Spent 8 days at the new Hilton resort, including 3 days of fishing and 3 Eco—Tours! Every part of our experience was outstanding! Really enjoyed the new dining facility and rooms! In addition the eco-tours were great experiences where we were able to view and photograph several species of monkeys, parrots, sloths and even an ant eater in their natural environment! Fishing crew worked hard to put us on fish and we were able to finish our last outing with a nice, ~75# Yellowfin tuna. Staff was always friendly and helpful! Would highly recommend the experience,
Had a wonderful time at Crocodile Bay! Well worth the trip for great adventure on water and land w/fishing and eco tours. Beautiful location, welcoming staff and tasty food. Will visit again soon and absolutely recommend to everyone!
My second trip to Crocodile Bay. Easy and convenient to book through Lynch Travel who set up transfers, the stay overnight in San Jose and the flight to Puerto Jiminez. The return was a bit trickier due to the Covid test requirement leaving Costa Rica for the USA but it worked out just great thanks to Lynch. Upon arriving checked in, had lunch then on to the Jungle eco tour. It was great seeing the countryside with a wide variety of birds, monkeys etc. Our main goal was fishing. We fished every other day for 3 days, all offshore. Fished on a big boat with Fernando every day. Great fishing, great mates and a great captain. Diego is doing a great job managing the fishing schedule and fleet. Lunch was supplied with beer and soft drinks. We caught sailfish, one blue marlin, many mahi (2 around 40lbs), wahoo and tuna. One concern were the long lines under 20 miles offshore. Costa Rica needs to deal with this. The lodge service was excellent and the staff second to none. The accommodations were just right and basically a very comfortable and casual setting. Olympia was still there and is a true gem of Crocodile Bay. Menu for breakfast and dinner was excellent with many selections. Not around for lunch but one day and it was great. We were lucky enough to catch a few yellowfin to share sushimi with all the restaurant guests. I would recommend this to anyone serious about "comfortable" fishing. I did bring my wife, thinking she would be ambivalent but she loved it, caught a sail, and now will bring her on all my future fishing trips:)…
Stayed at the resort with 4 friends (all of us from the UK) early February 2022. We had been guided to the dates by a specialist angling holiday company, who chose the date and moon phase so we could enjoy the very best fishing. Let's start off with the positives. The resort is clean, the staff friendly and attentive, and all speak very good English - certainly a lot better than my Spanish! Food is excellent, and the portions generous. The food and drink (including beer) provided for the boats is generous also, and you can order specifically what you want for lunch each day the night before. Now unfortunately here's the downside... we travelled specifically to fish for Sailfish, as the returns from this venue historically have been incredible. During our visit, we landed (between us) 7 Sailfish in 7 boat days fishing. Researching online when there, we read in The Tico Times that commercial fishing has increased +136%, and illegal fishing is believed to have increased dramatically also. The same article stated rod & line captures are down 70%, with the problem being particularly acute in the South. Certainly, we saw plenty of long lines when we were offshore. So the resort is fine, but my recommendation would be to not travel there from the UK for the fishing... it very sadly seems that for Costa Rica fishing, the party is very, very sadly over ....at least until someone to help the fish stocks recover.…
I visited Crocodile Bay in February 2022 with a friend. This was my sixth time at CB, the first being in 2016. CB is an olde world fishing lodge, developed I think about 30 years ago. There is a large reception/dining/bar/office/shop complex in the centre surrounded by 8 detached houses, each house comprising 4 suites. The upstairs suites are infinitely better because downstairs the rooms have tile floors and polystyrene ceiling tiles, upstairs hardwwood floors and proper ceilings. Bathrooms are tired. Rooms and bathrooms are always spotlessly clean. Staff is the strongest point, friendly and helpful to a fault, they really are outstanding. Fishing is a mixed bag. There are two types of boats, the Boston Whalers and the larger strikes. The strikes are an almost essential choice for offshore for two reasons. First they have an overhead helm position so the skipper has an outstanding view, which you need for spotting bait balls and other action, second the strikes also have a second crew member, which you need if there is marlin or sailfish action round the teasers or if you have a tricky fish to land. There used to be a second crew member on the whalers but that went as a cost saving measure in 2018. Fishing itself is variable, never quite as good as the fishing reports! In 2019 we did not catch a single fish in four days. This year it was great for a day and a half, we had a marlin and a sail plus 4 mahi mahi but then went two and a half days with nothing. Some other clients complained like hell and got extra fishing days, being true Brits we suffered in silence. We had the same skipper all four days, personally I think its a lot better to mix it up, they are all quite different. The big news for CB is that all the accommodation is set to be demolished as the new Hilton Botanika whatever they call it opens on site in April. We don't understand the development. It is massive, three huge four storey blocks, modern, well equipped and utterly soulless. What is the point of coming to the Osa Peninsula to stay in a Hilton with no view of the rainforest or the sea? I think all the charm of CB will be lost but I respect that the Hilton may suit some visitors. There are also plans to build a massive marina and a hotel on the sea with floating restaurant etc etc. This will be the first and only development on the coast of The Golfo Dulce, in my opinion and absolute tragedy and a desecration of this stunning pristine coastline. I guess its all about money but if they allow this development how will they stop others? And why would anyone want to take this extraordinary bit of unspoiled coast and desecrate it? Very very sad. Finally a word of warning, building work and construction on site will continue until at least March 2023, a lot of dust, work starts at first light, 6.00am, worth bearing in mind. I hope my worst fears are not borne out. I have enjoyed some great times at CB and cannot believe it has really all come to an end. I just hope for the sake of the staff that the new resort continues to be a happy environment for them.…
Crocodile Bay Resort has the friendliest staff that will and does go above and beyond when it comes to making sure your experience is the best one has ever had. With clean comfortable rooms, great food, and a nice bar. They have so many options for people to do. We go for the fishing and it is the greatest fishing experience of a lifetime. The location is in a natural rainforest environment where it feels like one has gotten away from it all yet, can still be connected.
The absolute best trip we've ever had! They made the entire process seamless with total 5 star Service every step of our trip. We will be going back next year and recommend Crocodile Bay to anyone that might be interested. The entire staff was phenomenal from the moment we got off the plane to the minute we left for home. I can't say enough what a magnificent time we had! Thank you everyone at Crocodile bay for memories we will have for a lifetime!
Absolutely amazing! Five star from the minute we landed in San Jose. Every transfer and flights were smooth and easy. The staff was so helpful and nice. The captains went above and beyond to get you those fish. We are already planning our return next year!
This trip was scheduled for April 2020 and postponed 3 times. Let’s start with all good things! Food-excellent Service= excellent Eco tour= very good Resort= very dated rooms and bathrooms dated Pool needs new furniture Fishing= don’t charter a 24’ boat= rough rides spend the $$ on a larger boat. Off shore fishing was very spotty when we were here, if we had come in 2020 it might have been different. Diego who is in charge of fishing did all he could to accommodate us, but he can’t produce the fish for off shore. We had a good day fishing inshore and manage to land two sailfish off shore considering the conditions they were good fishing days.
This was a wonderful place to stay and visit. We booked the trip through Lisa at Lynch Creek Travel. It was an all-inclusive package which included all travel to and from San Jose, and everything went like clockwork. The staff at the resort could not have been more friendly and helpful. The fishing was great, and we took 3 of the Eco Tours, all of which were wonderful, and the guides were very knowledgeable. The resort is beautiful, set in the rain forest and we saw monkeys, toucans, and macaws right outside our door. Great fishing as well. It was our first time in Costa Rica, but it will not be our last. I highly recommend the Crocodile bay resort and Lisa at Lynch Creek Travel.