Freshly renovated lodging in the heart of "Permit Alley"
Lincoln Westby helped to pioneer the permit fishery of the Southwater Caye Marine Preserve to offer anglers premiere positioning to access some of the most productive permit flats in Belize. Blue Horizon recently received a facelift with all new rooms that offer clean and comfortable accommodations for relaxing after a day of targeting permit. The fishing schedule focuses on tide and wind options rather than set times revolving around the kitchen or a concrete lodge schedule. Often, anglers leave the dock before sunrise and sometimes fish late into the afternoon if the tide is most productive.
Blue Horizon Lodge sits in one of the most ideal locations on the planet to start and end a day of permit fishing. The Lodge is located on a seven-acre island, locally referred to as Northeast Caye. The Lodge offers single (upgrade required) or double occupancy rooms and was rebuilt from reclaimed lumber from the original lodge for an aesthetic feel and fresh timber and modern materials for structural aspects, creating a fresh lodge in a historical location that revolutionized permit fishing in Belize.
There are five guest cabanas with two full-size beds and a private bath with hot water (on demand) and showers. All rooms have air conditioning and the dining area is open-air or shuttered depending on the weather. Rod racks and other organizational tools cover the walls of each room, catering to anglers that use the room for keeping gear situated, cleaned, and prepped for long days on the water. A large deck on the property is perfect for enjoying your beverage of choice like a cold Belikin, rum drink, or glass bottle of Coke.
Food and Beverages
Meals are home-cooked and prepared in the main kitchen. Self-serve coffee is available starting at 5:00 AM each day. Breakfast is a continental style to offer maximum flexibility for anglers. Guides will pack lunches for mid-day high tides and often return to each lunch at the Lodge for mid-day lows (when permit fishing is generally least optimal). The wonderful culinary team serves three-course dinners in the evening initiated by hors d’oeuvres. The menu is a combination of fresh seafood, and traditional Belizean cuisine including chicken, pork, rice and beans, fresh vegetables, and fantastic tortillas. Often, guests enjoy produce and meats from small, local farms on the mainland.
The bar area at Blue Horizon Lodge includes domestic beverages as part of the package, including ice-cold Belikins and cocktails. If you would like specific alcohol or other drinks, please let us know in advance and the Lodge will do their best to provide this alcohol for you at a nominal charge. If you want an 18-year-old single malt, pack it in your checked luggage.
Typical Length of Stay
Blue Horizon Lodge accepts stays as short as four (4) nights and three (3) days of fishing. Trips of any length can be accommodated. Contact Yellow Dog for your customized itinerary.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Blue Horizon Lodge focuses on chasing permit, tarpon, and bonefish. We recommend a combination trip with another property if you are interested in other activities.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or smartphone to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will also work in the area.
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
It is best to arrive at Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) before 3:00 PM in order to make your necessary domestic connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Placencia, Belize. After arrival in Placencia, you will be transferred by van up to the Placencia Hotel to relax and wait for the other guests arriving that day. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Placencia are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange them. On your departure day, it is best to book a departure flight after 11:00AM local time to allow for ample time to return to 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 website for Belize to obtain more information.
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For anglers focusing on permit, the waters of Southern Belize are arguably the finest in saltwater fly fishing. While other species are found throughout the area, the Blue Horizon team was founded on and maintains a focus on permit. There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from the Lodge after Lincoln Westby’s precise planning to plant his lodge in the heart of prime permit fishing with access to tarpon and a few bonefish flats. This is permit fishing in the traditional sense – tailing fish in skinny water or feeding along the edges of flats as the tides drop. This style of fishing is the most technical and in our minds, the purest form of targetting permit on the fly. The guides optimize the tides, wind, and sun each day to provide the greatest number of shots possible for guests.
Boats and Equipment
The famed Blue Horizon guide staff operate 23-foot traditional pangas. These boats are ideal for poling the numerous flats within the fishery as well as running over open water. Some guides poll from the stern while others use a platform. They offer plenty of space as well as a great vantage point for spotting fish while poling the flats of southern Belize. There is limited rental equipment available at Blue Horizon, however, we recommend all anglers bring their own equipment, flies, and terminal tackle.
Rates and Terms
2023 Rates (All Rates Per Person)
Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $2,625.00
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,625.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $3,970.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $4,720.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $5,150.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $3,940.00
5 Nights / 4 Days = $5,110.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $6,280.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $7,350.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $7,890.00
Shared Boat, Private Room (2 per boat/ 1 Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $3,010.00
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,890.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,750.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,565.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $5,935.00
- The number of nights lodging as specified in your package
- Daily guided fishing as specified
- All taxes and fees
- Three meals per day
- Local Belizean beverages (beer, alcohol, and soda)
- Transfers to and from Placencia Airstrip and the lodge
- Marine park entry fees
- Loaner equipment
- Wi-Fi Service
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to and from Belize City
- Round trip air transfers between Belize City and Dangriga via Tropic Air
- Belizean fishing license (can be purchased online in advance)
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Nondomestic beverages – specialty alcohol (BYOB)
- Flies and terminal tackle
Terms & Conditions
A deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking to hold both space and guides for all Blue Horizon Lodge 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. Prior to 90 days 100% of deposit may be transferred to another date/angler or refunded minus the cancellation fee Between 45 – 90 days 50% of package may be transferred to another date or angler or refunded minus the cancellation fee. Less than 45 days may not be transferred or refunded. All cancellations will be charged a 5% cancellation fee by the Lodge (in addition to any fees charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. The unused portion of these packages by guest’s choice are not refundable. Trips cancelled or shortened as a result of inclement weather and/or acts of nature including hurricanes or due to airline delays, strikes or political unrest are not refundable. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Blue Horizon 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.
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