Isla Holbox, Mexico

A true tarpon destination

Located on the beautiful small island of Isla Holbox, the Isla Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge offers a wonderful base to pursue tarpon, snook, barracuda and more in the glassy waters and flats of the Gulf. It is a great location for couples and fishers alike, the lodge offers non-fishing activities including horseback riding, swimming, island exploration, cultural and nature tours.

Outstanding tarpon fishing

Although there are other species to be found in the waters of Holbox, it is the tarpon that is the true star of this destination.

Every year large schools of migratory fish congregate in the open waters just off the island. In the shallow mangrove lagoons, creeks and flats you will find baby tarpon (5 to 15 pounds) and snook throughout the year. Your guide will pole you along beautiful turtle grass flats or inside the mangrove lagoon as you sight fish for these acrobats that cruise and roll just like their larger brethren. However, it is the migratory fish that make Holbox a unique fly fishing destination. In April, migrating fish begin to arrive to feed in the clear water of the shallows. During June, July and August, the fishing for large tarpon in the 75 to 190 pound range can be fantastic.

In addition to the tarpon and snook, bonefish, barracuda, snapper, permit, and jack crevalle area also occasionally found in area waters during the spring and summer months. Each morning at sunrise your guide will be waiting to take you on the short panga ride to the most productive waters where you will search the calm surface for rolling schools of tarpon. It is possible to see several schools and hundreds of fish each day. The large adult fish can be found from May to September.

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A contemporary Mexican villa, right on the beachfront

The lodge is a four-bedroom villa located on a beautiful beachfront within a five-minute walk from town. The villa has a contemporary Mexican flair and accommodates up to eight guests. The beach is perfect for an afternoon swim and the sunsets are spectacular. Lodge manager Luciano Govi is a gracious and hospitable host.

Breakfast is served at the lodge and packed lunches are provided in the boats. In the evening you can explore some of the wonderful local restaurants. They offer a variety of fresh seafood with strong Italian and Mexican influences as well as a range of other culinary delights. Luciano will be happy to recommend a few of his favourite restaurants.

Non fishing activities include horseback riding on the beach, sweet water cenote swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, birding and island exploration with hours of relaxation on the empty white sand beaches of this relatively undiscovered island. You can also mix in a trip to Chichen Itza, the most famous of Mayan Ruins or snorkel with the whale sharks (seasonal).

“Isla Holbox was beautiful, the accommodation spacious and comfortable, the staff wonderfully friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. My wife had a thoroughly relaxing time while I had a chance to fish for giant tarpon!” P.A. – London

Fly fishing on a few hours from Cancun

Isla Holbox is a small fishing island located on the north-eastern point of the Yucatan Peninsula, just two and a half hours from Cancun. Holbox Flyfishing Lodge is located on the main Isla Holbox beach, only a short walk from the town square.

There are no cars on the island and the streets are made of soft beach sand, allowing you to forego footwear if you wish. Isla Holbox is blessed with one of the world’s outstanding tarpon habitats.

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