Want to Fish?
If you like fly-fishing, you can make good catches of rainbow trout in numerous inland mountain streams as well as bass at Lake Arenal in the northern part oft he country. Some farmers in the Santa María de Dota, Orosi Valley and areas around the towns of Grecia and Naranjo have built ponds and stocked them with trout for recreational public fishing as a way of supplementing their agricultural income. Almost all supply the line and hook and charge by the pound for any fish caught. Tarpon are plentiful in the inland waterway Canales de Tortuguero, which extend from Puerto Limon north to the border with Nicaragua. At Caño Negro on the northern part of the San Carlos region you can fish for garfish. For deep sea fishing, which is quite expensive, you can try the Quepos area in the south Pacific and most of the north Pacific coast. There you'll find giant sailfish, swordfish, and tuna besides many smaller species. It's very likely you'll never return without a good catch. In October 2001, the government stocked in the artificial lakes at Sabana Park thousands of tilapia and carp for sports fishermen.
Like to Bird-Watch?
If you're bent on watching birds, you'll probably see in Costa Rica more kinds than you've ever seen elsewhere. From the majestic red macaw and quetzal to tiny multi-colour hummingbirds and beautiful toucans, you'll feel you're in a birder's paradise. Several thousand birdwatchers arrive in Costa Rica annually to see them. Also there's a local birdwatchers association which goes on occasional one or two day trips into national parks and holds short courses conducted by expert ornithologists. Perhaps you'd like to join the Birding Club (Tel / Fax: 267-7197 or go on the annual Christmas Bird Counts ( Tel / Fax: 293-2710) and tally all you can see.
Golf, Bowling and Tennis?
For golfers, the country now offers more places to play as local citizens in recent years have begun to take greater interest in the
game. Though in Costa Rica golf is still considered a rich man's game, this attitude is gradually changing as businessmen and top executives begin to realize that the sport offers the opportunity to make new friendships and close business deals. Some of the courses have been designed by well known American link designers. In playing during the rainy season, try to do it in the mornings so you won't be caught in the afternoon showers.