True Jungle Setting on the Banks of the Olde Belize River
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 cays. It is without a doubt one of the top tarpon fishing destinations in Belize, offering anglers consistent tarpon action as well as shots at bonefish, permit, snook, and more.
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.
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.
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 is three solid-slab mahogany dining tables, which for years, have been home to some of the finest dining, socializing, and storytelling in all of Belize! When you return to the Lodge from fishing each day, freshwater 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 Caulker, 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.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that are currently servicing and will be flying to Belize in the immediate future are American Airlines, United, and Delta.
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.
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 the 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.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Belize River Lodge offers anglers access to an extremely large area and a 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, a 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.
Rates and Terms
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.
4 Nights / 3 Days of fishing – $2,525.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of fishing – $3,250.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of fishing – $3,898.00
7 Nights / 6 Days of fishing – $4,575.00
8 Nights / 7 Days of fishing – $5,175.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of fishing – $3,650.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of fishing – $4,550.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of fishing – $5,445.00
7 Nights / 6 Days of fishing – $6,325.00
8 Nights / 7 Days of fishing – $7,172.00
- The number of nights lodging specified in your package
- All guided fishing as specifiedRound-trip land water 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
- WiFi Service
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to and from Belize City
- Beer and alcohol
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Fishing equipment, flies, and tackle
- Belize fishing license (US $25.00 per week, per angler)
- Non-fishing activities and adventure packages
Belize River Lodge and Long Caye Outpost Lodge (Belize City, Belize)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking to hold both space and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations, deposits and/or final payments will be refunded outside of 120 days prior to trip (minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Belize River Lodge in addition to a $100 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing) upon receipt of written notification. Inside of 120 days from start of trip, deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable and no credits will be issued unless Belize River Lodge and/or Yellow Dog are able to resell the trip(s) (in which case there will also be a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Belize River Lodge in addition to a $100 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Belize River Lodge and Long Caye Outpost Lodge will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather, or for unused portions of any package. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.