Goodnews River Lodge

Journey to Turneffe Flats, the Permit Capitol of the World

For more than three decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world’s finest saltwater destinations. Our diverse fishery, with the opportunity to land bonefish, permit, and tarpon on any given day, sets Turneffe Flats apart from other destinations. Turneffe’s crystal clear, wadeable flats make bonefishing a consistent mainstay of our fishing. Turneffe is also one of a select group of saltwater destinations offering anglers the opportunity to experience the excitement of casting to tailing permit every month of the year. Additionally, Turneffe is home to large, migratory tarpon between April and October with the resident tarpon caught throughout the year. Snook, snapper, jacks, and variety of other species, round out an exceptionally diverse fishery.

Turneffe Atoll is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is best-known for its variety of saltwater fishing. Turneffe Flats is located on a remote, picturesque point featuring white sand beach and coconut palms. An expansive bonefish flat is right outside your front door and a healthy coral reef is only a stone’s throw away.

When it comes to green tourism and environmental sustainability, Turneffe Flats Lodge has long been one of the western Caribbean’s most innovative fishing and diving resorts. More than ten years in the making, Turneffe Flats’ new solar-powered system is one of the largest off-grid solar systems in the Caribbean, allowing the fishing, diving, and ecotourism resort to greatly reduce its dependence on diesel power. Located 30 miles from mainland Belize, the system is capable of producing 100 kilowatts of power, providing enough energy to operate the entire resort, which accommodates 30 guests per week.

Turneffe Flats founder and owner, Craig Hayes, advised that the new solar panels will provide approximately 80% of the island’s energy needs. This state of the art system will replace 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year. Craig Hayes also believes that in addition to being the right thing to do environmentally, replacing diesel with the sun also makes good economic sense.

Turneffe Flats has tried to set standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability and provide top-level guest service while having the least possible impact on the environment. Their new energy system is part of a long-term effort to lower their carbon footprint.


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The Fishing

Found on the seaward side of Turneffe, our expansive flats are regularly filled with large schools of bonefish that are perfect for both beginner and seasoned saltwater fly anglers. For those seeking more of a challenge, larger bonefish can often be targeted in skinny water.

Turneffe Flats is proud to have the distinction of being the permit capitol of the world. Many anglers have celebrated their first-ever permit with us, and many return year after year to target these fish. Most fishing is done from a poled skiff on the flats and bars throughout the atoll, but wading opportunities do exist. Most permit are found as singles or in small groups, but it is not uncommon to see larger schools of permit tailing in shallow water.

Perhaps the ultimate challenge of saltwater fly fishing, tarpon are truly special fish. Although resident tarpon are always around, the migratory tarpon season extends from mid-April to October. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels, and lagoons of the atoll, and run on average 60-90 pounds. However, tarpon have been caught up to 200 pounds.


Lodge Overview
The social center of Turneffe Flats is our Lodge which features a beautiful mahogany bar, spacious sitting area, and the dining room. The sitting area is a great spot to enjoy tales of the day and a beverage of your choice before dinner. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make this a favorite spot to relax and enjoy the tropical sea breeze.

Lodge Details
We offer a number of amenities to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. You are welcome to use our infinity pool and sit-on-top kayaks anytime you like or snorkel some beautiful coral heads from our dock. You can keep in touch with family, friends and business colleagues with (limited) wifi and satellite telephone. A small conference center is available, and you can schedule a relaxing massage or catch that important game on satellite television.

Food and Beverages
Meals are a delicious combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce, and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Depending on your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day. Following hors-d’oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree, and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork, and beef and we do our best to accommodate special dietary needs. Our bar is located in the Lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving, and adventure.

The Non-Angler

SCUBA and Snorkeling
The waters around Turneffe Atoll are perfect for a SCUBA or snorkeling adventure. With our Atoll Adventure package, guests are able to choose from a variety of daily guided activities including snorkeling, SCUBA, kayaking, or birdwatching. Our Atoll Adventure Program is very flexible and is tailored to fit the particular interests of each group.

Rest and Relaxation Package
This package is for our guests who primarily wish to relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of a private tropical island paradise. There are hammocks under the palm trees, an infinity pool and lounging deck with an incredible view, great on-site snorkeling and kayaks at your disposal. The R & R Package does not include any organized or guided activities. However an inland tour of the Mayan ruins or the Belize Zoo can easily be arranged.

Massages are available throughout your stay, and can be booked prior to your arrival or once you get to the resort. Additionally, there is a small gym at the lodge for your convenience. We also have televisions available in our television viewing area as well as in our villa accommodations.

Travel Details

Travel Documents Needed
DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT. We recommend that you carry a change of clothing and your necessary personal items such as medications in your carry-on bag. Keep the bottom portion of your Immigration Form, which you will fill out on your arriving flight. It will be used when you depart Belize.All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, de-laminated, or damaged in any way.

Travel Arrangements and Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics. Contact us at 877.935.2975 or 303.494.1375 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.

FRA REQUIRES all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.


2024 Pricing - High Season (December 31st - July 27th)
- 7 Night/6 Days: $7690 per person (based on double occupancy)

2024 Pricing - Low Season (June 28th - December 30th)
- 7 Night/6 Days: $6690 per person (based on double occupancy)

2024 Hosted Dates!

- June 1-8th, 2024

- October 26th - November 7th, 2024

What's Included
- 7 nights lodging (double occupancy with beach cabana lodging)

- 6 days guided fishing (2 anglers per skiff)

- All regional transfers to/from airport to Radisson Marina area and water taxi to/from Radisson Marina area to Turneffe Flats

- All Meals and non-alcoholic beverages while on the water fishing

What's Not Included

- Tax

- Mainland USA or international flights to Belize

- Beer and sodas at the Lodge

- Gratuities for the guides and staff

- Exit Fee of $40

- Trip insurance (optional but recommended)

- Global Rescue (optional but recommended)

- Belizean fishing license

- Any incidentals purchased at TF

At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.
Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: Jessica Minard at 617.210.8106 (direct) or email