Because the southern part of Belize has little tourism and is visited by few anglers, not many people are aware of the area’s phenomenal fishing and eco-tourism activities. Still relatively undiscovered, the waters of Punta Gorda boast more permit and more BIG permit than just about any place we have ever seen. Belcampo Lodge (formerly Machaca Hill Lodge and before that, El Pescador South) is the ideal location for couples, families, and anglers looking to combine a fishing trip with great non-angling activities.

Typical Length of Stay

A standard package at Belcampo Lodge is a seven night / six fishing day package (Saturday to Saturday) although packages of any length can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Belcampo Lodge BelizeSouthern Belize’s gateway into the jungle, Belcampo is the idyllic hideaway for discerning anglers seeking a pristine retreat. Complimenting the spacious main lodge are 12 beautifully built and tastefully decorated cabanas. Each cabana features air conditioning, one or two large beds, a private bathroom, and a large deck built out over the jungle.

Lodge amenities include a spa, pool, mountain bikes, hiking trails, kayaks and canoes. Eco-tour activities can easily be arranged for non-anglers, and include jungle tours, visits to nearby Indian villages, Mayan ruin excursions, guided river trips, and additional activities.

Food and Beverages

Belcampo Lodge provides gourmet dining and some of the best food in all of Belize. The lodge's kitchen produces an excellent combination of the best Belizean, Creole and American cuisine, and the Lodge chefs use the freshest and finest ingredients from throughout the area. The lodge also features a fully-stocked bar stocked with local beers, rum, Belizean liquor, soda, and juices.

Fishing Information

Belcampo Lodge BelizeIt should be understood that the fishing in Punta Gorda is focused almost completely on permit, meaning that as a stand-alone trip, this trip may not be for everyone. For many saltwater anglers, catching a permit on a fly is truly the "Holy Grail" of fly fishing. In a single day of fishing the permit flats in the Punta Gorda area (when the conditions are right,) it is not unusual to see hundreds of permit! With that many fish around, the number of shots is maximized and the chance to hook and land a permit on the fly greatly increases. There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from town (approximately a 45-minute boat ride from the lodge). Aside from being a fantastic permit fishery, Punta Gorda offers a number of other opportunities for those seeking diversity. The outer reef islands (the Sapodilla Cayes) offer opportunities for bonefish, and can be well worth the hour-plus run from the lodge. Relatively untouched and numerous, the bonefish on the outer Cayes average two to three pounds, with four to five-pound bonefish occasionally found. The rivers of the Punta Gorda region offer some seasonal fishing for snook, large jacks, and tarpon that can run anywhere from 10 to over 50 pounds.

Boats and Equipment

Guides fish from 23 foot Mexican super-pangas. All boats have polling platforms. The lodge offers a limited amount of rental gear and equipment, although it is recommended that anglers bring their own equipment, flies, and terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Mayan RuinsFor non-anglers visiting the lodge, the property offers a host of on-site activities such as biking, canoeing, bird watching, kayaking, tours of the commercial Heliconia and Ginger flower gardens, river tours, and hikes along nature trails.

Off-property activities include snorkeling on the outer islands, manatee watching, jungle trips on the Rio Grande and Moho Rivers, visits to local Indian villages, and tours of the Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun Mayan ruins. Cave tubing in the area is also an option, as Tiger and Hokeb Ha Caves offer trips through huge caverns.

How To Get There

International flights to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American Airlines, Delta, Continental/United, US Air, and Taca.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

It is best to arrive into the Belize City International Airport (Phillip Goldston International) before 2:30 PM in order to make your necessary in-country connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Punta Gorda.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person amd a trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Summer Season - (May 1st - Dec. 17th)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,822.50 $3,380.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,387.50 $6,305.00
Winter Season - (Jan. 5th - April 30th)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,140.00 $4,015.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,942.50 $7,415.00
Holiday Season - (Dec. 18th - Jan. 4th)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,265.00 $4,265.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,160.00 $7,850.00

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Transfers to and from the Punta Gorda airstrip
  • Nightly accommodation
  • All meals, coffee, tea, and bottled water
  • Guided fishing with lunch and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary activities
  • Personal laundry service

What's Not Included

  • Transportation from hometown to Punta Gorda, Belize
  • Optional Activities
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Non-alcoholic beverages other than those on fishing trip
  • Spa Services

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Visitors who utilize the Port Honduras Marine Park for fishing, snorkeling, sight seeing, etc. will be required to pay a $10 US per day usage fee. The great news is that 60% of that goes directly to park management and park ranger budgets. The remaining 40% goes to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and the lodges that we work with in Belize support this effort to fund protection and enforcement in the marine preserves, and applaud the Belizean government for taking a stand on important fisheries resources. The $10 US fee is charged per boat, per day. (For example, the total charge for two anglers fishing for six days with the same guide would be $60 US.)

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