Passionate Guides, Permit Focus, and a Laid-Back Oceanside Vibe
Nestled just north of the antiquated village of Xcalak (pronounced ish-kalak), the Xflats Lodge at Tierra Maya is an exciting destination for the world-renowned flats of the Chetumal Bay area. The lodge is immersed in the lush greenery of Costa Maya’s ancient forests and anglers fish an abundance of flats and reefs for the Big Three—tarpon, permit, and bonefish. There is a tropical exquisiteness to this place, paired with the ease of an all-inclusive visit to fish some of the best permit flats in the Caribbean. Xflats also provides a haven for diving, snorkeling, exploring, and a well-deserved getaway.
Tucked along the expansive and protected Chetumal Bay, the Xflats Lodge at Tierra Maya’s six beachfront suites are all air-conditioned and elegantly furnished retreats with stylish Mayan décor, breezy exterior terraces, and dotted with tropical hammocks for guest to relax in the oceanfront aromata. These oceanside suites offer guests a comfortable space to put your feet up after a long day of exhilarating fly fishing. Each room also offers up to eight-rod racks for your fully rigged setup.
The chef uses local cuisine in a casual toe-in-the-sand vibe, you’ll enjoy the authentic local specialties and favorites, prepared and served in a restaurant that showcases the art of fishing with the companionship of fellow anglers. The onsite bar also ensures a cold drink is never far away and is a perfect spot to relax after a day on the flats.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package at Xflats Lodge at Tierra Maya is a 7 nights / 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
Non-angling guests can enjoy a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beach combing, and just plain relaxing in Xcalak–a small and very safe town in a remote area of the Yucatan.
Wi-Fi is available for guests via your own device. Cell phone service is not available. Satellite phone available for a modest fee.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights into Cancun International Airport (CUN). From there, you will be transferred in an air-conditioned vehicle to the lodge. Guests also have the option of a private air charter (for an increased fee) directly from CUN to Xcalak.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to arrive in Cancun as early as possible and schedule your returning flight to leave no earlier than 2:30 PM. If you miss your transfer you may have to pay for a private transfer or stay overnight in Cancun. The ground transfer takes approximately 5 hours. Important: Shuttle service is included in the 7 Night Lodging packages booked from Saturday to Saturday ONLY. For all other packages and travel dates, the shuttle service is an additional cost. Please contact us for pricing and details.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of trip dates. No visas or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
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.
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 fishery of Chetumal Bay is a picturesque shallow water flats fishery. The main area of concentration lies in the back bay located directly behind Xcalak. The boat ride to the fishing grounds lies less than 30 minutes away. The two main targets are that of permit and bonefish, with snook, tarpon, jacks, barracuda, and a few other species available. If you have ever wanted to chase permit there might not be a better place to do so.
With its numerous natural channels, Chetumal Bay provides an ideal habitat for diverse fish species. Within 100 yards of a single shoreline flat, you can cast at bonefish, permit, and tarpon. At certain times of the year, snook leave their mangrove sanctuaries to feed and warm up on the flats, giving anglers prime opportunities to target the “largemouth of the flats.”
On calm days, the oceanside flats and drop-offs provide excellent sight fishing for schools of permit and large, migratory tarpon. On windy days, the lagoons behind Xcalak provide shelter and productive fishing for baby tarpon and snook. In addition to boat fishing, Chetumal also offers excellent wade fishing.
Boats and Equipment
Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super pangas that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and clean, with large, uncluttered casting decks. If possible, anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them. The lodge does have some demo and rental rods available, but tackle in the area is limited.
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.
Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,800.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,500.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,200.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,900.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,600.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $5,450.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,950.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,450.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $3,950.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $3,450.00
Important: Shuttle service is included in the 7 Night / 6 Day Saturday to Saturday lodging packages ONLY. For all other packages and travel dates, a surcharge will be applied to non-Saturday transfers.
- Round trip transfer from Cancun and the lodge – Saturday to Saturday
- Number of nights lodging as specified
- Number of days of fully guided fishing as specified
- All meals and snacks at the lodge
- Cooler lunch and non-alcoholic beverages while fishing
- Daily happy hour and all non-alcoholic beverages
- Applicable Mexican VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Cancun
- Gratuities for guides, staff, and the shuttle driver
- Alcoholic beverages outside of happy hour
- Rods, reels, flies, or terminal tackle
- Shuttle service with packages not booked Saturday to Saturday.