If you're visiting Belize City for a day as part of a Caribbean cruise ship package, or spending a few days in the area en route to another location, we can easily arrange a great day of guided flats fishing. This is a fantastic Day Trip option that will allow you to experience the area’s great fishing in a relatively short period of time.
LOCATION: Belize City, Belize (Central America)
CAPACITY: Maximum of 2 anglers per boat
TARGET SPECIES: Tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook and more
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Belize City, Belize (BZE)
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.
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Accommodations are not included with these Day Trip packages. For travelers planning to overnight in the Belize City area, we recommend and work with the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, the nicest, most full-service hotel operation in the city. This large hotel operation is clean, safe, and extremely well-run, with a full range of amenities and services. Guests can enjoy two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, dive shop and full-service marina. The hotel's Guest Services desk can arrange area sightseeing tours, including Belize diving trips, jungle tours, Mayan ruin tours, and more.
Food and Beverages
Your guide will provide a packed cooler lunch with soda and bottled water. Beer and alcohol is not included. Beer can be purchased at the Radisson dock.
Typical Length of Fishing Day
The standard fishing day is eight (8) hours long, although this can easily be adjusted based on your schedule and other factors, such as the arrival and departure time of a cruise ship.
Where To Meet Your Guide
If you are arriving by cruise ship into Belize City, you will usually be brought to the main cruise ship dock located at the Belize City Tourist Village (by the Baron Bliss Lighthouse.) During the times that the cruise ships are in port, this is a very busy and crowded place. For that reason, your guide will be waiting for you upon arrival at the nearby Radisson dock – located NEXT to the Tourist Village. Be sure that prior to your trip you have provided us with the following information:
1. The complete name(s) of who will be fishing
2. The full name of cruise ship and the cruise line (if applicable)
3. Scheduled arrival time into Belize City
4. Scheduled departure time from Belize City
5. Notification of any medical or dietary issues or requests
It is important to note that your guide in Belize City will always use Belize Time. Some cruise ships are on Central Time and others are on Eastern Standard Time, so this needs to be clarified before you leave the ship, as the time changes throughout the year. Please be sure that you clarify the times BEFORE arriving into Belize City.
Internet / Communications
Not applicable for these day trips, although there is wireless internet access at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City. Most cell phones will work in the Belize City area.
Even within a single day of fishing, numerous fishing options are available. Depending on weather conditions and the time of year, you can fish for bones along the many tidal flats and mangroves, chase permit on deeper flats, or even fish the barrier reef for larger species. Perhaps the most popular fishing in this part of Belize, however, is the sight fishing for tarpon. Resident schools of tarpon (20 to 100 pounds) roam the broad flats of the area and can be enticed to take a fly any time of the year.
Unlike many “day trip” fishing options offered directly through cruise ship companies or larger tour groups, this fishing program is totally legitimate and professional. You will fish either one or two-to-a-boat, with great equipment, a boat set up for fly and light tackle fishing, and a great guide. If the weather is good and the conditions are right, most people choose to fish the cayes and the flats and shallow waters located directly off the coast of Belize. This is where the largest concentrations of bonefish, tarpon and permit can be found throughout the year. If the weather is poor, you can still fish in the sanctuary of the mainland rivers – home to tarpon, snook, and numerous other species.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas. These packages also include the use of quality gear and equipment, including rods and reels, leaders and tippet, and all necessary flies, lures and other items.
How To Get There
The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina are located very close to the Tourist Village, where the cruise ships that visit Belize City disembark passengers. Upon arrival, you can either take a quick cab ride to the Radisson dock, or you can walk the short distance (approximately a 5 minute walk). When the cruise ships are in port, this area is full of people, meaning that the walk is both easy and safe.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Your guide will be waiting at the Radisson dock in a 23-foot boat (panga) loaded and ready to go! He will have all of your fishing gear ready, along with a packed cooler with lunch and cold beverages. The guide is usually at the Radisson dock by 8:00 AM. Some ships can get passengers ashore at 7:00 AM, in which case the guide will be at the Radisson dock by 7:30 AM. The return time is usually somewhere between 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. We always ask anglers to confirm the exact time they need to be back at the ship before they depart the cruise ship in Belize City.
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 quoted in US dollars.
Full-Day Trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $645.00 per day
*Half-Day Trips are NOT an option.
- Full day of guided fishing for either one or two anglers
- A packed cooler lunch with sodas and bottled water
- All necessary equipment, flies, and tackle
- All applicable taxes
What's Not Included
- Beer and alcohol (beer is available at the dock)
- Belize fishing license for each angler
- Gratuities for the guide
- Travel Arrangements
Day Trip Payment & Cancellation Policy for Cruise Ship Travelers: Deposits and Payment are refundable, minus a $25.00 cancellation fee, only if we are notified within 24 hours of your day fishing trip. Cruiseships sometimes unexpectedly cancel their stop in Belize. If for some unexpected reason this happens, please call Yellow Dog directly and let staff know. If the guide has not left for the day, we can refund your trip (minus $25). If cancellation is not made 24 hours in advance and the guide waits for the angler, the no-show/cancellation fee is $200.00
The climate in Belize is subtropical, with continuous, prevailing breezes from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is nicely tempered by the ocean breezes. During the summer months, the temperature rarely exceeds 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter lows are seldom below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. On the flats, the water temperature will vary between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Although the rainy season is usually between June and August and the dry season is between February and May, global weather changes are making historical predictions somewhat invalid. At the end of October, the weather does become cooler, and from November to February, it is pleasant with showers of rain. Average humidity throughout the year is 85%.
"Thanks again to Yellow Dog for your help setting up our day trip in Belize. Jose was a phenomenal guide, and put us in front of more tarpon, permit, cuda, snook, and bonefish than I have ever seen in a day’s time. We had an absolute blast despite taking the better part of 2 hours to work through the combination of 'Tarpon Fever' and not having had to double haul for 6 months! I look forward to booking a trip at the lodge with you sometime in the future. Thanks.”
- Mike L. (St. Paul, MN)