A Belizean establishment for anglers of all experience levels and non angling guests
El Pescador Lodge, in business for over 40 years, is one of the best-run, most famous fly fishing lodges in all of Central America. Situated only 15 minutes by light aircraft from Belize City on the island of Ambergris Caye, the lodge offers world-class sight fishing for The Big Three: tarpon, permit, and bonefish. El Pescador Lodge was one of the original properties that we worked with, and it remains one of our all-time favorite destinations.
Choose between recently renovated rooms in the colonial-style Main Lodge, or upgrade to the larger El Pescador Villas. All rooms in the Main Lodge and all Villas are oceanfront with views of the Caribbean Sea and Belize Barrier Reef. Modern, air-conditioned lodge rooms feature private ensuite baths, a small refrigerator and coffee maker, one king or two queen beds, and a sitting area. Couples, families, or small groups who prefer additional space and privacy can opt for a one, two, or three-bedroom Villa with a living area, full kitchen, dining room, and spacious deck with direct access to the pools.
The restaurant and dining room specialize in fresh, local Caribbean cuisine with meals served on the outdoor deck or in the main dining room. Breakfasts are made to order, and lunch each day is ordered off of a menu and packed in a cooler for your day on the water. Guests come together each evening for an expansive dinner buffet in the dining room.
Typical Length of Stay
El Pescador requests a three-night minimum stay. A package of any number of nights and guided fishing days can be arranged, and guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Activities include PADI-certified diving, naturalist excursions, snorkeling, tours of Mayan ruins, beachcombing, trips to the town of San Pedro, bicycling, and more. Amenities include three swimming pools, a large indoor/outdoor bar area, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, bicycles, sea kayaks, a volleyball court, and access to some of the best diving and snorkeling in Belize!
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for guests.
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
Plan to arrive at Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) before 3 p.m. for connecting flights to Ambergris Caye (round trip airfare included in your package). Guests can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Ambergris back to the International airport run every 30 minutes starting at 7 a.m. Yellow Dog will arrange your included flights from Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) to San Pedro, Belize on your behalf.
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. 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. Please visit the Embassy of the United States website for Belize to obtain more information.
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Fish for bones along the many tidal flats and mangroves, or for larger species along the Barrier Reef. Target large permit on deepwater flats, chase schools of smaller permit between the mangrove islands, or sight fish on the largest tarpon flats in the world outside of South Florida.
Resident schools of 20 to 80-pound tarpon roam the flats of Ambergris year-round, while migratory fish in the 100 to 200-pound range arrives in strong numbers in late spring and early summer. It is also possible to find other species, like snook, large jack, snapper, and cuda. While the tarpon and permit fishing in this part of Belize is almost always done from the boat, there are some places where an angler can wade hard-bottomed flats while stalking schools of bonefish.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas, outfitted with large and spacious casting decks and poling platforms for the guides. The lodge also offers top-of-the-line loaner gear and equipment, included in the cost of the overall package. There is a fully-stocked fly shop at the lodge where you can purchase flies, leaders, tippet, and other items.
Rates and Terms
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 per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $3,362.50
5 Nights / 4 Days = $4,050.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,737.50
7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,425.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $6,112.50
9 Nights / 8 Days = $6,800.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $4,775.00
5 Nights / 4 Days = $5,900.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $7,025.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $8,150.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $9,275.00
9 Nights / 8 Days = $10,400.00
Non-Angler Rate Based on Double Occupancy (2 People Per Room)
4 Nights / 3 Days = $2,350.00
5 Nights / 4 Days = $2,700.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $3,050.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $3,400.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $3,750.00
9 Nights / 8 Days = $4,100.00
- The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package in the main lodge room (Upgraded accommodations available)
- All guided fishing as specified
- Round trip Tropic Air flights between Belize City and El Pescador – Yellow Dog will arrange your included flights from Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) to San Pedro, Belize on your behalf
- Sea and land transfer from San Pedro Airport to and from the lodge (coordinated by Yellow Dog to match your flights)
- Use of rods and reels (On a first come first serve basis)
- 9% hotel tax and 12.5% sales tax
- Three meals per day and an afternoon snack
- Local Belizean beverages (beer, alcohol, and soda) and welcome drink
What’s Not Included:
- Round trip International flights to and from Belize City
- Imported wine and alcohol
- Belizean fishing license (can be purchased at lodge, $25.00 USD per person)
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Items purchased at gift shop/tackle shop
- Flies, leaders, and terminal tackle (can be purchased at tackle shop)
- Additional diving and non-fishing adventure packages
- Spa Services / Treatments
El Pescador Lodge (Ambergris Caye, Belize)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking to hold both space and guides for all El Pescador Lodge packages. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. Because of the lodge’s strict no refund policy, we highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. For trip cancellations outside of 90 days from start of trip, a credit of 100% of deposit/final payment may be transferred to another date (within one next year) based on availability. This decision will be made by the lodge. For trip cancellations between 45 and 90 days from start of trip, a credit of 50% of the total package may be transferred to another date (within one next year) or another angler. No refund or credit will be given for trips cancelled inside of 45 days from start of trip, regardless of reason. Per the lodge’s terms, all confirmed reservations that occur during US President’s Day Week and/or between Christmas Day and New Year’s are immediately non-refundable, non changeable, and non transferrable. In addition, any accepted cancellations are subject to a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by El Pescador (in addition to any fees charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations, both deposits and refunds are non-refundable. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. El Pescador 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 at the time 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.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“This is a great lodge. The staff is amazing, the lodge is very nice, the food is great, the bar is great and the fishing was really interesting and fun. I would go back there if I wanted another bonefish, permit trip.” – Rich H.
“Fantastic, as always. Belize is a fantastic fishing destination with plenty of opportunity for permit, tarpon, and bonefish. El Pescador is a beautiful lodge with great accommodations. But what really makes this place special, and what has resulted in me taking 3 trips here in 2 years, is the El Pescador staff. Every member of the team is cheerful and happy to help in any way possible. Within 30 minutes of arriving they all know your name, and you are treated like family for the duration of your stay. It is truly an incredible group of people working here and I already cannot wait to go back and see them again.” – Clair S.
“It was a great trip. We were there as a family of four, with the boys fishing and the ladies not fishing. Everyone had a fantastic time and would gladly return to El Pescador.” – Greg B.
“Great trip. The resort, fishing, weather and time spent on the water were ideal. We would highly recommend the trip, particularly for families and couples who would like to both fish and explore the area. There were many other services, sites and experiences offered.” – Ami B.
“This was one of our favorite vacations. We loved Belize and the El Pescador experience was fantastic! The staff at El Pescador really goes the extra mile to make sure your trip is great. We will definitely return!” – Jason S.
“El Pescador offers five-star hospitality with incredible fishing regardless of skill level. You truly feel like family upon arrival. You know it’s a good trip when you start searching for property in the area!” – Kayla P.
“This was my wife and kids’ first trip to Belize and saltwater flats fishing. We all loved the lodge and the staff. They were very warm, welcoming, and provided great service. The lodge and amenities were excellent. The staff provided excellent recommendations of things to do on our non-flats fishing days. These side experiences were super fun and provided some of our highlights of the week. My wife had essentially never fly-fished before and she caught a bonefish. My kids all caught bonefish (the first for two of them) and collectively they caught a grand slam during the week. My 17-year son got the permit and my 13-year daughter the tarpon. I could not be happier with your recommendation to visit El Pescador. We are already talking of a repeat trip sometime next year.” – Michael H.
“Great as always, we will return soon. El Pescador goes out of the way to make sure you leave as part of the family. Extremely accommodating and the best fishing guides in the world. Their passion, knowledge, and patience on the water cannot be beaten.” – Kelsey R.