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  • Cayo Largo

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  • Cayo Cruz

    Cayo Cruz is Avalon’s newest destination. Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Located in Jardines del Rey, Cuba’s largest archipelago, commercial fishing […]

  • Casa Blanca

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  • Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge

    Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge is the newest and most luxurious lodge operation on one of the world’s greatest saltwater flats fisheries, the incomparable Ascension Bay. First impressions are pretty unanimous – “wow this place is unbelievable” with over-the-top accommodations. amenities […]

  • Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge

    Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun in the amazing 1.3 million acre Sian Ka’an (Mayan for “where the sky is born”) Biosphere Reserve. Situated on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach, the lodge is virtually surrounded by water. To the east lies the blue Caribbean and a few hundred yards off shore, the Palencar Barrier Reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world, stretching from southern Belize to north of Cancun. To the western side lies the vast “El Rio” system of flats, channels and mangrove. 10 miles to the north is the famed inlet through the barrier beach known locally as the “Boca”. And 4 miles to the south lies the incomparable Ascension Bay, offering some of the world’s greatest flats fishing for bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon and more.

    The Fishing: The waters of Ascension Bay and the adjacent lagoon system are most noted for flats fishing. Pesca Maya’s location is ideal to fish both areas. The dock is a short walk from the lodge and productive fishing can begin immediately.

    When fishing Ascension Bay, the boats run 10 minutes south to the outlet of the lagoon into the bay. From there, running times to some of the most productive areas are: 5 minutes to Maravilla, 25 minutes to Cayo Culebra; 40 minutes to Tres Marias; 30 minutes to Esperanza or the tip of Vigia Grande. Blessed with the protection afforded by the barrier reef, the bay is a unique ecosystem providing literally miles of flats and ideal habitat for bonefish, tarpon, permit and snook. Ascension Bay is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest permit fisheries. The average size permit is around 12 – 14 pounds but the Bay has produced monsters topping the 50-pound mark! And for some unknown reason, Ascension Bay permit seem to eat flies better than permit in other areas. For flyrodders in quest of landing this most coveted and challenging of species, we know of no other fishery that produces more fly caught permit than Ascension Bay.

    While migratory tarpon up to 100 + pounds may be encountered on the flats anytime from April through November, resident juvenile tarpon are found near the back of the bay year round. Areas like Los Rios (The Rivers) bring fresh water into the bay providing an ideal brackish water environment tarpon favor.

    The back of the bay is also where you’ll find the snook. Ascension Bay produces some exceptionally large snook, some topping 30 pounds! They are typically found tight to the mangroves presenting dual challenges of getting the fly to them, and then landing them! But on occasion, you’ll find them crossing the flat. Seeing a 20 + pound snook cruising across shallow open water is a thing of beauty!

    The bay opens to the east and periods of strong easterly winds can make fishing difficult. One solution is to fish the El Rio lagoon system, which runs north and south and offers miles of flats protected from the easterly wind by the barrier beach and vast mangrove system.

    Fishing the lagoon can begin at El Rio Lagoon, and fish are sometimes caught within poling distance of the Pesca Maya dock (one client caught a 20 pound permit within 100 feet of the dock!). Heading north the lagoon system are San Miguel Lagoon (20 minutes); the “Boca” and Boca Paila Lagoon (45 minutes); and the Campachen Lagoon (60 minutes). Bonefish and permit are found the entire length of the lagoon and there a few known hot spots for baby tarpon and snook.

    Bonefish are plentiful at Pesca Maya and will average 1 – 3 pounds in the lagoon system and 2 – 5 pounds in the bay. In recent years, the average size of the bones seems to have increased, and fish in the 6 – 8 pound class may be encountered in the bay. There are an abundance of good wading flats for bonefish on Ascension Bay, and permit are often taken by the wading fisherman.

    This fishery has produced more “Grand Slams” (bonefish, permit, tarpon in a single day) than any other fishery in the world, and the rare Super Grand Slam (the snook as the 4th) has been achieved a number of times. Other species you might encounter include barracuda, jacks, mutton snapper, ladyfish, triple tail and cubera snapper.

     Fishing from the beach at Pesca Maya can also be productive. Beach fishing can be done on your own before or after the guided fishing day. Available species from the beach include: bonefish, barracuda, jacks and mackerel. For jacks and mackerel try poppers or sinking lines.



    Pesca Maya runs a fleet of 23 foot, shallow draft “pangas” powered by 50 – 60 hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboards. All 8 boats were completely redone with new gel coat and paint in 2013. The boats are equipped poling platforms and casting decks with optional leaning posts, rod holders, comfortable bucket seats for the anglers, radio and safety equipment including life preservers and first aid kits. These pangas are exceptionally seaworthy and feature higher gunnels, which provide added protection from splash on windy days.

    Pesca Maya boats carry 2 anglers, one guide and one “apprentice guide”. All of the guides speak English, (some better than others) and have years of experience. In fact the core of the guide staff have guided for the lodge since it opened in 1996. The apprentice’s are part of Pesca Maya’s innovative guide training program. Each must participate in the lodge’s “Guide School” (and pass) before spending several years as an apprentice guide. Those who excel ultimately are promoted to Guide. The apprentices are adept at basic guide skills including knot tying and spotting fish and can be a tremendous aid to the anglers, especially when wading.

    Pesca Maya’s rental tackle inventory has also been beefed up with the addition of 8 new top of the line Sage Xi3 rods with Hatch reels spooled with new Rio Bonefish taper flylines. 10 new Shimano spinning rods and reels are also available for spinfishers.

    Pesca Maya offers accommodations in a beautiful 4-bedroom house for up to 8 anglers at a time.  The house is located a few steps from our white sand beach.  Close enough where guests can enjoy the Caribbean breeze and the sound of the waves. The four double occupancy rooms are well appointed and very comfortable, each has air conditioning and a quality Starlink internet connection.  Pesca Maya uses solar panels to provide the electricity.

    The house has a comfortable dining room where Pesca Maya serves a variety of Mexican dishes for dinner.  Breakfasts are also expertly prepared and served in the dinning room. A lunch buffet is set out each morning consisting of a selection of meats, spreads, breads, condiments, fruits and other snacks for anglers to build their own designer lunch.  There is a comfortable sperate sitting area with a sea view where clients are often found enjoying a cold beer after a long day of fishing.

    While first and foremost a fishing lodge, non-anglers will feel welcome at Pesca Maya. Besides miles of world-class beaches to comb, the lodge can arrange a number of ecotours or sightseeing excursions including a boat trip to the Mayan ruins at Tulum.

    Fishing Calendar at Pesca Maya

    JANUARY – MARCH: Bonefishing and permit fishing is excellent. Some tarpon and snook may be taken.

    APRIL – JUNE: Bonefishing and permit fishing remain excellent. The larger migratory tarpon arrive in early April and stay well into November.

    JULY – SEPTEMBER: These are rainy months but winds are usually light, which facilitates seeing and casting to bonefish and permit. There’s a “Little Dry” season in August. Tarpon fishing continues to be very good.

    OCTOBER – DECEMBER: Excellent for all flat species. The rainy season diminishes through October, and November and December are dry months. An excellent time for “Grand Slams”. The migratory tarpon start to move out in late November.


    Pesca Maya 2024 Season Rates & Information
    (Rates are subject to change)

    Package Duration

    Double Occupancy

    Single Occupancy

    3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing

    $ 2,401.00 pp

    $ 3,836.00

    4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing

    $ 3,164.00 pp

    $ 5,676.00

    5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing

    $ 3,972.00 pp

    $ 7,039.00

    6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing

    $ 4,690.00 pp

    $ 8,402.00

    7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing

    $ 4,962.00 pp

    $ 8,948.00

    Included: round-trip ground & boat transfer from Cancun Airport to Pesca Maya; lodging in beach front cabana with private bath and air conditioning; three meals a day; flats skiff with native guide daily; use of lodge’s tackle (offshore trips only); use of lodge’s fly tying facility and materials; beverages, table wine, beer, liquor; Sian Ka’an entrance fee.

    Not included: air travel to Cancun; baggage overweight charges; airport departure tax; laundry bills and other items of a personal nature (NOTE: cellular phone service is available at camp for emergency use. Long distance and cellular charges will be added to your final bill); tackle; gratuities for guides (suggested $50 – $58 per boat per day) and kitchen/housekeeping staff (suggested $20 per person per day); fishing license; special transfer costs necessitated by late arriving, early departing or missed flights ($250 per vehicle trip); optional trips to fresh water lagoon and Mayan Ruins (arranged in advance with resident manager).

    Promotional Rates: For reservations from November 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020 (except Christmas season Dec. 18 – Jan. 4), deduct 10% from the rates shown above. For reservations from June 15 – October 31, 2019 deduct 20% from the rates shown above.

  • Playa Blanca Lodge

    For anglers seeking the ultimate in seclusion and a world-class flats fishery, it’s hard to top Playa Blanca on Espiritu Santo Bay.

    Playa Blanca is actually Casa Blanca’s “sister lodge” and is also within the massive Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Guests take the 120 mile […]

  • Turneffe Flats Resort

    Turneffe Flats Resort is one of the premier resorts in Belize and is located on the northeast section of the Turneffe Atoll. Turneffe Atoll is one of best destinations to target Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit, where the chance of a “Grand […]

  • Turneffe Island Resort

    Turneffe Island Resort is located on the Caye Bokel, in the southern part of Turneffe Atoll Island Chain. The Turneffe Atoll is located 30 miles off the coast of Belize and the only inhabitants on Caye Bokel are the resorts personnel […]

  • Tarpon Cay Lodge

    Southern Belize, and particularly Placencia, has long been known as one of the top hotspots in the world for the elusive permit. While found in good numbers close to the mainland, the real action is found on the ocean flats […]

  • Belcampo Lodge

    Belcampo Belize (formerly known as El Pescador Punta Gorda and Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge) is a remote and unique eco-tour and fishing lodge in southern Belize. They have deep roots as a fishing lodge, set in some of the most fertile permit fishing […]

  • Belize River Lodge

    Belize River Lodge is located on the banks of the Belize River, about 3.5 miles from the mouth. The lodge is secluded in the jungle lined western banks of the river and the location allows anglers access to a wide variety of fishing in the river for large migratory Tarpon, juvenile Tarpon, and Snook as well as flats fishing for Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish. In addition, Belize River Lodge is located only 15 minutes from the international airport, making it one of the most convenient fishing options in Belize.

    L-R: Beilze River Lodge Permit; Belize River Lodge Tarpon; Belize River Lodge Bonefish

    Belize River Lodge can accommodate a total of 16 guests in a four bedroom “Guest House”, a two bedroom “Cottage”, or a two bedroom “Bungalow”. The accommodations are constructed of native mahogany and surrounded by tropical greenery and exotic flowers. Each room has a ceiling fan and its own bath and hot shower. All rooms have air conditioning. All of the buildings, including the dining room / living area, are within 50 feet of the river. The lodge buildings are decorated in tropical Belizean ambiance and have an appealing old world charm.

    Outstanding seafood and native dishes are served. Owner Mike Heusner, managed the lodge when it was known as Keller’s Caribbean Sports, before purchasing and renaming the property to Belize River Lodge in January 1987. He and his associate, Marguerite Miles, are a very competent management team, Mike as a fishing outfitter and Marguerite as hostess and chef.

    Baby Tarpon caught in the Belize River

    The fishing in the Belize River, and on the nearby saltwater flats, is done from sturdy 18 foot pangas (skiffs) guided by experienced, English-speaking native Belize guides. However, there is a good amount of wading on some of the saltwater flats. The mangrove lined rivers, which at times can teem with spawning tarpon and snook, that are fished from the lodge include: the Belize River, Black Creek, Sibun River, Manatee River, and numerous creeks and lagoons in between.

    Moving into saltwater, the mouth of the Belize River can be a hot spot for big Tarpon. And, the flats among the coastline and nearby cays offer sight fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook. Other available species include cubera, snapper, jacks, barracuda, grouper and more. Many species of birds and other wildlife such as manatees, howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles, snakes and occasionally crocodiles may be seen while fishing from the lodge.

    Belize River Lodge also offers a remote Outpost Camp on Long Caye and a live aboard vessel as exciting options that extend beyond just staying at the lodge.

    Long Caye – The Outpost camp on Long Caye is situated right in the middle of some of Belize’s most fertile fishing grounds, giving anglers access to productive fishing areas like St. George’s Caye or Miami Beach less than 10 minutes. In fact, the Long Caye area is well known for producing good numbers of Grand Slams (catching a Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish in the same day). The Outpost Camp can accommodate up to 6 anglers in 3-double occupancy rooms and is equipped with a shared bathroom, a full veranda, ceiling fans, generator power, and a private island, only shared with your guides and Belize River Lodge staff.

    Belize River Lodge

    Since the guides do not go home each night, the fishing hours are unlimited. Get up at daybreak, fish, come back for breakfast, fish, snorkel, have lunch. Fish, siesta, have dinner. Then fish until dark or after dark! No TV or telephones, but the vessels are equipped with marine radios.

    This system affords the serious angler the greatest variety of fishing conditions and the opportunity to catch a variety of fish species such as tarpon, snook, bonefish, permit, several types of snapper and grouper, jack, barracuda, shark, mackerel and others.

    Custom Tours – In addition to fishing, Belize is an interesting place for touring. Belize River Lodge offers the following customized personal tours: Maya ruins; caves and waterfalls; horseback riding; bird watching; river trips to see manatees, howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles and sometimes crocodiles; the

    Belize Zoo with all the native animals and snakes of Belize and even a toucan you can pet; San Pedro at Ambergris Caye, the old and new capital of Belize; local villages; wood carvers at work; Tikal in Guatemala and much more. These tours are guided either by members of the Heusner family or by guides selected by the Heusners. Belize River Lodge takes care of all local travel arrangements and accommodations.

    Our Services are Free!
    Contact us for Seasonal Discounts, Special Offers or Promotional Pricing

    Belize River Lodge 2024 Rates

    Effective January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024
    Advertised rates include charges for Belizean Hotel Tax & Sales Tax


    Double Occupancy & Shared Guide

    Single Occupancy & Guide

    4 Nights / 3 Days Guided Fishing

    $2,975.00 per person

    $4,250.00 per person

    5 Nights / 4 Days Guided Fishing

    $3,775.00 per person

    $5,425.00 per person

    6 Nights / 5 Days Guided Fishing

    $4,550.00 per person

    $6,550.00 per person

    7 Nights / 6 Days Guided Fishing

    $5,35.00 per person

    $7,695.00 per person

    1/2 Day Fishing (arrival & departure days only)

    priced upon request

    priced upon request

    Rates Include: round trip airport transfers in Belize, meeting & checkout service, accommodations, daily housekeeping, air-conditioning in rooms (at BRL Main Lodge, only), all meals including a box lunch, soda and drinking water, guided fishing, skiff and fuel, hotel taxes and GST.

    Rates Do Not Include: airfare to and from Belize, fishing equipment and tackle, Belize fishing license ($25 per angler per week); alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately $39.75 US, per person).

    Belize River Lodge is Catch & Release Only. Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon are always released; some Snook, Snapper, Barracuda and Grouper may be kept for the table.

    L-R: Belize River Lodge; Nice Permit; Parrot at Belize River Lodge; Successful Flats Fishing for Permit.

  • El Pescador Resort

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