trip so we can make the proper arrangements so you won’t be delayed when you check in for the flight in San Jose. If you do not book the optional transfer package you will need to make your own arrangements to get to Puerto Jimenez.
Monday-Friday trip, 3 night, 3 day package plus optional transfer package.
Arrival and departure can be scheduled any day. This is just an example of a trip to illustrate how the schedule works.
Upon your arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will be met by an Orvis Travel representative and transferred to the Doubletree Hilton Cariari. Before leaving you at the hotel your driver will discuss the following morning’s schedule so you will know what time and where to meet him. The airport transfers and hotel can be booked ahead of time as a package, but are optional, and do not include dinner. The hotel has a nice restaurant or you may take a short cab ride to any of the nearby restaurants or other attractions.
The day starts with an early checkout and a transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to the lodge. Our transfer agent will help you check in for your flight. This transfer service and flight is included in the optional transfer package. After a 45-minute flight you will arrive in Puerto Jimenez. Your lodge package begins upon arrival, where you will be met by a lodge representative and transferred to the nearby lodge. If you didn't book a transfer package with Orvis Travel we will arrange for someone to pick you up in Puerto Jimenez according to the flight details you provide. After you check in at the lodge there will be time to eat a quick breakfast before anglers meet with their guides and develop a plan for the day. If you are not fishing then we will ask you prior to your trip what you want to do your first day at the resort. If you have selected a tour then your guide will be ready for you. If you have not arranged a tour for the first day you may just wish to relax by the pool or set up a spa treatment at your convenience.
The fishing and eco-tours end by 4:00 p.m. each afternoon, with time before dinner to enjoy happy hour and hors d'oeuvres in the air-conditioned bar, cool off in the pool with waterfall, the Sunset Kayak Tour, or a massage in the resort’s Spa. If you would like to sign up for a tour or spa service for the following day you can set it up each evening before dinner.
Fishing and eco-tour activities begin at 7:00 a.m. and finish by 4:00 p.m. If you are fishing or participating in a full day eco-tour a lunch will be packed for you to enjoy in the field. If you are on a half-day eco-tour or just relaxing around the resort you will be served lunch in the lodge’s dining room.
There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the resort each evening.
You will be transferred to the nearby airport in time to catch the regularly scheduled commuter flight from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose. The flight takes about an hour and the earliest flights depart Puerto Jimenez at 7:00 a.m. Your flight from San Jose onward should not depart before 11:00 a.m.
Orvis Travel can arrange an overnight in San Jose for you if needed.
Note: domestic flights and airport transfers are not part of the fishing package and must be purchased separately.
Unlike most fishing lodges in Central America, this one features well organized day trips into the rainforest and along the coast. It’s a great place to take a spouse or family whether they fish or not. There is a wide range of activities offered daily, including riding, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking and birding. The lodge also has a full-service spa for massages and other treatments.
Where is the most likely place in Costa Rica you will see a jaguar? The Osa. A humpback whale? The Osa. Scarlet Macaw? The Osa. A near perfect granite sphere unearthed in a misty forest? The Osa. Osa means "giant anteater" and you might also see one of these here in the largest coastal rainforest on the Central American Pacific.
Like any frontier, the Osa seems vast, stretching away into unknown places. A dark green forest covers steep hills with views of the blue ocean from the peaks and ridges reaching to over 2000 feet. Nestled into massive river swamps and looming, verdant slopes lies the huge Corcovado National Park as well as the Matapalo rain forest.
Golfo Dulce, the sweet gulf, bathes the East Coast of the peninsula and the open Pacific pounds the western beaches. The northwest shelters Drake Bay, the northeast holds giant mangrove forests and huge river mouths, and offshore rises lush Caño Island. Even if you have ten years, don't expect to see all the life that resides in the 1000 or so species of hardwood trees. Scientists speculate that here some individual rainforest trees may even harbor their own unique insect species.
What Corcovado is to biodiversity, the waters surrounding the Osa are to productivity. Fish so thick it’s more like fog and you lose sight of your dive buddy right next to you. Fish so thick that the mate on the boat will most likely still be reeling in fish when you're too tired to do anything but sip and watch. Below the Osa's waves are coral reefs, rock pinnacles and rolling plateaus that humpback whales like so much they are here all year. One hundred manta rays might swim by in tight formation. Pacific white tip sharks might pass close enough to touch. Here, barracuda swim in schools the size of small clouds.
The Osa is also home to one of the oldest and most mysterious indigenous cultures in Cost Rica, the sphere makers. Who made these giant granite sculptures aligned throughout the Osa is unknown.
The incredible diversity and productivity of the Osa results from the meeting of two hemispheres and two continents. A mix of currents, ocean waters and nutrient rich river waters from the highest drainage in Central America, the forested Talamanca mountains, give birth to countless fish and marine life.
The Lodge is a small resort of low rise buildings that accommodates 85 guests. It’s first class, clean and comfortable – one of the best in the country – but it’s tranquil and not crowded. It has 44 acres of tropical gardens and a swimming pool for a refreshing swim at the end of an active day.
Standard and Deluxe Rooms are air-conditioned and have two queen-sized beds and a private deck. Every room is uniquely decorated with the local “Tico” flavor, including hand carved furniture and some have private jacuzzi baths. All rooms have hot water with full shower/bath and are a two minute walk from the 750ft private pier.
Rates: Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. All packages start with a full day of fishing on the day of arrival at Crocodile Bay Lodge. The lodge is closed from April 30th until December 1st.
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Your choice of inshore, offshore, or estuary fishing.
33' Strike boat & room upgrade.
|Domestic Flights, San Jose Hotel, and Transfers
fishing boat with fuel, fishing gear, guide, fishing licenses (fishing packages), all meals at the lodge including and soft drinks.
International or domestic airfare; hotels, transfers or meals in San Jose; airport departure tax and gratuities or overweight charges on the domestic flight from San Jose to the lodge and return.
Hotel and airport transfers in San Jose on arrival and local flights between San Jose and Puerto Jimenez. The hotel is the Hilton Cariari or similar and flights are on Nature Air Twin Otters and Sansa Caravans.
First class hotel in San Jose after the completion of your package is approximately $100 per person, per night, double occupancy. If you choose to spend the final night of your package in San Jose, instead of the lodge, Orvis Travel will book a first class hotel room for you and your total package price will be reduced by approximately $100 per person, double occupancy (must be arranged at time of booking). This is helpful if you need to catch an early flight out of San Jose.
When you book with Orvis Travel you pay the same price you would pay if booking directly with Crocodile Bay. You will qualify for any special offers or incentives available at the time you confirm your reservation.