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Numerous Accommodation Options // Capacity - 6 Anglers
Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Barracuda, Jacks, Snapper
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Fly Fishing the Infamous Chetumal Bay

Chetumal is located on the Belize border in the northwest corner of Chetumal Bay – an extensive water body of approximately 1615 miles and encompasses the well-known and famed fisheries around Xcalak in Mexico and Ambergris Caye in Belize. The fishery around Chetumal City sees very light fishing pressure compared to other areas in the region. The waters north of Chetumal are incredibly diverse and have all of the Grand Slam species available offering year-round opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, permit, and snook. Fly Fishing Chetumal can accommodate up to six anglers with space for additional non-anglers as well. Fly Fishing Chetumal is one of the only entities specializing in guided fly fishing packages in these waters. Packages can be arranged at the beautiful Villa Marcela Calderitas Oxtankah located on the water about 20 minutes north of the city or at one of several downtown hotel locations for more budget-minded, fishing-focused anglers.

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
Villa Marcela Calderitas Oxtankah
There are numerous lodging options in and around Chetumal City available to anglers traveling to fish with Fly Fishing Chetumal. The preferred lodging option by the outfitter is Villa Marcela Calderitas Oxtankah, which is conveniently located about 25 minutes away from the International Airport. Villa Marcela offers family boutique cabins and ocean-view suites that overlook the beautiful Chetumal Bay. There are four ocean-view suites, two with a king-size bed and two with a pair of double beds. There is also a stand-alone unit with 2 bedrooms, living room area, and full kitchens. Each room features A/C, Wi-Fi, minibar, private bathroom, coffee maker, and a balcony that overlooks the bay. After a long day fishing in the hot sun, enjoy taking a swim in the pool or taking in the ocean breeze under one of the numerous palapas.

City Hotel Package
Fly Fishing Chetumal can also book one of several basic hotels in the city. These are standard hotel rooms with A/C, TVs, and full baths. Breakfast is included with the hotel packages but guests are on their own for dinner each evening. Transfer time to and from the Villa Marcela dock where the boats and guides are met is approximately 20 minutes each way.

Guests will receive a hearty breakfast and dinner included with the Villa Marcela package including non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is available and a bar tab can be kept during your stay. For your day on the water, Fly Fishing Chetumal will provide anglers with a cooler lunch and non-alcoholic beverages while fishing. In addition, there are numerous restaurant options around Chetumal City that range from local Mexican cuisine to fresh seafood. We recommend El Taco Loco, Cafe Del Puerto, and Forasteros restaurants if you plan to head into town! If you are doing the City Hotel package you will be on your own for dinner, but breakfast is provided each morning.

Typical Length of Stay
The standard package at Fly Fishing Chetumal is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days, but itineraries of any length can be accommodated, and arrivals for any day of the week can also be arranged.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
There are numerous options for the non-angler including tennis and pickle ball courts located at the Villa Marcela location. In addition, guests only need to travel less than one mile on a paved road from Villa Marcela either walking or with bicycles to explore the incredible Oxtankah Mayan ruins. Within Chetumal City, there are numerous great restaurants and shopping options, other fascinating Mayan ruins nearby, kayak and bird-watching tours, and more!

Wi-Fi is available for guests via your own device. Spotty cell phone service is available throughout the area, although reception at Villa Marcela is poor.

Travel Details

How To Get There
There are multiple ways to get to Chetumal. You can fly directly into Chetumal International Airport (CTM). American Airlines is now offering a direct flight from Miami to Chetumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is the only direct flight from the US. Other flights directly into Chetumal connect through Mexico City where itineraries and layover times can be cumbersome. Guests can also fly into Merida (MID) or Cancun (CUN). Transfer time from Merida to Chetumal takes approximately 4 hours and transfer from the Cancun Airport takes 5 hours.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to arrive into Cancun or Merida as early as possible, and we always recommend arriving before 3:00 PM if at all possible. Later arrivals can be accommodated upon request. Please make sure to schedule your departing flight to leave Cancun or Merida after 2:30 PM. The ground transfer takes approximately five hours each way from Cancun (CUN) and four hours each way from Merida (MID).

Documents Required
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, de-laminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens.

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.

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General Information
Chetumal Bay is an extensive water body encompassing approximately 1615 miles. It is surrounded by distinctive tropical flora and fauna, mangroves, and amazing natural zones with tall trees and regional vegetation. Chetumal Bay is typically associated by anglers with the waters of Xcalak and Ambergris Caye in Belize – these fisheries have been fished for decades by fly anglers. The waters near Chetumal City have been left alone and relatively untouched by fly anglers. The Fly Fishing Chetumal team has spent years exploring and mapping out this fishery and has discovered a multitude of flats and mangrove systems that provide amazing opportunities for fly anglers! There are good numbers of bonefish, permit, baby tarpon, and snook. They see large migratory tarpon during the summer and also have a population of large resident tarpon that can be targeted year round!

The fishing day starts at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast and you will meet up with your guide team at 7:30 a.m you’ll head to the dock. The fishing day is 8+ hours depending on the fishing plan established by your guide and you will typically be back at the dock around 4:00 PM.

Each boat is set up with a YETI cooler with ice, lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages. Generally lunch consists of ham, chicken, or tuna sandwiches and some snacks as cookie and treats. If you do want some beers for the boat, please make sure to bring these with you! If you are allergic to any kind of food, please let Yellow Dog know in advance – we will pass this along to the lodge.

Boats and Equipment
The boats used by Fly Fish Chetumal are 23-foot Mexican super pangas set up to comfortably accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and an assistant guide. Anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, terminal tackle, and flies with them.

Rates and Terms

2022 Package Rates
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. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged, so please contact Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing. The rates below are per person and in US Dollars.

Villa Marcela Package

Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,950.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,600.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,150.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,800.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,150.00

Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,100.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,700.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,000.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,600.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,700.00

City Hotel Package

Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,500.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,100.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,700.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,300.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,700.00

Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,500.006 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,000.005 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,400.004 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,000.003 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,100.00

What’s Included:

  • Ground transportation to and from airport
  • Transportation to and from hotel to Villa Marcela dock (City Hotel package)
  • Accommodations as specified
  • All guided fishing as specified
  • Full breakfast and dinner included in Villa Marcela package (breakfast included with City Hotel package)
  • Cooler lunch while fishing with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fishing license

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to and from Chetumal, Merida, or Cancun
  • Gratuities for guides, hotel staff, and transfer drivers
  • Dinner each evening (City hotel package)
  • All fishing equipment, terminal tackle, and flies
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry service, taxis, tours, or additional activities

Fly Fishing Chetumal
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 120 days from the start of trip, a refund or trip credit will be given minus a $150.00 per person cancellation fee charged by the lodge and a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. For cancellations inside of 120 days from start of trip date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited and no trip credits will be issued. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter 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. 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.



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