Best time to visit Puerto Rico

Fishing in Puerto Rico

Warm and rich with nutrients, Puerto Rican waters allow great fishing all year round

Best time: all year round (best August–September)

Puerto Rico is one of the top fishing destinations in the Caribbean. Whether it's a fly-fishing or a deep-sea excursion, you won't regret spending a day or two of your vacation on the water. There are plenty of charters to choose from in San Juan, Fajardo, Humacao, and Mayaguez with experienced crews, guides, and equipment for big game fishing.

The size of big game fish in Puerto Rican waters is ranging between 150 and 400 pounds (70-180 kg). Charters can be booked for half a day, one day, or several days. Some offer accommodation and dining as well as all necessary fishing gear. You can catch different kinds of fish during different seasons. Additionally, there are many sport fishing competitions in Puerto Rico that are held usually in August and September.

Best fishing spots

You can fish anywhere along the Puerto Rico coast, however, the most popular destinations include the islands of Vieques and Culebra, La Pared Beach in Luquillo, La Parguera on the south coast as well as lakes Guajataca and Dos Bocas, and Tortuguero Lagoon.

Fish species and seasons

Blue marlin is frequently caught in Puerto Rico. The season for this big fish runs from June through November. Blackfin and less common yellowfin tuna are caught year-round. The mahi mahi season is from November through December on the north coast, and from February through May on the south coast. Tarpon is mostly caught in inner waters from November to May. The same seasonal range applies to wahoo, barracuda, and kingfish.

No matter when you come to Puerto Rico, you can always have a superb fishing experience thanks to beautiful nature, warm weather and great water diversity: from the deep ocean to lagoons and shallow shores.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Puerto Rico for fishing?

Puerto Rico is ideal for fishing year-round, with the best time for big game fishing being from August to September when you are more likely to catch species like blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. Fishing is still great in other months with plenty of fish species to catch. The tropical waters provide a unique and exciting fishing experience, whatever the time of year. Show more

Where are the best fishing spots in Puerto Rico?

You’ll find prime fishing spots all over Puerto Rico, with the most popular being Vieques, Culebra, La Pared Beach in Luquillo, La Parguera, tortuguero lagoon, and lakes Guajataca and Dos Bocas. These popular spots offer exciting fishing experiences, such as fly fishing for tarpon in the lagoons or fishing for tuna on the deep reefs offshore. Show more

What kind of fish species can I catch while fishing in Puerto Rico?

The waters surrounding Puerto Rico are brimming with fish species that cater to both novice and experienced anglers. From blue marlin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, tarpon, wahoo, barracuda to kingfish, the variety of fish species is outstanding. No matter what your fishing method is, you can always expect to have a thrilling fishing experience in Puerto Rico. Show more

Do I need fishing equipment for fishing in Puerto Rico on my own?

If you’re planning to go fishing solo, make sure to bring your own fishing gear. However, if you’re going to charter a fishing boat, all the required fishing equipment will be provided. It’d be best if you brought the appropriate equipment to meet your fishing needs, but charters can help you with the best gear and bait to catch your target species. Show more

Are there any fishing competitions held in Puerto Rico?

Sports fishing competitions are common in Puerto Rico, usually held in August and September, varying by location. You can compete in thrilling fishing events, connect with other anglers, and aim to win prizes. Suppose you plan to visit Puerto Rico for sports fishing. In that case, you must be aware of local fishing competitions and their latest updates and schedule. Show more

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen