Orvis-Endorsed Destination of the Year Award in 2017
Fly and Spin Anglers Welcome. 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, or go by golf cart or water taxi. El Pescador Lodge has been in business for more than forty years.
El Pescador Lodge
El Pescador's 400-square-mile fishery has year-round resident populations of bones, permit, and tarpon. The Lodge specializes in inshore, shallow water flats fishing. Sight cast the flats from the Mexican border 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, and 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.
The Fishing Program:
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 ft. 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 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.
Fish from 23 ft. Pangas
Permit Fishing at El Pescador
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 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 store your gear.
The Lodge accommodates up to 70 guests with 28 anglers. There are three swimming pools, a manicured beach, and the Barrier Reef. Your hosts live on the premises, ensuring warm, personal service.
Outdoor Dining Area
Meals: Their restaurant specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine. Meals are served in the outdoor dining pavilion or the dining room. Beverages: Packages include local Belizean beverages consumed at their bar, including soda, beer, and rum.
Getting to the Lodge:
1.) You'll fly to Belize. 2.) From Belize City International Airport, you'll take a scenic 20-minute flight (included in the package) to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. 3.) A Lodge representative will greet you at the airport and drive you to the marina. 4.) 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.
Standard Bedroom with Private Ensuite Bathroom
Diving and Snorkeling Packages
2024 Rates and Packages
2024 Winter and Spring Rates:
Packages do not include 12.5% GST on entire package. Rates are valid from Dec. 16, 2023, through July 15, 2024. All rates are per person, in USD, and subject to change. Two per boat and room: 7-nights and 6-days guided fishing$5,320.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$3,370.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing$4,545.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$2,920.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing$3,770.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$2,470.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing$2,995.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$2,020.00 per person
3-nights and 2-days guided fishing$2,220.00 p.p. per person Non-angler sharing room:$1,570.00 per person
2024 Summer and Fall Rates:
Rates are valid from July 16 through December 15, 2024.
All rates are per person, in USD, and subject to change. Two per boat and room: 7-nights and 6-days guided fishing$4,640.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$2,690.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing$3,955.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$2,330.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing$3,270.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$1,970.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing$2,585.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$1,610.00 per person
3-nights and 2-days guided fishing$1,900.00 per person Non-angler sharing room:$1,250.00 per person
• Roundtrip charter flight between Belize City and San Pedro
• Roundtrip transfer between the domestic airport in San Pedro and the Lodge by boat or vehicle, depending on the weather
• The number of nights lodging specified in your package.
• Three meals per day and an afternoon snack
• Local Belizean beverages consumed at their bar including soda, beer, and rum.
• Complimentary use of all amenities
(pools, gym, Wi-Fi internet, kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, etc.)
• A welcome drink
• The number of fishing days specified in your package with either one or two anglers per boat and a guide for eight to 10 consecutive hours.
• Loaner gear is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Packages Do Not Include:
• Airfare to Belize International Airport, and return
• Gratuities for guides and Lodge staff • Imported alcoholic beverages • Laundry and ironing services • Items purchased in the gift or tackle shop • Spa services - Massages, $80.00 per hour • Eco-Adventures and day trips • Fishing license, $25.00 per person • Park fees (if applicable) • Fishing gear Equipment (limited amount of loaner gear is available) • Diving gear, rental gear is available • 9% hotel tax and 12.5% GST tax on the total package • Global Rescue • Travel insurance • Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
El Pescador's Deposit Policy: 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.
El Pescador's Cancellation Policy: All cancellations and/or changes must be received in writing, and have a $100 per person processing fee. For cancelations made 90+ days prior to arrival* 100% of the payment(s) received may be transferred to another guest(s)/date within 12 months of the date of the original reservation. For cancelations made between 45-90 days prior to arrival* 50% of the full invoice amount will be forfeited and the remaining funds may be transferred to another guest(s)/date within 12 months of the date of the original reservation. For cancelations made less than 45 days prior to arrival* the exact reservation may be transferred to another guest(s), or 100% of the payment(s) received will be forfeited. *All confirmed reservations that occur during US President's Day weekend and/or between Christmas - New Years are immediately non-refundable and non-changeable. No refunds will be given for cancelations, unused portions of a trip, no-shows, acts of God including hurricanes, detention, annoyance, delays, quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for unforeseen reasons. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. El Pescador reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that El Pescador must cancel a reservation, all payments received to date will be credited to a future date within 10 months of the original reservation date, based on availability, which constitutes a full settlement. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather. We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance, specifically “cancel for any reason” insurance.