Tarponville Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s southern most fishing lodge located on the Caribbean coast. Located just above the border of Panama, Tarponville offers the best chance at some of the most powerful Tarpon you will ever encounter. Fishing shallow waters with intermediate and floating lines, the excitement of these fish will leave you breathless… Join Elk River Guiding on this Hosted Fly Fishing Adventure!

For years, fishermen have heard rumors of large tarpon in great numbers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, near the border with Panama.

Well, the “mother lode” has been found! After numerous trips, sportfishing specialists have now developed a fishing operation in this previously unknown sportfishing area. Tarpon weighing over 130 lb. have been landed on both lure and fly. Twenty hook-ups in a morning have been accomplished, and tarpon over 200 lb. have been landed on a fly! 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. As this is a relatively new Fly Fishing Destination, new tarpon and snook waters are discovered on each trip 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 fishing packages are all inclusive covering everything once you set foot in the shuttle that picks you up in San Jose.  All shuttle vans are air conditioned and very comfortable. The ride to tarponville is approx. 5 hours and will take you through the beautiful mountain pass and down the valley until you reach the Caribbean coast and turn south. Your final destination is the southernmost village of Manzanillo. Driving through Manzanillo, to the end of the road, you will be met by the staff of Tarponville at the entrance to the Manzanillo/ Gondoca wildlife refuge where you will need to cross a small creek and continue down the trail approx. 200 yards until your reach “Tarponville Lodge”.


Tarponville fishing packages are all inclusive seeing after you from your shuttle pick up in San Jose Costa

Rica all the way through your stay with Tarponville until your San Jose drop off on your final day. Our Hosted Itinerary is as follows:  You will be staying the night in San José on your day of arrival and departing for Tarponville the following morning which has you arriving at Tarponville mid day. Upon arrival and after a quick orientation you will get settled into your rooms, have lunch and prep your gear for fishing. Then go for a swim or just chill. Early the next morning is day 1 of 5 full days of fishing.  We have also planed a mid stay flex day where you can Snorkel, Hike, Fish or Chill (some activities on the flwex day may have additional costs), then your last day at Tarponville will consist of bording your private shuttle back to San José.  

Participating on a Hosted trip ensures all the details and problems are solved well before you leave home. Elk River Guiding works with the Tarponville staff and owner Mark Martin to ensure your trip is safe, enjoyable and satisfying beyond expectations. We will assist in all aspects of planning and gear preparation. Contact the fly shop for more info.

Prices are based on a per person price double occupancy. 

6 nights 5 days fishing based on 2 per room 2 per boat $3865 per person

Call for add on adventure pricing on the flex day or for single person rates.

All prices are in US dollars.

Tarponville bookings and policies

Booking policy:
Deposits, cancellations & refunds: A deposit of 30% per person is required within 10 days of the reservation request. The balance is due 90 days prior to scheduled arrival at Tarponville. A refund of the deposit less a handling fee of $150 per person will be returned if notice of cancellation is received by Tarponville at least 90 days prior to your scheduled arrival. There will be no refund of any monies for “no shows” or cancellations received less than 90 days prior to arrival. No refund will be given for early departures. A fee of $100 dollars will be charged for date changes made after deposit is received. Changes in dates may not be available at time of request.

Not included in packages:
 International airfare to/from San Jose, meals while in san Jose or during travels to lodge, fishing equipment, gratuities for (guides, staff, and shuttle driver), beer and rum outside of happy hour, phone use, travel insurance and airport departure tax (Approx. $25 to be paid at airport).

Recommended tips and Gratuities:

We ask that tipping for our staff and team members be in US dollars.
Guides: $50.00 per day per boat (ex: 2 anglers is $25 each) 
Staff: $20.00 per day/ per guest.
Shuttle driver: San Jose to Tarponville: $25.00 for group

Call The Fly Shop to get on this trip or talk to Paul if you have any questions!