Crocodile Bay is the perfect destination for people who want to pair their exhilarating adventures with creature comforts. Our all-inclusive approach means all you have to think about is which expeditions you want to try. We have over 30 expeditions, from offshore fishing to jungle tours to ziplining. With the largest professional sport fishing team in Central America, we are a premier destination for fishing. Between adventures, enjoy our beautiful rooms, luxury spa and fun pool with a swim up bar. If you are traveling with a group with varied interests, then Crocodile Bay is perfect - we have something for everyone.
My husband and I visited Crocodile Bay Resort to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. David helped us book the trip. He was amazing - very knowledgeable, professional, and quick to respond to inquiries. We fished two days while there.
The fishing was not what we were hoping for, but it was of no fault of the captains. The fish just weren't around as much as they usually are in February. Despite this, we still caught two sailfish, so it wasn't a total wash.
Even though the fishing was slow, everything else more than made up for it. The staff was *amazing*. Everyone was wonderful: the waitstaff, eco-tour guides, captains...every single person you come in contact with at the resort is so friendly and will bend over backwards to make your trip enjoyable. We went on three eco tours: rainforest tour with Jose, ziplining with Dennis, and the chocolate farm tour with Diego. All three were wonderful. We also went paddle boarding.
The food was absolutely delicious. I enjoy veggies with my breakfast. Even though they didn't have veggies on the menu for breakfast, they gladly made me fresh veggies every morning. On one of our eco stores, we harvested yuca after Diego found out I like it. We took it back to the resort and the chef made it three different ways that night for dinner.
It was a great trip and we confident that the next time we go back, the fish will cooperate:).
Already planning our trip back
First off, let me just say that Crocodile Bay is AMAZING. The staff is beyond friendly, accommodating, and genuinely friendly.
We arrived at Crocodile Bay after flying into Puerto Jimenez with Sansa (Crocodile Bay set up all the arrangements in advance so travel was very simple). TIP: you do not need to stay in San Jose for a night if you can get in before 1pm. Sansa has flights to Puerto Jimenez in the late afternoon. We had to push a little as to not waste a day but it was well worth it.
When we arrived, we were greeted with a song by the front desk manager, Olimpia. Olimpia is great! After check in, we were walked over to the fishing manager who asked us all about our fishing expectations, what we wanted, our pastexperience, and how hands-on we wanted to be. TIP: for inshore fishing ask to fish with Anthony, the roosterfish whisperer!
After meeting with the fishing manager, we then met with the ecotourism group to make sure everything else for our week was scheduled. We wanted to go scuba diving so the lodge scheduled a special day for us since this isn't something they normally do.
We went fishing for 4 days and 2 days of ecotours. The offshore fishing was Captain Mauricio was great. He is a very lively and hands on captain. He asked us all about what we wanted and made sure to do everything he could to get us those fish (which he did, tons of sails, tuna, mahi, and a raised marlin).
As for inshore, the reason we came to Crocodile Bay, we had fishing with Captain Anthony. He is dedicated, knowledgable, and downright fun to fish with. It is like he has a 6th sense for roosterfishing.
Lastly, we had a mate Diego. We fished with him the 1st day, and liked him so much we requested him for the rest of the days. He is from the US so his English is great.
Amazing Experience of a Lifetime!
Booking my vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort was the best experience I have ever had, the staff welcomed us with open arms and had a beverage waiting for us.
The resort is beautiful and if you are looking for peace and serenity look no further, the weather was warm, the food was incredible, everything we ordered was fresh and prepared perfect.
We spent a lot of time at the resort and went to town once to mingle with the town folks. We booked two tours and one fishing trip through the resort. The Monkey tour was incredible; Dennis is very knowledgeable and has been with the resort for a number of years.
The chocolate factory was incredible. It is a family owned business, only mom and the kids working the facility. Jose our guide was very knowledgeable, explained the whole process from start to finish. Lunch was served at the facility OMG it was fabulous. Have you ever had a chocolate facial? When you visit you will have the chance to experience it, this is why the people never age.
Let’s talk about the fishing trip, chartered a tower boat and went for the Big Game Blue Marlin, the skipper and crew were great, you can tell this was not there first rodeo, They ask you questions if you are an experience fisherman or if they can help you with what you request. The tackle was great state of the art, boats were in very good condition, and seas were choppy slight swell, no other boats seen water temperature perfect.
About an hour boat ride to our location threw out a couple teasers and small rods for Dorado saw a trailer out on the port side hit the big tackle fish on. 20 minutes landed a 150 LB Blue Marlin.
Second fish came in the afternoon this time we threw out the tackle and he hit the Dorado light tackle fish on.
Now if you have never caught a Marlin on a small tackle you are in for a treat. This one was a dancer trying to spit the hook, the whole time, after about 45 minutes I don’t know who is going to give up first me or the Blue. The captain was great backed down on the fish and keeps it straight across the stern the whole time.
53 minutes he gave up fish landed, released him. I was done time to pop a beverage and head back to the resort.
Seemed that everyone at dinner time had a great day, the inland fishing was hot and we were the only ones that went out to ocean two fish on two fish landed, it was a perfect day.
My experience at Crocodile Bay Resort was second to none. I would highly recommend this facility, if you want to enjoy beautiful people and feel like you are family; this is the place for you.
I have already booked my vacation for 2020
Truly an adventure of a lifetime!
As the former Outdoor Adventure Director of the North American Fishing Club, past president of Adventures In The Wild, and past CEO of Evergreen Video Productions I have traveled across the globe on many wonderful and outstanding fishing adventures. My recent fishing and outdoor adventure at Crocodile Bay Resort was amazing to say the least and one of the finest outdoor adventure experiences I have had the pleasure to partake in.From working with David to answer my many questions before I booked the trip, to the amazing staff who went out of their way for all the guests and myself, and to the captains, mates, fleet, equipment and meals all of which were top notch my hat is off to Crocodile Bay Resort.The attention to detail and wiliness to do what I requested daily was over the top.The offshore fishing was exceptional and I wish now that I had booked more days of it. Catching my 9' Sail and a large Dorado was a bonus for me. Many guests fished off shore a lot while I was at the resort and their daily photographs were a testament of how amazing the fishing is at Crocodile Bay Resort. Lots of Sailfish, Dorado and Yellow fin tuna were caught daily by many. The inshore fishing was very slow I believe do to the moon phase, but I can tell you that the inshore captains worked their tales off trying to make my dream of getting a trophy RoosterFish reality. "Dreams Can Become Reality" as one of my captains put me on a "Monster Trophy RoosterFish" that I fought, landed, photographed and then released. Bravo!All I can say is that Crocodile Bay Resort and their staff are nothing less than "Amazing". The meals were fabulous as well.Trust me when I say "I'll Be Going Back"."Let the Adventures Continue"Keep smiling!David W. Mason
Just like family...
We went to Crocodile bay for the fishing tournament as well as spending some time relaxing with wonderful friends and family. We have visited several times. As soon as we walk in the door, we were greeted with a smile and a hug! The employees that work at Crocodile Bay are just like family. We have such a great time every time we go. We went rooster fishing, sails, Dorado and marlin. Some of us went to a chocolate tour where we made our own chocolate! We unwound with a couples massage and a drink by the pool. After a long day we have a spectacular dinner prepared by the chef. Walking in the house after a long day, we had a freshly cleaned house, stocked refrigerator, folded towels folded into something creative and different every day. Crocodile bay gets better every time we visit and I cannot wait to visit again! You can't get any better friends and family than you can in Crocodile Bay and there is something for every member of the family from kids on up! If you want a perfect family vacation, I would highly recommend Crocidile bay!