PLAYA BLANCA LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

 

PLAYA BLANCA LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

Playa Blanca is a remote, private and secluded "adventure-eco-fishing" resort which offers the same high caliber fishing program as its famous sister lodge, Casa Blanca. This is a slightly more luxurious beach resort perfect for families or couples looking for the ideal private Caribbean getaway. Anglers staying at Playa Blanca have near-exclusive access to both Espiritu Santo Bay and the vast Santa Rosa Lagoon system, home to large numbers of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and other shallow-water species. This area receives very little pressure, making it the ideal destination for anglers who prefer fishing in solitude.

Typical Length of Stay

Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages are a six day / seven night package and a four day / five night package. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Playa Blanca Lodge DeckEvery room at Playa Blanca is a "room with a view"... a beautiful view. Playa Blanca's accommodations are all single or double cabanas. Some rooms are available with two queen-sized beds and designer private baths. Decor is simple yet stylish. All rooms at Playa Blanca have a beach view and access to miles of white sand beach within steps of your front door. Playa Blanca has no neighbors, only empty tropical paradise as far as the eye can see. Blue sky, white sand, swaying palm trees, and turquoise water. If you do have an urge to mix with other guests, the hotel's bar and restaurant provide the perfect spot to mingle and talk about all the things you did (or did not do) each day. A handful of the rooms do have A/C, so if this is something that you need, please be sure to specify this when booking.

Food and Beverages

The food rivals any of the best restaurants on the Yucatan coast. All meals are served in Playa Blanca's beachfront restaurant and bar. The bar is well-stocked and the service is unsurpassed. Feel free to enjoy a cocktail under the rooftop palapa overlooking the Caribbean and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. As you might expect, the chef's specialty is fresh seafood – simply, skillfully and artfully prepared.

Fishing Information

Playa Blanca PermitThe waters of Espiritu Santo provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life. In essence, it is a great home for game fish! The vast estuary and flats system and the adjacent reef provide the infrastructure for the area’s pristine and highly productive fishery. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the world's largest population of permit, and as many as twenty have been boated “on the fly” in a single week. It is not unusual to see – within casting range – twenty-five to fifty permit in a single day, their sickle-shaped fins piercing the surface of the waters near Laguna Isla Pobre and Tres Reyes. As for bonefish, the waters of Espiritu Santo are loaded with large schools that provide consistent action all year long. These fish average two to three pounds, but larger bones are caught on a regular basis. And, while the area is known for its fine bone and permit fishing, you can target numerous other fish species as well, including a the tarpon that inhabit the mangroves and lagoons of the area. The waters surrounding Playa Blanca offer the light-tackle saltwater fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish in the world. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, sharks, and several different reef species in a single week of fishing. This kind of angling opportunity can only be found in a few locations throughout the world. The daily fishing schedule is flexible, so you’ll want to discuss your plans with the lodge staff every day. Most anglers choose a schedule that takes advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, generally between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

The abundance of marine and wildlife in the Sian Ka'an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. You can find over 325 species of birds, four different marine turtles (Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills and Leatherbacks) and fish species too numerous to name! The reef itself supplies food and shelter to a huge variety of baitfish and small crustaceans, which in turn attract larger predators. The reef also protects the shore-side fishery from full ocean swells; the coral heads absorb the brunt of the waves, allowing the flats to remain relatively calm even if the reef is being pounded by a storm swell.

Boats and Equipment

Most boats used by the lodge are 16-foot Dolphin flats skiffs that accommodate two fishermen and a guide. Each is constructed with a forward casting deck, tandem passenger seats, rod racks, and a poling platform. Anglers should bring all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Breathtaking ScenereyThe entire setting at Playa Blanca is the perfect antidote to civilization. Non-anglers can plan a different adventure every single day, from exploring Mayan ruins, beach combing, kayaking in secluded lagoons, snorkeling the reef, watching turtles nest on the beach, or doing absolutely nothing at all except leaning back and sipping a cool refreshing tropical drink. The lodge itself is in the center of one of the world's largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka'an, Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.5 million acres and completely surrounds Playa Blanca. Sian Ka'an has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The reserve contains 22 registered archaeological sites. Two of these are just down the beach from Playa Blanca. The abundance of marine and wildlife in Sian Ka'an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. You can find over 325 species of birds, from Hummingbirds to the rare six foot tall Jabiru, the world's largest flighted bird. In the back of the bay are manatee. Overall, this is a great destinations option for non-anglers as long as they are fine with seclusion, privacy, and a remote, out-of-the-way setting and location.

How To Get There

All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico - an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad. From Cancun, Playa Blanca provides a charter that will take you to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 2:00 PM and schedule their return flight no earlier than 11:00 AM in order to make connections with the air charter. From there, Playa Blanca will provide a private charter which will fly you directly to the lodge. Each plane can accommodate 4 to 5 guests plus the pilot. The flight to and from Cancun to the island is approximately 120 miles (55 minutes). At the Casa Blanca main dock, the lodge staff will greet you, and you will be transferred by open vehicle a short 25 minutes down the beach to Playa Blanca Lodge.

2012 - 2013 Fishing Package Rates

Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages are a six day / seven night package and a five night / four day package. All prices are per person. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Non-Angler
February 10 - May 25, 2013
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,384 $6,009 $3,504
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,689 $5,089 $3,290
Oct. 1, 2012 - Feb. 9, 2013 and May 25 - July 6, 2013
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,872 $5,439 $3,034
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,244 $4,374 $2,708

* 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 air transfer between Cancun and the lodge
  • Three meals per day
  • Non-bottled beverages
  • Boat beverages while fishing
  • Snorkeling, sea kayaking, natural history excursions, and unlimited use of all recreational equipment

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Cancun
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Items purchased at gift shop or tackle shop, phone calls, and laundry
  • Rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle

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

If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 17 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents.

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