Silver King Lodge - Costa Rica
Legendary Tarpon Fishing
Light Tackle - Open Year Round
Silver King Lodge sits on the banks of the Rio Colorado River, Costa Rica's largest river in terms of mass flow. The Lodge is in the ecologically sensitive wildlife preserve known as Barra del Colorado—the second-largest (400,000 acres) rainforest preserve in Central America. Large and numerous tarpon are caught both in the Caribbean and the river itself.
Silver King Lodge Fishing
Lodge Season: The Lodge is open year-round. The best tarpon fishing months are from March through May and September through October. Due to the Lodge's location near the mouth of the Rio Colorado, anglers have quick access to some of the most productive tarpon waters on the Caribbean coast. Tuna and wahoo fishing is usually excellent. Other inshore species, including snook, Spanish mackerel, Jack Crevalle, cubera snapper, barracuda, and tripletail, are abundant.
Streamfishing: Fish the tropical rainforest streams and lagoons for the tackle-busting guapote, and mojarra and machaca.
Barry Lockton with Monster Tarpon
Barry's Tarpon estimated at 250 pounds.
"The trip was great! The food, lodging, and hospitality at Silver King Lodge were unmatched; plus, they now have Wi-Fi and free outgoing telephone calls to the U.S.
The fishing was beyond incredible, exceeding all expectations. I landed around 30 Tarpon in the 90 to 200-pound range in five days on the water. The sixth day was spent touring the jungle, etc. One morning, I said, “That’s it!” out of total exhaustion after having landed seven tarpon. The fish are huge and likely getting larger year-to-year due to their catch-and-release policy, along with the tremendous amount of food in the area." - Barry Lockton
A Typical Fishing Day
A Typical Fishing Day:
Your fishing days begin early at the Lodge.
5:00 a.m. - They'll wake you for breakfast.
5:30 a.m. - You’ll meet your guides at the boat.
11:00 a.m. - You'll return to the Lodge for lunch and a siesta.
1:30 p.m. - You'll return to fishing.
5:00 p.m. - You'll return to the Lodge.
5:30 p.m. - Happy hour in the clubhouse.
6:30 p.m. - Buffet-style dinner is served.
If you plan ahead with your guide (and let management know, too), you can stay out and fish all day and take a packed lunch.
Boats: The Lodge has 12 well-maintained 23 ft. closed transom deep V-hull fiberglass boats with 150 HP Yamaha motors. Boats are fully equipped with fish finders, a 25-watt marine radio, and all necessary safety equipment. These boats are capable of crossing the river mouth in almost any condition as well as running offshore for wahoo, tuna, and dorado. The Lodge also have four 16 ft. aluminum Tracker skiffs with foldable Bimini tops to fish the rainforest streams and lagoons for guapote, snook, mojarra, and machaca.
Guides: Very experienced, English-speaking guides.
Equipment: All spinning and casting tackle (top-notch rods, reels, and stocked tackle box) is provided. A limited supply of loaner fly tackle is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakage fees apply.
Fishing License: You’ll obtain an annual license for $25.00 upon arrival at the Lodge, not included in the package.
About Silver King Lodge
Founded in 1992, Silver King Lodge has spectacular views of the Rio Colorado. Free daily laundry service. The Lodge accommodates up to 24 guests. Numerous species of monkeys and birds are in the jungle near the Lodge.
Delicious Buffet-style Meals
Meals: Three buffet-style meals daily. The Lodge has a legendary reputation for great food.
Alcohol: The Lodge has an open bar. Costa Rican beer, non-alcoholic beer, Costa Rican rum, and house red and white wines are included in the fishing packages. Call liquors are $5.00 a drink, and other beers can be requested when you book your trip.
Jacuzzi at Silver King Lodge
The Lodge has a 101-degree screened-in Jacuzzi, sauna, and two masseuses available. (Massages are an added fee).
Queen-Size Beds and Tiled Bath
Air-conditioned, duplex-style rooms with two or three queen-size beds. Each room has satellite TV, walk-in closets, free Wi-Fi (limited bandwidth), and an ensuite fully-tiled bathroom with plenty of hot water.
Swimming pool with an 8-foot waterfall
Brad Staples with Jack Crevalle During Hosted Week
Sample 5-Day Itinerary:
Most guests schedule a travel day before and after the trip, so a general itinerary for a 3-day trip would look like the following:
Day 1: Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica. (A Lodge representative will drive you from the airport to your hotel. The hotel night is not included in the package.)
Day 2: You'll depart the hotel at 4:30 a.m. A representative will drive you to the small airport terminal for the group's 35-minute private charter flight to Barra del Colorado. At the Barra Airstrip, the Lodge staff will greet you. Then, you'll take a five-minute boat ride up the Rio Colorado to the Lodge. You'll arrive at the Lodge between 7:30-8:00 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, complete your fishing license purchase, and then fish for a full day.
Day 3 and 4: Fish full day.
Wake up at 5:00 a.m., have breakfast, and meet your guide at 5:30 a.m. You’ll return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. You’ll fish again from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Happy hour at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Day 5: 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. Depart the Lodge after breakfast for the return flight to San Jose. Their ground transfer service will drive you to your hotel or the international airport. If you plan to leave Costa Rica on this day, book your flight for the afternoon, as flight delays can occur from the Lodge, and you are responsible for any missed flights.
2023 and 2024 USD Rates
Two anglers per room and boat:
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $3,385.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $4,070.00 per person
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing $4,755.00 per person
6-nights and 6-days guided fishing $5,440.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $6,125.00 per person
Extra days are $685.00 per person.
One angler per room and boat:
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $3,960.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $4,705.00 per person
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing $5,405.00 per person
6-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,195.00 per person
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $6,940.00 per person
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $1,800.00 per person
Non-Angler packages do not include the open bar.
Extra non-fishing days are $450.00 per day.
*Due to operating environments, all pricing is subject to change without notice.
Fishing Packages Include:
• Airport reception
• All necessary ground transfers in the San Jose area
• Roundtrip charter flight between San Jose and the Lodge
• Air-Conditioned Lodging
• All meals at the Lodge
• Open bar and wine with dinner
• Guided fishing
• The use of rods and reels
• Daily laundry service
The Packages Do Not Include:• International airfare to San Jose, and return
• Hotel nights and meals in San Jose
• Gratuities to guides and Lodge staff
• Rapalas and flies (sold in the tackle shop)
• Fishing license, $25.00 week
• Top-shelf liquor
• Gas/fuel surcharge for offshore fishing $36 to $50 per day
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Silver King Lodge Policies:
Deposit Policy: A $500.00 deposit is required within 14 days of your reservation request, and the balance is due 90 days prior to your arrival at the Lodge.
Cancellation Policy: When a guest leaves the Lodge early due to weather or fishing conditions, a credit for another trip for the remaining days will be at the discretion of the management. The initial three-day package is non-refundable. The only days eligible for the credit are after the original three-day trip. Family emergencies and illness will be taken into consideration and treated on a person-to-person basis. Any booking made 30 days prior to arrival may be subject to an additional surcharge on chartered flights if a commercial flight is not available. Any changes in itinerary may be subject to a small service charge.
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