Costa Rica Fishing License

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 (stands for Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture), 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:
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?

By October 2020 this is the list of prices as shown in the Incopesca website:
  • Practice sport fishing from a boat 8 days ($16.95 USD)
  • Practice sport fishing from a boat 30 days ($28.25 USD)
  • Practice sport fishing from a boat 1 year ($56.50 USD)
  • Practice underwater fishing 1 year ($56.50 USD)
  • Practice sport fishing from land or kayak 1 year (¢6,215 / around $10.00 USD)
  • Card for the Captain, crew or assistant 1 year (¢6,215 / around $10.00 USD)