HOW TO BOOK A TRIP
If you would like to book a charter or a custom vacation package with Tranquilo Charters please e-mail us at Amanda@TranquiloCharters.com or fill out the form directly on the website and a staff member will contact you within 24 hours.
REQUIRED BOOKING INFORMATION
To enter your reservation into our records, we will need the following information from you:
- Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
- Number of people in your party and ages.
- How many people will be fishing?
- How many nights you will be staying in the area?
- How many days of fishing you would like?
- Specify if you prefer inshore fishing, offshore fishing, Sea Mound (Marlin Fishing).
GETTING TO AND FROM SAN JOSE (SJO) AND MARINA PEZ VELA OR YOUR CHOICE HOTEL/ VACATION HOME
Please forward your flight itinerary to Amanda@TranquiloCharters.com and Tranquilo Charters will arrange transport to and from San Jose airport – Typical rate is $190 plus gratuity for a group of 6 guests.
There is also the option of booking a very short flight from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Quepos/ Manuel Antonio on Sansa Airlines. www.flysansa.com If your flight times work out you can do this round trip or just one way – (approx $90 each way)
Tranquilo Charters can assist you in booking these thickets, but your charter/ vacation does not include transportation fees.
FORMS OF PAYMENT (for reservations)
Reserving your charter will be easy with all of our payment options. Acceptable forms of payment to TRANQUILO CHARTERS are:
- American Express
- Personal Check
- Money Order
- Cashier's Check (drawn on a U.S.A. Bank)
- PayPal (US)
- Funds can also be wired to our Costa Rican Bank account
Deposits are due immediately (within 3 days) after booking. Deposits are 50% of the total charter rate. YOUR RESERVATION IS NOT CONFIRMED until your deposit is received and cleared. If no deposit is received 3 days after you have been invoiced, your reservation is subject to cancellation and the space can be sold to customers requesting the same dates.
The balance of your invoice is due 14 days prior to the date of your trip or prior to boarding the boat if paying in cash. The boat will not leave port if full payment is not received by the designated time, Tranquilo Charters reserves the right to sell the week in question with forfeiture of all monies previously paid.
Payments made on your trip are refundable for cancellations received in writing at least 60 days prior to your reservation date. Tranquilo Charters withholds $500.00 per person cancellation fee. If you cancel your trip less than 60 days prior to your arrival date with Tranquilo Charters, all payments made on your trip will be non-refundable. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment.
100% refunds for weather cancellations. The decision for a weather cancellation can only be made by the captain.
If conditions are unsafe or unfishable and the captain makes the call, then the customer is refunded for the unused portion of the trip, or ideally, that portion is transferred to a future trip.
If the customer is uncomfortable and sea sick and wants to come back, but conditions are still fishable, that is his decision to forfeit all payments.
UNITED STATES CITIZENS:
Required Documents for United States citizens, A valid passport is required to enter Costa Rica and the expiration date must be valid 6 months prior to arrival.
GUESTS VISITING COSTA RICA FROM OTHER COUNTRIES:
Must check with officials in their respective homelands as to what documents are required to enter Costa Rica.
All guests going to Tranquilo Charters must fill in, sign, and return a release form to us. This form may be scanned and emailed or mailed. Release forms will be sent with your initial invoice. If you need more, or have lost the one sent to you, contact us and we will replace it. THIS FORM IS MANDATORY FOR EACH GUEST.
Tranquilo Charters suggest that you pack the following items for maximum comfort. Laundry service may or may not be available. Please confirm with your lodging arrangements.
- Good quality sunscreen with a high SPF – 50 SPF minimum is recommended
- Polarized sunglasses
- Casual & Comfortable attire (light, loose clothing, include a long-sleeve shirt, dri-fit/ performance shirts are encouraged. Tranquilo Charters is likely to have some available for purchase)
- Swim suits and shorts
- Rubber-soled shoes and Flip Flops
- Personal items
Tranquilo Charters provides Shimano BFC Reels. We have on board each boat: spinning rods, bait rods, harness, belly gimbals, lures, dredges, teasers, and gaffs.
Tranquilo Charters has no required gratuity for the crew. However, a 15%- 20% gratuity is customary for our experienced crew and greatly appreciated. The recommended gratuity is between $300 – $400 per full fishing day on the Tranquilo, $150 – $250 per full fishing day on the Chloe Frijole, and $80 – $100 for half day on the Chloe Frijole. For your convenience this gratuity can be added to your PayPal invoice or your initial invoice. Please let us know if you would like to pay the gratuity by credit card so we can arrange for this prior to your trip.