AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE

EL PESCADOR

THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN RESORT COMFORTS AND SERIOUS FISHING.

EL PESCADOR IN 60 SECONDS.

THE FISHING:

There are not many places that can boast the diversity of fishing that El Pescador can. And that’s what we like about it so much. Experienced anglers can choose to focus on permit or tarpon, while less experienced anglers can find very willing bonefish nearly every day of the year. And if you’re looking for a Slam, there are few better places to make it happen.

WHERE: Ambergris Caye, Belize (Central America)

HOW: Fly to Belize City, Belize. Connect to San Pedro. Transfer to lodge by boat.

DOCUMENTS: Valid passport. No Visa required.

CAPACITY: 60 total guests. Up to 22 anglers per week

TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish, permit and tarpon in excellent numbers.

THE LODGE:

El Pescador strikes an excellent balance between a hardcore fishing camp and the comforts you’d find at a resort. Lodging is very comfortable and the food is spectacular. As a result, everyone can find something to like here—from serious anglers to non-angling spouses to families with kids. The main bar, which is the central focus of activity after the fishing day, is a place where everyone seems to make great friends and memories.

THE STAFF:

Across the board, the staff at El Pescador is top notch. They are genuinely concerned that you enjoy your time at the lodge and will go out of their way to make sure things are right. You can’t ask for much more than that.

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)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $2,010.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,585.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $3,160.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,735.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $4,310.00
  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY (1 PER BOAT / 1 PER ROOM)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $2,835.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $3,785.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $4,735.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $5,685.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $6,635.00

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

EL PESCADOR IN DEPTH.

FISHING

AREA

El Pescador fishes 400 square miles of flats from the Mexican border in the north, to Belize City in the south, the barrier reef to the east and the Belizean mainland in the west. Generally, guides prefer to fish the flats on the inside of the Bay to the west of the lodge. Due to prevailing East winds, this makes for more consistent fishing. Ambergris Caye is often noted as one of the most prolific flats fisheries in the world and boasts some of the most classic, “Keys-like” tarpon water outside of the US — highlighted by the famous Savannah flats. The northern tip of Ambergris Key is also home to the little-pressured waters of the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.

Tidehead’s own Sue Novik hanging with the El Pescador guide staff and landing a solid resident poon.

GUIDES/BOATS

El Pescador 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.

The guides at El Pescador are some of the best in Belize, if not the entire Mexican/Belizean coastline. They are cheerful, knowledgeable and most speak good English. Many of the guides are second and third generation, with a number of fathers and sons currently working at El Pescador.

One thing we like about the guides at El Pescador is that they’re more social. More often than not, they’ll often stay for a few beers after the fishing day. Which is always enjoyable. Once they’re off the clock, you get to know the guides in a much different way.

SPECIES

permit
tarpon
bonefish

Bonefish are plentiful around Ambergris. While you might occasionally find a fish of 5-pounds, most fish are on the smaller side. But they make up for their size with a willingness to eat flies. For beginners, guides can take you to “mudding bones,” where you can essentially blind cast without the quickness and accuracy pressures of sight fishing.

Permit fishing is outstanding in the waters that surround San Pedro. If you focus your fishing on Permit, you are virtually guaranteed shots. The fish range from smaller “schoolies” (5-10 pounds) to larger permit up to 30 pounds or more.Tarpon come in two types: Resident fish and migratory fish. The resident tarpon can be found on the flats year-round (fish in the 20-75 lb. range) and in the mangroves (fish under 20 lbs.). Migratory tarpon show up in May/June and depart in September/October. These are the big fish that run 100-150+ lbs.

While they aren’t often targeted, there are possibilities for barracuda, jacks, snapper and snook around Ambergris.

SEASONS

Bonefish: Year-round.
Permit: Year-round. Peak Season is February-May.
Tarpon: Year-round for resident fish. May/June-September/October for migratory fish.

ACCOMMODATIONS

LODGING

MAIN LODGE: (14 rooms)
El Pescador completed some significant renovations to the main lodge in Nov. 2014. Each room has new furniture with either 2 queen beds or one king bed and a small sitting area. Bathrooms feature a double granite vanity, a private toilet area and a walk in shower. Each room also has a small refrigerator and coffee maker. The lodge is right on the beach, facing the ocean and surrounded by palm trees.

VILLAS: (6 Villas)
The El Pescador villas have stunning views of the beach and the Belize Barrier Reef. The private units are two story, 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes designed in a lock-off configuration, which enables rental of multiple villas to best match your group size.

El Pescador resembles an intimate waterfront resort with comfortable accomodations, great food and one of our favorite post-fishing bars!

FOOD AND DRINK

All meals are served family style in the dining room or outside on the verandah. The Chef at El Pescador uses fresh local seafood, fruits and vegetables whenever possible. All of the breads and desserts are made right at the lodge.

Breakfast: A la carte menu. Served from 6am–9am.
Lunch: A la carte menu. Served from 12noon–1pm.
Bar Snacks: A la carte menu, served in the bar from 3pm–5pm.
Dinner: Pre Fixe menu. Served at 6:45pm.

The main bar at El Pescador offers a full selection of top-shelf liquors, wine and beer. It is open from 2pm until the last guest leaves, or until midnight, whichever comes first. Local Belizean beverages (beer, alcohol and soda) are included in your package. Many international cigars are also sold in the bar upon request.

Please note that only alcohol purchased from the El Pescador bar may be consumed in any public area of the property.

AMENITIES

Aside from those amenities described above, El Pescador also offers:

Fly shop
Fly tying area
3 swimming pools
Pool table
Foosball table
Massage services
Exercise room
Complimentary kayaks and bicycles
Scuba diving instruction
Tour office
Gift shop
Wi-Fi

TRAVEL

AIRPORTS

Flights arrive/depart Philip Goldson International Aiport in Belize City (BZE). Transfers to/from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye arrive/depart a small 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 Ambergris. Remember, the round-trip transfer between BZE and San Pedro is included in your El Pescador 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 tarpon down there? The view from Tropic Air flights into Ambergris Caye.