Costa Rica Tarpon Rio Parismina Lodge

Rio Parismina Lodge - Costa Rica

Large Caribbean Tarpon

Rio Parismina Lodge opened in 1990 and is situated on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast where enormous schools of marauding tarpon search for baitfish to satisfy their endless appetite.
The Lodge will honor 2019 rates for any 2020 bookings made in 2019 and paid for in full by December 15, 2019. 2019:  7-nights and 7-days guided fishing $5,350.00 per person.


Fishing at 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.
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.
Fishing Season:  The best tarpon fishing months are from mid-March to mid-May and September to mid-November.
Boats:  The Lodge has 21-foot, modified V-hull, Ocean Craft boats with T-tops, fighting chair, marine radios, fish finders, and adequately powered and well-maintained motors. The boats are custom designed for safety in crossing the bar. The jungle rivers are fished out of flat-bottom Jon boats. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  English-speaking guides. 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.
Fishing Equipment:   The Lodge provides the use of good tarpon outfits and ultra-light spin outfits for jungle fishing. The Lodge furnishes tackle. You’ll pay for the lures you use. Some people bring their own fishing outfit and lures. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  You’ll purchase a $15.00 fishing license at the Lodge.
View 5:37 YouTube video of Rio Parismina's world-record grouper.

About Rio Parismina Lodge

Rio Parismina Lodge

Lodge Season:  The Lodge is open mid-January through May and mid-August through November.
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. Wonderful meals, swimming pool, free Wi-Fi in the dining area, and free daily laundry service. Larry regarded it as one of the best-run lodges in the world. Larry and his wife, Ethel, hosted groups here for over ten years in a row.
Typical Fishing Day:
At 5:00 a.m. each morning, you’ll awaken to a gentle knock on your door. At about 5:30 a.m., a cooked breakfast is served with fresh fruit before you head out to the boats at 6:00 a.m. Before noon, you’ll return to the Lodge for a hearty lunch. At about 2:00 p.m., you’ll return to your choice of fishing - tarpon or jungle streams. You’ll finish fishing right before dark and return to the Lodge to freshen up. At 6:00 p.m., guests meet in the clubhouse or near the pool for a round of appetizers and a glass of wine or a drink from the open bar. At 7:00 p.m., delicious family-style dinners are served with wine and followed by a special dessert. After dinner, guests play cards, games, chat on their laptops in the clubhouse, or take part in a weekly crocodile tour.

2020 and 2021 Hosted Weeks:

Rio Parismina Lodge

2020 will be our 18th year in a row hosting groups at Rio Parismina. About 70-percent of our clients, repeat this trip. This is a popular trip for couples.
2020 Hosted Week:
7-nights at the Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing $5,550.00 p.p.
April 17-26, 2020:
Guy and Toni Schoenborn host
Non-angler sharing room:  $3,000.00 p.p.
2021 Hosted Week:
7-nights at the Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing $6,000.00 p.p.
April 2-11, 2021:
Guy and Toni Schoenborn host

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.

Rio Parismina Lodge


The Lodge's Runway

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You'll take a 30-minute charter flight from San Jose to the Lodge's paved runway in the small village of Parismina. While the guides take care of your luggage, you'll take a short walk through the village to the river. From here, you'll take a two-minute boat ride across the Parismina River to the Lodge.

Dining Area - Clubhouse

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The morning you arrive at the Lodge, you'll enjoy a cooked breakfast while Fernando, the lodge manager, gives an orientation. Then you'll head to the boats for your first day of tarpon fishing.

Comfortable Bedrooms

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The Lodge accommodates up to 24 guests. All of the bedrooms are spacious and have an en-suite bathroom with a large shower, screened windows with drapes, a ceiling fan, walk-in closet with a clothing bar, and spacious shelves for all your gear. Most of the bedrooms have twin-sized beds; however, there are two bedrooms with larger beds available.

Beautiful Lodge Setting

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At 5:00 a.m. each morning, you'll awaken to a gentle knock on your door. A cup of tea, coffee, or orange juice is waiting outside your room each morning for you to enjoy on the covered porch. Take in the early morning birdsong and the floral-nipped air.

The swimming pool and sun-heated Jacuzzi

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While the anglers are out fishing, non-anglers have the pool to themselves.

The Lodge's fleet of 21-foot modified V-hull ocean craft boats

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There is a raised, paved walkway from the dock to the Lodge.

"Bow to the King" is a common phrase here.

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You'll want to be in good shape for tarpon fishing.

Photo opportunities abound

Hammock Pavilion

Judy feeds the monkeys each morning at the Lodge.

Large Caribbean tarpon

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Handled with care. A quick picture of an XL tarpon.

Covered hammock pavilion

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The covered hammock pavilion is the perfect resting spot after a day of fishing.

Getting to the Lodge:

You'll arrive in San Jose, and a lodge member will greet you at the hotel and drive you to the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel. (The hotel night 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.


Delicious Meals

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. The Lodge works with dietary restrictions.
Alcohol:  The open bar is open throughout the day and included in the package. Wine is served with lunch and dinner.
Communications:  There is Wi-Fi in the dining area and cell service. Service can be spotty at times. Guests need to contact their own cell service provider beforehand and know what their plan is.

2019 USD 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
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,600.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room:
$1,700.00 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

2020 USD Rates:*

The Lodge will honor 2019 rates for any 2020 bookings made in 2019 and paid for in full by December 15, 2019.
Two anglers per boat and room:
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,550.00 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:
$2,100.00 per person

3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,600.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room:
$1,800.00 per person

One angler per boat and room:
Rio Parismina does not pair single-occupancy guests up with other anglers.
7-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$6,000.00 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.

For more Information:


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com