The Juvenile Tarpon Capital of the World
Tarpon Cay Lodge is located in the northern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The lodge sits on a marine reserve and offers anglers excellent opportunities at catching juvenile “baby” tarpon. For anglers specifically targeting juvenile tarpon, this is possibly the best fishery in the world. The tarpon generally range from five to fifteen-pounds with the occasional fish breaking the 25-pound mark. Barracuda and snook also inhabit the fishery, and with an expert guide team, anglers will be counting down the minutes to get back on the water. After watching a tarpon take your fly and the subsequent aerial display of reckless abandon, you will be left speechless.
Tarpon Cay Lodge offers comfortable accommodations in the Hotel San Felipe located on the waterfront. Rooms have ceiling fans, air conditioning, and private baths. Daily maid service will tend to your room and replace linens, towels, bottled drinking water, cups, and soap. And after a long day on the flats chasing tarpon, relax on the rooftop balcony in the gentle ocean breeze or rest in the spacious lounge and dining areas while enjoying a beverage. If you still have enough energy at the end of the day, there is a workspace for fly tying.
Food and Beverages
Hungry anglers will be delighted by the hearty meals of Mexican and American inspired dishes. Breakfast is made-to-order with requests submitted the night before. Lunch is also made-to-order and consists of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. Dinner is usually either fresh fish, chicken, pork, or shrimp.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard packages with included transfers at Tarpon Cay are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days, three (3) night / two (2) day and four (4) night / three (3) day packages. The included transfers occur on Saturdays and Wednesdays and any arrivals or departures on alternate days will require an extra transfer surcharge of $350 for each off day transfer.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Tarpon Cay is a fishing-focused operation and non-angling activities are very limited. However, if guests rent a car, there are a handful of Mayan ruins near the lodge open for exploration. Additionally, there are great opportunities for bird watching.
There is a computer at the lodge, for guests use and Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. There is strong cell coverage in San Felipe. Additionally, the lodge has a phone that guests can use with a prepaid calling card.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to and from Merida International Airport (MID). Upon arrival in Merida a lodge representative will meet you and transfer you the 2.5 hours to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The drive from Merida to Isla del Sabalo is approximate 2. 5 hours. We recommend arriving into Merida no later than 3:30 PM in order to transfer all the way to the lodge on arrival. To catch departure flights from the lodge on the day of departure it is very important to book them to depart NO LATER than 1:00 PM.
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. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children under 18 years of age entering Mexico 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 US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
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Tarpon Cay Lodge’s location allows access to possibly the best juvenile tarpon fishery in the world! The local fishery is protected as a marine preserve and the outfitters rest the fishery for 5 months. The area receives low-pressure year round and the commercial fishing boats are restricted from the prime tarpon flats and lagoons; maintaining a strong ecosystem and incredible fishery. Due to a large number of juvenile tarpon in the area, it is not uncommon to see pods of rolling fish feeding in open water lagoons on a calm day. The San Felipe fishery containing robust numbers of juvenile tarpon in the 5 – 15-pound range, some snook, cudas and jack crevalle. The boat runs each day to the lagoons are short and typically no more than 10 – 15 minutes.
There are some great ocean side flats about an hour from the lodge that do see some migratory tarpon. The summer months are the best time for migratory fish opportunities. Most of the migratory fish they see are in the 20 – 50-pound range with an occasional fish in the 60 – 100 size class.
Boats and Equipment Required
Tarpon Cay utilizes 18-foot pangas for all operations. 8 – 9 wt. rods with floating lines are perfect for the juvenile tarpon fishery. The water is shallow with shots in 1 foot of water. Small 1/0 wet flies and gurglers are the tickets. 40 – 50-pound mono leaders are preferred over fluorocarbon for the shallow water in the lagoons for the slower sink rate. The larger migratory tarpon will require 10 – 11 wt rods with an intermediate sinking line and 2/0 flies with 60 – 80-pound fluoro.
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. rips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
** The standard packages with included transfers at Tarpon Cay are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days, three (3) night / two (2) day and four (4) night / three (3) day packages. The included transfers occur on Saturdays and Wednesdays and any arrivals or departures on alternate days will require an extra transfer surcharge of $350 for each off day transfer.
2019 Double Occupancy Rates
3 night / 2 day = $2,435
4 night / 3 day = $2,825
7 night / 6 day = $3,965
Non-angler rate: $150 per night (when paired with an angler booked at the single occupancy rate)
- All accommodations at Tarpon Cay Lodge as specified
- All guided fishing as specified
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Round trip ground transfer between Cancun and Tarpon Cay Lodge on Wed and Sun
- Fishing License
- Mexican goods and service tax
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to and from Cancun
- Transfers on days other than Wednesday and Saturday (additional surcharge)
- Gratuities for fishing guides and hotel staff
- All flies, tackle and fishing gear
- Laundry service
- Alcoholic beverages