As the leaves fall from the trees and the temperatures begin to drop our thoughts turn towards warmer climes. The thought of warm water lapping against our calves and the sun on our back become more attractive as each day passes. There is still time be like a bird and migrate south for the winter in search of tailing fish and sundowners on the beach. To that end we present five top picks for a winter escape this year.
The Seychelles remains at the top of the list for winter sun and being the nearest to the UK’s time zone allows a very easy acclimatisation as you wander the pristine white beaches. Alphonse Island is out top pick for fantastic flats fishing combined with luxurious accommodation and this after this seasons refit is even more attractive to non – Fishing companions. Alternatively you might look to the outer islands for some serious giant trevally action where there are still a few prime rods left. There are also some last minute cancellations available in October and early November which you might like to take advantage of.
The Mayan Riviera has long since been a winter sun spot and as it is easily accessed from the UK by direct flights on British Airways making it perfect for break from the monotony of the UKs dreary weather. Mexico was one of the very first areas to be opened up for saltwater fishing in the late 1960’s and as such has some long standing slick operations. As the fishery up and down the coast is prolific with possibilities to catch all the major grand slam species it is the perfect destination to cut your teeth in the salt or combine a family holiday with some bonefishing. Mexico is also famous for its permit fishing, so if this species is on your hit list or has already got under your skin then Mexico will give you an excellent charge to land one of these black finned devils.
A country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets and surrounded by the warm shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea, it is no wonder it has established itself as a bonefishing paradise. The joy of the Bahamas is that there are direct flights from the UK into Nassau, from here you can take a small island hopper to various island lodges. Aside from the endless flats fishing options, the Bahamas is also surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches stretching for miles. Lodges often offer spa facilities and a plethora of activities for non-fishers or days when you are not on the water. Whether you are looking for serious fishing trip, a getaway with you partner or a family break there is certainly a lodge for you in the Bahamas.
Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in Central America. Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveller to visit. It also offers some of the best combination fishing lodges anywhere in the world and some outstanding flats fishing for a huge variety of species. For anyone who loves diving as well as fishing the Turneffe Atoll has direct access to the Blue Hole which is one of the top worldwide dive sites. It is also very easy to combine a jungle experience and spectacular beaches to give you a full flavour of this English speaking country.
With the huge influx of travellers to Cuba from the US over the last 18 months this may be the last opportunity to visit this unique Caribbean island before we see a huge influx of investment into the country and much of its charm lost to the modern era. Aside from the liveaboard operations on the South coast the other primary operations are all based out of 5 star resorts that again can offer great combination trips for fishers and non – fishers. Direct flights from the UK on Virgin can also remove much of the hassle. We can also extensive tailored itineraries to see the rest of the country with private transfers allowing you to see far more of the largest island in the Caribbean.
If you would like to discuss some winter escape options or for more information then please do not hesitate to contact Peter McLeod or call our office on +44(0)1980 847 389.