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Caño Negro Nature Reserve and Wetland Fishing

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A March 2001 trip to Cano Negro by Tropic

Fishermans Club Cano Negro Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica More Photos
Quote: Why would a 60 to 200 pound fish swim over 200 miles up freshwater rivers from the saltwater Caribbean to be in some shallow lagoons? A natural mystery, but many Tarpon and snook undertake this journey regularly to the Wildlife Reserve of Caño Negro in Costa Rica., an angler’s paradise.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Attraction | "Caño Negro Nature Reserve and Wetland Fishing"

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The idea of tropical wetland envisages an immediate image of lingering sulfur smells, biting insects, stillblack water ponds with thorn bushes dominating uninteresting muddy landscapes, harboring flocks of wading birds and dragonflies. But in reality, this is not the case in Caño Negro; here we have a village set in the middle of a wildlife reserve with good hotel accommodation, eco-tours and most of all, some excellent sportfishing. The mineral rich water of the Rio Frio flows out of the volcanic mountain range, influencing the many lagoons that comprise the complex wetland, home to many caiman, ducks, egrets, cranes and other birds. This also creates the ideal environment for aquatic insects wh...Read More

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Fisherman's Club Cano Negro

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Hotel | "Fisherman's Club Caño Negro"

Fisherman's Club Cano Negro Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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The new hotel is made up of five individual cabins with two large rooms, each having two queen size beds and modern showers with hot water. Large overhead fans provide good cool ventilation and the screened windows are an added bonus. The water and lagoon is walking distance from the cabin with the gardens open with many citrus trees. The staff are very friendly and some even speak English. It is always a good idea to keep the doors closed, to avoid intrusion by insects and other wildlife.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2001

Fisherman's Club Cano Negro
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica
(506) 656 0071

Albergue Cano Negro

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Hotel | "Albergue Caño Negro"

Albergue Cano Negro Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Rustic and very typical of the houses and cabins found in the swamplands of the area. The two story cabins have comfortable two bed and bunk bed rooms with shared bathrooms at ground level with some having the luxury of hot water ... others are spartan at best. There are ventilation fans and are cool, even during the day being set in among wonderful large tropical trees and open to close encounters with birds and smaller mammals. Living in such proximity with nature, one has to be careful to shake out clothes and shoes before putting them on. Scorpions are common here in the wooden structures and though not very dangerous, do sting. The host Alvero speaks no English though he tries to communicate his ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Albergue Cano Negro
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica

Palmera

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Restaurant | "La Palmera"

Palmera Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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The meals are typical and family style. The menu will depend upon the available supply of the local market and is fresh with lots of rice and beans to boost the volume. This is very much a family experience and a friendly atmosphere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2001

Palmera
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica

Cano Negro and Rio Frio

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Attraction | "Caño Negro and Rio Frio"

Cano Negro and Rio Frio Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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The lagoon fishing is best in the early morning when the fish are cruising through the lagoons and feeding on the schools of baitfish. Tarpon can be found near the surface and the take is immediate, resulting in a great battle with lots of actobatic display. Tarpon can run from 60 lbs. to over 200 lbs. so care has to be taken in fighting and playing these big active fish. When searching silently for these fish, there will be lots of encounters with the wildlife and caiman can be seen cruising about the surface or basking on the banks. The smaller sportfish like the Machaca and Guapote are mainly hooked along the edge of the lagoons, near structure and where the lagoons empty into the river. My prefere...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2001

Cano Negro and Rio Frio
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica

Cano Negro and Rio Frio

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Attraction | "Rio Frio"

Cano Negro and Rio Frio Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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Drifting down the Rio Frio is not only a wonderful fishing experience, but also a great chance to see the wildlife and vegetation, being more like a rainforest jungle with tall trees and dense underbrush. The water is green and clear with a lot of overhanging trees and submerged logs to make casting very difficult in places. But it is worth the effort since it is here that the big fish hang out and the tropical light tackle fishing takes on a whole different scenario. We rounded a bend to find tarpon rolling in a big pool under a huge Caiba tree. Their long silver sides suggested some 100 lb. class tarpon and sporadic splashing against the bank signified they were feeding on small baitfish. Anchoring ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2001

Cano Negro and Rio Frio
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica

Caño Negro Nature Reserve

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Caño Negro Warning Photo, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
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A very different world is found here among the large lagoons and slow flowing rivers. This tropical wetland reserve is a popular stopping point for the many migrating birds from the North and the lagoons offer the ideal habitat for caiman, gar and many other fish. The wildlife is abundant and can give a visitor the best wetland experience found in our tropics with easy access for ecological tours and light tackle anglers. For many years, Caño Negro was isolated and a near island in the middle of the water world and marshes that surrounded it. Getting there was only possible by boat and in the dry season, horses and oxcarts supplied some communication. Then a road was build and the area became av...Read More

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