El Pescador Lodge - Belize
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, go by golf cart, or water taxi. El Pescador Lodge has been in business for more than forty years.
El Pescador Lodge
At El Pescador, the 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.
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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 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 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.
Meals: Their restaurant specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine. Meals are served in the outdoor dining pavilion or in the dining room.
Beverages: Packages include local Belizean beverages consumed at their bar (including soda, beer, and rum).
Getting to the Lodge:
From Belize City International Airport, you'll take a scenic 20-minute flight (included in the package) to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. At San Pedro, a lodge representative will greet you. 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.
Winter and Spring Rates:
Rates are valid Dec. 16, 2022, through July 15, 2023. All rates are per person, in USD, and subject to change.
Two per boat and room:
9-nights and 8-days guided fishing $6,800.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $4,100.00 per person
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing $6,112.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,750.00 per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $5,425.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,400.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $4,737.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,050.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing $4,050.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,700.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing $3,362.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,350.00 per person
Summer and Fall Rates:Rates are valid July 16 through December 15, 2023. All rates are per person, in USD, and subject to change.
Two per boat and room:
9-nights and 8-days guided fishing $6,300.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,600.00 per person
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing $5,612.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $3,250.00 per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $4,925.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,900.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $4,237.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,550.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing $3,550.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $2,200.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing $2,862.50 per person
Non-angler sharing room: $1,850.00 per person
Many more package options are available. Request an Information Packet.
Fishing Packages Include:
The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package; transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge (air, land, and sea); 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.
Reservation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is required within five (5) business days to confirm packages. Full pre-payment is due 90-days prior to arrival.
Cancellation Policy: 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 refunded but may be transferred to another angler for the original dates / package. *All confirmed reservations that occur during US President's Day weekend and/or between Christmas - New Year are immediately non-refundable and non-changeable. All cancellations have a $100.00 processing fee per guest.
El Pescador Lodge
Bowen with tarpon - El Pescador Lodge
Tarpon Fishing El Pescador
Permit fishing at El Pescador
Diving and snorkeling packages are available
Snook fishing - El Pescador Lodge
Photo: Fire Girl Photography
Standard room - Photo: Fire Girl Photography
New Outdoor Dining Area
Boats Lined up at the Lodge's Dock
Fishing Travel Experts
1-800-205-3474 ext. 1
MT Office: 406-322-5709
1-800-205-3474 ext. 3
Cell (503) 250-0558