Belize has always been a fascinating country to visit. From the heights of the cloud forest to the coral atolls surrounded by azure blue waters. Belize has something to offer everyone. Whether fishing or not, this small Central American country ticks several boxes;
- As a first saltwater experience, the opportunity of bumping into three major saltwater species.
- For those wishing to target permit.
- It is ideal for combination trips with either non-fishing spouses or families.
- As a former British protectorate, English is the official language and is widely spoken.
- Flights arrive daily into Belize City and allow for you to be at your lodge for tea, at the latest.
Belize has much to choose from in terms of accommodation and lodges, from relaxed B&Bs to large timeshare properties, small boutique hotels, private villas and private islands. Finding a starting point is often daunting. This is our pick of the top five fishing lodges, all of these cater for non fishers and each comes with varying levels of comfort and facilities. This is by no means a definitive list but purely a starting point.
Turneffe Island Resort
A two hour boat ride out from Belize City, the Turneffe atoll is a perfect getaway. This applies equally to fishermen and family and friends looking to kick back and relax. Nestled in “paradise,” Turneffe Island Resort is a private island with just the one resort. The resort is located just 30 miles from the world famous Blue Hole. Covering 14 acres, the island has 22 guestrooms, luxurious spa and an outdoor bar by the pool. This private resort is known for its excellent fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Turneffe Flats Lodge
Turneffe Flats Lodge is located on a private island and leans more towards being a fishing lodge. Having said that, it has far more creature comforts than you would expect to find in a fishing focused lodge. It the perfect place for anglers wishing to chase bonefish or permit on the shallow turtle grass flats and sandy cuts. It offers simple but very comfortable accommodation and is perfect for groups or couples looking to combine fishing, diving and kicking back and relaxing. Sea facing cabanas along the beach and two private houses work well for families or small groups of friends. For those not fishing, the more informal atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Kayaking, snorkelling or exploring the atoll are all available options. The surrounding reef and coral heads are a divers paradise as is Belize’s blue hole.
El Pescador, Ambergris Cay
A little closer to the mainland, Ambergris Cay is no more than a 15 minute hop in a Cessna. This long cay runs all the way up to the old Mayan channel which was dug centuries ago, from here it carries on all the way to the Mexican border. El Pescador is a longstanding favourite of ours and is one of the first fishing lodges in the area. The lodge is still owned and run by the same family and has a combination of lovely lodge rooms and private villas. The bustling town of San Pedro is close by for non fishers. For fishermen, Ambergris Cay is one of the best areas to target migratory tarpon in Belize from July through to September. For those not fishing, there are three saltwater pools to relax in and a variety of activities to choose from. From snorkelling and beach picnics to the mainland ruins of Altan Ha and Lamani. From ziplining through the rainforest to searching for the endangered West Indian Manatee, there is something for everyone.
Long Caye Outpost Lodge
This island resort sits on the front of Long Caye overlooking Belize’s Barrier Reef. The lodge offers spectacular views of the sparking blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea. Long Caye has access to one of the best fishing areas in Belize offers a wide variety of species to target. Tarpon, snook, bonefish and permit, along with tripletail, ladyfish, jacks, barracuda and many others. Most of the fishing grounds are only a five minute skiff ride away and the area is well known for its “Grand Slams” and “Super Slams”. For those not fishing, you are in the middle of the some of the best snorkelling and manatee watching areas in Belize.
Belcampo Belize, Punta Gorda
On the mainland, Punta Gorda far south not far from the Guatemalan border. This area was a commercial fishery up until the early 2000s when it was turned into a marine park. Over the years this fishing area gained a reputation as a fantastic permit fishery. Originally El Pescador Punta Gorda, the lodge became Machaca Hill. Further refinement made it more attractive to non-fishers by morphing into Belcampo Lodge. It is a stunning operation and has become one of the finest eco-tourism lodges in Belize. For those not fishing, there is plenty to do, from visiting the mayan ruins to a fascinating inland tour of a well-established spice farm. The lodge produces 70% of its table from its organic garden but why not join the team on jungle forage. Or experience coffee tasting and chocolate making? Snorkelling, birding and diving can be arranged or you can just do .. nothing and relax. Enjoy having the sea on one side while the jungle surrounds you. There are a variety of excellent packages to chose from, whether honeymooning, fishing or combining beach and jungle.
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