San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Coco Capsule

For longer than anyone can recall, Playas del Coco has been blessed by gifts from the sea. Originally a fishing village and then the focus of those seeking a warm and sunny refuge from points primarily to the north and east, Coco has accepted the change with gratitude and continues to benefit from growth.

This year, for the first time, Coco will host an international fishing tournament, March 4 to 6 on Papagayo Bay, with all proceeds going to benefit local activities, including beach cleanup, the promenade now under construction and various children’s educational projects. Competition will be based on the largest fish caught in several species, as well as the most numbers of catches and releases. A representative of the International Game Fish Association will be on hand to certify the records. 

Registration forms can be obtained at Coco Fishing Supply in the parking lot adjacent to Super Luperón in downtown Coco. There are two basic categories based on boat size; entry fees are $100 for a small boat and $200 for a large boat.

For more information, contact Carlos Barrera at 8381-9166, Genero Montero at 8381-9542 or Ibi Escobar at 8814-9789, or e-mail

In focusing on the roots of Coco’s economy, this tournament will bring added worldwide attention to the magnificence of the area and the high quality of sportfishing off the Guanacaste coast, and in particular within the spacious and usually calm waters of Papagayo Bay. 

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