Frequently Asked Questions about our Costa Rican fishing charters
How do we get to Herradura from San Jose?
Herradura Bay is approximately 80 miles or 1.5 hours from San Jose, there are shuttle buses going from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
How can I reserve a sports fishing charter with BillfishCostaRica.com
You can make a reservation online for inshore or offshore fishing by using the reservation form or emailing us or contacting us by telephone, then following this through with a deposit.
What payment methods are available?
The most convenient way to make a deposit is by using the PayPal form on our website or you can make a deposit to our bank account. Phone us to get the details.
Can I get a Refund, what is your refund policy?
If you cancel up to 3 days before your trip you will get a refund of 85pc of the cost of the trip. You may change the date of your fishing trip up to 24 hrs before the date of your charter, provided the new date is available.
How many people can go on a Fishing Charter?
We have a few different boat sizes the biggest We have so far is licensed to carry up to 20 persons, this normally includes 2 crewmembers. However, there are some smaller boats and there is an ideal number of passengers for your maximum comfort and enjoyment.
What should we bring with us on the fishing trip?
Sun block, hat, dark glasses and possibly a change of light clothing.
What Food, drink will you supply, what if I have special dietary requirements?
We provide snacks, fruits, beers, sodas, and water. Just let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
What fishing gear do you supply for the trip?
We provide all the necessary International Game Fish Association (I.G.F.A.) tackle bait etc. required.
What protection from the sun and heat is there on the Charter Boat?
Some boats have lots of shaded areas and a fully air-conditioned salon if you want to escape the heat of the tropical sun.
What Safety equipment does your charter boat carry?
We have sufficient lifejackets for everyone on board, a life ring, fire extinguishers, and a dinghy.
Which fish can we keep if we catch?
We practice Catch and Release for billfish such as Marlin and Sailfish but you can keep certain species of fish such as Wahoo, Dorado, and Tuna.
How much should I Tip?
Tipping, a delicate question. Clients may tip according to the level of satisfaction they have had with the onboard service, a bit like restaurants 15-20 percent is considered generous.
Will I have to share with people I don’t know?
You will only share the boat with people you don’t know if it’s your own choice to reduce the cost per person. The hiring price of the boat remains the same if it is one person or eight.
How far does the boat go out on offshore trips?
The boat may travel anywhere between 15-40 miles offshore from our locations at Tamarindo Beach and Flamingo Bay and Herradura Beach.
Does it get rough, will I get seasick?
Seasickness is always a possibility for some. We will have medication on board to help counteract the effects.
What is the weather like in the different seasons of Costa Rica?
Winds are more variable from January to April. The rainy season is from September to November. If the winds are too strong and conditions are unsafe or unpleasant we will not go out fishing.