BLUE HORIZON LODGE - BELIZE

 

BLUE HORIZON LODGE - BELIZE

For a fly fisherman, nothing beats the incomparable thrill of landing a permit. Permit fishing is considered the number one challenge for a saltwater fly fisherman today, and Blue Horizon Lodge in Belize is one of the world's best locations to experience this amazing sport. Located in the middle of the best permit flats in the Belize, the lodge is situated on the Northeast Caye, one of the islands in the Pelican Caye Range near a small sleepy mainland village of Hopkins.

Typical Length of Stay

Since there are daily flights to and from Belize City to Dangriga, packages of any length can be arranged, and guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please contact Yellow Dog for details. Typical trip packages are 7 nights and 6 fishing days.

Accommodations and Lodging

Blue Horizon Lodge AccommodationThe lodge and main camp at Blue Horizon features three private cabanas, each with its own shower and bathroom. A generator supplies electricity to all of the cabanas and the main bar and dining area. All of the cabana rooms feature two beds, a private bath, a porch area, and two large room fans. Accommodations are comfortable, but by no means fancy! The food is a combination of traditional Belizean dishes and fresh seafood. Fresh vegetables and fruit are incorporated in every meal, as Dangriga is in the heart of Belize’s agricultural region.

Plenty of cold Belikin beer is always available at the small bar, as well as soft drinks and fruit juice. Blue Horizon Lodge is definitely rustic and basic, but the permit fishing is as good as it gets

Food and Beverages

The food is a combination of traditional Belizean dishes and fresh seafood. Fresh vegetables and fruit are incorporated in meals, as Dangriga is in the heart of Belize’s agricultural region. There is a small bar area in the main dining room, and there is always plenty of cold beer, soda and mixers. Guests are advised to bring their own liquor if desired.

Fishing Information

Blue Horizon Lodge PermitNestled in the heart of what the locals call "Permit Alley", Lincoln Westby’s Blue Horizon Lodge specializes in what else? Permit fishing. Some of the finest, most textbook permit habitat in the world is only minutes away from the lodge's front dock. Endless flats rise out of deep water, ensuring a diversity of fishing scenarios throughout the day. For those seeking permit on the fly, then the waters of Southern Belize (From Dangriga to Placencia and all the way south to Punta Gorda) are arguably the finest in the entire world of saltwater fishing. And while other species are found throughout the area, it should be understood that the fishing in this region is very focused on permit. This means that as a stand-alone trip, this trip may not be for everyone – unless of course, you’re someone who really wants to focus on catching permit on a fly! The accommodations are rustic, the food is basic, but the location and the caliber of your guides are as good as it gets.

The fishing program at Blue Horizon Lodge is unique, in that it has been designed around the seasoned angler who is serious about catching permit on the fly. Through years of trial and error, the guides of Blue Horizon have developed and mastered permit-fishing techniques that consistently produce. This fact, coupled with the lodge’s geographical location, make Blue Horizon one of the best destinations available to get honest shots at permit on the fly. Anglers can expect to get numerous realistic shots on a daily basis. Something unique to Blue Horizon’s fishing program, and in contrast to traditional permit fishing, is the initial spotting of permit from the skiff, followed by stealthily slipping into the water, wading to within casting distance for optimal position, then casting to tailing fish. This type of fishing will blow your mind. There is no set fishing schedules at Blue Horizon Lodge; long fishing days are the norm. These guides fish by the tides, not by normal lodge and kitchen hours!

A few resident schools of bonefish in the area can help to keep things interesting, and one of the best tarpon fishing spots in the entire area is only a ten minute boat ride from the lodge. Barracuda, jacks and snapper are also found throughout the area. No long boat rides are encountered at Blue Horizon, as the lodge sits virtually in the middle of hundreds of flats. Most fishing at Blue Horizon Lodge is done the way it should be: On foot, over grand flats that are solid and easily waded.

Boats and Equipment

The Blue Horizon guides all fish from 23 foot super-pangas, boats that are ideal for both polling the flats and running over open water from flat to flat. All of these boats have spacious casting decks and clean interiors. It is advised that anglers bring their own tackle and equipment as well as all flies and terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Sunset at Blue Horizon LodgeFor non-anglers visiting the area, Dangriga and Hopkins offer a host of non-angling mainland activities such as biking, canoeing, bird watching, kayaking, jungle tours, snorkeling on the outer islands, manatee watching, river trips, visits to local Indian villages, and tours of nearby Mayan ruins. Cave tubing in the area is also an option, as Tiger and Hokeb Ha Caves offer trips through huge caverns. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.Also, be very aware that Blue Horizon is probably not the best location for a non-angling spouse or non-angling family members looking for alternate activities and non-angling options!

How To Get There

International flights to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American Airlines, Delta, Continental/United, US Air, and Taca. 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 Dangriga, where you will met be a representative from Blue Horizon Lodge and transferred to village of Hopkins. There you will meet the transfer boat that will take you to the lodge. Yellow Dog can handle all of your in-country Belizean flights and transfers, and can also assist with your international flights as well.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Upon arrival into Belize City, you'll clear immigrations and customs before catching a twenty-minute Tropic Air flight to Dangriga (also known as Stann Creek). From Dangriga you will transfer to Hopkins, where you will catch a fifty-minute boat ride east to the Caye and Blue Horizon Lodge.

2012 Fishing Package Rates


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

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $1,560 $2,245
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $1,740 $2,920
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $2,320 $3,600
7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing $2,600 $4,180
8 Nights / 7 Days Fishing $2,900 $4,865

* 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

  • Meet and greet at Dangriga Airport
  • Land transfer from Dangriga to Hopkins Village
  • Water transfer to Blue Horizon Lodge
  • All meals at lodge and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All accommodations, taxes and GST’s
  • Daily guided fishing while at the lodge

What's Not Included

  • International flights to Belize City
  • Domestic flights from Belize City to Dangriga
  • Personal fishing equipment, flies, and leaders
  • Bar and alcohol at lodge
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff

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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance..

Other Information

Blue Horizon Lodge is a rustic out-island operation that has long been a favorite with serious permit anglers. While not the kind of place you’d want to take a non-fishing spouse, it is a great base of operations for fishing these waters from sun-up to sundown.

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