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“Fantastic day of fishing and marine life!”

Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours is a fully licensed and insured fishing company ready to take you out for a full day or half day of fishing. Snorkeling and Surfing to Witches and Ollie's Point is also available. We offer a wide variety of fishing options in the Papagayo Gulf: inshore, offshore, coastal, bottom, casting, fly and spear fishing. If you are looking to save money or prefer not to fish alone, Lisa can arrange a split-charter with other fisherman/woman looking for the same. Captain Daniel has over 40 years of fishing experience and his mate Mauricio, fluent in English, has over 20 years. These guys love to fish and are fishing professionals. We now have a GoPro camera to film your fishing adventure in which Lisa can cut/edit your video to be posted on Youtube. Snorkeling can be included at the end of your fishing trip at no additional cost. This is a great tour for the entire family to explore the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica sport fishing is known worldwide as one of the greatest sport fishing/surfing destination plus the weather is great almost all year round. For the intermediate and experienced surfer, trips to Witches Rock and Ollie's are offered with a guide. We look forward to hearing from you. Pura Vida!
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic day of fishing and marine life!”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

I have done deep sea fishing to death, and in trying to find a light tackle fishing outfit - came across North Pacific Tours. Lisa was fantastic to deal with, we booked in advance just over email, and sure enough, when the day came, Mauricio and Captain Daniel pulled right up to our resort beach to pick us up! A few minutes late, but they were very apologetic and more than made up for it.

We had a great day on the water - lots of casting, a bit of trolling, and nailed a beauty Mahi Mahi and Needlefish. The boat was fully stocked with waters, pop and juice - and when they saw us flagging a bit in the heat (that was heavy casting tackle!) out came a fresh pineapple to be cut up a shared - perfect timing!

Besides the fishing we saw dolphins, got the skinny on Witch Rock, watched many Devil Rays fly out of the water, and chased after boil after boil of fish in an effort to nail a Jack. Mauricio worked his butt off to put us on the fish - and it was only our pathetic casting and jigging techniques that prevented us nailing our own!

I would recommend this outfit for anyone who, like me, wants to get a bit more active in their fishing. They knew their stuff, and handled the Coast Guard like pros, even as they were hassled un-necessarily by them! Awesome day - thanks Daniel, Mauricio and Lisa, Pura Vida!

Visited January 2014
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NorthPacificTours, Owner at Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your trip. It is nice to read that you had a fantastic time out fishing with us which I will share with the crew. The Pacific Ocean is amazing, you just never know what you'll see out on the water and it seems you saw a lot of marine life. We look forward to your next fishing trip with us. Until then... Pura Vida!
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Excellent Day on the Gulf with Mauricio!”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

What a wonderful day on the water! We prebooked a full day of fishing on the "Don Manuel". They picked us up, at no extra charge, from our beach right at the Hilton Papagayos. The boat was comfortable and well stocked with cold water, beer, etc. and fresh pineapple, sandwiches and snacks. They even prepacked our shoe sizes for flippers and snorkel gear which we ended up not using since we were enjoying the fishing so much! We caught a Rooster Fish, had two Mahi on but lost, caught several types of tuna and then ended the day by catching more than our fill of Red Snapper! Mauricio and the captain never stopped searching for the right place to catch fish, we definitely got every cent out of our investment in this day!

Visited January 2014
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NorthPacificTours, Owner at Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Fishing trips are always awesome when you catch fish and it feels good to know you had a great day out on the water. The crew always do their best to be sure that you, our client, is satisfied and that you get what you are paying for. Sometimes the fish do not cooperate, but that’s fishing!

At North Pacific Tours, we have high standards for our clients and your business is what makes us successful -- so many thanks for your review!
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Midland, Michigan
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“Snorkeling with Captain Daniel and Mauricio”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

I booked a half-day snorkeling trip for my family group of five adults with North Pacific tours before our first trip to Costa Rica. I picked North Pacific because the email communication with Lisa was prompt and professional. Some in my group were a little nervous before the trip as we had booked this sight-unseen but we were all immediately put at ease when the very experienced, friendly, and fun Mauricio and Captain Dan pulled up at the beach in front of our resort. They took us to a couple of secluded snorkeling locations and really tailored the day to our interests and abilities. We particularly enjoyed Mauricio snorkeling along with us and giving my nephew and I tips on free-diving. We just had a wonderful morning. I only regret that we were not able to also squeeze in an additional fishing trip with North Pacific. I highly recommend these guys.

Visited January 2014
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NorthPacificTours, Owner at Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Snorkeling trips are always a lot of fun and having a knowlegable guide is key. Mauricio worked as a divemaster (suba divier) for over 10 years and knows whats in these waters very well. He is always happy to share what he knows with our clients. If your having fun on a tour - their having fun! Thank you for your reveiw and we look forward to taking you out fishing with us! Pura Vida.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent trip as usual”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

This year I've had another two unbelievable trips with Mauricio and captain Daniel. Hooked a lot of fish and seen a lot of breathtaking places. This time they took us almost to border with Nicaragua to fish.
Never seen such a pristine water before. Try them, you will not be disappointed.

Visited December 2013
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NorthPacificTours, Owner at Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
The crew enjoy taking your group out every year as they have the same passion for fishing as you, hence the special treatment! Plus they enjoy rooster fishing as well and want to be sure you satisifed with your trips with us. We look forward to having you out on the boat at the end of the year.
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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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“Dorado hook ups”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had a very nice time with Captain Daniel and Mauricio! We had three Dorodo's boated in an hour including a big bull. Lisa and the team are prompt and attentive to all need. Daniel and Mauricio are accomplished and professional. I highly recommend using them for an outing.

Tyler G
Hawthorn Woods IL

Visited August 2013
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NorthPacificTours, Owner at Papagayo Gulf Sport Fishing - North Pacific Tours, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you for your review and for traveling up from Tamarindo to fish with us. We are pleased you enjoyed your trip with us and look forward to having you fish with us again. Pura Vida! Lisa
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