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El Pescador Lodge was one of the original properties that we worked with here at Yellow Dog, and even today it remains one of our all-time favorite destinations. Not only is it an incredibly well-run lodge, but it is also one that offers great flats fishing and classic “Grand Slam” opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, permit and more. Belize’s shallow Northern waters contain the only classic-style tarpon flats outside of South Florida. These flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to site-cast to tarpon of all sizes twelve months a year.
With a great beachfront location on Ambergris Caye just north of the town of San Pedro, El Pescador provides a full offering of amenities that rival the best resorts in the country. In addition to days spent fishing the flats, guests can enjoy the lodge massage room, flycasting lessons, diving or snorkeling the world famous barrier reef, cave tubing adventures, jungle river cruises to Mayan archaeological sites on the mainland, and numerous other activities.
Typical Length of Stay
El Pescador request a three (3) night minimum stay. A package of any number of nights and guided fishing days can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.
Accommodations and Lodging
You can chose between clean, comfortable rooms in the main lodge, or opt for upgraded accommodations in the newer El Pescador Villas. The rooms in the main lodge are clean and quiet and all have individual bathrooms and showers, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and even rod racks mounted on the wall. For guests who would like a bit more luxury or are interested in slightly newer, more private accommodations, El Pescador also offers packages in one, two, and three-bedroom villas. These villas are perfect for couples, families, or small groups. Each villa includes a large “great room” with a full kitchen, living room and dining room as well as spacious outdoor decks and access to the villa pools. All of the rooms in the main lodge and all villas are ocean front, on the beach with views of the Caribbean sea and barrier reef.
The total capacity for El Pescador is 72 guests (double occupancy). The main lodge itself is an intimate, 12-room-plus-one-suite hotel set in a colonial-style mahogany building with a long verandah overlooking the beach and barrier reef. The newer villas are a collection of eight luxury, three-bedroom “island homes” set in tropical gardens and surrounding two private pools. You may enjoy an entire villa as a home-away-from-home, or request only portions since each suite can be locked-off into a private unit.
Food and Beverages
The restaurant and dining room at El Pescador specializes in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine with meals served on the outdoor deck or in the main dining room. Breakfasts are ordered off of an extensive menu, just as in a cafe or restaurant at home. Lunch each day is ordered off of a menu and packed in a cooler for your day in the boat and on the water. Each evening, everyone dines together in the main dining room, where guests have a choice of two different entrees or an expansive buffet at dinner.
Hors d’oeuvres are served daily from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the bar area, which is the perfect place for sharing stories after a day’s activities.The house specialty is tropical rum punch, but the lodge also offers a full selection of top shelf liquors, wine and local beers. All local liquors, beer, soda and mixers are included in the cost of your overall El Pescador trip package. International cigars are available in San Pedro and are sold upon request.
While staying at El Pescador, you will have numerous fishing options available. You can fish for bones along the many tidal flats and mangroves, or fish the barrier reef for larger species. You can target large permit on deep water flats or chase schools of smaller permit that cruise between many of the mangrove islands and – at certain times of the year – readily take a fly. Perhaps the most popular fishing at El Pescador, however, is the sight-fishing for tarpon. Offering the largest “classic” tarpon flats in the world outside of South Florida, Ambergris is one of the few spots in the Caribbean where tarpon can be sight-fished year-round. Resident schools of tarpon (20 to 80 pounds) roam the broad flats of the area and can be enticed to take a fly any time of the year. Larger migratory tarpon – fish in the 100 to 200 pound range – arrive in strong numbers in the late spring and early summer months.
While all of the tarpon fishing in this part of Belize is done from 23-foot skiffs (called pangas,) there are some places where an angler can wade a hard sand bottom while stalking either bonefish or permit. With regards to the diversity of the fishery, it is also possible to find snook in the mangroves, schools of ladyfish, large jacks cruising the flats, and cuda.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super-pangas. The lodge offers top of the line loaner gear and equipment. The use of this loaner equipment is included in the package pricing at El Pescador. Keep in mind that the loaner gear is loaned on a first come first serve basis.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the lodge offers a wide variety of other activities, including diving, naturalist excursions, snorkeling, tours of Mayan ruins, beach combing, trips to the town of San Pedro, bicycling, and more. Amenities at the lodge include three swimming pools, a large bar area with a pool and foosball table, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, complimentary bikes, sea kayaks, volleyball court, lagoon kayaks, a pay phone to call the states, and an on-site dive master – one of the best in all of Belize! The lodge can also organize golf cart rentals for trips around the island or a run into town.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. There is also a flight from Newark, NJ on Saturdays only during Turneffe’s high season. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, Continental/United, US Air, and Taca. It is best to arrive into the Belize City International Airport (Phillip Goldson International) before 5:00 PM in order to make your necessary in-country connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Ambergris. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Ambergris Caye is included in your trip package.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into Belize City (BZE) on your international flight no later than 5:00 PM in order to make your in-country flight transfer out to the island of Ambergris Caye. On your departure day, you can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Ambergris back to the International Airport begin at approximately 7:00 AM and run every 30 minutes.
Because many deposits and final payments for trip packages are non-refundable, it is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance in the event that you have to cancel, postpone or reschedule your trip for any reason. Please be aware that this is the only way that we can assist you with compensation for a cancelled trip. For more information or for assistance in purchasing trip insurance, please contact us or visit our Travel Insurance page.
- The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
- All guided fishing (8 hour fishing days)
- Round trip air, land and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador
- Use of rods and reels are available on a 1st come 1st serve basis
- 9% hotel tax and 12.5% sales tax
- Three meals per day, and an afternoon snack
- Local Belizean beverages (beer, alcohol, and soda) and a welcome drink
What’s Not Included
- International flight to Belize City
- Imported wine and alcohol
- $10 per day; $25 week or $100 per year / per person for a Belize fishing license, anglers under the age of 16 and over the age of 65 are exempt (can be purchased at tackle shop)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Items purchased at gift shop / tackle shop
- Flies, leaders and terminal tackle (can be purchased at tackle shop)
- Additional diving and non-fishing adventure packages