Fish the Caribbean for Large Tarpon

Rio Parismina Lodge opened in 1990 and is located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast where enormous schools of marauding tarpon search for baitfish to satisfy their endless appetite. Casting a plug or fly into a school of feeding tarpon is just the start of one of the greatest experiences an angler can have here. Perhaps no other fish will take a lure so softly and then explode into wild, acrobatic leaps to throw the hook.

Tarpon Fishing Rio Parismina

Rio Parismina Lodge

Choose between the Caribbean for abundant, large tarpon, or the Tortuguero National Park jungle waterways and streams for snook, guapote, machaca, and mojarra. Two anglers per guide. Rio Parismina Lodge has four IGFA world-records for snook.
The best tarpon fishing months are mid-March to mid-May and September to mid-November. Rio Parismina has 21-foot, modified V-hull, Ocean Craft boats with 150 h.p. Evinrude motors, marine radios, fish finders, and English speaking guides. Two anglers per boat and guide. Larry often referred to Rio Parismina as having the best guides and boats on the Caribbean. We’ve had clients land over thirty 60 to 150-pound tarpon during a seven-day stay.
View video of Rio Parismina's world-record grouper.

About Rio Parismina Lodge

Rio Parismina Lodge

Rio Parismina Lodge sits on 50 acres of lush jungle on the banks of the famous Rio Parismina River at the edge of the Tortuguero National Park. Beautiful accommodations, swimming pool, Wi-Fi in the dining area, delicious family-style meals with wine, and an open bar all day long.
The Lodge is open January through June and August through mid-November. Rio Parismina Lodge is the only fishing lodge on the Rio Parismina River system. Larry regarded it as one of the best-run lodges in the world. Larry and his wife, Ethel, hosted here for over ten years in a row.

2019 and 2020 Hosted Fishing Weeks:

Rio Parismina Lodge

2019 will be our 17th year in a row hosting groups at Rio Parismina. Larry Schoenborn and his wife, Ethel, hosted groups here for ten consecutive years. About 70-percent of our clients, repeat this trip. This is a popular trip for couples.
2019 Hosted Week:
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $5,350.00 p.p.
April 5-14, 2019:  Guy and Toni Schoenborn host
Non-angler sharing room:  $3,000.00 p.p.
2020 Hosted Week:
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
April 17-26, 2020:
Guy and Toni Schoenborn host
2020 rates to be determined.
Click here for Rio Parismina's Hosted page.
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Rio Parismina for a time that works best for you.

Getting Here:

You'll arrive in San Jose, and a lodge member will greet you at the hotel and drive you to the DoubleTree Cariari hotel, which is not included in the package. The next morning at 5:00 a.m., a lodge representative will drive you to the local airport in San Jose. You'll take a 30-minute charter flight to Rio Parismina airstrip (this flight is included in the package). You’ll be met at the landing strip by Judy, the Lodge owner, and members of the Lodge staff. After a walk through the small village of Parismina, you'll take a short boat ride across the Parismina River to the Lodge. While you enjoy a cooked breakfast, Fernando, the lodge manager, will give an orientation, and then you'll head to the boats for your first day of tarpon fishing.

Meals at Rio Parismina

Breakfast is typically eggs cooked-to-order, and either bacon or sausage, “fresh fruit,” and a choice of cereals. Lunch and dinner are served family-style and are a combination of local cuisine and Tex-Mex. If desired, your fresh-caught snook can be cooked for dinner. Delicious desserts such as flan, brownies with ice cream, and more are served following both lunch and dinner. The Lodge will work with dietary restrictions.
Alcohol and beverages:  There is an open bar open throughout the day; and wine is served with both lunch and dinner.

2019 USD Rates:

Click here for a PDF of all 2019 Rates.
Two anglers per boat and room:
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,350.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room:
$3,000.00 per person

4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$3,400.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room:
$2,000.00 per person

One angler per boat and room:
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,950.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$3,700.00 per person
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,900.00 per person

Packages include:

Airport reception, ground transportation between the airport and hotel, ground transfer from the hotel to the air charter, normally scheduled roundtrip air service between San Jose, Costa Rica, and Rio Parismina; lodging, Wi-Fi- in clubhouse, meals, and open bar at the Lodge (sodas, beer, and domestic liquors); complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, guided fishing, use of rods and reels for all species, terminal tackle, daily laundry service, and taxes.

Packages do not include:

International flights, first and last night hotel stay and meals while in San Jose, lures (you pay only for what you lose or abuse), $15.00 fishing license, gratuities at the hotel, gratuities for guides and lodge staff. You need to purchase a $15.00 permit per day to fish in or visit Tortuguero National Park jungle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. All prices are subject to change.

Rio Parismina Lodge photos

Caribbean Tarpon Fishing

Caribbean tarpon

Judy's world-record snook.

Rio Parismina snook

Art Grobben and guide with large tarpon

Rio Parismina tarpon

21-foot modified V-hull ocean craft boats

Rio Parismina v-hull boats

Bedrooms with private ensuite bath

Rio Parismina Lodge rooms

Swimming pool and sun heated Jacuzzi

Rio Parismina swimming pool

Orchids over six feet tall

Rio Parismina Lodge foliage

Judy feeds the monkeys each morning.

Rio Parismina Lodge monkeys

The hummingbirds drink from this flower.

Rio Parismina Lodge flowers