Your Gateway to the Jungles and Permit of Southern Belize
Copal Tree Lodge is a high-end jungle resort property perfect for couples, families and anglers looking to combine a fishing trip with exciting activities and first class amenities. The permit focused fishery surrounding Punta Gorda and the Port Honduras Marine Preserve consistently produce permit opportunities for anglers with some of the finest guides in Belize. For non anglers, southern Belize offers diverse eco-tourism activities in a pristine setting and access to a wide variety of options that immerse guests in the jungle and natural environment: birding, snorkeling, hiking, and tours of the Copal Tree farm and Copalli Rum Distillery.
Southern Belize’s gateway into the jungle, Copal Tree Lodge is an idyllic hideaway offering a spacious main lodge and 16 beautiful air-conditioned cabanas with private baths, one or two beds, and a large deck overlooking the jungle canopy. Lodge amenities include a spa, pool, mountain bikes, hiking trails, kayaks, and canoes. Copal Tree’s location, setting, beautiful grounds, impeccable food, and service rank it among the finest destinations in the Caribbean.
Copal Tree Lodge serves gourmet cuisine featuring Belizean, Creole and American dishes crafted from fresh ingredients sourced locally and grown on the resort’s farms. The Lodge also features a fully-stocked bar.
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
Onsite activities include biking, canoeing, birdwatching, kayaking, tours of the commercial resort’s farms and gardens, river tours, and hikes along nature trails. Eco-tourism activities include snorkeling on the outer islands, manatee watching, jungle trips on the Rio Grande and Moho Rivers, visits to local villages, and tours of the Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun Mayan ruins. For cave tubing, Tiger and Hokeb Ha Caves offer trips through huge caverns.
Wi-Fi is available for guests; please bring your own device. Cell phone service available depending on individual plans.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into Belize before 2:30 p.m. in order to connect to Punta Gorda. We will arrange your connecting flights via Tropic Air. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Punta Gorda are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to help arrange these for you.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of trip dates. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling Without Both Parents
All children 18 years of age or younger 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 travel. Single parents need NOTARIZED documentation of divorce or a spousal death certificate. Unaccompanied Minors require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents.
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.
Fishing in Punta Gorda is focused on permit. Under the right conditions, you may see hundreds of permit in a single day on the extensive flats in the area. The outer reef islands (the Sapodilla Cayes) offer solid opportunities for relatively untouched bonefish within an hour’s boat-run from the lodge. The rivers of this region offer seasonal fishing for snook, large jacks, and 10 to 50 pound tarpon.
Boats and Equipment
Guides in the area fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas with poling platforms. The Lodge offers limited rental gear, plus a selection of flies in the small gift shop. We recommend bringing your own equipment, flies and terminal tackle.
Due to the detailed nature of Copal Tree’s various accommodation options and the many activities and add-ons available, all package rates will be customized per guest. Please call us for details and full pricing. Remember that our services are completely free! When you book a trip with us, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
- The respective number of nights’ accommodations in a Jungle Suite (Upgraded accommodations available)
- The respective number of full days fishing (any number of fishing days can be removed from the package)
- All meals and afternoon snacks
- Round Trip land transfers from Punta Gorda airstrip to lodge
- Nightly turndown service
- Beverages and Bar Tab (Domestic, not a top shelf or imported)
- Complimentary laundry service (24-hour turnaround)
- Complimentary use of the gym, self-guided activities, kayaks, mountain bikes, hiking trails, and farm tour
- Taxes and Service Charge
What’s Not Included:
- Guided tours and activities
- Round Trip international airfare from your hometown to Belize City
- Round Trip Tropic Air flights from Belize City (International) to Punta Gorda
- Spa Treatments
- Gift Shop Purchases
- Fishing guide gratuities
- Optional gratuities to tour guides
- Optional off-site tours and activities
- Imported beverages