With hundreds of miles of fishing areas, Belize is an angler's paradise. Fish fans are attracted to the waters of Belize because of the varied types of fishing only the Caribbean Sea has to offer. Belize's aquatic ecosystem is rich with a diverse number of fish and excellent fishing grounds that are surprisingly uncrowded.
The aquatic realm off the coast of Belize maintains a complex ecosystem made up of a countless number of sea animals, including bait fish, crabs, shrimp and microscopic sea organisms. These smaller sea creatures are plentiful in Belize's waters and provide food for larger game fish, such as permit, bonefish, and barracuda, which are fished for in lagoons and just off of Belize's coast. Tarpon (which can reach more than 200 pounds), snook, snapper, and jacks are plentiful around the mouths and inlets of Belize's rivers, while barracuda, grouper, and some amberjacks and snapper live in the coral reefs.
Head for deeper waters if you want to fish for larger quarry like the marlin, sailfish, pompano, and bonita, which are popular catches pulled from the deep. All the aquatic game of Belize's underwater world provide ample opportunities for vacationers who want to enjoy great Caribbean fishing and the chance to reel in several kinds of exotic game fish.
|Year round||Barracuda, marlin, snapper|
|Spring/Summer||Sailfish, king mackerel|
Fishermen who want to hook the bigger game fish should try the deeper waters of the briny Caribbean. The sea outside of Belize's barrier reef yields large fish like billfish, marlin, wahoo, dorado, and various kinds of sharks. Fishing the deep sea requires patience and strength. The wait will be well worth it once you hook one of these giant fish of the deep. But be prepared for some action, as these large fish aren't reeled in without a fight.
The coast of Belize consists of a number of river mouths, creeks, small cayes (islands), lagoons, and flats. Belize City offers both great river fishing as well as coastal fishing. One of the most popular game fish in the Belize Olde River is the permit. Belize is world-renowned for its permit fishing, which is typically most popular between October and July. Weighing anywhere from 5 to more than 30 pounds, these fish may not be large, but they put up a heck of a fight. Other fish that are popularly sought by river fishermen are bonefish, tarpon, snappers, jacks, groupers, cobia, and barracuda.
While fishing along the coast of Belize, don't be surprised if you encounter other forms of the country's wildlife, including howler monkeys, large iguanas, various exotic birds, manatees, and even crocodile sunning along Belize's coastline.
Belize's expansive barrier reef provides shelter for an array of fish species and other sea creatures. While fishing near the reefs, the most common catches have been mutton and yellowtail snapper (the largest recorded snapper weighed 16 pounds), jack crevalle, grouper, and barracuda. Reef fishing is sometimes called bottom fishing and is a popular activity among families vacationing in Belize because it's easy and fun. You can spot many types of creatures while reef fishing, including the occasional shark.
In Belize, flat fishing means taking a boat to one of the region's cayes, traveling to the back of the islet on its lagoon side, and fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit, which are bountiful in these areas. Barracuda, jack crevalle, and snooks are often caught in these waters as well. Most flats in Belize are soft-bottomed, so wading is not always an option.
If you are thinking about reeling in a big catch during your vacation, you may be pleased to learn there are 18 different charter operators that can take you to the best fishing spots.
If you want to reserve a charter, you should consider Freedom Tours. An adventure awaits you off the coast of Belize when you sign up for a sail and fishing trip with "Hilly Boo" and Freedom Tours Fishing Unlimited. Offering a huge variety of tours on land and on sea, this is your one stop shop for everything fun about Ambergris Caye. They are located within San Pedro, Belize.
A second option is Hardcore Fishing Charters. With experienced captains, professional equipment, and a knowledgeable local staff, Hardcore Fishing Charters offers a variety of activities that would satisfy any fisherman. You can call them at (501) 523-3612.
A third option is Anglers Abroad. Since 2004, the owners of Anglers Abroad have been living their dreams of showing visitors the amazing fishing opportunities that exist in the area. If you'd like to fish with an angler who is as passionate as you are, check them out. They're located within Caye Caulker, Belize.
The following table provides you with more details regarding charters operating in this area.
|Amigos del Mar Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-2706||0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Anglers Abroad||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-0303||0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Caye Caulker||Caye Caulker|
|Belize Diving Adventures Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-3082||0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Belize Fish Finder||Fishing Charter Service||--||San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize||Ambergris Caye|
|Cari'Bean Tours Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 601-8586||0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Fishing San Pedro||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 607-9967||San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize||Ambergris Caye|
|Freedom Tours||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 665-7106||San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize||Ambergris Caye|
|GoFish Belize||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-3121||1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Fishing Charter Service||--||San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize||Ambergris Caye|
|Guerrero's Charter Service||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 610-2203||Belize City, Central Belize||Belize|
|Hardcore Fishing Charters||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 523-3612||0.6 mi. South of Central Placencia||Belize|
|Hatchet Cay Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 533-4446||Southeastern Belize||Belize|
|Jackie Young Fishing Guide||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 702-0061||Punta Gorda, Southern part of Belize||Belize|
|Legacy Adventures||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 670-4354||Belize||Belize|
|Permit Pow||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 523-3132||0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Placencia||Belize|
|Portofino Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 678-5096||6.6 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|SEAduced by Belize||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-2254||San Pedro, Northeastern part of Belize||Ambergris Caye|
|White Sands Fishing||Fishing Charter Service||(501) 226-2405||0.5 mi. East of Central Ambergris Caye||Ambergris Caye|
You will find several local fishing guides listed below.
|El Pescador Fishing||Fishing Guide Service||(501) 226-2398||3.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Tres Pescados Fly Shop||Fishing Guide Service||(501) 226-3474||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|Turneffe Flats Fishing||Fishing Guide Service||(888) 512-8812||23.2 mi. East of Central Belize City||Belize|
Belize has a section of the tourism industry dedicated to visitors who come strictly to fish. There are a number of resorts with fishing vacation packages that include room and board, daily fishing trips, and more.
For between $1,000 and $4,000, travelers can book their three to seven night stay at the Belize River Lodge in Belize City. The lodge offers two standard guided fishing tour packages, but are happy to work with guests to create a customized package to meet their needs. Rates include airfare within Belize (but not to Belize), room, meals, and skiff and fuel.
Bite Me Belize offers three different lodging facilities and three different fishing trip packages for guests. Lodging choices are the Belize Fishing Motel, Belize Fly Fishing Cabins, and Belize Fishing Lodge. Packages range from the $400(USD), three night, do-it-yourself trip (that includes room and board, but no fishing guide) to the $1,249(USD), week long, guided fly-fishing package.
El Pescador Ambergris Caye offers guests the opportunity to choose between staying in a colonial lodge or a luxury villa. Prices here range from $1,500 to $9,000(USD), and includes air and land transportation, room, three meals a day, use of on property amenities such as the pool and gym, and full-day fishing trips.
Whether you're interested in fly, reef, deep sea, or night fishing, Hotel del Rio on Ambergris Caye has a package to suit your needs. Prices range from $1249(USD) for a five night stay that includes three days of fishing, to $2038(USD) for seven nights and five days of fishing. Pricing is for two guests.
The Inn at Robert's Grove is said to be Belize's finest fishing resort. There are numerous packages available that cover everything from family fishing outings to out island fishing tours. Prices range from $1,500 to $5,000(USD).
Fishing days are not included in the price of your stay at Portofino Belize, but they can arrange a fishing trip for guest for an additional cost. A half day of flats fishing costs $255(USD), and a full day costs $340(USD) for two people. Reef fishing trips, meanwhile, can accommodate four guests, and costs the same price.
Tarpon Caye Lodge is located moments away from what is known as the "Permit Fishing Capital of the World" and one of the top tarpon fishing grounds as well. Guests can choose between fly fishing, spin fishing, reef fishing, and little big game fishing packages, ranging in price from $2,000 to $4,000(USD). These packages include room, meals, ground transportation, use of snorkeling gear, and guided fishing tours.
There are six different day packages for between $3,000 and $4,000(USD) available at Turneffe Flats Lodge. Pricing includes area transportation, room, three meals a day, fully guided salt water fly-fishing and flats fishing tours, and several diving trips (at an additional cost).
If you yearn to get away from it all, Turneffee Island Lodge is a great place to start. This fishing lodge accommodates only 35 visitors at a time, and is located on a secluded island 30 miles southeast of Belize City. Fishing packages begin at around $1,500(USD) for a three night stay, and increase from there. These packages include room, food, daily fishing trips, and a personal guide.
|Belize River Lodge||Belize City||Phone: 888-275-4843
|Bite Me Belize||Various Locations||Phone: 970-457-4662(USD)|
|El Pescador Ambergris Caye||Ambergris Caye||Phone: 800-242-2017
|Hotel del Rio||Ambergris Caye||Phone: 501-226-2286
|Inn at Robert's Grove||Placencia||Phone: 800-565-9757
|Portofino||Ambergris Caye||Phone: 501-678-5096
|Tarpon Caye Lodge||Placencia||Phone: 501-523-3323
|Turneffe Flats Lodge||Belize City||Phone: 888-512-8812
|Turneffe Island Lodge||Caye Bokel||Phone: 800-874-0118|
Along with boundless fishing possibilities, the waters of Belize are often uncrowded, free of swarming fishermen, and serene. Belize officials encourage a catch-and-release policy for all fish that you're not going to eat to preserve the Caribbean's delicate aquatic ecosystem. You're guaranteed to find a great fishing spot while vacationing in this enchanting country.
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