Orvis Endorsed Destination of the Year Award in 2017
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 welcome. Since 1974, anglers from around the world have come to fish these prolific saltwater flats for bonefish, permit, and tarpon. The name,
El Pescador, means The Fisherman.
The Bonefish grounds are 10 to 20-minutes from the Lodge. Most of the bonefishing is done from the bow of a boat, but there are four or five flats that can be waded.
The 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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Fly and Spin Angling and Diving
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-h.p. engines. One or two anglers per guide and skiff.
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.
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. More information follows.
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 Lodge is a colonial-style building, with all 14 of its rooms facing 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 coffee maker. All rooms in the main lodge remain beachfront
next to a pool and offer air-conditioning and rod racks in which 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. Their restaurant specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine with meals served in their new outdoor dining pavilion or inside the dining room.
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 ten-minute boat ride to El Pescador Lodge. The Lodge is not remote. There are a number of luxury hotels lining the water.
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 who is available for snorkeling or dive trips and PADI certification courses. They can customize any of their packages to accommodate all of your diving or snorkeling requests, including trips to Belize’s famous Blue Hole and the Turneffe Islands.
Two per boat and standard room:
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing
$5,005.00 per person
Non-activity, non-angler companion $2,905.00
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$4,420.00 per person
Non-activity, non-angler companion $2,620.00
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$3,835.00 per person
Non-activity, non-angler companion $2,335.00
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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; 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, items purchased in the gift or tackle shop, fishing license (when applicable), park fees (if applicable), fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.