Orvis-Endorsed Destination of the Year Award in 2017
Light Tackle Saltwater Fishing. El Pescador Lodge is 2.6 miles north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye --Belize's largest island. Their oceanfront location is serene and private but close enough to town that you can walk, bicycle, go by golf cart, or water taxi. El Pescador Lodge has been in business for more than forty years.
El Pescador Lodge
Fly and spin anglers. At El Pescador, the 400 square mile fishery has year-round resident populations of bones, permit, and tarpon. The Lodge specializes in in-shore, shallow water flats fishing. Sight cast the flats from the Mexican border in the north to the barrier reef in the east and the Belizean mainland in the west and south. The Bonefish grounds are 10 to 20-minutes from the Lodge. You'll mostly bonefish from the bow of a 23-foot panga, but there are four or five flats that can be waded. Bones run from 2-to 5-pounds and are plentiful.
The tarpon flats are 30-minutes from the Lodge and are 3-to 8-feet deep and quite extensive. Generally speaking, they have good tarpon fishing year-round. From mid-May to mid-August, reef fishing for tarpon is good.
Permit are found on the bonefish flats, some of the shallow water tarpon flats, as well as in waves coming over the reef. Permit range from 4 to 30-pounds, with the majority being around 8 to 10-pounds, and are found in large schools. Jack Crevalle, barracuda, cobia, and snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons.
El Pescador is an Orvis-Endorsed operation, which means it caters to every ability from beginner to expert; and meets high standards of great service, great fishing, and experienced, professional staff.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Fly and Spin Angling and Diving
Adam Courvelle with a nice permit.
Season: The Lodge is open year-round and specializes in light tackle saltwater flats fishing.
Boats: Shallow-draft, 23-foot open pangas with four-stroke, 90-HP engines. One or two anglers per guide and skiff, depending on the package.
Guides: Local, experienced, English-speaking guides. Anglers have the option of up to ten guided hours each day of their trip. For safety reasons, the guides must return to the Lodge no later than 5:00 p.m.
Private casting lesson: Each evening, fly casting instruction and extra tips for local species take place on a dock in front of the Lodge.
Fishing License: is not included in the package - $25.00 USD.
Fishing Gear: is not included but may be borrowed, based on availability.
Diving packages are available. Less than a thousand yards from the Lodge is the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
Diving and Snorkeling:Belize is surrounded by the largest living barrier reef in the world and boasts a wide array of stunning marine life. Whether you are diving or snorkeling, you are likely to encounter sharks, rays, eels, grouper, parrotfish, triggerfish, sea horses, turtles, shrimp, sea fans, coral, and other wondrous aquatic life. El Pescador has its own on-site PADI Instructor available for snorkeling or dive trips and PADI certification courses. They can customize all diving and snorkeling packages, including trips to Belize’s famous Blue Hole and the Turneffe Islands.
El Pescador Lodge
Lodging choices vary from newly renovated and completely updated hotel rooms in the charming lodge to private, luxurious one, two, and three-bedroom villas. The colonial-style Lodge has fourteen rooms that face the Caribbean Sea. Each room has either two 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, a Belizean hardwood closet with drawers, a small refrigerator, and a coffee maker. All rooms in the main lodge remain beachfront next to a pool and offer air-conditioning and rod racks to safely store your gear.
Your hosts live on the premises, ensuring warm, personal service. The Lodge accommodates up to 70 guests with 28 anglers. There are three swimming pools, a manicured beach, and the Barrier Reef.
Meals: Their restaurant specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine with meals served in their new outdoor dining pavilion or inside the dining room.
Beverages: Packages include local Belizean beverages consumed at their bar (including soda, beer, and rum).
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Getting to the Lodge:
From Belize City International Airport, you'll take a scenic 20-minute flight (which is included in the package) to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. At San Pedro, a lodge representative will greet you. From there, you'll take a 10-minute boat ride to El Pescador Lodge. The Lodge is not remote. There are a number of luxury hotels lining the water.
RATES & PACKAGES
2022 rates are valid from Dec. 16, 2021, through Dec. 15, 2022. All rates are per person, in USD, and subject to change.
Two per boat and standard room:
9-nights at the Lodge and 8-days guided fishing $6,245.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,645.00 per person
8-nights at the Lodge and 7-days guided fishing $5,620.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,345.00 per person
7-nights at the Lodge and 6-days guided fishing $4,995.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,045.00 per person
6-nights at the Lodge and 5-days guided fishing $4,370.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,745.00 per person
5-nights at the Lodge and 4-days guided fishing $3,745.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,445.00 per person
4-nights at the Lodge and 3-days guided fishing $3,120.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,145.00 per person
Many more package options available.
Single-Occupancy Rates:One angler per boat and room:
9-nights at the Lodge and 8-days guided fishing $9,520.00 per person
8-nights at the Lodge and 7-days guided fishing $8,495.00 per person
7-nights at the Lodge and 6-days guided fishing $7,470.00 per person
6-nights at the Lodge and 5-days guided fishing $6,445.00 per person
5-nights at the Lodge and 4-days guided fishing $5,420.00 per person
4-nights at the Lodge and 3-days guided fishing $4,395.00 per person
Many more package options available.
Fishing Packages Include:
The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package; roundtrip air, land, and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge; three meals per day, hors d’oeuvres, local Belizean beverages consumed at their bar (including soda, beer, and rum), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, internet, kayaks, bikes, etc.), 9% hotel tax, 12.5% GST tax, and a welcome drink. Fishing includes either one or two anglers per boat with the best fishing guides in Belize for eight to 10 consecutive hours.
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare, gratuities for guides or hotel staff, imported alcoholic beverages, laundry service, items purchased in the gift or tackle shop, spa services, eco-adventures, day trips, fishing license, park fees (if applicable), fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability), diving gear (which may be rented), Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
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. Prior to 90-days, 100% of the deposit may be transferred to another date/angler. Between 45 - 90-days, 50% of the package may be transferred to another date or angler. Less than 45-days may not be transferred or refunded. All cancellations have a $100.00 processing fee per guest.