Trip Overview 

Belize River Lodge is a legendary, world-class fishing lodge that has been in continuous operation since 1960. Originally opened as Barothy’s Caribbean Lodge Ltd., it was the first fishing lodge in all of Belize. Today, the lodge is still going strong, offering anglers easy access to several rivers, creeks, the Barrier Reef, and the area’s vast offshore system of flats and mangrove cayes. It is without a doubt one of the top tarpon fishing destinations in the region, offering anglers consistent tarpon action as well as shots at bonefish, permit, snook and more.

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  Belize City, Belize (Central America)

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  16 anglers

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Belize City, Belize (BZE)

TARGET SPECIES:  Tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, jacks and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Located in a true jungle setting only minutes from the Belize International Airport, the Lodge sits directly on the banks of the Olde Belize River amongst the palm, coconut, mahogany, logwood and mango trees. The Main Lodge houses the kitchen, office, a well-stocked fly tying area, dining room, lounge area, screened-in porch, and a self-service bar. Accommodation options at the Lodge include The Guest House, The Cottage, and The Bungalow.

The Guest House
A two-story mahogany building that features four separate rooms. Each room features two single beds, a private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and a screened veranda overlooking the Belize River.

The Cottage
A great setup for two groups of two or a single family of four. Each room has a private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and two single beds. Both rooms are separated by a connecting door and share an open veranda. One of the cottage rooms also features an additional sitting area.

The Bungalow
Features two rooms, each with a double and a queen bed, private shower, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and a large screened veranda.

Food and Beverages
From the Lodge’s kitchen comes a popular selection of the best Belizean, Creole, and American cuisine, and the cooks use the freshest and finest ingredients from throughout the area. The dining room's claim to fame are three solid-slab mahogany dining tables, which for years, have been home to some of the finest dining, socializing, and story telling in all of Belize! When you return to the Lodge from fishing each day, fresh water and ice will be ready and waiting in your room.

Typical Length of Stay
The average package is a seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days package, although trips and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. You can arrive or depart any day of the week, as the Lodge has no preset arrival or departure days.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The country of Belize is a very interesting place to visit, with a diverse culture, a varied landscape and a plethora of activities. Belize River Lodge has developed a program catering to non-angling guests. All tours arranged through the Lodge are guided by professional, English-speaking guides and tour operators. Tour choices include numerous Mayan ruins, caves and waterfalls, horseback riding, bird watching, manatee watching trips, wildlife trips (to view howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles, and crocodiles), trips to the Belize Zoo, snorkeling, scuba diving San Pedro and Hol Chan Marine Park, day trips to Caye Caulkner, and much more.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may also work at the lodge.

FISHING

General Information
Belize River Lodge offers anglers access to an extremely large area and wide variety of fishing conditions, fish species, habitat, and scenery. Fish species generally found in the area include bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, cubera snapper, jacks, barracuda, grouper, and others. In this particular area of Belize, you will find a complex system of river mouths, creeks, lagoons, flats, small cayes, mangrove islands, and – further offshore – the Barrier Reef.

Bonefish within this ecosystem average from two to four pounds, with larger fish found on a regular basis throughout the year. The tarpon fishing in this part of the Caribbean can be amazing, as the area is home to resident fish that range in size from 10 to over 200 pounds. The greatest number of larger tarpon are typically found in the months of March through July and September through November, although “giants” have been caught every month of the year. As far as the permit fishing goes, this part of the coast offers some excellent habitat and flats that are home to fish ranging in size from five to over 30 pounds. Permit in this area can be found throughout the year. For anglers interested in chasing snook, the rivers, creeks and mangrove lagoons fished from the lodge offer some of the best possibilities in the region.

Boats and Equipment
Anglers fish from 23-foot pangas (flats skiffs) - usually two-to-a-boat. Each panga is equipped with a poling platform, removable lean bar (casting brace) on the bow, rod holders, and a modern outboard engine. All of the lodge guides are Belizeans who know the area waters well. The guides are friendly, talented, hard working, patient, and very capable of offering instruction, whether you are a fly caster or spin fisherman. Belize River Lodge has a good selection of Sage and Winston fly rod and reel outfits for rent ($20 per day) as well as a basic selection of appropriate flies, fly lines, and leaders. 

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
International flights to Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, and Taca.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The close proximity of Belize River Lodge to the International Airport (BZE) means that you can arrive into Belize at any time of the day and easily transfer to the lodge without worrying about additional in-country flights and further travel time.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.  Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.

Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information.  https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

2017 Rates
7 Nights / 6 Days
2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat = $4,375.00    
1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat = $5,832.00 
Non-Angler Rate = $1,870.00

4 Nights / 3 Days
2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat  = $2,391.00                                           
1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat  = $3,169.00                                          
Non-Angler Rate = $1,070.00 

With the Non-Angler Rate, this guest may relax at the Lodge or accompany their angling partner in the skiff (if space is available).  The Non-Angler Package does not include activities, but Eco-Adventure tour packages may be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for further details.

What's Included

  • The number of nights lodging specified in your package
  • All guided fishing
  • Round-trip land transfers between Belize International Airport and the lodge
  • 9% hotel tax and 12.5% GST
  • Three meals per day
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, soda, and drinking water

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Belize City
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Fishing equipment, flies and tackle
  • Belize fishing license (US $25.00 per week, per angler)
  • Non-fishing activities and adventure packages
  • Belizean departure tax
OTHER INFO

A Note on Tarpon Fishing

"At B.R.L., we tell people who are serious about chasing tarpon that the migrating tarpon will typically show up at the end of February and will be here in good numbers until mid-to-late August. There is no exact science to this as they are migrating tarpon, but this is usually when we see the bigger numbers of the bigger fish. After that, we have a very good small-to-medium tarpon fishery along with some resident large tarpon. We at B.R.L. believe that sometimes the location can change the fishery greatly. Where we at B.R.L. are more inland, our migrating tarpon are probably around earlier than those out on Ambergris Caye and in the more Northern areas of the Yucatan. Since B.R.L.'s fishery is different than most others in Belize and the Yucatan, please discuss your goals and expectations IN DETAIL with Yellow Dog if you are planning a tarpon-focused trip. Yellow Dog gives very comprehensive information to guests prior to their arrival, and guest's greatly appreciate having this detailed information."
-The Owners of Belize River Lodge


Typical Daily Schedule at Belize River Lodge

6:00 AM
Coffee or tea served on the lodge verandah, followed by a full breakfast served in the dining room.

7:30 AM
Guides are ready and waiting at the dock, where you and your guide can determine where and what to fish for that day based on weather and target species. Typical run time to where you will be fishing averages 30 minutes.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A full eight to nine hour day of guided fishing. Midday, depending on the fishing, the guide will find a cool, shady spot for lunch (usually under an overhanging mangrove.) Lunch is prepared by the lodge kitchen and consists of sandwiches, fruit, chips and dessert packed in a cooler with an assortment of soft drinks, beer, water, etc. The afternoon fishing usually continues until about 5:00 PM, when the skiff heads back to the lodge. Rods and reels are rinsed off dockside and stored in a convenient rack near the main lodge, safe from screen doors and ceiling fans.

6:00 PM
Relax on the verandah with appetizers, drinks and stories from the day.

7:00 PM
Dinner served in the main dining room. Later, you can relax on the screened-in porch, enjoy an after-dinner cocktail, and reminisce on the day's fishing. Feel free to tie flies for the next morning’s fishing at the community tying bench.