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, 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 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, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, 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.
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
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, 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.
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
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.
- 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