Trip Overview 

Casa Blanca has established itself as one of the world’s finest saltwater fly fishing and light tackle fishing lodges. Casa Blanca offers an incomparable location, a one-of-a-kind fishery, superb facilities, excellent food, outstanding equipment and a professional staff. It is for these collective reasons that Casa Blanca has become a "bellwether" operation for Yellow Dog by which all other saltwater lodges are measured and compared. Private and secluded, Casa Blanca sits on the northern tip of a small, coastal island called Isla Punta Pajaros, located in the southern waters of Ascension Bay. As the only lodge for miles, the Lodge is as remote and pristine a location as you will find in this entire region. At Casa Blanca, you are truly as far from the world and as close to “the way it was” as you will ever be.

Destination Quick Facts 

Casa Blanca Lodge - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Isla Punta Parajos, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula)

SEASON:  
October through July

CAPACITY:  Maximum 24 anglers per week

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, barracuda, jacks, snapper and more

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Cancun, Mexico (CUN)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
The actual Lodge was the former staff quarters for coco plantation workers. Since being fully remodeled and rebuilt, you will find that every room is one with a view. Each spacious room has a different layout to accommodate different needs. The Caribbean is only 100 feet away from the main complex, which means that all the rooms are seaside. Each room is spacious, well appointed, has remarkable views, air conditioning, tile floors, mahogany shutters and spacious baths. Casa Blanca has 11 seaside rooms and can accommodate 22 people comfortably.

The Lodge also boasts a 100-yard long concrete pier. Under the lights at night you will find cruising tarpon and permit. Some of the best fishing happens right off the pier with a cold drink or cooler of beer under the lights!

Food and Beverages
The nightly menu at Casa Blanca includes chicken, steak, conch, lobster and - of course - fresh fish. The house specialty is fresh Caribbean seafood. You will always find the day’s catch simply and skillfully prepared. All meals are served in the Lodge’s waterfront dining room, at beautifully-set tables, by professionally trained staff.

Typical Length of Stay
Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days or five (5) nights / four (4) fishing days. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The entire setting at Casa Blanca is the perfect antidote to civilization. Non-anglers can plan a different adventure every single day, from exploring Mayan ruins, beach combing, kayaking in secluded lagoons, snorkeling the reef, watching turtles nest on the beach, or doing absolutely nothing at all. Opportunities for "nothing" abound. You could simply lounge in a hammock and gaze at the transparent turquoise waters or sit back and sip a cool, refreshing tropical drink. The lodge itself is in the center of one of the world's largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.5 million acres and completely surrounds Casa Blanca. Sian Ka'an has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site and contains 22 registered archaeological sites. Two of these are just down the beach from Casa Blanca.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Cell phone coverage is unavailable. There is a satellite phone available for a modest rental fee.

FISHING

General Information
The waters of Ascension Bay provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life. In essence, it is a great home for game fish! The vast estuary and flats system and the adjacent reef provide the infrastructure for Casa Blanca's pristine and highly productive fishery. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the world's largest population of permit, and as many as twenty have been boated by Casa Blanca guests “on the fly” in a single week. It is not unusual to see – within casting range – twenty-five to fifty permit in a single day, their sickle-shaped fins piercing the surface of the waters near "Esperanza" or the "Tres Marias".

As for bonefish, the waters of Ascension Bay are loaded with large schools that provide consistent action all year long. These fish average two to three pounds, but larger bones are caught on a regular basis. And, while Casa Blanca is known for its fine bone and permit fishing, you can target numerous other fish species as well, including a large number of tarpon that inhabit the mangroves and lagoons of the area. The waters surrounding Casa Blanca offer the light-tackle saltwater fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish in the world. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, sharks, and several different reef species in a single week of fishing. This kind of angling opportunity can only be found in a few locations throughout the world.

Each day you will have the option of fishing from a skiff or wading, and the Lodge’s on-site fishing coordinator can give you advice on angling methods, availability, equipment and fly selection for the numerous species available. The daily fishing schedule is flexible, so you’ll want to discuss your plans with the lodge staff every day. Most anglers choose a schedule that takes advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, generally between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Boats and Equipment 
Most boats used by the lodge are 16-foot Dolphin flats skiffs that accommodate two fishermen and a guide. Each is constructed with a forward casting deck, tandem passenger seats, rod racks, and a poling platform. Anglers should bring all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them, though the lodge does have a rental program and some flies and tackle available for purchase. For rental rods, the lodge offers Sage Xi3 rods in weights 8, 9, and 10, with Sage 6080 and 6010 large arbor reels with appropriately weighted Rio Tropical Clouser lines. Each rod and reel package is available to rent for $25/day or $150/week. The lodge also sells a limited selection of local flies that are tied by the Casa Blanca guides.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN) - an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad. From Cancun, Casa Blanca provides a private air charter that will take you directly to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun (CUN) no later than 2:00 PM. Return flights should be scheduled no earlier than 11:00 AM in order to make connections with the air charter. Many clients also choose to fly into Cancun on Friday evening and stay in the area in order to make the morning charter flight.

Casa Blanca will provide a private air charter which will fly you directly to the lodge. Each plane can accommodate four to five guests plus the pilot. The flight to and from Cancun to the island of Punta Pajaros is approximately 120 miles (55 minutes). At the Casa Blanca main dock, the lodge staff will greet you and show you to your room.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips 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. No visas or inoculations 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.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
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. Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days or five (5) nights / four (4) fishing days.

*** Anglers sharing a room with a non-angler and fishing as a single angler must add $470.00 to the double occupancy rate.

Double Occupancy Lodging (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)

(May 20 - October 7, 2017)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,398.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,694.00

(October 7, 2017 - February 3, 2018 and May 19 - October 6, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,441.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,730.00

(February 3, 2018 - May 19, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,748.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,010.00

Single Occupancy Lodging (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)

(May 20 - October 7, 2017)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,099.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,833.00

(October 7, 2017 - February 3, 2018 and May 19 - October 6, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,159.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,881.00

(February 3, 2018 - May 19, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,471.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $5,495.00

Non-Angler Rate Based on Double Occupancy Lodging (2 People Per Room)

(May 20 - October 7, 2017)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,459.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,094.00

(October 7, 2017 - February 3, 2018 and May 19 - October 6, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,493.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,124.00

(February 3, 2018 - May 19, 2018)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,814.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,610.00

AIR CHARTER SURCHARGES
For all late arrivals, early departures and/or partial week itineraries
Round trip costs of air charter are included in the above weeklong Seven (7) night, six (6) day package rates. For the short Five (5) night, four (4) day package the only the Saturday flight is included. For the short package there is a surcharge for the non-Saturday flight based on the number of passengers in the group.
1 Pass.= $1,236.00 / 2 Pass. = $618 ea. / 3 Pass. =$412 ea. / 4 Pass. = $309 ea.

What's Included

  • All accommodations at Casa Blanca Lodge
  • All guided fishing as specified
  • Round trip air transfer between Cancun and the lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner in the main lodge and lunch on the water with your guide
  • Non-bottled beverages
  • Boat beverages while fishing
  • Snorkeling, sea kayaking, natural history excursions, and unlimited use of all recreational equipment

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Cancun
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle

OTHER INFO

Client Testimonials

“Casa Blanca is one of the best-operated lodges I have ever been to. The fishing was great and the staff and guides were very accommodating. They went out of their way every single day. They delivered coffee to the room every morning, made smoothies for us for breakfast, and overall took great care of us. First class all the way!”
- Al B. (Gig Harbor, WA)

"We're just back from Casa Blanca. Everything was World Class! Best fishing trip ever - seamless, and perfect in every way. Thank You Yellow Dog!"
- J.D. and Debbie M.

"The variety of species at Casa Blanca is amazing. In one day, I cast to bonefish, permit, tarpon, cuda, jacks, and even a few snook. To top it off, the place is so incredibly beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ll be back soon!"
- Thomas B.

“Ascension Bay is a beautiful area. Amazing how much unspoiled water there is available. Casa Blanca is incredibly run. Their emphasis on service and food is phenomenal. Everything is gourmet and fresh. You would be hard-pressed to want anything more. I just need one more shot at that huge tarpon!”
- Andy S. (Cincinnati, Ohio)