Find Yourself in the Middle of Fantastic Fly Fishing Opportunities
The small and intimate Long Caye Outpost Lodge sits on the front of Long Caye, directly overlooking Belize’s Barrier Reef and offering spectacular views of the blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea. This tiny lodge – owned and operated by Belize River Lodge – provides immediate “on the reef” access to some of the best tarpon, snook, permit and bonefishing in all of Belize. The small lodge building sits on a white sand beach overlooking the flats. Smaller groups looking for privacy, families of up to six people, and couples looking for a more “down to earth” fly-fishing experience will love the Outpost location and fishing program.
Located on a small island of 40 acres, the Lodge is built on a small beach that is surrounded by palm trees and mangroves. There are a few lobster shacks and a tiny settlement within 40 minutes of the lodge, but other than that, you will have the island and the area to yourself. Belize City is just over an hour run by boat. This property has been in the Belize River Lodge family for years, but until recently, it was a private family vacation spot. A renovation to the property, the addition of a generator, and more outbuildings for staff have now opened this unique and remote destination for visiting anglers. The action takes place in the main, two-story cottage that features three double occupancy bedrooms, a dining area, a common-area sitting space, and a large front deck overlooking the beach and the home flat. The rooms have plenty of space for gear, the beds are comfortable, and the ceiling fans and screened windows allow for great ventilation. One bathroom is shared by the three rooms.
Food and Beverages
Long Caye Lodge’s parent operator – Belize River Lodge – has always been very well known for their Belizean hospitality and delicious Belizean Creole cuisine. The same wonderful Belize River Lodge cooks will prepare your meals at the Outpost Lodge, so you can expect a delicious variety of meals to be served daily.
Typical Length of Stay
The average package is a seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days package, although trips and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. You can arrive or depart any day of the week, as the Outpost Lodge has no preset arrival or departure days. Combination trips between Belize River Lodge and Long Caye will also allow guests to experience the varied fisheries in central Belize. Yellow Dog will work with you to fully understand the two different lodge settings, their respective fisheries, and how to divide your time between the two destinations based on what you are looking for, what species you want to focus on, and more.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is a quiet and remote destination surrounded by a pristine tropical setting, a destination that is perhaps suited for those that want to focus on fishing. That said, Lodge staff can arrange for nature-based non-angling activities like snorkeling, beach combing, wildlife viewing, and ecotours. The beach is outfitted with several chairs, hammocks, a volleyball court, and plenty of shade from the mature palm trees, making this a great “base camp” for those seeking a private experience and a “make-your-own-fun” type of fly fishing vacation. This is a good destination for families if the kids are older and like to explore the beaches and the ocean.
Internet / Communications
Internet is not available at the Outpost Lodge. Some cell phones, however, will work on the island depending on your service provider and plan.
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
The close proximity of Belize River Lodge (mainland operation) to the International Airport (BZE) means that you can arrive into Belize at any time of the day and easily transfer to Long Caye Outpost Lodge without worrying about additional in-country flights and further travel time. If you are heading directly to the Outpost, you will sign in at the mainland lodge (Belize River Lodge), get your Belize fishing license, and take a panga directly to Long Caye. If you are overnighting and/or fishing for a few days at Belize River Lodge, you may leave some of your gear and clothing at the main lodge while fishing Long Caye for a portion of your trip. This makes for less hassle and lighter packing when heading out to Long Caye.
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 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 To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize 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 Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
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.
The incredibly productive flats system that surrounds Long Caye is a long run from many of the well-known, fixed lodge operations in this area. Staying on Long Caye, however, allows anglers quick and easy access to this expansive fishery. Typical runs to the flats and the more productive fishing areas average 10 – 15 minutes, which means that you can easily fish earlier in the morning, come back to the lodge for lunch and head back out for an afternoon and evening session.
In this particular area of Belize, you will find a complex system of islands, grass and sand flats – all located only a few minutes from the Barrier Reef. Bonefish within this ecosystem average from two to three pounds, with larger fish found on a regular basis throughout the year. Long Caye is also known as one of the most productive tarpon fisheries in the entire Caribbean, and the area is home to resident fish that range in size from 20 to over 150 pounds. We love the permit fishing in this area as well and feel that Long Caye is home to some of the largest permit in all of Belize. The home flats of the Lodge are close to the reef and deeper water, where permit spend much of their time. The Lodge’s prime location allows the guides to fish a wide range of permit scenarios, thus increasing your odds at finding the fish during different weather systems. The numerous islands in the immediate area enable the guides to position you on the lee sides of these land masses during difficult, windy weather, allowing you to cast out of the wind as much as possible.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers fish from 23-foot pangas (flats skiffs), either one or two-to-a-boat. Each panga is equipped with a poling platform, a removable lean-bar (casting brace) on the bow, rod holders, and a newer outboard engine. It is recommended that anglers bring their own rods, reels, lines, flies, and all terminal tackle.
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.
Cost Per Person – Based on a 2 Person Group
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,778.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,555.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,398.00
Cost Per Person – Based on a 4 Person Group
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,250.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $3,898.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $4,475.00
Cost Per Person – Based on a 6 Person Group
5 Nights / 4 Days = $2,925.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $3,526.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $4,175.00
- The number of nights lodging specified in your package
- All guided fishing
- Round trip land and water transfers between Belize International Airport and the lodge
- 9% hotel tax and 12.5% GST
- Three meals per day, plus appetizers
- Soda and drinking water
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Belize City
- Belizean departure tax
- Alcoholic beverages and bar tab at lodge
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Fishing equipment, tackle, and flies
- Belize fishing license (US $25.00 per week, per angler)