A Productive Tarpon and Permit Fishery Close to Home
Situated approximately 1,000 miles southeast of the southern tip of Florida, Puerto Rico offers year-round access to unpressured tarpon and a number of productive flats for pursuing tailing permit on foot. No Name Lodge is a small operation hosting no more than six anglers each week, perfect for groups of anglers or for a pair of friends to enjoy. Guests lodge right on the water of Boquerón Marina, a notable commercial fishing marina that provides the region with a plethora of fresh seafood options. Boquerón’s picturesque downtown is less populous and more inviting than some of Puerto Rico’s more popular cities, comprised of colorful architecture and ample dining options. Enjoyable nightlife options and an inviting downtown make for a fantastic way to enjoy the local culture after days on the water. Travel to Puerto Rico for American guests couldn’t be easier as passports are not required for entry, and you do not have to pass through customs. We recommend Puerto Rico to anyone who enjoys immediate access to productive saltwater angling, with comfortable, no-frill accommodations and an immersive cultural experience abroad.
No Name’s three-story guest house is located in Boquerón Harbor overlooking the calm waters of Puerto Rico’s flats. Guests can expect comfortable double-occupancy rooms, each with its own private bathroom. The common area downstairs consists of a gathering space with a television and fly-tying area and a dining room for guests to enjoy breakfast family style. Outside, a patio area grants anglers a great view of the harbor and a pleasant place to take coffee in the mornings or wind down after a day of fishing.
Food and Beverages
Each morning, guests enjoy breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, yogurt, breakfast pastries, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch is eaten on the water, and anglers can choose from a couple of different sandwiches made locally at a nearby bakery. A couple of the dinners are included in the package, including grilled meats and local seafood. The remainder of your meals are enjoyed in the town of Boquerón, with plenty of local options. No Name’s staff is happy to assist anglers in finding the best dining destination to suit their preferences, with the town’s center only a few minutes away.
Typical Length of Stay
Stays of three (3) days / four (4) nights or five (5) days / six (6) nights are available. Monday arrival works best for the lodge’s schedule to avoid any weekend traffic during travel.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The lodge is primarily geared toward anglers, but Spending time in Boqueron to enjoy the local culture or enjoying the local beach. Each night you will have the opportunity to go into town for drinks, shopping, etc. Golfing and surfing can also be arranged if you want to take a day off the water.
Internet / Communications
Cellular service is available on the island of Puerto Rico with all major US carriers. Please double-check your plan about an extended network during your stay. Wi-Fi is available in the guest house.
How to Get There
San Juan (SJU) is the capital city of Puerto Rico and your arrival point when coming from the continental US. There are multiple major airlines that fly to San Juan, including Delta, Alaska Air, Southwest, United and American Airlines. Many major US cities offer direct flights to San Juan, including Chicago, New York, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Newark, Detroit, Miami, Charlotte, Orlando, Minneapolis and Boston.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Depending on where your point of origin (where you are flying from), this will dictate when you need to arrive in San Juan. Once you have arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, there is one more flight to Mayaguez to get to No Name Lodge. The last flight to Mayaguez vis Cape Air Airlines is at 5:30 PM, if you arrive in San Juan after this time you will need to overnight. If spending the night in San Juan is required, then it will be necessary to arrive one day before your trip date starts.
A passport is not required; standard forms of ID like a driver’s license used when traveling through other domestic airports.
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Each day begins with your guide trailering the skiffs to the town of La Parguera, taking about 20 minutes on quiet rural roads. La Parguera is a tiny community located on the southern shores of Puerto Rico, where the skiffs will be launched from a boat ramp. The average travel time in the skiff to start fishing is 15-25 minutes, depending on the target species. The area offers two means of targeting tarpon: inside the deeper flats of the barrier reef or tucked inside the mangrove bays. Both settings are productive as these tarpon have seen very few flies, and the variety allows anglers to fish the most productive areas depending on seasons, weather conditions, and tidal movement.
The permit fishing takes place on a series of pancake-style flats that act as the barrier reef to southern Puerto Rico. Depending on the tides and conditions, the tailing permit will be targeted on foot or from the skiff’s bow. Similar to the style of permit fishing done in Southern Belize, anglers and their guide will search for tailing fish or fish accessing the shallow flats. While not receiving the same level of pressure as other Caribbean destinations, these fish are still difficult quarries!
Boats and Equipment
No Name Lodge utilizes three 17-foot Maverick skiffs with four-stroke 90 HP engines. They are equipped with poling platforms that will be utilized when fishing deeper waters that won’t allow for wade fishing. Each guide is a certified captain by the US coastguard and will be operating their skiffs professionally as a result. The guides have spare terminal tackle, outfits, and flies onsite, but anglers should come well-equipped for their trip as there is no formal availability of spare equipment.
Rates and Terms
5 days fishing / 6 nights stay – $4,905.00
3 days fishing / 4 nights stay – $3,597.00
- Transfers to and from Mayaguez airport to No Name Lodge
- Breakfast and lunch each day
- Any dinners that are provided at the guest house
- Guided fly fishing
- Use of lodge fishing equipment
- Puerto Rico Hotel Tax of 9%
- Round-trip flights to and from No Name Lodge
- Overnight accommodations and meals in San Juan
- Dinners in town
NO Name Lodge Terms and Conditions:
If a guest cancellation is made more than 60 days prior to scheduled arrival, initial deposited funds (1/2 of the trip total) is NON-REFUNDABLE. If a cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your arrival at the lodge, 50% of deposited funds are credited towards a future trip at The Lodge. The credit can be used anytime but CANNOT be transferred or gifted. Cancellations due to an unforeseen act of god will result in a Lodge credit of 100% of deposited/paid funds.
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