PUNTA GORDA, BELIZE

BELCAMPO

JUNGLE LUXURY AND OUTSTANDING PERMIT FISHING.

BELCAMPO IN 60 SECONDS.

THE FISHING:

If you want to chase permit with a fly, you’ve come to the right place. While other destinations may claim (perhaps rightfully) to be the permit capital of the world, there is no doubt that the Punta Gorda area is second to none. In the right conditions, it is not unusual to get more than a dozen shots a day at (sometimes very big) permit.

WHERE: Punta Gorda, Belize (Central America)

HOW: Fly to Belize City, Belize. Connect to Punta Gorda, Belize via commuter aircraft.

DOCUMENTS: Valid passport. No Visa required.

CAPACITY: 32 guests total. Up to 8 anglers per week

TARGET SPECIES: Permit! While other species can be targeted, this is primarily a permit fishery.

THE LODGE:

Let’s just tell it like it is: This place is sweet. Less a hardcore fishing lodge and more a high-end jungle escape, Belcampo is, in a word, beautiful. Here, you get to enjoy first-class comforts, dining and drinks with world-class fishing just a short ride away. It doesn’t get much better.

THE STAFF:

The lodge staff at Belcampo is excellent and very accommodating. Belcampo does not employ its own fishing guides, but rather partners with nearby Garbutt’s Lodge. For you, that’s an awesome thing. Because the Garbutt brothers are absolutely top notch.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Tidehead services are always free. Always.
Our prices are the same prices as booking directly with the lodge. You never pay more.
  • Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,107.00 to $2,770.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $2,621.00 to $3,450.00

  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,135.00 to $4,129.00

  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $3,649.00 to $4,809.00

  • 8 Nights / 7 Days Fishing = $4,163.00 to $5,489.00
  • Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)

  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $3,537.00 to $4,862.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $4,473.00 to $6,130.00

  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $5,409.00 to $7,397.00

  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $6,345.00 to $8,665.00

  • 8 Nights / 7 Days Fishing = $7,281.00 to $9,932.00

ALL PRICES LISTED ARE PER PERSON. OTHER COMBINATIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT TIDEHEAD FOR DETAILS.

BELCAMPO IN DEPTH.

FISHING

AREA

Compared to other parts of the country, the Punta Gorda area in southern Belize sees little tourist activity. And that’s a big part of the appeal. Belcampo is situated in the jungle, just a 10-minute drive from Punta Gorda town and the northern most edge of Amatique Bay. The flats are located just a short, 30-minute (or less) run north from Garbutt’s Marina. Shallow flats offer shots at tailing permit, while some of the deeper flats offer shots at schooling fish.

Belcampo uses guides from nearby Garbutt’s Fishing Lodge. The Garbutt brothers (Scully, Oliver and Eworth), as well as their extended family, are world-class permit guides.

GUIDES/BOATS

As we mentioned before, Belcampo uses guides from nearby Garbutt’s Fishing Lodge. For anyone familiar with the Garbutt brothers, you know that’s great news. The Garbutt brothers have a reputation of being some of the most savvy permit guides in the world. They are seasoned veterans and it shows.

The guides run 24-foot Super Pangas equipped with relatively new power. While these boats don’t rival technical poling skiffs in terms of fit and finish, they are very safe and capable.

SPECIES

permit
tarpon
bonefish

Again, while bonefish and tarpon can be targeted occasionally, the expectation here is to focus on permit. There are more permit around Punta Gorda than perhaps anywhere on earth. You’ll get your shots. But, of course, they’re still permit. And getting the eat is never an easy thing. But the sheer numbers of fish here certainly ups your odds of success.

SEASONS

Permit – Year-round. Peak Season is February-May.

ACCOMMODATIONS

LODGING

SUITES
Belcampo Lodge has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. Nearly every detail, from the woodwork to the artwork, is sourced from local artisans. All suites have a private entrance, one king or two queen beds, an in-room sitting area, spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, air conditioning and a private veranda (yeah, they’re very nice).

RIDGE SUITES
These suites sit atop a hill above the main lodge and guests access the suites via tram. Suites 13-14 are connected and 15-16 are connected, making the Ridge Suites perfect for groups or families. Some argue that the sunsets from the ridge are the most spectacular in all of Belize.

The luxurious accommodations at Belcampo are unlike any fishing “lodge.” You’ll also enjoy food and cocktails made with farm-fresh ingredients.

FOOD AND DRINK

The dining experience at Belcampo is top notch. 80% of the ingredients used in cooking come the farm on the lodge property. The farm is all organic and self-sustaining.

The chef creates a new menu each night ranging from freshly caught local fish to organically grown meats. And it’s all fantastic. Insider tip: For the dessert, try the Mayan pudding made from chocolate handcrafted on location.

And who could forget the bar? Ducky, the bartender, is something of a resident celebrity. Like the food, the drinks here also feature farm-fresh ingredients and the staff is quite proud of their “ginger” infused beverages. Try the “Ginger Buck.”

AMENITIES

Aside from those amenities described above, Belcampo also offers:

Fly shop
Pool
Exercise room
Laundry service
Self-guided kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, hiking
Wi-Fi

TRAVEL

AIRPORTS

Flights arrive/depart Philip Goldson International Aiport in Belize City (BZE). Transfers to/from Punta Gorda arrive/depart a local air strip.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE

It is best to arrange flights that arrive into BZE before 3:00 PM to allow for travel time to Punta Gorda. Remember, the round-trip transfer between BZE and Punta Gorda is included in your Belcampo package.

DOCUMENTS

A valid passport is required to enter Belize. Immigration and customs forms are given out on your flight prior to arrival.

See any permit down there? The view from Tropic Air flights into Punta Gorda.