The Caribbean lodge that sets the standards by which all others are compared is the El Pescador Lodge, located on the coast of Belize. The lodge is situated on Ambergris Caye (island), which is only fifteen minutes by air from Belize City.
Its remoteness belies the fact that El Pescador is 40 acres of luxury and is an all encompassing resort that offers, scuba diving, saltwater fishing, and activities for non fishermen such as just laying around on a coconut bordered beach, and swimming in its crystal clear waters.
Close by the lodge is one of the most diverse collections of saltwater game fish that range from Bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, snapper, jacks, barracuda and numerous other species. Family owned for the past 40 years, the lodge has a family feel to it and a dedication to the comfort of its guests. We at Wild On The Fly consider the El Pescador Lodge as one of the finest fishing destinations in the Caribbean.
Belize is one of the most visited saltwater destinations in the world. The fact that it is an English speaking country makes it an easy destination for those not familiar with international travel. The country was first settled by “Baymen” who established a settlement that was strategically located near the Spanish shipping lanes that was a safe base for piracy. It eventually was taken over by the British hence the language is English.
Today Belize is a sovereign nation, and prizes its coastline as one of its greatest natural resources, and saltwater sports such as fly fishing and diving. In 2009, recognizing the importance of Belize as a destination fishery the Belizian government passed one of the most stringent set of catch and release regulations in the world to ensure that its populations of Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit will continue to flourish.
Target Fish: Bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, snapper, jacks, barracuda and others.
Seasons: All year
Lodge Capacity: 24+ depending on the category of lodging options in use at a particular time.
Nearest Airport: Belize City
Electricity: 110 Volts
Documents needed: Passport
The ultimate dream of saltwater fly anglers is the “Grand Slam” of Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit and El Pescador Lodge is one of the few destinations where you can do it. The flats near the lodge offer the lodge’s fly fishing guests a chance to catch Tarpon and Permit and Bonefish 12 months a year. Also available are Snook in the nearby lagoons,
The lodge is located right near the Bonefish flats and the fishing is done from either the bow of the boat or by wading. They average from 2 to 5 lbs, and there are a lot of them. Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia are also available.
Tarpon can be caught year round in various sizes with some going over 100 lbs. In the late summer migratory Tarpon literally double the local population with fishermen tending to have the most success during the phase of the new moon, though they are regularly caught during all days of the month.
Ranging from 5 to 30 lbs, Permit are found in large schools. It is common to catch 8 and 10 pounders.
For those wanting to go it on their own, the lodge offers free kiayaks and canoes. Lodge staff can provide instruction and direction and then send you on your own personal adventure. Opportunities are available for those who would like to do some deep water fishing for Tuna and Wahoo outside of the reef. Evening workshops conducted by guides are available where they will instruct you on fly casting and other techniques for fishing for the various species in the nearby waters.
Guides have been carefully selected from local “fish heads” who not only have intimate knowledge of the local species and waters but are passionate about teaching the skills that will make your fishing experience a success. Many are second generation El Pescadore guides and have knowledge passed down from fathers and some cases grandfathers.
Fish reside in the area around the lodge 12 months of the year, plus the addition of a major Tarpon migration late in the summer. Any day of the year, you can be assured that the fishery is diverse and abundant. The only variability in the fishing can be caused by the occasional cold front that are unpredictable, and are short lived.
El Pescador Lodge has several lodging options available that will fit the needs of every category of guest. You can choose between the fourteen recently renovated comfortable standard rooms in the main lodge or in the El Pescador Villas.
All rooms are fully air conditioned with new furniture and either two queen beds or one king bed. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, and a refrigerator is provided for your convenience. All lodge rooms are on the beachfront with a great view of the water.
For guests desiring additional privacy or more space, one, two and three room villas are available. The villas are popular with families, groups and particularly couples. Each villa includes a great room with full kitchen, living room and dining room. The villas have easy access to the swimming pools.
On Site Amenities and Activities
3 Swimming pools
Kayaks (no charge)
Bicycles (no charge)
Paddle Boards (no charge)
Scuba diving instruction
The lodge specializes in Caribbean cuisine that you will rave about when you return home. The full bar is a great place to get together at the end of the day for a drink, and tell stories about the days adventures.
The house specialty is a tropical rum punch, and a full selection of the finest liquors and wine and beer. Hors d’ourvres are served in the bar after 3 PM. Some of those hard to get Caribbean cigars are available to purchase upon request.
El Pescador Lodge is easy to get to from the US by flying into Belize City from, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta or LA. When you arrive in Belize City you will board a commuter flight (about 20 minutes) to Ambergris Caye where a representative from the lodge will be there to greet you and transport you to the lodge.
Though remote, the colonial style lodge is actually only a short distance from the town of San Pedro, where you can enjoy shopping and nightlife.
Package rates are Valid from Dec 16, 2016 thru Dec 15, 2017.
Each package includes the number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package, round trip air, land and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, 3 meals a day, hors d’oeurvres, local Belizian beverages consumed at our bar (including soda, beer and rum), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, internet, gym, kayaks, bikes etc) hotel tax, GST tax and welcome drink.
Fishing includes 2 anglers per boat with guide for 8 consecutive hours.
Rate below based on double occupancy and one guide/boat, per two fishermen.
3 nights/2 days fishing: $2,010.
4 nights/3 days fishing: $2,585.
5 nights/4 days fishing: $3,160.
6 nights/5 days fishing: $3,735.
7 nights/6 days fishing: $4,310.
8 nights/7 days fishing: $4,885.
9 nights/8 days fishing: $5,460.
10 nights/9 days fishing: $5,935.
11 nights/10 days fishing: $6,410.
12 nights/11 days fishing: $6,885
13 nights/12 days fishing: $7,360.
14 nights/13 days fishing: $7,835.
Rate below based on single occupancy guide/boat and single lodging
3 nights/2 days fishing: $2,835.
4 nights/3 days fishing: $3,785.
5 nights/4 days fishing: $4,735.
6 nights/5 days fishing: $5,685.
7 nights/6 days fishing: $6,635.
8 nights/7 days fishing: $7,585.
9 nights/8 days fishing: $8,535.
10 nights/9 days fishing: $9,385.
11 nights/10 days fishing: $10,235.
12 nights/11 days fishing: $11,085.
13 nights/12 days fishing: $11,935.
14 nights/13 days fishing: $12,785.
To upgrade to a Villa accommodation - Please add $75 per person, per night for double occupancy.
To upgrade to a Villa accommodation - Please add $100 per person, per night for single occupancy.
The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package, roundtrip air, land and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, 3 meals per day, hors d'oeuvres, local Belizean beverages consumed at our bar (including soda, beer and rum), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, internet, gym, kayaks, bikes, etc), 9% hotel tax, 12.5% GST tax and a welcome drink. Fishing includes either 1 or 2 anglers per boat with the best fishing guides in Belize for 8 consecutive hours.
Packages Do Not Include:
Gratuities for guides or hotel staff, imported alcoholic beverages, or items purchased in our gift or tackle shop. Fishing license, park fees (if applicable), fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability), diving gear (which may be rented) nor gratuities.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is required to hold both space and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full pre-payment is due at El Pescador 90 days prior to arrival.
All cancellations must be received in writing at the lodge. Prior to 90 days 100% of deposit may be transferred to another date/angler. Between 45 - 90 days 50% of package may be transferred to another date or angler. Less than 45 days may not be transferred or refunded. All cancellations have a $100 processing fee per guest.