Isla Blanca is located 35 minutes north of Cancun on the edge of the popular resort zone: an area that is the gateway to the beautiful Mar Caribe Biosphere. This expansive fishery stretches more than 50 nautical miles from the Rio Manatee (north of Cancun) all the way to Cabo Catoche (the line where the Caribbean meets the Gulf of Mexico). With an expansive system of sandy flats, mangroves, and back-country lagoons, this easily-accessed fishery provides year-round opportunities for juvenile tarpon, snook, permit, and the occasional bonefish. It also provides access to offshore migratory tarpon during the summer months. With an ideal location that is relatively close to the Cancun International Airport, this is the ideal option for a quick weekend getaway or a longer, all-inclusive package. Anglers and guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week, at any time of day, and trips of any length can easily be arranged.
Fin Chasers offers two options for accommodations, and all lodging and meal packages are custom-arranged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.
Punta BlancaThis is a new, small-scale boutique hotel located on the very edge of the resort zone – an area that is restricted to small hotel and guesthouse operations of ten rooms or less. Punta Blanca is ideally situated on a gorgeous white sand beach, with a full-service restaurant, outdoor beach bar, comfortable lobby area, spa, and ten spacious and comfortable suites. Each room features a private balcony and deck area, with private plunge pools, A/C, kitchenettes, and king beds. Punta Blanca is the primary base of operations for Fin Chasers, and an incredibly clean, comfortable, and safe location for fishing Isla Blanca. With full amenities, great service, and an incredible beach setting, the hotel works well for both anglers and non-anglers. It is worth noting that single-occupancy accommodations are always included with all fishing packages!
Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & SpaFor those looking for a larger, more full-service resort (ideal for couples or families) the Grand Palladium is a true 5-star, all-inclusive resort that is located only 10 minutes from the Fin Chasers marina area. The resort has a beautiful beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea, white sand, swimming pools, tennis, five restaurants an amazing full-service spa, and numerous other amenities. This resort is a great option for non-fishing companions and families. We recommend the Garden / Lagoon View rooms for easy access to meet your transfer to the boats for fishing each morning due to the location near the lobby of the hotel. Package pricing reflects accommodations in the Garden / Lagoon Jr. Suites. Rates for beachfront and upgraded rooms can be quoted on request.
Dining OptionsPunta Blanca Hotel has a full-service, beachfront restaurant and bar. The menu features a variety of different Mexican and American options, including plenty of fresh seafood dishes! It is also easy to walk up and down the beach to other hotels and resorts – all of which have on-site dining. The Grand Palladium offers a multitude of dining options and numerous restaurants on location. Each morning, breakfast will be available at the hotel, and a cooler lunch with all beverages will be packed for your full day on the water.Typical Length of StayContact us at Yellow Dog today for additional details.Packages of any length can be arranged, and it is possible to arrive and depart on any day of the week. There are no set change-over days, and it is also possible to customize any number of nights to pair with any number of fishing days. Non-Angling Activities and OptionsBeing based in the Isla Blanca and Cancun area, non-angling activities abound. Staying at either hotel location offers quick access to a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, beachcombing, boat cruises, and just plain relaxing. There are also numerous other attractions and day trip options in the area including Mayan ruins, water parks, theme parks, golf, shopping, and more.
Internet/CommunicationsWi-Fi is available at both locations via your own device(s). Cell phone service is available depending on your individual carrier.
How To Get ThereAll guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN). From there, you will be met by an air-conditioned vehicle and transferred to the lodging option of your choice.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times Upon arrival in Cancun, a representative from Fin Chasers will be waiting just outside the airport doors to greet you and direct you to your shuttle. The drive to Punta Blanca Hotel or the Grand Palladium typically takes about 45 minutes.Arrival and departure times are flexible due to the close proximity to Cancun International. Keep in mind that a transfer surcharge may be assessed for late arrivals or early departures, but it is possible to arrive or depart at any hour.
Documents RequiredAll U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of trip dates. No visas or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Traveling Without Both ParentsAll 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.
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General InformationThe mangrove systems and expansive flats north and west of Cancun are both beautiful and productive, and you immediately have the feeling that you are much further from the chaos and bustle of the resort zones than you actually are. The fishery is full of juvenile tarpon in the 5-25 pound range, and larger migratory tarpon can be found further to the north during the late spring and summer months on calm days. There are also good numbers of permit, snook, jacks, sheepshead, and ‘cudas in the immediate area, as well as the occasional bonefish. While there are not as many bonefish as what can be found further to the south in Ascension Bay, the bones in this area are impressively large. This is a fantastic fishery for the overall diversity of species and as well as the diversity of angling scenarios.
The Fin Chasers guide staff is formed of very experienced English-speaking guides who know the area like the backs of their hands, as they have guided these waters for many years. Specific flies for the area and for each specific species of fish are very important, so Fin Chasers will provide all flies. That said, anglers should feel free to bring their own fly patterns and all terminal tackle.
Boats and Equipment These boats are spacious, clean, and comfortable, with spacious casting decks and poling platforms for the guides. Yellow Dog will provide you with a complete gear and equipment list prior to your departure. Fin Chasers utilizes four, brand-new 23-foot Pangas powered with new 50 HP Yamahas engines.
Rates and Terms
2023 Package RatesRemember 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 a lodge or outfitter. Accommodations and trip iteneraries are customizable, so please call Yellow Dog for details and rates.
- Round trip transfers from Cancun Airport (airport-hotel-airport)
- Accommodations as specified in package
- Fully guided fishing days (2 anglers per boat)
- Daily round trip transfers from hotel to marina to meet boats and guides
- Loaner rods, flies, and tackle (if needed)
- Cooler lunch with non-alcoholic beverages while fishing
- All meals at Grand Palladium
- Bar tab at Grand Palladium
- Personalized attention at all times
- Airfare to and from Cancun
- Gratuities to guides, hotel staff, and transfer agents
- Optional high-end wine, liquor, and meals at Grand Palladium
- Bar tab at Punta Blanca
- All meals at Punta Blanca
FIN CHASERS TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONSReceipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 60 days from the start of trip, a refund or trip credit will be granted minus 10% of the package cost charged by the outfitter. For cancellations 60 to 30 days from start of trip date, a refund or trip credit will be granted minus 50% of the package cost charged by the outfitter. For cancellations inside of 30 days from arrival date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited, and no credit will be issued. No refund will be made for unused package portions. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. No refunds will apply for weather-related incidents or hurricanes, which is why Yellow Dog Flyfishing strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. If you don’t arrive on your confirmed arrival date (for example, if you miss your flight) but still plan to get to the lodge, inform Yellow Dog of your new arrival date. You will still be charged for the original vacation booking and are entitled to the remaining nights in the reservation. If you add extra nights to your original booking, they will be considered a new booking, and standard rates and conditions apply.