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El Jefe Sport Fishing

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El Jefe Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours is the premier marine activities company for Costa Rican adventure! Located in the North Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste Region of the island, our boats – El Jefe and El Jefe Too – sail in the heart of the...more
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Marina Papagayo, 40001, Costa Rica
+506 8835 5333
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wanted to target marlin so we left the beach by 8:00 and went out to where the rest of the boats were fishing and hooked up with a nice sail fish. Rest of the day just followed the other boats in the area, they seemed...More

Thank CudjoePhil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon with the crew of the Seacario. Beautiful ride to secluded beach for jet ski, paddle board, great lunch. Then, off to fish. No bites but beautiful sunset. Friendly and so accommodating.

Thank StretchCampbell
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Fantastic day of fishing fun! Only were able to catch Mahi but caught sooo many had to release many biggest was approximately 60 pounds! Catch of the day ~ Captain John Carlos and his mates, Jeremy and Justin were very kind and experienced fisherman. We...More

Thank Vbragg
Reviewed September 12, 2018

The mates on our trip were awesome. TC or JC, not sure which is correct, did a top notch job. David was the other mate and he did a good job as well. The boat was beautiful and the gear that was available was in...More

1  Thank David C
ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Hello David, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are saddened your survey at the boat after the trip and your review here are not a match. We apologize for any inconvenience as your feedback after the trip never indicated any...More

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Both my wife and I had a perfect day for bill fishing. We caught two sail fish with the help of the crew and captain. We also caught a mahi mahi which we ate for dinner. Reservations were easy, Marcela kept us up to date...More

Thank steve g
ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello Steve, thank you for taking the time to share your overall experience! We are thrilled to hear you had a great time and also received first class service from our crew. Nothing beats fresh mahi mahi after releasing some billfish! I will pass along...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

JC and crew treated us to a truly memorable experience. First class treatment along with outstanding fishing. Boarded at the beach at Playa Coco and 90 minutes later were fishing blue water. Two Marlin, one each Blue & Black, three Sails and a nice Mahi....More

Thank Maitai53
ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello! What can I say... An anglers dream made reality with a GRAND SLAM! I recall this trip and seeing the pictures took during the day, what an experience! EL JEFE TOO has been on fire this year and this is the fourth grand slam...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Had a great trip with captain JC and his mates Hugo and Dennis. These guys made our trip an unforgettable experience. 5 sailfish and a bunch of Mahi Mahi made to trip even better. Michael (el jefe himself) met us at the dock upon our...More

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ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello!!! It was great meeting you at the dock upon your return trip aboard EL JEFE TOO! I am thrilled you enjoyed the fishing and our crew's service throughout the day. We take customer satisfaction very serious and we like to greet our guests whenever...More

Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

We booked a full day fishing with El Jefe in their 38ft boat. My husband and I were a little apprehensive at first since we were also taking our three kids with us. They have all been offshore on our boat before, but this was...More

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ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello! I remember you guys and I believe you stayed at RIU Hotel. Yes, we had a bit of a rough patch in weather as a few storms building up far offshore affected the conditions. We take safety very serious and after consulting several times...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018

Jesus, David and Steven could not have made our day on the water more exciting and fun! Within 15 minutes of the bait being in the water, one on! My 80-year-old father reeled in the first of 5 Mahi Mahi we caught that day and...More

Thank Angela F
ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello Angela, thank you for complimenting our crew and sharing your experience via TripAdvisor! I am delighted to hear so many stories and family memories we are able to offer our guests. Although fishing at times can be slow, our crew works very hard to...More

Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to be the first trip on el jefe's newest boat, Seacario. It was incredible. The boat was beautiful and the crew exceptional. They were extremely accommodating for all of us from the expert fisherman to the novice. The food made on...More

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ElJefeCR, Manager at El Jefe Sport Fishing, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Hello! What a great pleasure we had taking you out on our first voyage for our newest boat on the fleet "SEACARIO". We are happy you had a great time and are thrilled we can cater to more customers by adding another vessel to the...More

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Carrie B
June 30, 2016|
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Response from abrown713 | Property representative |
Hello Carrie, The price includes snorkeling gear and great snorkeling spots for up to 8 people. You are right, the $1200 is not per person. Also, we include drinks, refreshments and a variety of snacks. We offer two types... More
Bill J
September 2, 2015|
Response from ElJefeCR | Property representative |
Year round fishing is consistent. During March high winds can make it a bit rough at times. However, the marlin fishing is better this time of the year. Let us know if we can answer any more questions you may have. Thank you!
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