Sierpe del Pacifico

Rocky islands on the Pacific Coast
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Sierpe del Pacifico Social Media 

Dear Friend of SDP - We are happy to announce Sierpe del Pacifico's presence in Social media.  Below are the links to our Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

We encourage you to "like" Sierpe del Pacifico on Facebook and to also view the Youtube videos of the SDP property and numerous adventure activities that can be enjoyed in the surrounding area.  All of the videos were shot in HD, so we encourage you to switch the viewing preferences to 720 or 1080p.  These settings will best allow you to view the vibrant and exciting environments of the Osa Peninsula.
Furthermore, should you want to share memories or reflections on your own SDP experience we encourage you to do so on our Facebook wall.

Finally, should these videos re-stoke your interest in Sierpe del Pacfico please feel free to contact me by email ( or phone (715) 699-2715 for more information regarding our ownership opportunities.

Pura Vida - Cassidy

The Two Faces of the Sierpe River


The Sierpe-Terraba River Preserve encompasses over 68,000 acres of wildlife rich wetlands.  As it flows from its headwaters in the Sierpe Lagoon towards the Pacific it undergoes a complete transformation in look and charachter.  The town of Sierpe is the unofficial border between what I consider the upper and lower river.  


The lower river is characterized by wide channels, sandbars, and shallow banks covered with large, mature mangrove trees.  The vegetation tends to be a bit monochromatic, but is grand and inspiring none the less.  The river here "snakes" quite severely - hence it's name "Sierpe" which means "to move in a serpentine fashion" in Spanish.  The water - because it is closer to the ocean - is high in salinity.  Because of the higher sediment load it carries, the water is often more turbid as well.  The river that is most often shown in photographs and is used for tourist activities is the lower river.  It is the gateway to the ocean and has lots of recreational value.  This a is a great spot to catch truly large fish in the river.  It is ideal for water skiing or wakeboarding, and is also nice and close to the river mouth beaches.


Sierpe River Mouth The wide expanse of the lower Sierpe River Wakeboarding on the Sierpe River 


The upper river is a very different animal.  The mangroves are gone; in their place are large hardwood and palm trees.  The channels are deep, the banks are steeper, and the river flows in a much more direct path.  The water has little or no salinity.  The water also tends to be much cleaner, and in certain areas can have up to 2.5 meters of visibility.  In many places it can also have a deep tannin stain to it, giving it a coffee like tint.  The vegetation and bird and animal species present are much more diverse.  Brightly colored birds can be seen feeding atop large mats of bright green water hyacinth that lines the banks.  The overall feeling one gets when visiting the upper river is much more intimate and wild.  Rare is the occasion that you see other boats or hear a man made noise in this part of the river.  When you spend a day in these upper reaches it feels like you've gone back in time.  Light tackle river fishing and kayaking are exceptional in this part of the river.  


 Upriver freshwater section of Sierpe River A nice snook caught in the upper Sierpe River kayaking in the upper Sierpe river


For a real adventure one can travel all the way up the Sierpe River to it's headwaters in the Sierpe lagoon.  This 230 acre lake is secluded, wild, and absolutely pristine.  It also holds some of the biggest and most aggressive snook in the entire river system.  It is a rare occasion that a trip up to the lagoon doesn't reward it's guests with some great fishing.  For wildlife enthusiasts, both the lagoon and upper reaches of the river offer an opportunity to spot extremely rare river otters.


The Sierpe River headwaters lakeSierpe River LagoonSierpe River Freshwater Lagoon 

Summer Fishing Report


June 2011

SDP owner Ken Disher and his two sons were joined by SDP guest Jay Swodoba and his son.  Saltwater fishing for large, exotic species was the primary reason that everyone was in Costa Rica, so we wasted no time in getting down to business.  We spent 5 days on the water and got into good numbers of yellowfin tuna and roosterfish everyday.  We caught specimens of both species up to 65 lbs.  Also making their way into the boat were some amberjack, mackeral, red snapper, and bluefin trevally.  The highlight of the trip was a topwater strike from a yellowfin tuna in the 125 lb. range.  The fish came completely out of the water as it struck (and missed) the lure.
Roosterfish caught near Cano Island, Costa RicaYellowfin tuna caught near Cano IslandA kid catches a roosterfish near Drake Bay Costa Rica
Big roosterfish caught near the Sierpe River mouth65 lb. yellowfin tuna caught on a popper near Cano Island Nice roosterfish caught on a vertical jig near the Sierpe River 
A good day fishing from Sierpe del Pacifico Big amberjack caught near Cano Island Nice silky snapper caught by an enthusiastic young fisherman

Texas native Brandon Perry and two generations of his family were kind enough to visit SDP for a few days of property viewing and touring.  Brandon and his father are enthusiastic fishermen, and our day on the water was nothing less than the Osa Peninsula's best.  The day got off to a good start with Brandon hooking and landing a 40 lb. roosterfish on his very first drop of the jig.  Things never slowed down with another nice roosterfish and some gargantuan amberjack giving us plenty of action.  The big fish of the day was an amberjack caught by Brandon that according to my length and girth measurements weighed 102 lbs.

Nice roosterfish caught on a jig near Drake Bay, Costa Rica Massive 102 lb. amberjack caught  in Costa Rica
Big roosterfish caught on a jig