The name "Placencia" has for years been synonymous with world class permit and tarpon fishing and is home to some of the finest, most experienced guides in all of Central America. Famous saltwater guides including the Cabrals, Godfreys, Westbys, and Leslies have long made this area a favorite destination for serious saltwater anglers. Not only is this a great place to fish, this is a place where you can really LEARN the intricacies and details of flats fishing from some of the best guides in the business. A week spent fishing with these veterans is the equivalent of taking an advanced course in saltwater fly fishing! The only complaint that anglers staying in the town of Placencia have traditionally had about fishing the waters of Placencia was that each morning and afternoon required a long run from the mainland to the prime fishing areas. For those that would rather maximize their fishing time and eliminate the boat run altogether, then Julian and Beverly Cabral's Whipray Caye may be the place for your next saltwater trip. Due to its prime location more than eight miles off the coast of Placencia, this is an operation that is perhaps best suited for the angler whose primary concern is long days on the water with lots of shots and opportunities above all else.
LOCATION: Eight miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize (Central America)
CAPACITY: Eight (8) anglers per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Belize City, Belize (BZE)
TARGET SPECIES: Permit, bonefish and tarpon, with some snook, barracuda, jacks and snapper.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.
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The accommodations on Cabral's Whipray Caye are basic-yet-comfortable cabins, each featuring a private bathroom, two beds, table and chairs, and a private veranda with hammocks overlooking the sea. There is no air conditioning, but there are large ceiling fans, which keep the cabanas cool and well-ventilated at night.
Food and Beverages
Whipray Caye Lodge is home to the famous Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant, one of the most unique places to eat and drink in the entire area. The kitchen serves up a variety of Belizean and American food, mostly served fresh from the sea, and the fully stocked bar serves the coldest beer for miles around. Meals are all served "family style" and are included in each package.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard package is a seven (7) nights package / six (6) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday) although trips of any length can be arranged. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Whipray is primarily a fishing destination, non-anglers can enjoy basic options such as swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach. For non-anglers visiting the mainland, the Placencia area offers a wide variety of other activities, including naturalist excursions, tours of Mayan ruins, beach combing, swimming, trips to town, bicycle rentals and 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.
The waters that surround Placencia are perhaps best known for the amazing numbers of permit that inhabit the southern area’s huge chain of cayes and flats, most of which are a 30 to 45-minute run from the mainland. The nice thing about staying on Whipray Caye, however, is that no long runs are required! Here, you are staying in the middle of the area’s huge network of flats, allowing Julian and his guides to fish the tides rather than standard "resort fishing hours." This means that your days will typically start early and finish late.
Surrounded on all sides by deep, blue water, the healthy sand and turtle grass flats of the area are home to some of the largest permit found anywhere. A number of the nearby mangrove islands also hold good numbers of tarpon that can range in size from 20 to over 70 pounds. Schools of bonefish can occasionally be found in some areas of the cayes for those anglers interested in pursuing the elusive grand slam. This area of Southern Belize is blessed with a wide range of fishing contexts, including extensive saltwater flats, mangrove islands, the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, and a plenitude of backcountry rivers and lagoons found along the mainland coast. There are few places in the Caribbean that offer a greater variety of fishing locations than Southern Belize and the waters of Placencia.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas. Quality rental gear is scarce in Placencia and at the lodge, so anglers are encouraged to bring all applicable equipment and flies with them.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into the Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) as early in the day as possible in order to make your necessary in-country connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Placencia. Yellow Dog will assist in setting up your Tropic Air flight from Belize City to Placencia. Once you arrive in Placencia, you will be met at the airstrip to make your final transfer by boat to the lodge.
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 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.
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 based on double occupancy 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. Single supplement rates available upon request.
Double Occupancy Rate (Two per room / Two per boat)
4 nights / 3 days fishing = $2,130.00
5 nights / 4 days fishing = $2,575.00
6 nights / 5 days fishing = $2,985.00
7 nights / 6 days fishing = $3,285.00
8 nights / 7 days fishing = $3,685.00
- Meet-and-greet in Placencia
- The number of nights lodging specified in your package
- All guided fishing
- Round trip water transfers between Placencia airport and lodge
- Three meals per day
- Welcome drink, sodas and all bottled water
- Belizean sales tax (12.5%), and hotel tax (9%)
What's Not Included
- International flight to Belize City
- Domestic flight to Placencia
- Alcohol and bar tab
- Gratuities for guides and staff