A Full-Dosage of Tarpon, Fun, and Mexico
Based out of the city of Campeche, Tarpon Town Anglers is a well established, tarpon-focused, and locally owned/operated outfitter. The Bay of Campeche area, also known as The Tarpon Coast, Tarpon Route, and Bahia del Sabalo, features more than 80 miles of mangrove coast, hundreds of creeks, and turtlegrass flats, making this region perfectly situated for raising prolific numbers of baby and juvenile tarpon. Campeche continues to remain off the beaten path and gets as many tourists in one year as Cancun gets in a month, yet is a safe and fun city to explore. With approachable saltwater flats-style sight fishing for high numbers of festy tarpon in the 5 to 40-pound class nearby a wonderfully quaint town with Mayan and Spanish history, we like to think of Campeche as one of the best tarpon destinations for beginners and veterans alike.
Anglers booking through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Tarpon Town have a choice of several different lodging options in the city of Campeche. Here are a few of our recommendations:
Set along Seafront Boulevard, this casual, upscale hotel with a peaked red roof is 2.9 km from the walking paths of the Jardín Botánico X’much haltún and 3.2 km from the towers of the Catedral de Campeche. Airy, modern rooms with colorful accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and safes. Upgraded rooms add wood paneling and kitchenettes, and luxurious upgraded suites include amenities such as marble floors, separate living rooms, whirlpool tubs and/or ocean views.
Located in the Parque de la Independencia Main Square and only a few blocks from the seafront, this immaculate colonial-style boutique hotel is complete with a coffee shop, free wi-fi, air conditioning, and a pool. Only a 15-minute drive from the airport and right next to great shopping and dining, this great hotel is ideally situated for a great time in Campeche.
Food and Beverages
A light breakfast of coffee, juice, and pastries is usually packed for your morning on the water. Since the typical day of tarpon fishing starts so early, there are really no restaurants open for breakfast! The guides of Tarpon Town will bring a cooler loaded with breakfast snacks, beverages, and lunch items. Dinner is not included in your package. There are numerous restaurants in the general vicinity of the hotel district, and you may prefer to try a different dining establishment each evening.
Typical Length of Stay
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated and guests can arrive and depart on any days of the week.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Campeche may be among the most beautiful and unique in all of Southern Mexico. Visitors will enjoy strolling the clean and colorful streets of the historic downtown area. Here, one can find numerous shops, museums, art galleries, outdoor restaurants, historic cathedrals and churches. The city is also home to several outstanding examples of military architecture, including the Fort of San Jose el Alto, the Puerta de Tierra access door, Fuerta de San Miguel, and other sites.
For those interested in Mayan ruins and ancient Mayan architecture, the Campeche region is home to some of the largest, most spectacular, and least-visited sites anywhere in the Mayan World. Archeological sites such as Edzna, Balamku, Chicanna, and several others are all easy day trips from Campeche.
If you are traveling to Campeche with a non-angler or a non-angling spouse, Tarpon Town will be happy to arrange guided tours and other activities.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at all hotels in the Campeche area, and at several restaurants and bars. Depending on your international service plan, most cell phones will also work in Campeche.
How To Get There
The most direct way to travel is to fly directly into Campeche International Airport (CPE). There are three daily flights directly into Campeche via Mexico City International Airport (MEX) by AeroMexico. You may be able to save money and book a more direct itinerary by flying into the city of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, which is a two-hour drive from Campeche. Merida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport (MID) is serviced by a number of major U.S. airlines that offer direct service from Houston, Dallas, Miami, and a number of other major U.S. cities. Merida is the fastest, easiest way to access Campeche.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival into Merida or Campeche, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a Tarpon Town representative. From here, you will be shuttled two hours from Merida to Campeche. If you are flying directly into Campeche, you will be minutes away from your hotel! The transfers to Campeche from Merida are included in the Tarpon Town fishing package.
If you are planning to travel to Campeche from Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to Campeche, a road trip of approximately five hours. Round-trip transfers to Campeche from Cancun are an additional $700.00 US round-trip (approximate cost, depending on the total number of people).
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.
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 Campeche area offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby and juvenile tarpon that we have found anywhere in the Caribbean. The huge network of mangrove lagoons, turglegrass flats, and creeks that begin immediately north of the city, provide more than enough options for excellent year-round tarpon fishing as weather and tides change. One of the reasons we love Campeche so much is its approachability for first-time saltwater anglers. Baby and juvenile tarpon are usually keen to eat a fly and if hooked, will run and jump several times, making them extremely fun to catch. The multitute of shots anglers are offered during a trip, combined with the excitement of hooking into tarpon is surely one of the best introductions available to the world of saltwater fly fishing. While on the hunt for tarpon, snook, snapper, barracuda and jack creavlle that share these waters can occasionally be found, and offer their own fun and challenges. For experienced saltwater anglers and veteran tarpon addicts, pursuing schools of tarpon in the 30-40 pound class on the turglegrass flats has proven to be a great option. The guides at Tarpon Town have a great knowledge of the area, are very fun to fish with, and work hard to ensure a great fishing experience and trip to Campeche.
Raul or Carlos from Tarpon Town Anglers will greet you every morning to discuss fishing details for the day. Breakfast will be served 30 minutes before sunlight (time depends on the season but should be between 5:30 and 6:00). Following breakfast, anglers board boats either across the hotel or at the marina. Fishing usually lasts nine (9) hours and rides can vary depending on your guide’s fishing plan. A short ride could be 15 minutes and a long ride, up to one hour and 20 minutes to the farthest spots. Lunch is always in the cooler as it is primarily cold turkey, chicken, or tuna sandwiches, along with baguettes, snacks and refreshments. Let us know of any dietary restrictions or allergies beforehand.
Boats and Equipment
Boats used by Taron Town are clean, well-designed, custom-built backcountry skiffs that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and comfortable with large, open casting decks.
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. Plus, you get hands-on assistance, valuable insider information, pre-trip planning materials and total support on all levels. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for more details and customized package pricing.
- The number of days of fully guided fishing as specified in your package
- Accommodations at one of the hotels listed above
- Meet-and-greet service in Merida
- Round trip ground transfer between Merida and Campeche
- Breakfast and lunch each day in Campeche
- Fishing license, and applicable Mexican VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Merida or Campeche
- Dinner each evening in Campeche
- Gratuities for guides and hotel staff
- Taxis, additional tours, and activities
- All fishing equipment, flies and tackle
Yellow Dog’s Mexico expert, Shaun Lawson is standing by to help make your next fly fishing trip to Tarpon Town great.
Contact Shaun for customized package pricing, great travel advice, and all other trip inquiries, and remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free!
When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than if you were to book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Plus, you get hands-on assistance, valuable insider information, pre-trip planning materials and total support on all levels.