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If you're visiting Belize City for a day as part of a Caribbean cruise package, or spending a couple of days in the city en route to another location in the country, then we can easily arrange a great day of guided fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and more.
The standard fishing day is eight hours long, although this can easily be adjusted based on your schedule and other factors, such as the arrival and departure time of a cruise ship.
There are no accommodation packages that are included with these day trip packages. For guests that plan on overnighting in the Belize City area, we recommend and work with the Radisson Ft. George Hotel and Marina, the nicest, most full-service hotel operation in the city. This large hotel operation is clean, safe, and extremely well-run, with a full range of amenities and services.
The recently renovated rooms at the Radisson offer guests such comforts as cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, hand-crafted furniture made by Belizean craftsmen, and a small refrigerator. Many of the hotel's rooms feature views of the ocean.
When it's time to relax, guests enjoy two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, dive shop and full-service marina. The hotel's Guest Services desk can arrange last-minute sight-seeing tours, including Belize diving trips, jungle tours, Mayan ruin tours, and more. Also, with more than 6,000 square feet of space in six comfortable, air-conditioned meeting rooms, the Fort George Hotel is one of the area's top conference venues. Outdoor events for up to 400 people, including weddings, can be arranged in the beautiful gardens and poolside area.
Your guide will have a packed cooler lunch with soda and bottled water. Beer and alcohol is not include. Beer can be purchased at the Radisson dock. If you are dining in Belize City, St. George's Dining Room at the Fort George Hotel is known for its seafood specialties and international cuisine. For a great selection of cocktails and light snacks, visit Baymen's Tavern and the Poolside Bar.
Even with only a single day of fishing, you have numerous fishing options available. Depending on weather conditions and the time of year, you can fish for bones along the many tidal flats and mangroves, chase permit on deeper flats, or even fish the barrier reef for larger species. Perhaps the most popular fishing in this part of Belize, however, is the sight-fishing for tarpon. Resident schools of tarpon (20 to 100 pounds) roam the broad flats of the area and can be enticed to take a fly any time of the year.
Unlike many “day trip” fishing options offered through cruise ship companies or larger tour groups, this fishing program is totally legitimate and professional. You will fish either one or two-to-a-boat, with great equipment, a boat set up for fly and light tackle fishing, and a great guide. If the weather is good and the conditions are right, most people choose to fish the cayes and the flats and shallow waters located directly off the coast of Belize. This is where the largest concentrations of bonefish, tarpon and permit can be found throughout the year. If the weather is poor, and conditions are cold, windy and rainy, you can still fish in the sanctuary of the mainland rivers – home to tarpon, snook, and numerous other species.
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super-pangas. These packages also include the use of quality gear and equipment for your day trip, including rods and reels, leaders and tippet, and all necessary flies, lures and other items.
If you are arriving by cruise ship into Belize City, you will dock at the main cruise ship dock located at the Belize City Tourist Village (by the Baron Bliss Lighthouse.) During the times that the cruise ships are in port, this is a very busy and crowded place. For that reason, your guide will be waiting for you upon arrival at the nearby Radisson dock.
Be sure that prior to your trip you have provided us with the following information:
1. The complete name(s) of who will be fishing
2. The full name of cruise ship and the cruise line (if applicable)
3. Scheduled arrival time into Belize City
4. Scheduled departure time from Belize City
5. Notification of any medical or dietary issues or requests
It is important to note that your guide in Belize City will always use Belize time. Some cruise ships are on Central time and others are on EST, so this needs to be clarified before you leave the ship as the time changes throughout the year. Please be sure that you clarify the times BEFORE arriving into Belize City.
The Radisson hotel and dock is located very close to the Tourist Village, where the cruise ships that visit Belize City disembark passengers. Upon arrival, you can either take a quick cab ride to the Radisson dock, or you can walk the short distance (approximately a 5 minute walk.) When the cruise ships are in, this area is full of people, meaning that the walk is both easy and safe.
Your guide will be waiting at the Radisson dock in a 23-foot boat (panga) loaded and ready to go! He will have all of your fishing gear ready, along with a packed cooler with lunch and cold beverages. The guide is usually at the Radisson dock by 8:00 AM. Some ships can get passengers ashore at 7:00 AM, in which case the guide will be at the Radisson dock by 7:30 AM. The return time is usually somewhere between 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. We always ask anglers to confirm the exact time they need to be back at the ship before they depart the cruise ship in Belize City.
Day trip packages are $570.00 per day total for either one or two anglers.
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The climate in Belize is subtropical, with continuous, prevailing breezes from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is nicely tempered by the ocean breezes. During the summer months, the temperature rarely exceeds 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter lows are seldom below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. On the flats, the water temperature will vary between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Although the rainy season is usually between June and August and the dry season is between February and May, global weather changes are making historical predictions somewhat invalid. At the end of October, the weather does become cooler, and from November to February, it is pleasant with showers of rain. Average humidity throughout the year is 85%.