Because the southern part of Belize has little tourism and is visited by few anglers, not many people are aware of the area’s phenomenal fishing and ecotourism activities. As a fishery, the coastal waters of Punta Gorda boast more permit and more BIG permit than just about any place we have ever seen. Copal Tree Lodge is the ideal location for couples, families and anglers looking to combine a fishing trip with great non-angling activities and a high-end jungle resort experience. The food, service, accommodations, amenities and location of Copal Tree Lodge are all incredible, making this one of the nicest “fishing” lodges in the entire Caribbean.
LOCATION: Punta Gorda, Belize (Central America)
CAPACITY: 32 guests and 8 anglers per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Belize City, Belize (BZE)
TARGET SPECIES: Primarily permit fishing, with occasional shots for tarpon, snook, bonefish 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
Southern Belize’s gateway into the jungle, Copal Tree is the idyllic hideaway for discerning anglers seeking a pristine and high-end jungle retreat. Complimenting the spacious main lodge are 16 beautifully built and tastefully decorated cabanas. Each cabana features air conditioning, one or two large beds, a private bathroom, and a large deck overlooking the jungle canopy. Lodge amenities include a spa, pool, mountain bikes, hiking trails, kayaks and canoes. The location and setting of the lodge is incredible, the grounds area is beautiful, and the food, service and amenities rank among the finest in the entire Caribbean.
Food and Beverages
Copal Tree Lodge provides gourmet dining and some of the best food in all of Belize. The Lodge's kitchen produces an excellent combination of the best Belizean, Creole and American cuisine, and the chefs use the freshest and finest ingredients from throughout the area (including many things that are grown on the resort’s farms). The Lodge also features a fully-stocked bar which includes local beers, rum, Belizean liquor, soda, and juices.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages of any length can be arranged for Copal Tree Lodge. Guests may arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers visiting the Lodge, the property offers a host of on-site activities such as biking, canoeing, birdwatching, kayaking, tours of the commercial resort’s farms and gardens, river tours, and hikes along nature trails. Off-property activities include snorkeling on the outer islands, manatee watching, jungle trips on the Rio Grande and Moho Rivers, visits to local Indian villages, and tours of the Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun Mayan ruins. Cave tubing in the area is also an option, as Tiger and Hokeb Ha Caves offer trips through huge caverns.
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.
It should be understood that the fishing in Punta Gorda is focused almost entirely on permit, meaning that as a stand-alone trip, this destination may not be for everyone. If you are traveling to the area solely for the fishing, then be prepared to focus on permit! In a single day of fishing the permit flats in the Punta Gorda area (under the right conditions), it is not unusual to see hundreds of permit and to experience a dozen or more legitimate shots a day. There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from town (approximately a 45-minute boat ride from the resort). Aside from being a fantastic permit fishery, Punta Gorda also offers a number of other opportunities for those seeking diversity. The outer reef islands (the Sapodilla Cayes) offer solid opportunities for bonefish, and can be well worth the hour-plus run from the lodge. Relatively untouched and numerous, the bonefish on the outer Cayes average two to three pounds, with four to five-pound bonefish occasionally found. The rivers of the Punta Gorda region offer some seasonal fishing for snook, large jacks, and tarpon that can run anywhere from 10 to over 50 pounds.
Boats and Equipment
The guides in the Punta Gorda area fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas. All boats have poling platforms. The Lodge offers a limited amount of rental gear and equipment and a selection of flies in the small gift shop. It is recommended, however, that anglers bring their own equipment, flies, and terminal tackle.
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, Delta, Continental/United, US Air, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into Belize City Philip Godson International Airport (BZE) before 2:30 PM in order to make your necessary in-country connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Punta Gorda. Yellow Dog will make your in-country flight reservations from Belize City to Punta Gorda on Tropic Air. This round-trip flight is inlcluded in your package.
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 Travelling 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.
- Respective number of nights’ accommodations in a Jungle Suite (Upgraded accommodations available)
- Respective number of full days fishing (Any number of fishing days can be removed from package)
- All meals and afternoon snacks
- Round Trip Tropic Air flights from Belize City (International) to Punta Gorda
- Round Trip land transfers from Punta Gorda airstrip to lodge
- Nightly turndown service
- Complimentary laundry service (24 hour turnaround)
- Complimentary use of gym, self-guided activities, kayaks, mountain bikes, hiking trails, and farm tour
- Taxes and Service Charge
- Round Trip flights to and from Belize City
- Guided tours and activities
- Spa Treatments
- Gift Shop Purchases
- Fishing guide gratuities
- Optional gratuities to tour guides
- Optional off-site tours and activities
- All alcoholic beverages and bar tab
Visitors who utilize the Port Honduras Marine Park for fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing, etc. will be required to pay a $10 US per day usage fee. The great news is that 60% of that goes directly to park management and park ranger budgets. The remaining 40% goes to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and the lodges that we work with in Belize support this effort to fund protection and enforcement in the marine preserves, and applaud the Belizean government for taking a stand on important fisheries resources. The $10 US fee is charged per boat, per day. (For example, the total charge for two anglers fishing for six days with the same guide would be $60 US.)
"Punta Gorda, in southern Belize, has emerged as the premier permit location in Central America. Long considered a sleepy fishing village, Punta Gorda, with its myriad of offshore cayes - each with its own permit flat - is now regarded as the place to go for permit fly fishermen."
- Jack Samson
(Author of Permit on a Fly and Fly Fishing for Permit)
"Fishing at Copal Tree and the Garbutt Boys is a treat. Top notch lodge and very professional fishing operation. Beautiful - I'm headed back to Copal Tree in November for Thanksgiving with my wife. It will be a treat to have the chef, Renae, prepare my turkey dinner."
- Dave Decker