El Pescador Lodge & Villas



Overview


El Pescador Lodge – Overview

El Pescador's Staff

El Pescador’s Staff

The El Pescador Family invites you and your family to join them for a relaxing stay at their seaside resort. The colonial style lodge, situated on a private coconut studded beach, is slightly isolated and away from the hustle and bustle of crowds yet close enough to San Pedro to enjoy a day shopping or an evening in town. El Pescador is nestled on the Bahia del Punta Arena with an immaculate beach of graceful palms and flowering tropical plants. El Pescador is the perfect vacation destination for fly fishing fanatics and their non fishing friends and relatives!

Few Caribbean destinations can match the world class fishing with the world class diving, activities, accommodations and service that El Pescador offers.The owners of the resort manage and live on the premises to ensure warm, personal service around the clock. Your trip begins with your arrival into Belize City. You will need to board a small plane for the final flight to the island. A representative from El Pescador will meet you at t airstrip for the short boat ride out to the lodge.

El Pescador has been recognized by top anglers for over 25 years. Catering to all types of fishermen, the lodge specializes in light tackle, salt water, fly fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Jack Crevalle. Our shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside of south Florida. Our Flats are also world renowned for the opportunity to site cast to tarpon 12 months per year. Come to El Pescador and achieve an angler’s ultimate dream- a Grand Slam!

There are loads of destinations in the Americas where you can experience good fishing for one species or another… There is one destination however, where tarpon, snook, permit and bonefish are all fair game. You should experience El Pescador Lodge on the ocean side of Ambergris Caye, Belize. I have… and I’ll be back… As soon as I get off the diet that I needed when I returned home. -Flip Pallot

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El Pescador lodge features a long verandah overlooking the beach and the pool and the barrier reef. The immaculate beach reflects the well maintained mahogany building. We have accommodations for 28 people but restrict the number of fishing guests so we insure productive fishing. The rooms are clean and quite comfortable with private baths, overhead fans and air-conditioning.

The intimate, well stocked bar features an exquisite fresh fruit rum punch and is the perfect place to swap stories after a day’s activities. Hors d’oeuvres are served in the evening. Buffet style meals are a delightful blend of both local and American dishes consisting of fresh seafood, a meat selection, potatoes, rice or pasta, fruit, vegetables, a garden salad and home baked bread. Dessert is complemented by coffee and tea. After dinner enjoy a relaxing dip in our swimming pool or a walk back into San Pedro for a little night life. Or you could just go back to the room and re rig that leader that was demolished by that tarpon that go the better of you.

Although the lodge caters to fly fishing enthusiasts our guides are happy with conventional gear as well.. Extra rods, reels, and tackle are available at the lodge. Go outside the reef into the deep water for Billfish and Wahoo, cast the lagoons for Lady Fish or Snook, troll the reef for King fish or Barracuda, jig the bottom for Snapper and Grouper …or head out to the tarpon flats with a fly rod in your hand! Our courteous, English Speaking Fishing Guides are trained to accommodate every type of angler at every skill level. “Bliss in Belize….a rod, a reel and a tarpon”. – Time Magazine

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After an exhilarating day fishing, enjoy the numerous other wonders Belize has to offer. The Caribbean Country is host to diverse activities and abundant natural beauty. Under the pristine azure sea lies the world’s largest living coral reef, acclaimed to be one of the world’s best destinations for Scuba Diving. Speckled with 200 cayes our barrier reef is home to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Sting Ray Alley. On the mainland, a short flight away, the magic of Belize stretches back for centuries. Explore mighty Mayan ruins, the lush rainforest, exotic wildlife and beautiful orchids. Guided trips to these exceptional destinations are available on a daily basis through the lodge.
Scuba Dive the countless finger canyons and caves that create part of the longest living barrier reef in the world.

Snorkel the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Mexico Rocks, enjoy the ancient Mayan ruins, the lush rainforest and exotic wildlife. Watch and visit with friendly manatees, or swim with tame sting rays and nurse sharks.


Lodging


El Pescador Lodge – Lodging

El Pescador Lodge

The Main lodge at El Pescador

El Pescador is a family-run resort on Ambergris Caye  of the northern coast of Belize. Although the lodge started as a fishing lodge in the middle of nowhere it has blossomed into a resort suitable for the entire family.  There are only a handful of destinations in the world that will please the most avid of flats fishermen, divers, beachcombers.  There are no compromises for anyone.  At El Pescador you may choose from a standard room in our main lodge or a private villa 1, 2, or 3 bedroom villa accommodations.

Our main lodge is an intimate, 14-room hotel set in a colonial style mahogany building with a long verandah overlooking the beach and barrier reef.

El Pescador Villas are a collection of 8 buildings with beautiful one, two and three-bedroom villas, set in 2 individual groupings, each surrounding a private pool.

All rooms  and villas entitle you to all the amenities of the resort such as:

3 swimming pools · · · ·Complimentary Kayaks · · · ·
Complimentary Bicycles · · · ·
Fishing Instructor · · · ·
SCUBA Diving Instructor · · · ·
Email service · · · ·
Tour Office · · · ·
Gift and sundry Shop · · · ·
The best fly shop in Belize · · · ·
Bar and Restaurant

The Villas at El Pescador

The Villas:

El Pescador

A view from an El Pescador Villa

El Pescador Villas are available for those who want a bit more luxury and space and are best suited for 4-6 people. The villas are a collection of four, luxury two-story, three bedroom Villas, set in tropical gardens, surrounding a private pool, adjacent to the fabled El Pescador Lodge on the shores of Ambergris Caye. Close enough to San Pedro to enjoy its charm, but far enough away to afford privacy, peace and exclusivity. Close enough to the lodge to enjoy its every service yet removed enough that the sunrises are yours alone and the whispers of the sea seem to speak only to you.

Upon entering one of our spacious Villas via a dramatic plank staircase to the upper level, Guests will walk through a mahogany door into a magical Great-Room with polished Belizean hardwoods gracing soaring cathedral ceilings. From every vantage point in this large open room you have stunning views of the beach and the Belize Barrier Reef across an open expanse of turquoise Caribbean Sea. Each home is uniquely furnished; all feature lovingly handcrafted furniture made from exotic hardwoods, tropical bamboo, or traditional wicker. Walls are graced with local paintings, crafts and tapestries. An exotic array of tropical flowers and greenery are tucked here and there as a special “Welcome to Paradise”.

El Pescador Villas

The great room

In the Great Room you will find a fully equipped gourmet kitchen (no gadget or appliance has been overlooked) with mahogany cabinets, a breakfast bar, handmade/hand painted ceramic tile counters and all the amenities you wish for a perfect stay. A breezy dining area comfortably seats six for dinner. The large, open living area is perfect for romantic snuggles or lavish entertaining. For convenience there is a full bath just off the Great Room. Also found on this upper level is a lovely private bedroom, tucked conveniently off the entry foyer. French doors open to the best seat in the house – the upper level covered veranda that encompasses 250 square feet of unfettered space, views and fresh Caribbean breeze. Furnished with cushy sofas or whimsical hammocks, this may become your favorite room in the Villa.

An interior stairway leads down to the beach level where two master bedroom suites are located.

You will have a sea view right from your bed! Each of these master suites is fully self-contained with luxurious bathrooms featuring his and hers hand-made ceramic sinks and matching tiles, amazing showers, spacious closets and fluffy towels awaiting your visit. For your convenience, there is a mini-frig in each of these self-contained suites. Each bedroom has a private entry opening directly to a large beachside veranda.

The Villas (Continued)

El Pescador Villa Bedroom

A master bedroom in the villas

You may enjoy the entire Villa as a home-away-from-home, or request only the portions that you wish since each Suite locks-off into a private unit. Whether you need one master suite, or you want to reserve one master suite and the Great Room we can do that too; just tell us what configuration works best for you!

Each Villa is two story and features:

Upstairs:

Great Room with dramatic cathedral ceilings of fine Belizean hardwoods.
Large open gourmet kitchen with hand made ceramic tile counters, mahogany cabinetry, top of the line appliances including dishwasher, trash compactor, convection oven and coffee machine.
Breakfast Bar.
Spacious Living and Dining Areas.
Floors of coral stone with agate and crystal inclusions.
The 3rd bedroom is on this level
Full Bath with exquisite ceramic tile and sink.
Mahogany French doors open to wide covered veranda.

Downstairs:

Two full bedroom-bathroom suites. Each bathroom features hand-made ceramic tiles and sinks. One bathroom features a lavish “jungle shower”….
Floors of coral stone.
Each bedroom has private entrance from the beach, and opens to a covered stone patio facing the sea.
An outside shower.
Additionally …… large storage/laundry room.


Lodge Rooms

Lodge Rooms:

El Pesacdor Lodge Room

An El Pescador room set up with a king size bed

Our gracious, mahogany colonial lodge is right on the beach, facing the sea, surrounded by the fragrance of tropical flowering plants and the whisper of shady palms. Not only will you find the serenity and relaxation you are looking for, you’ll have the convenience of being within walking distance of San Pedro Town and its gift shops, restaurants, bars and night spots.

All our lodge guest rooms have private baths, overhead fans and air-conditioning and are just steps away from our swimming pool adjacent the beach. All rooms face the sea.

These rooms are large and all feature a private bath. The rooms have bee remodeled and can be set up as a king bed s well as twin beds.

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Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)


Fishing


El Pescador Lodge – The Fishing

El Pescador Lodge

Looking back at El Pescador from the end of the dock

El Pescador started as a fishing lodge and conitnues to build on this heritage.  Although the atmosphere is that of a resort there is no mistaking it is a fly fishing destination.  It is the only lodge in northern Belize that has staff guides, a full time fishing director and fly shop.

Most of the activities on the island are centered around the sea and include both flats and reef fishing snorkeling and scuba diving. Our name, El Pescador, means “The fisherman” and we specialize in  fly fishing and light tackle flats fishing. The  guides are all English speaking and experienced in guiding both fly and spin fishermen. Most of the guides have been working with El Pescador for over 15 years. WE are now working and training a third generation soon we may have 3 generations working at the same time!!

They use a shallow running  panga style boat with poling platforms, these boats are the optimal tool for comfort in ride and shallow water performance. The guides have the best fly fishing skills of any destination in the Caribbean.

Species

Releasing a nice bonefish on a grass flat

Releasing a nice bonefish on a grass flat

The bonefish flats are 10 to 50 minutes from the lodge and the tarpon flats start 30 minutes from there. Most of the bonefishing is done from the bow of a boat but there are many flats that can be waded. The bones run from 1-7 pounds and are plentiful. Most fish are in the 2-3 pound range. They can be found in huge schools or singles and doubles depending on the area you fish.  Some folks enjoy the numbers that can be had by fishing the large schools while other anglers love the hunt and are happy to catch less fish for the fun of stalking a large tailer.

El Pescador tarpon

A beautiful tarpon on a clear water flat

The tarpon are found  year round in channels  20- 30 feet deep or on the flats 2-8 feet deep.  The flats and channels are 45-80 minutes from the lodge.  The flats and are quite extensive and offer the only true flats fishing for tarpon outside Florida.  Needless to say one hunts for tarpon. Not all the tarpon flats are fishable everyday due to changing weather conditions and currents, generally speaking we have good tarpon fishing year round. The tarpon run from 10 to well over 100 pounds; the average winter fish is about 15-50 pounds with the average summer fish being 90 – 150 pounds.

Permit are found on the deeper bonefish flats, some of the shallow tarpon flats as well as in waves coming over the reef. Our permit range from 4-30 pounds with the majority being about 8-10 pounds and found in large schools. Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Cobia and Snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons.

El Pescador permit

The fifth permit of the day for this lucky fellow!

More About the Fishing

El Pescador has a fully equipped fly shop with all the local patterns, lines, leaders and tools you may need. Rod rental is available as well. We also offer daily casting clinics to sharpen your skills after your day of guiding.

The year round availability of bonefish, tarpon and permit is pretty unheard of. El Pescador has one of the most even mix of fish in the world  making a grand slam possible year round.  The only thing stopping you is that you are reading this instead of being in Belize with us! 

The normal fishing day is 7 am to 3 pm.  Your guide may arrange an earlier or later start based on weather,  what you want to fish for and the tides.  If 8 hours on the water is not enough for you El Pescadors beach and the beaches within a short walk north, harbor bonefish and permit.  These grassy flats make tailing a daily occurrence.  There is also a lagoon system in the back that has some wadeable flats for bonefish  Use one of the resorts kayaks to reach these spots. If you would like a longer day with the guide it may be possible at an extra cost of $50 per hour.  This is solely up to the guide and should not be considered a tip for the day, simply overtime pay.  Please keep in mind that 8 hours of operating a boat,  poling and searching the water for fish is a hard work, maybe there is an after school play their daughter is in….  If you have some special needs our fishing manager will work it our for you and your guide.

Reef fishing is another activity our clients enjoy. The reef sports snappers, grouper, wahoo, mackerel, jacks, cobia, barracuda, king fish, rainbow runners, trigger fish and during mid May to mid August, tarpon. A great day on the reef might include catching snappers, grouper, etc., going to shore and having the guide prepare a freshly caught shore lunch while you relax or wade for bonefish. After lunch you can go for a snorkel and/or trip into San Pedro town for a little sight seeing, bar hopping, whatever.

Tackle & Gear

Buy your gear at Pro guide direct and help your local guide - Me!!Here is a list of the basics you will need for your trip. I have organized this list on Pro Guide Direct where you can actually purchase the brands and items that I have found to be the best of the best. Any Items that you purchase from Pro Guide Direct will help us earn a living and help you by being ensuring that you have the right gear for the trip. Many of our destinations are pretty remote with no chance to buy things on site.

Bonefish

Rods:  9 foot 8-9 weight(maybe a 10 on a windy day)

Lines: Floating tropical line

Reel: Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 200 yards of backing

Leaders:  9 ft-12 ft leaders with 10-12 lb. flourocarbon tippet

 

Permit

Rods: 9 foot  10 weight

Lines: Floating tropical line

Reel: Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 200 yards of backing

Leaders: 9-12 ft leaders with 12-15 lb. flourocarbon tippet

 

Baby Tarpon

Rods: 9 foot  10 weight

Lines: #1 Floating tropical line  #2 Floating with clear sink tip

Reel: Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 300 yards of  20 pound backing

Leaders: 10-12 ft leaders with 25 lb. flourocarbon and 60 lb shock tippet

 

Big Tarpon

Rods: 9 foot 12 weight

Lines: #1 Floating tropical line  #2 Intermediate full sinking  #3 Floating with clear sink tip

Reel: Large Arbor Disc drag reel with 300 yards of  45  pound backing

Leaders: 10-12 ft leaders with 30 lb. flourocarbon and 80 lb shock tippet

 

Barracuda/Sharks

bring the wire bite guards!!

 

The Fly List:

Go a little smaller than you might think,  better to have too many 8’s than 4’s for the bonefish.  Tie a few patterns with just the weight of the eyes as a variable 1 with lead eyes, 1 with chain, 1 with small chain, and 1 with no weight or mono eyes just to make sure you have flies for very skinny water all the way to waist deep water.  Presentation seems to be much more important than fly selection.  Weed guards will be a plus on the grass flats.

Fly NameColorsSizesQty for a 1
Week Trip
Toad Flychatreuse, olive, tan, purple/black1, 1/012
Cockroachstandard 1/0, 2/04
Black Deathwhite, tan1/0, 2/04
Purple Demonpurple/black1/0, 2/04
Layup tarpon fly brown, chatreuse ,yellow1, 1/06
Enrico's Tarpon StreamerPurple & Black2/04
Enrico's Tarpon PinfishOlive/white3/04
Del's Merkin tan/brown 1/0, 2, 46
Turneffe CrabCream, olive2, 4, 64
Clouser minnowchatr/white 1/0-2/06
Bonefish CLouserassorted4-612
Crazy Charlie
bead eye
pink,white,tan,brw 4, 6, 812
Moe bonefish amber, pink 46
Christmas Island Specialspink, orange6, 818
Gotchastandard4, 6, 812

More About the Fishing

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)


Rates


Special 2 for 1 pricing for all trips taken between June 1, 2013 and Dec 15, 2013 – 2 anglers can go for the price of a single angler (please see the one per boat, 1 per room price) and if you don’t have 2 people and you are traveling alone, singles get 30% off the one per boat one per room price! The fishing is better than ever during the summer and fall, it is just that most folks from the northern half of the US think of going to the Caribbean that time of year. Take advantage of these prices!


Please use the drop down lists below to find the package that suits your needs the most. Any package can be customized to fit your needs, need a 7 night package with three days of fishing – no problem we can do it! Just drop me an email and I will work out the price for you.

2014 - 2015 El Pescador Fishing Package Pricing

Number of
Night Lodging
Number of
Days Fishing
One per boat
One per Room
Two per boat
One per room
Two per boat
Two per room
One per boat
Two per room
32$2,400 $2,000 $1,775$2,255
43$3,290 $2,570 $2,270$2,990
54$4,100 $3,140$2,765$3,725
65$4,910 $3,710$3,260$4,460
76$5,720 $4,280$3,755$5,195
87$6,530 $4,850$4,250$5,930
98$7,340$5,420$4,745$6,665
109$8,030$5,870$5,140$7,300
1110$8,720$6,320$5,535$7,935
1211$9,410$6,770$5,930$8,570
1312$10,100$7.220$6,325$9,025
1413$10,790$7,670$6,720$9,840
Extra night/day of fishing add (under 10): $770 $810 $570$695 $735
Extra night/day of fishing add (10 and over): $670 $710$470$595 $635

Prices Include: round trip air transportation from Belize City to the lodge, Boat transfer from the airstrip to the lodge, three meals a day, guided fishing each day ( for fishing packages), unlimited use of all amenities of the resort, including canoes, kayaks, gym, wifi, and bicycles. It includes an open bar for all Belizean beer, Belizean soft drinks and Belizean alcohol ( rum). It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

Villa Upgrades

Double occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $75 per person, per night
Single Occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $100 per night.
Villa upgrades are done on a room-to-room equivalency: 1 standard room upgrades to a 1 bedroom villa, 2 standard rooms = 2 bedroom villa, 3 standard rooms = 3 bedroom villa

Non Fishing Package Pricing

Special 2 for 1 pricing for all trips taken between June 1, 2013 and Dec 15, 2013 – 2 guests can go for the price of a single guest (please see 1 per room price) and if you don’t have 2 people and you are traveling alone, singles get 30% off the one per room price! The fishing, sightseeing, diving is better than ever during the summer and fall, it is just that most folks from the northern half of the US think of going to the Caribbean that time of year. Take advantage of these prices!


Rest and Relax Package Rates

NUMBER OF
NIGHTS
LODGING
PER PERSON
DOUBLE
OCCUPANCY
PER PERSON
SINGLE
OCCUPANCY
3$1195$1420
4$1450$1750
5$1705$2080
6$1960$2410
7$2215$2740
8$2470$3070
9$2725$3400
10$2880$3630
11$3035$3860
12$3190$4090
13$3345$4320
14$3500$4550

2014 - Rest and Relax Package Rates

NUMBER OF
NIGHTS
LODGING
PER PERSON
DOUBLE
OCCUPANCY
PER PERSON
SINGLE
OCCUPANCY
3$1295$1520
4$1550$1850
5$1805$2180
6$2060$2510
7$2315$2840
8$2570$3170
9$2825$3500
10$2980$3730
11$3135$39060
12$3290$4190
13$3445$4420
14$3600$4650

Prices Include: round trip air transportation from Belize City to the lodge, Boat transfer from the airstrip to the lodge, three meals a day, guided fishing each day ( for fishing packages), unlimited use of all amenities of the resort, including canoes, kayaks, gym, wifi, and bicycles. It includes an open bar for all Belizean beer, Belizean soft drinks and Belizean alcohol ( rum). It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

Villa Upgrades

Double occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $75 per person, per night
Single Occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $100 per night.
Villa upgrades are done on a room-to-room equivalency: 1 standard room upgrades to a 1 bedroom villa, 2 standard rooms = 2 bedroom villa, 3 standard rooms = 3 bedroom villa

Diving Package Pricing

Special 2 for 1 pricing for all trips taken between June 1, 2013 and Dec 15, 2013 – 2 guests can go for the price of a single guest (please see 1 per room price) and if you don’t have 2 people and you are traveling alone, singles get 30% off the one per room price! The fishing, sightseeing, diving is better than ever during the summer and fall, it is just that most folks from the northern half of the US think of going to the Caribbean that time of year. Take advantage of these prices!


El Pescador Diving Package Pricing

Number of
Lodge Nights
Number of
Days diving
2010 RATES
32$1,345
43$1,675
54$2,055
65$2,335
76$2,665
87$2,995
98$3,325
109$3,555
1110$3,785
1211$4,015
1312$4,245
1413$4,475
Extra night/day of diving add (under 10): $330
Extra night/day of diving add (10 and over): $225

Prices Include:

The number of nights lodging and days diving* specified in your package, roundtrip air, land and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, 3 meals per day, hors d’oeuvres, local Belizean beverages consumed at our bar (including soda, beer and rum), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, internet, gym, kayaks, bikes, etc), hotel tax, GST tax and a welcome drink.*Diving is based on 2-tank local dives daily for certified divers. Rates include weights, weight belt and tanks. Personal dive gear may be rented. If you are not certified we also offer PADI courses and will customize a package for you.

Prices do not include: gratuities for divemaster or hotel staff, imported alcoholic beverages, or items purchased in our gift or tackle shop. Park fees (if applicable), diving gear (which may be rented).

Villa Upgrades

Double occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $75 per person, per night
Single Occupancy upgrades to a Villa accommodation add $100 per night.
Villa upgrades are done on a room-to-room equivalency: 1 standard room upgrades to a 1 bedroom villa, 2 standard rooms = 2 bedroom villa, 3 standard rooms = 3 bedroom villa

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Seasons



El Pescador Fishing Calendar

MonthBonefishPermitTarponReef Fish
JanuaryGoodGoodGood/FairExcellent/Good
FebruaryGoodGood/ExcellentGoodExcellent/Good
MarchGoodExcellentGoodExcellent/Good
AprilE/GoodExcellentExcellent/GoodExcellent
MayExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
JuneExcellentGoodExcellentExcellent
JulyExcellentGoodExcellent+Excellent
AugustExcellentGoodExcellent+Excellent/Good
SeptemberExcellentGoodExcellent+E/Good
OctoberExcellentGoodGoodGood/Fair
NovemberExcellent/GoodGoodGoodGood/Fair
DecemberGoodFairGood/FairExcellent

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El Pescador Lodge – Activities

Altun Ha

Altun Ha

El Pescador’s access to lots of activities is what makes it so appealing to couples and groups that have mixed interests.  Some love to fish some don’t.  Some love to dive, some don’t.  Mayan ruins, Jungles ocean activities are all easily accessible form El Pescador. The activities below are tours that are available for an extra charge. Don’t forget we have kayaks, canoes, bicycles, fly fishing lessons al free of charge included with any stay. Please use the collapsible menus below to explore some of the different options.

Altun Ha

Altun Ha

Altun Ha

Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Tour:
Covering roughly 25 square miles, Altun Ha is about an hour outside of Belize City in the Belize District. The site consists of three ancient Mayan plazas and thirteen structures. Archeologists estimate the Maya first settled the site around 250 BC and began construction in 100 AD. At its peak, the site was an important trading center with over 10,000 Maya living in the vicinity.

The most significant specimen excavated here was a ten pound jade carving of the Maya Sun God, Kinich Ahau. The largest jade figure found in Maya ruins, the head was discovered by Dr. David Pendergast and is exhibited at the national museum in Belize City. This is the same head featured on Belizean currency.

Visitors can climb to the top of three of the ancient temples and take in the spectacular views.

Activity packages that include Altun Ha:
Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary and Altun Ha
Take a cruise on the Crooked Tree lagoon to view numerous species of birds and then travel to the Mayan site of Altun Ha. $165.00 per person. (min 3)

Jungle River Adventure To Altun Ha
Meander up the New River to see spectacular plants and animal life. Tour Altun Ha and enjoy lunch at Maruba Jungle Spa which offers beauty services, horseback riding or a luxurious dip in the pool. $75.00 per person. (min 6)

Bacalar Chico Island Tour

Bacalar Chico Island Tour: Explore the entire northern region of Ambergris Caye during a complete “Loop” of the island. Enjoy three different pristine snorkel stops, Pass through the Mayan channel that separates Belize from Mexico. A nature walk over the Mayan mounds could discover old pottery from ages past, followed by a barbecue lunch. US$90 per person

Zip Line and Cave Tubing

Belize Zip Line and Aerial Canopy Tour: This zip line tour starts in the limestone foothills of Belize. You’ll hike into the rainforest and begin your tour 80 feet above the forest floor. Secured by a body harness and protected with a helmet and gloves, you’ll be attached to a steel cable and travel the zip line between eight separate tree platforms.

It’s an exhilarating experience with spectacular views and a perspective you won’t get anywhere else.

Activity packages that include zip line:

Cave Tubing and Zip LineZip Line Adventures: Travel by boat to the mainland where you will enjoy a refreshing tubing adventure down a river and through ancient mayan caves. Then soar atop the jungle canopy in Belize. $210.00 per person (USD) (min 2)

Belize Zoo Trips

Belize Zoo

A jaguar at the Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo Day Trips: The Belize Zoo is a very popular destination for guests who want to see the largest congregation of wildlife in Belize. Over 125 animals and 84 acres. Originally founded in 1983 as a retirement center for animals left after the filming of a nature documentary, the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is now home to over 125 animal species native to Belize.

Occupying over 84 acres, the zoo has acquired animals who were orphaned, rehabilitated or donated. Rather than using cages or cement bunkers, the animals at the Belize Zoo live in large mesh & wood enclosures with plenty of native plants.

Some of the animals you’ll find at the zoo include: tapirs, spider monkeys, toucans, peccary, ocelot, puma, jaguars, falcon, kinkajou, agouti, howler monkey (baboon), tayra, paca, margay, snakes, stork, crocodiles, jaguarundi, gray foxes, curassow, parrots, barn owls, coatimundi, raccoon, hawks, collared aracari, eagle, crested guan, and the scarlet macaw.
Activity Packages that include the Belize Zoo

Cave Tubing and the Belize Zoo
Float on an inner tube as the river winds its way through the rainforest and into caves containing spectacular crystal formations, the very entrances to the ancient Maya underworld. Then, travel to the world famous Belize Zoo to see our wilder residents, up close and in their natural settings.
$150.00 per person. All day. (min.2 persons)

Catamaran Trip to Caye Caulker

Catamaran adventure to Caye Caulker

Catamaran adventure to Caye Caulker

Catamaran Trip to Caye Caulker: Visit our neighboring island of Caye Caulker, located 10 miles south of Ambergris Caye. Just four miles long, this island is less commercially developed and has retained its quaint, fishing village feel. Explore the white sand streets or snorkel the famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Swim with friendly nurse sharks and stingrays and stop at coral gardens. $75.00 per person (USD) per person. (min 4) Includes 3 snorkeling stops, rum punch and sodas

Belize Cave Tubing

Cave tubing in Belize

Cave tubing in Belize

Belize Cave Tubing: Cave tubing in Belize is an adventure you’ll never forget. Ancient Mayans believed the caves were the entrance to the underworld and considered them sacred places. Take in the ancient beauty of these caves while floating on an inner tube as the river winds its way through the rainforest and into caves containing spectacular crystal formations.
Activity Packages that include cave tubing:

Cave Tubing and the Belize Zoo

Float on an inner tube as the river winds its way through the rainforest and into caves, the very entrances to the ancient Maya underworld. Then, travel to the world famous Belize Zoo to see our wilder residents, up close and in their natural settings. Meet a local celebrity, April the Tapir, our national animal, as well as howler and spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, a variety of crested birds, deer and wild peccaries, and 5 species of cats including the elusive jaguar. $150.00 per person. All day. (min.2 persons)
Cave Tubing and Zip Line

Travel by boat to the mainland where you will enjoy a refreshing tubing adventure down a river and through ancient Mayan caves. Then soar atop the jungle canopy. $210.00 per person (USD) (min 2)

Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary Tour

Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary Tour: A paradise for birders, Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary is managed by the Belize Audobon Society. Local residents provide guide and boat services. You’ll see more birds by boat, but there are walking trails throughout the sanctuary as well.

A wetland habitat that fluctuates with the seasons, the connected lagoons, savannas and creeks within the Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary are an ideal habitat for native and migrating water birds. Over 275 species of birds have been identified here. Depending on when you visit, you may see egrets, herons, numerous species of ducks, and double crested cormorants.

November marks the beginning of the mating and nesting season for the jabiru stork, the largest birds found in North and South America. Their stick nests are completed by January and leave, probably for Campeche, Mexico, with their young by June.

Another distinguished Crooked Tree citizen is the peregrine falcon. Many avid birders come to the sanctuary to watch these lightning fast falcons hunt water coots. Many kingfishers and ducks also inhabit the sanctuary, along with snail kites. Hidden along the river banks are turtles, crocodiles, Central American otters and iguanas. Bird and wildlife enthusiasts won’t want to miss this fascinating place!

Activity Packages that include the Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary:

Crooked Tree Bird Sanctuary and Altun Ha: Take a cruise on the Crooked Tree lagoon to view numerous species of birds and then travel to the Mayan site of Altun Ha. $165.00 per person. (min 3)Custom Activity packages available.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve – Snorkel

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

An ideal location for snorkeling and diving, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is just 4 miles south of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Established in 1987, Hol Chan covers an area of approximately three square miles and was the first marine park established in Belize. Originally threatened by over fishing, the rich and diverse marine life of Hol Chan has experienced an encouraging regeneration under the sanctuary’s protection.

In Mayan, Hol Chan means little channel. Named for a break in the Belize Barrier Reef approximately 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep, the channel was probably the result of erosion and exposure. The currents created by the channel contribute to a unique ecosystem and spectacular array of marine life.

The reserve is divided into four distinct habitats or zones:

Zone A: Coral Reef Zone

This habitat contains a stunning variety of corals including elkhorn, brain, Starlet, boulder, staghorn, finger, lettuce, fire and pillar. Many lobster are found here as well as schools of snappers, grunts and blue tangs. Commonly seen reef fish are hog fish, parrot fish, barracuda, triggerfish, black tip reef sharks and nurse sharks. The channel itself is the most popular area of the reserve and here you’ll find large grouper, spadefish and the occasional permit, tarpon, manatee and eels.

Zone B: Sea Grass Zone
This zone provides the link between the mangrove and reef zones. Queen conch, manatee and bottlenose dolphin are found here. In addition to many unusual species of sponges, the sea grass or lagoon zone also contains the Boca Ciega blue hole. This underwater cavern is popular with divers because of the large schools of fish that gather there.

Zone C: Mangrove Zone

Within this zone are seven mangrove cayes and numerous channels including Boca Chica. The mangrove root system provides a rich habitat for sponges, anemone, young fish, invertebrates and tunicates.

Zone D: Shark Ray Alley

This zone was annexed by the reserve in 1999. Local dive guides began frequenting the area after having been told of the proliferation of sting rays and nurse sharks. Fisherman had been cleaning their daily catch here for many years and the rays and sharks boldly approach boats and humans, hoping for a tasty handout. Both species are known to be quite gentle. While the animals may swim up and seem to invite physical contact, it’s best to enjoy the view and keep your hands to yourself.

Lamani Ruins – Jungle Tour

Lamani Ruins

Lamani Ruins

Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour: One of the largest and oldest Mayan sites in Central America, the Lamanai Mayan Center consists of more than 800 structures. Archeologists believe this center of Mayan civilization was settled as early as 1500 B.C. Named for the crocodiles who continue to live in and along the New River, (lamanai means submerged crocodile in Mayan), the site is reached by taking a boat upriver through the jungle.

Excavation of the site began in 1974 and it is believed that hundreds of ruins remain buried in the nearby jungle. A number of significant structures have been excavated and can be explored by visitors including the Ball Court, Jaguar Temple and Lag Temple where a 125 foot climb to the top is rewarded with an incredible panoramic view of the ruins and New River Lagoon.
Lamanai Activity packages

Lamanai

New River Tour to Lamani

New River Tour to Lamani

Travel to Orange Walk Town and then enjoy a leisurely boat ride up the historic New River on your journey to the Lamanai archaeological site. Along the way you will see numerous species of wildlife such as turtles, exotic birds, crocodiles and iguanas. Tour the site of Lamanai to see one of the tallest pre-classic buildings, the ruins of a Spanish Church and an old Sugar Mill. $135.00 per person. (min 2)
Lamanai and New River Excursion

An exceptional clear and unpolluted river leads you to the New River Lagoon and the ancient Mayan City of Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile). Tour temples and carved stone monuments nestled in the tropical jungle. The excavations done at Lamanai show a variety of structures including temples, residences and palace buildings. Birdwatchers, this is the one for you! $135.00 per person. (min 6)

Belize Manatee Watching Tour

Manatee Watch

A Manatee spotted while snorkeling

Belize Manatee Watching Tour: Visit a secluded mangrove island outside of Belize City, a natural habitat for the West Indian Manatee. View the shy manatee as it comes up for air or just long enough for you to snap its photo.

The manatee, also known as a sea cow, is a large, gentle mammal that can be found in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern U.S. to Brazil. Manatees prefer shallow waters but thrive in fresh as well as salt water.

Manatees are gray or brown in color, quite wrinkled and are covered in bristly hairs. They typically live for 50-60 years. Adults grow to 9-10 feet in length and weigh in at about 1000 pounds. They are herbivores and spend much of their waking hours grazing on 50-90 pounds of sea grasses per day.

Manatees are known for their gentle nature. With no natural predators, the manatee’s biggest threat is man. While the manatees of Belize are no longer hunted for food, they are threatened by boat traffic and fishing nets.

Watching these shy and fascinating creatures is one of the most popular activities for our guests.

Manatee Watch and Snorkel Trip: Visit a secluded mangrove island outside of Belize City, a natural habitat for the West Indian Manatee. View the shy manatee as it comes up for air or just long enough for you to snap its photo. Stop for a picnic lunch at a small island with snorkeling nearby. Visit our neighboring island of Caye Caulker and enjoy another snorkeling stop at Calabash Point. $90.00 per person. (min 6)


Travel


El Pescador Lodge – Travel Tips

We’ll take care of everything once your international flight arrives in Belize. We’ll make sure your experience once you get to Belize is hassle free. Leave it to us. You’re on vacation!

Arriving in Belize:

To enter the country of Belize, US citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 90 days of arrival and a return airline ticket. US citizens are allowed to stay for 30 consecutive days.

When you arrive at the Belize International Airport, proceed through Immigration, collect your bags and continue through Customs. The Customs line to the far right has a green sign that states “No Goods to Declare.” Proceed to this line.

Local Transfer Flight to San Pedro:

After clearing Customs please continue into the Main Terminal and to the Tropic Air counter. You will find your tickets waiting for you under both “El Pescador” and your last name.

Your adventure begins with a quick, scenic 20-minute flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye where a representative from El Pescador will meet you at the San Pedro Airstrip.

Boat transfers to our Resort

Our representative will greet you at the San Pedro airstrip and transport you and your luggage to our boat for the seven minute ride to El Pescador.

NOTE: If you miss your connection, you will automatically be placed on the next available shuttle. If your International flight has been very delayed and you are not scheduled to arrive until after 5:00pm, please call El Pescador at 226-2398 (Internationally 011-501-226-2398) and we will reschedule your flight.

Entry Requirements:

US visitors staying for 30 days or less need a return ticket and a passport. All US and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport for entry in and out of the Belize. Some visitors that are not citizens of the U.S.A. may also require a visa, check with your country’s consulate.

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)



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