The Belize River Lodge is a tried and proven world-class fishing lodge in continuous operation since 1960. It was the first fishing lodge built in Belize and was known as Barothy’s Caribbean Lodge Ltd; then Keller Caribbean Sports Ltd (KCS); and since January of 1987, Belize River Lodge. Belize River Lodge specializes in some of the very best saltwater fishing in all of Belize. They also offers customized eco-tours for non-anglers looking to have a tropical vacation or the angler wanting to get to see a little more of Belize.

Typical Length of Stay

The average package is a one week (six fishing days and seven nights) package, although trips and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. You can arrive or depart any day of the week, BRL has no preset arrival or departure days.

Accommodations and Lodging

Belize River Lodge Guest RoomLocated in a true jungle setting only minutes from the Belize International Airport, the lodge sits directly on the banks of the Belize River amongst the palm, coconut, mahogany, logwood and mango trees. Accommodation options at B.R.L. include the Guest House, the Cottage, and the Bungalow.

The Guest House
A two story mahogany building that features four separate rooms. Each room features two single beds, a private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and a screened veranda overlooking the Belize River.

The Cottage
A great set-up for two groups of two or a single family of four. Each room has a private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and two single beds. Both rooms are separated by a connecting door and share an open veranda. One of the cottage rooms also features an additional sitting area.

The Bungalow
Features two rooms, each with a double and a single bed, private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and a large screened veranda. The main Lodge houses the kitchen, the office, a small gift shop, “Mike's Fishing Closet”, a well-stocked fly tying area, the dining room, lounge area, a screened-in porch, and a self service bar. From the lodge’s kitchen comes a popular selection of the best Belizean, Creole, and American cuisine, and the cooks use the freshest and finest ingredients from throughout the area. The dining room's claim to fame are the three solid-slab mahogany dining tables, for years home to some of the finest dining, socializing, and story telling in all of Belize! When you return to the lodge from fishing each day, fresh water and ice will be ready and waiting in your room. Each evening your bed will be turned down for you during dinner.


6:00 AM
Coffee or tea served on the lodge verandah, followed by a full breakfast served in the dining room.

7:30 AM
Guides are ready and waiting at the dock, where you and your guide can determine where and what to fish for that day based on weather and target species. Typical run time to where you will be fishing averages 30 minutes.

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
A full eight to nine hour day of guided fishing. Mid day, depending on what’s happening with the fishing, the guide will find a cool, shady spot for lunch (usually under an overhanging mangrove.) Lunch is prepared by the lodge kitchen and consists of sandwiches, fruit, chips and dessert packed in a cooler with an assortment of soft drinks, beer, water, etc. The afternoon fishing usually continues until about 5:00 PM, when the skiff heads back to the lodge. Rods and reels are rinsed off dockside and stored in a convenient rack near the main lodge, safe from screen doors and ceiling fans.

6:00 PM
Relax on the verandah with appetizers, drinks and stories from the day.

7:00 PM
Dinner served in the main dining room. Later, you can relax on the screened-in porch, enjoy an after-dinner cocktail, and reminisce on the day's fishing. Feel free to tie flies for the next morning’s fishing at the community tying bench.

Food and Beverages

From the Belize River Lodge’s kitchen comes an excellent combination of the best Belizean, Creole and American cuisine. The Lodge cooks use the freshest and finest ingredients (even coconuts off the trees in the front yard), and along with some of Mags’ old family recipes, create some of the most memorable tasty meals, which will have you asking for a few of her recipes. Remember, save room for coffee or tea and dessert!

The dining room’s claim to fame are the three solid slab mahogany tables, where you can find some of the finest dining and socializing in Belize. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, and tell a couple of stories yourself. After dinner, you can retire to the lounge or the porch for an after dinner refreshment. Located within this area is our self-service bar and the fly tying table.

Fishing Information

Belize River Lodge TarponBelize River Lodge offers anglers access to an extremely large area and wide variety of fishing conditions, fish species, habitat, and scenery. Fish species generally found in the area include bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, cubera snapper, jacks, barracuda, grouper, and others.

In this particular area of Belize, you will find a complex system of river mouths, creeks, lagoons, flats, small cayes, mangrove islands, and – further offshore – the Barrier Reef. Bonefish within this ecosystem average from two to four pounds, with larger fish found on a regular basis throughout the year. The tarpon fishing in this part of the Caribbean can be amazing, as the area is home to resident fish that range in size from five to over 200 pounds. The greatest number of larger tarpon are typically found in the months of March through July and September through November, although “giants” have been caught every month of the year. As far as the permit fishing goes, this part of the coast offers some excellent habitat and flats that are home to fish ranging in size from five to over 30 pounds. Permit in this area can be found throughout the year. For anglers interested in chasing snook, the rivers, creeks and mangrove lagoons fished from the lodge offer some of the best possibilities in the region.

For nature lovers, many species of birds and other wildlife such as manatees, howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles, and occasionally crocodiles may be seen while fishing from the lodge.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 23-foot pangas (flats skiffs) - usually two-to-a-boat. Each panga is equipped with a poling platform, removable lean-bar (casting brace) on the bow, rod holders, and a modern outboard engine. All of the lodge guides are Belizeans who know the area waters well. The guides are friendly, talented, hard working, patient, and very capable of offering instruction, whether you are a fly caster or spin fisherman.

Belize River Lodge has a good selection of Sage and Winston fly rod and reel outfitts for rent ($20 per day) as well as a fantastic selection of appropriate flies, fly lines, and leaders. Please inquire with Yellow Dog about reserving some gear for your trip to BRL, if you would rather not travel with your own.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Belize River Lodge Fish StoriesThe country of Belize is a very interesting place to visit, with a diverse culture, a varied landscape and a plethora of activities. Requests from anglers and non-fishing visitors wishing to know and see more of Belize have prompted Belize River Lodge to develop a program catering to non-angling guests and visitors.

The fact that Belize River Lodge offers a multitude of customized, personalized half-day and full-day tours makes this one of our very favorite places in Belize for non-anglers. If you’re an angler that will be traveling with non-anglers, or if you’re looking to take in a day or two of alternate activities to compliment your fishing, then this is a destination that should seriously be considered. All of the tours arranged through the lodge are guided by professional, English speaking guides and tour operators. Tour choices include numerous Mayan ruins, caves and waterfalls, horseback riding, bird watching, manatee watching trips, wildlife trips to view howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles, and crocodiles, trips to the Belize Zoo, snorkeling, scuba diving San Pedro and Hol Chan Marine Park, day trips to Ambergris Caye, Tikal in Guatemala, and much more.

How To Get There

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

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

The close proximity of Belize River Lodge to the International Airport means that you can arrive into Belize at any time of the day and easily transfer to the lodge without worrying about additional in-country flights and further travel time.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

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

Trip Length 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
Eco-Tour Rate Combo Fish & Eco-Tour
4 Nights / 3 Days $1,998 $2,610 $1,594 Please Call
6 Nights / 5 Days $2,998 $3,936 Please Call Please Call
7 Nights / 6 Days $3,668 $4,825 $3,145 Please Call
1/2 Day Fishing (Add On) + $251 + $342 Please Call Please Call

* 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

  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • Round trip land transfers between Belize International Airport and the lodge
  • 9% hotel tax and 12.5% GST
  • Three meals per day, soda, and drinking water

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Belize City
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Fishing equipment, tackle, and Belize fishing license (US $25.00 per week, per angler)
  • Non-fishing activities and adventure packages
  • Belizean departure tax

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

Belize River Lodge is the original pioneer in developing live-aboard fishing cruises in Belize. This is a very versatile way to travel to semi-remote locations in order to fish the flats, mangrove channels, rivers, coral reefs, and cayes of Belize. For the truly adventurous sport fisherman or cruising aficionado, this is a great option. Belize River Lodge operates a well-known mothership – the M.V. Blue Yonder, a 52’ Chris Craft yacht. This live-aboard option allows you to visit and fish a variety of areas largely inaccessible through standard lodge packages. The mothership comes with its own crew – a captain, a personal chef, and your fishing guides and flats skiffs. We can arrange customized fishing cruises aboard the mothership, as well as “vacation cruises” which are similar but with much less emphasis on fishing. Please contact Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for more details, rates and availability of mothership trips and packages.

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