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 Location: San Carlos  Rio San Juan, Border city between Costa Rica & Nicaragua 

Where rio San Juan start At the corner of Nicaragua Lake with Rio Frio...


San Juan River is 120miles long.

On the  first 50 miles of the river both side  are Nicaragua Territory...

After Right bank belong to Costa Rica Left bank is Nicaragua...

The entire "water part of river"  belong to Nicaragua witch regulate it's use:

Fishing permit & License are a Must.   With San Carlos Sport Fishing nothing to worry about , Company is fully approved INTUR, MARENA. MTI, ALCADIAS.. all Paper work is done before your trip.. You will not lose any time  in local Government  Offices


Nicaragua lake ( Cocibolca ) is the biggest lake in Central America 200km long  x 130km wide. 


Rio San Juan ( 220km long to the Caribean Sea ) start at the southern end of great lake..


We operate , both in Nicaragua and Costa Rica,  in an area witch include  the border towns of Los Chiles Costa Rica and San Carlos Nicaragua also in the Lake Omotepe, Solentiname, El Castillo , Till the end of Rio San Juan at San Juan del Norte in Nicaragua.


My  Guest House: "La Esquina del Lago" Headquarter of our Fishing Adventures is built  in National Wild Life Reserve of Los Guatuzos in front of the little town of San Carlos.

Land is at the corner of Nicaragua Lake with Rio San Juan and Rio Frio (These three water front  are the water natural limits of my property )


Local Airport of San Carlos is only 5 mn away from Fishing Lodge, with two daily flights over the great Lake( 55mn from Managua 


Access is also by boat ( 45 mn ) from Los Chiles  (Costa Rica) to San Carlos via Jungle River of Rio Frio


In my all include Packages transfer with airplane from Managua to San Carlos or by road from San jose to Los Chiles then San Carlos are included  PRICING  


 La Esquina Del Lago Jungle River Lodge

Headquarter of our  Fishing Adventures

is located:


 N  11  06'  54.9''   W  84  46'  33.8''

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 San Carlos Rio San Juan   How to get there??  


You can arrive at International Airports of Managua Nicaragua or San Jose Costa Rica   "We will wait for you at the airport" then entire trip is  fully guided Nowadays both Nicaragua and Costa Rica are Safe and quiet countries


Coming From USA   

 Many Airlines companies have flights from USA to San Jose (Costa Rica ) or Managua ( Nicaragua ): American Airlines, Delta, Continental, Lasca.....

Some are direct flights from main US Cities some are with connexions in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas or Miami.

To help organizing your International flights there is a Specialized Travel Agency in Miami, who knows very well our destination in Nicaragua.Will be my pleasure to send the contact   E MAIL

 Coming From Europe 

1) Direct Flight to San Jose  from Madrid ( IBERIA ) or Amsterdam ( MARTINAIR) or CONDOR from Germany...

2) Flight from all main European cities to San Jose or Managua via USA, conexion in  Houston, Atlanta, New York,.. Also exist a flight via CUBA ... Then conexion to Costa Rica or Nicaragua




Transfer to Rio san Juan, Fishing ground from  Managua Nicaragua or San Jose Costa Rica


Best option nowadays (February 2015)   is Arrival in Managua International Airport then Transfer by car ( New Panamerican highway to San Carlos) Lodge is only at 5 minutes by boat in National Park


1) Arriving at  INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT of Managua


Option A Air Transfer to San Carlos ( From same International airport ) with a 45mn fly to San Carlos ,  over the great lake , Omotepe Volcano, Solentiname .. Airline Company is la Costena  ( 2 Daily flight)


Flight Schedule of La costena Airline flights between Managua International Airport and San Carlos Rio san Juan






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Thursday Morning flight 12 md 1 pm 2pm 3 pm
Sunday Evening Flight 12 md 1 pm 2.pm 3. pm

 New since December 2014 Same flights also goes on Same days to OMOTEPE and San Juan del Norte on Caribean coast... so direct return flight to managua now posible on Thursday and Sunday from San Juan del Norte at end of river


I also  provide  a CHARTER PLANE SERVICE  ... Flights are in all Nicaragua Plane is based at Managua International Airport.. Airplane is a Falcon, 2 Engines, 5 Pasengers Captain  Jose bonilla  ( E mail for Info E MAIL )


Option B 

By Road Managua San Carlos .. 285km  Road is New in perfect condition Only 3,30h from Managua International to Sanj Carlos,,,

We own LanD cruisers and Van for larger group


Option C  

 By boat Cruising the Lake ( Big Ferry ) .. Trip is long 12 hours... as boat stop in many places as San Miguelito, Omotepe...Meanwhle boat is big with food service..Tv etc etc.. Only one private cabin

Schedule of ferry boat Granada San Carlos.

Departure Granada

Ariving San Carlos

Departure San Carlos

Ariving Granada

2pm Monday 6am Tuesday 2 pm Tuesday 6 am Wednesday
2pm Tuesday 6 am Friday 2 pm Friday 6 am Saturday


2) Arriving at International airport of San Jose  Costa Rica

Transfer is done in one of my car, RANGE ROVER ( Party maximum of 4 )  or van/Buzetta if larger party  ( Up to 12 ) 4 hours of a scenic drive via the mountains of Sarcero, the coffee, Sugar cane plantation, orange Grove...The Poas and Arenal Volcanoes to Los Chiles, then entry by boat to Nicaragua San Carlos via Rio Frio Jungle River.


NOTE: It is also possible to enter via Nicaragua and go via Costa Rica ( or Vice versa ) so you will see the two countries...( You will have to buy an " Open jaws " ticket from your airline company.)



Location: Why San Carlos Nicaragua?


Since 25 years I am a resident  in Central America, I have been fishing around almost every kind of "Tropical fish" in salt and fresh water Inshore/Offshore...

Fifteen years ago I went for the first time to Los Chiles in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica, was in the dry season, place was full of Alligators, Gars. Tarpon were rolling everywhere.....


In 1997  I went back there, in  Los Chiles but also that time entered Nicaragua via Rio Frio to reach  San Carlos  small town located on the banks of San Juan River and Nicaragua Lake... 


Fishing has been so great on Rio San Juan than I went back there and went back enjoying also the Jungle Scenery, Wild life, Bird watching, Arts, History and making  friends on the river banks... and finally I decided to create a  fishing operation there in 1998 ,San Carlos Sport fishing was born.. In 2003 I bough my land at the Corner of the Lake where San juan River Start and in 2004  I opened my  Fishing lodge "La Esquina Del Lago".

Fishing is good all year round on Rio San Juan , Tarpon ( Sabalo ) 80lb/250lb+, Snook ( Robalo )  14lb 30lb are usual catch...


I  also report the presence  of trophy size Rainbow bass ( Lagunero ), Aligator and Tropical Gar ( Gaspar ), Machaca, Mojara, Drums ( Roncador )


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