Belize Fishing Resort
Forbes Traveler voted this lodge one of the “Top Ten Eco-Resorts in the World!
Have you been dreaming of the grand slam of flats fishing? This Belize fishing resort is known for experienced anglers occasionally achieving in a single day…Bone fish, Tarpon and Permit but more often during their stay. Guests love the numerous other activities such as diving/snorkeling in and around the world famous barrier reef, exploring Mayan ruins and just relaxing in a tropical paradise.
The experienced staff at this Belize fishing resort will help you plan the perfect Belize vacation. The dedicated angler and as well as those that wish to enjoy numerous other activities are all catered to. Everyone in your family will love this vacation!
This is a family experience in every way. The family that owns the resort spends alternating weeks on property. The local Belizean staff welcomes you to their family. During your stay, you’ll meet the other resort guests at the common table you all share for dinner. Over the years, this camaraderie has helped guests, family and staff create enduring relationships with people from all over the world.
Belize’s shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida. The flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to site cast to tarpon 12 months a year.
Guides are experienced, excellent instructors when requested, and patient. The rookie among them has been guiding for two years at this resort. They simply do not leave!
Gracious, mahogany colonial lodge is right on the beach, facing the sea, surrounded by fragrant tropical flowering plants and the whisper of shady palms.
Accommodations & Meals
Just completed a total expansion and renovation of each of the fourteen guest rooms in the main lodge! they are now able to offer guests larger, modernized and well-appointed accommodations, while still retaining the authentic Belizean colonial feel of the exterior of the lodge.
Each room has all new furniture with either 2 queen beds or one king bed plus a small sitting area; each bathroom features a double granite vanity, a private toilet area, a walk in shower, and a Belizean hardwood closet and drawers with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. All rooms in the main lodge remain beachfront, next to a pool and offer air-conditioning as well.
Your hosts live on the premises to ensure warm, personal service around the clock.
Lovely villas surrounding a pool have stunning views of the beach and the Belize Barrier Reef across an open expanse of turquoise Caribbean Sea. Villas are two story, 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes, designed in a lock-off configuration, which enables you to rent a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villa to perfectly match your individual and family needs, while ensuring your complete privacy.
The menu is inspired by the changing seasons and always features a diverse selection of dishes made with delicious, locally sourced ingredients. They strive to provide a menu that meets a wide variety of dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
Unique Location and the Fishing:
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you are an excellent trout or bass fisherman that bone fishing will come naturally. Bone fishing has humbled many an experienced fisherman. For those interested anglers, these guides will quickly have you catching bones and always hopeful for permit!
Every afternoon from 3-5 PM experience fly fishing teaching guides are available complimentary for instruction.
ALL PERMIT, TARPON AND BONEFISH ARE CATCH AND RELEASE
What are you fishing for? They have a very diverse fishery; the more direction you give your guide and fishing director regarding your goals, the better able they will be to fulfill them.
They fish 400 square miles of in-shore, shallow water sight casting flats from the Mexican border in the north, to Belize City in the south, to the barrier reef in the east, and to the Belizean mainland in the west. The good news is that they have 400 square miles of water to fish; the bad news is that they have 400 square miles of water to be fished which can mean long boat runs to the further flats should you choose.
Bonefish and permit flats begin at their front door, while tarpon flats begin 30 minutes away. Fish seem to be a bit easier to catch in more remote areas. Guides have unlimited gas budgets so they may take you wherever they think your best fishing opportunities will present themselves.
BONEFISH: Average bonefish are in the 1-3 lbs range with a large bonefish around 5lbs and a trophy being 7-8 lbs.
PERMIT: Average permit are in the 5-8 lbs range. However, some larger permit (15-30+ lbs) are found as singles and in pairs as well.
TARPON: They have two types of Tarpon; resident, that live there all year round an migratory tarpon that arrive in May/June and depart in September/October annually. 20-75 lb resident Tarpon and migratory are the “BIG GIRLS” and can reach 100-150 lbs.
OTHER SPECIES: Snapper and grunts, barracuda, snook, ladyfish, grouper, 6 different species of jacks, cobia, triggerfish and on and on.
Flats fishing: This lodgespecializes in light tackle, shallow water flats fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon.
Reef fishing and island shore lunchcombo is always a favorite for a fun outing of catching, catching, and catching! You would be amazed at how many dedicated fly fishermen choose this outing year after year in lieu of a day of flats fishing. Your guide will BBQ your freshly caught fish on a secluded beach. You may enjoy wading, shelling or simply relaxing in the sun while your picnic is prepared. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or try more fishing!
Guides:Guides are English speaking and experienced in guiding both fly and spin fishermen. One or two anglers per boat. All guides are native San Pedranos born and raised on the island. These are the most experienced guides in Belize! Many have been guides here for over 30 years and now second and third generation guides are following them. Most of them have been trained by their fathers and uncles with whom they typically spend a decade learning the craft before becoming a Captain of their own flats boat. Guides have encyclopedic knowledge of this fishery coming from a lifetime dedicated to learning where the fish are and how they behave.
All guides have Belize Port Authority Boat Master’s license and are licensed Belize Tourism Board tour guides and are first aid certified.
Weather/seasons: The windiest months tend to be March and April but they are also some of the driest months. November can be a bit rainy but typically at night and clear during the day.
This is a neo-tropical climate, with temperature varying less than 10 degrees F year-round. So rather than seasons, they have micro climate changes. Because of this the island is subject to the occasional cold front in the winter months. Wind is part of the tropical environment; some days are windy, some are not. This is a semi-arid climate and get less than 25 inches of rain annually.
Fish reside here 12 months of the year, plus the addition of a major tarpon migration in late summer. Any day of the year you can be assured that the fishery is diverse and abundant.
Months tend to blend into one another. If our “best” month is a 10, then our “worst” month is an 8 1/2 or a 9. Again, it’s the vagary of a passing front that has more impact than the time of year. These fronts possess two common characteristics: they are unpredictable and they tend to be short-lived.
So practice your casting and come visit us and one of the world’s premier saltwater destinations.
Typical fishing day:
5:30 am breakfast begins. Full breakfast menu available!
6:30-7:30 typically…Guides will be ready to depart at the agreed upon time.
Fish a full day and return for open bar and appetizers from 2-5 pm. The length of your fishing day will be determined between you and your guide. Typically an 8-10 hour day. If you wish to fish longer, please tip your guide $50 per additional hour on the water.
6:45 Dinner is served family style
Gear rentals are available
Not only will you find the serenity and relaxation you are looking for, you’ll have the convenience of being a few miles north of San Pedro Town and its gift shops, restaurants, bars and night spots. Guests usually travel by water taxi which stops right at the dock.
- Rent a golf cart and drive to the secret beach or explore San Pedro shopping
- Rent a golf cart and explore the other resorts in the area or local restaurants
- Rent a golf cart and have ice cream at the famous food trucks nearby
- Reef fishing & beach picnic 8:30 – 3:30 pm
- Free kayaks, paddle boards and bikes for use
- Scuba diving – local diving 1,2 and 3 tank dives plus night dives.
- Scuba diving – day trips to The blue hole (3 tanks), Turneffe North (2 tanks) and Turneffe Elbow (3 tanks)
- Scuba diving courses – resort refresher, e-learning, referral course, open water course, advanced open water, rescue, medic first aid and dive master
- Snorkeling -numerous destinations available
- Snorkel with the sharks
- Snorkeling trip to Bacalar Chico
- Snorkeling trip to Caye Caulker (quaint sand town)
- Manatee watch & snorkeling
- Catarmaran snorkeling trip to Caye Caulkner
- Catamaran sunrise or sunset sailing
- Mexico rocks sailing
- Kayak San Pedro Lagoon
- Spa services by appointment
- ATM Cave (Air/land) Experience the cave of the stone sepulcher, a subterranean cathedral…
- Cave tubing & zipline or Belize Zoo or Zunantunich Mayan Ruins (boat/land)
- Lamanai & New River Jungle excursion (boat/land)
- Lamanai & River excursion (air/land)
Length of Stay / Itinerary
There is not set itinerary.
Travel Details & Location
Guests fly to Belize International airport (BZE) and from there your local Tropic Air flights to San Pedro are coordinated around all on time international arrival and departures. The local flights take 15 minutes. When you arrive at San Pedro, you will be greeted by the lodge representative with a logo shirt and taken by taxi to the lodge boat. From the dock you will transfer by boat to the lodge dock.
Internet & Communications
Wifi is available but limited bandwidth is available. Cell phones have spotty service.
They are dedicated to improving their island. The most practical way to improve the quality of life on Ambergris Caye is to invest in the children’s education. To that end, the lodge organizes 3 sponsorships to local schools (2 at the Island Academy and one at the R.C. Primary School). They have GPS’s that make the very proud and have even won a few awards.
They also continue to support environmental and scientific organizations such as Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Ambergris Caye Citizens For Sustainable Development. They help to protect bonefish, tarpon and permit as well as their habitats.