Orvis Endorsed Destination of the Year Award in 2013
El Pescador Lodge is 27-miles from Belize City on the Bahia del Punta Arena, and is 2.6 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Their 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, approximately 200-square miles. Generally speaking, they have good tarpon fishing year-round. From mid-May to mid-August, reef fishing for tarpon is good.
Beginning January 1, 2017, anglers have the option of longer days on the water - up to ten guided hours each day of their trip. They recognize that some anglers prefer to fish until they drop!
El Pescador Lodge
Each evening, fly casting instruction and extra tips for local species takes place on a dock in front of the lodge.
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. Two anglers per boat with English-speaking guides. Shallow-draft 23’ skiffs are used.
El Pescador Lodge
The lodging choices vary from comfortable hotel rooms in the charming lodge to private, luxurious, one, two, and three-bedroom villas. The lodge itself is a white colonial-style building, with all of its thirteen air-conditioned rooms facing the Caribbean Sea. The villas are another lodging option. They are nestled on the beach amid large native palm trees. They are a wonderful choice for families or groups; anglers that enjoy more private accommodations, or a couple looking for a romantic get-a-way. There are three swimming pools, a manicured beach, and the Barrier Reef. The lodge amenities include large poolside bar, pool table, and darts, Wi-Fi, a fly tying area, and a small gym. 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 seven-minute boat ride to El Pescador Lodge.
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
Non-activity, non-angler companion $2785.00
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Non-activity, non-angler companion $2,510.00
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
Non-activity, non-angler companion $1,960.00
Two for the price of one*
Buy any single occupancy fishing package and your roommate sharing your room and boat is FREE.
8-nights and 7-days guided fishing $7,585.00
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,635.00
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $5,685.00
* Valid on trips that originate between June 15 and December 14, 2017
* Offer is for second guest sharing room and guide.
* Offer may not be combined with any other promotion.
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), omplimentary use of all amenities (pools, the internet, gym, kayaks, bikes, etc.), 9% hotel tax, 12.5% GST tax and a welcome drink. Fishing includes two anglers per boat for eight (10-hours in 2017) consecutive guided hours.
Packages do not include:
international airfare, gratuities for guides or hotel staff, imported alcoholic beverages, (such as wine and scotch) or items purchased in the gift or tackle shop, fishing license (when applicable), park fees (if applicable), and fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability).