Pursuing Baby Tarpon in an Extensive Mangrove System
Located on the northwestern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche has established a reputation as “the” Caribbean hotspot for juvenile tarpon. Yellow Dog is proud of the fact that we were the first booking company to offer guided services and outfitting in this fishery, and we feel strongly that we represent it better than anyone! Simply put, Campeche offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby tarpon that we have found anywhere in the world. With an extensive mangrove lagoon stretching from the City of Campeche north for more than 120 kilometers, the fishing for baby tarpon in the five to 20-pound range can be fantastic.
Anglers booking through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Campeche Tarpon have a choice of several different lodging options in the city of Campeche:
Hotel Plaza Campeche
Located in Campeche’s downtown historic district, the Hotel Plaza Campeche is within walking distance of the town’s Cathedral Plaza, central park, the oceanfront Malecon, and a large number of restaurants and bars. The rooms at the Plaza are clean, modern and air-conditioned, and the hotel features such amenities as a swimming pool, 24-hour cafe, bar, gift shop, laundry services, and close proximity to downtown.
Casa Don Gustavo
The Don Gustavo is a boutique hotel in Campeche, a beautiful city within the Yucatan Peninsula. This small luxury hotel provides an experience that portrays the historic and cultural environment of the city, recreating a traditional home from Campeche during the eighteenth century with an exquisite collection of furniture and objects d’art combined harmoniously with comforts of modern living. The hotel has 10 exclusive suites decorated in keeping with the history of the house, a central courtyard where breakfast, lunch, and dinner, based on the hearty cuisine, and wines are served to enjoy in different areas of the house such as the pool, suites, balcony or veranda with whirlpool tub.
Set along Seafront Boulevard, this casual, upscale hotel with a peaked red roof is 2.9 km from the walking paths of the Jardín Botánico X’much haltún and 3.2 km from the towers of the Catedral de Campeche. Airy, modern rooms with colorful accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and safes. Upgraded rooms add wood paneling and kitchenettes, and luxurious upgraded suites include amenities such as marble floors, separate living rooms, whirlpool tubs and/or ocean views.
Hacienda Puerta Hotel
This luxurious hotel is set in a collection of restored 17th-century historical houses, with 15 traditionally decorated guest rooms or suites. Fully restored in original buildings with modern technology, the rooms feature 18-foot ceilings with exposed beams and rafters, comfortable beds, and cool tiled floors. A one-of-a-kind pool, with secret alcoves and open windows, offers views into stunning gardens set against 17th century stone walls.
Food and Beverages
A light breakfast of coffee, juice, and pastries is usually packed for your morning on the water. Since the typical day of tarpon fishing starts so early, there are really no restaurants open for breakfast! The guides of Campeche Tarpon will bring a cooler loaded with breakfast snacks, beverages, and lunch items. Dinner is not included in your package. There are numerous restaurants in the general vicinity of the hotel district, and you may prefer to try a different dining establishment each evening.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated and guests can arrive and depart on any days of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Campeche may be among the most beautiful and unique in all of Southern Mexico. Visitors will enjoy strolling the clean and colorful streets of the historic downtown area. Here, one can find numerous shops, museums, art galleries, outdoor restaurants, historic cathedrals and churches. The city is also home to several outstanding examples of military architecture, including the Fort of San Jose el Alto, the Puerta de Tierra access door, Fuerta de San Miguel, and other sites.
For those interested in Mayan ruins and ancient Mayan architecture, the Campeche region is home to some of the largest, most spectacular, and least-visited sites anywhere in the Mayan World. Archeological sites such as Edzna, Balamku, Chicanna, and several others are all easy day trips from Campeche.
If you are traveling to Campeche with a non-angler or a non-angling spouse, the owners of Campeche Tarpon will be happy to arrange guided tours and activities. Campeche Tarpon can also arrange fantastic birding tours throughout the area. The cost is $400.00 for either one or two people. Led by local experts in some of the Yucatan’s best natural areas that are full of different tropical avian species. Campeche Tarpon provides binoculars, literature, box lunch, and all transportation. A great option for non-anglers.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at all hotels in the Campeche area, and at several restaurants and bars. Depending on your international service plan, most cell phones will also work in Campeche.
How To Get There
The most direct way to travel is to fly directly into Campeche International Airport (CPE). There are three daily flights directly into Campeche via Mexico City International Airport (MEX) by AeroMexico. You may be able to save money and book a more direct itinerary by flying into the city of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, which is a two-hour drive from Campeche. Merida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport (MID) is serviced by a number of major U.S. airlines that offer direct service from Houston, Dallas, Miami, and a number of other major U.S. cities. Merida is the fastest, easiest way to access Campeche.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival into Merida or Campeche, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a Campeche Tarpon representative. From here, you will be shuttled two hours from Merida to Campeche. If you are flying directly into Campeche, you will be minutes away from your hotel! The transfers to Campeche from Merida are included in the Campeche Tarpon fishing package.
If you are planning to travel to Campeche from Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to Campeche, a road trip of approximately five hours. Round-trip transfers to Campeche from Cancun are an additional $700.00 US round-trip (approximate cost, depending on the total number of people).
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 the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children under 18 years of age entering Mexico 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 US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
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.
Campeche offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby tarpon that we have found anywhere in the Caribbean. Almost all of the fishing is sight-fishing from the bow of custom-built backcountry skiffs, with most tarpon averaging five to 15 pounds. Tarpon in the 20-pound range are considered large in this area but are routinely caught in open water and in the mangroves during the spring and summer months. The primary fishing area near Campeche is a huge network of mangrove lagoons, flats, and creeks that begin immediately north of the city, running along the coast for more than 120 kilometers all the way to the small fishing village of Isla Arena. The guides of Campeche Tarpon are enthusiastic and will work hard to put you on fish and ensure that your overall experience is as positive as possible. They are dedicated, professional and experienced, and they know their waters very well! The owner of Campeche Tarpon is totally committed to great customer service and works hard to make sure that every trip is great.
Boats and Equipment
Boats used by Campeche Tarpon are clean, well-designed, custom-built backcountry skiffs that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and comfortable with large, open casting decks. These custom-built skiffs were built with fly fishermen in mind! While Campeche Tarpon does have a selection of rods and reels available, it is recommended that anglers bring their own equipment with them. Flies and leaders are available through Campeche Tarpon if needed.
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. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and current rates.
- The number of days of fully guided fishing as specified in your package
- Accommodations at one of the four hotels listed above
- Meet-and-greet service in Merida
- Round trip ground transfer between Merida and Campeche
- Breakfast and lunch each day in Campeche
- Fishing license, and applicable Mexican VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Merida or Campeche
- Dinner each evening in Campeche
- Gratuities for guides and hotel staff
- Taxis, additional tours, and activities
- All fishing equipment, flies and tackle