Do you need a fishing license in Costa Rica?
Yes, fishing licenses are necessary for both local and foreign anglers. You can obtain a weekly, monthly or yearly fishing license through Incopesca, the official government agency.
Where can I get my fishing license?
Depending on your departure point you can obtain your license directly at the dock on the same day of your trip in the Los Sueños, Quepos, Papagayo areas. In other areas such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, El Coco there is usually no Incopesca representatives at the departure location so it is better to purchase your Costa Rica fishing license online at the Incopesca website: https://www.incopesca.go.cr/carnets/tramites/SolicitudTraducido.aspx
Print a copy and attach a copy of your passport in case you are required by the coast guard to show your documents.
What is the cost of a fishing license?
The cost is $15 for 1 week, $30 for one month and $50 for one year.