LONG CAYE, BELIZE

LONG CAYE OUTPOST

YOUR OWN ISLAND WITH FLATS OUT THE FRONT DOOR.

LONG CAYE OUTPOST IN 60 SECONDS.

THE FISHING:

Owned and operated by Belize River Lodge, Long Caye is 40 minutes by boat from the Belizean mainland. As a result, you will literally find some of the best bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook fishing right outside your door.

WHERE: Long Caye, Belize

HOW: Fly to Belize City, Belize. Transfer to lodge by vehicle, then boat.

DOCUMENTS: Valid passport. No Visa required.

CAPACITY: Up to 6 people per week.

TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook.

THE LODGE:

The Long Caye Outpost is a small, but well-appointed lodge that sits on the front of the island overlooking the Belize Barrier Reef. The views are spectacular. Put simply: This is an awesome place if you’re looking to get away from it all.

THE STAFF:

Because Long Caye is serviced by the guides at Belize River Lodge, you’ll be in great hands. The guide staff is among our favorites. They know the waters well and understand the nuances of tides. If you can put the fly where it needs to be, these guys can get you into fish.

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.
  • 6 ANGLERS IN GROUP (PER PERSON)
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $2,762.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,328.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $3,949.00
  • 6 ANGLERS IN GROUP (PER PERSON)
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $3,065.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,720.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $4,375.00
  • 2 ANGLERS IN GROUP (PER PERSON)
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $3,566.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $4,299.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $5,102.00

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

LONG CAYE OUTPOST IN DEPTH.

FISHING

AREA

Aside from having your own private island, the great thing about the Long Caye Outpost is that it puts you smack dab in the middle of some the best fly fishing habitat in Belize. The math is simple. When you don’t have to make long runs in the boat, you can spend more time fishing the flats.

Want to get away? Long Caye Outpost is your own private Island with some of the best waters in Belize just outside your front door.

GUIDES/BOATS

You’ll be fishing with guides from parent Belize River Lodge, who are superb. They are very knowledgeable and most speak good English. Because the head guide is an American, they have had training that more closely approximates what many of us have come to expect from guides. And that often translates into a much more enjoyable experience.

Like most operations across Mexico and Belize, the guides run standard 23-foot Pangas with good outboards. They are very safe and capable in the variety of water conditions you’ll encounter.

SPECIES

permit
tarpon
bonefish

As you might expect, bonefish abound in the waters around Long Caye. Most fish run between 2-4 pounds and can be found in both large schools and small schools. Larger fish in pairs/singles are also spotted on a regular basis.

Permit fishing is terrific around Long Caye. Smaller targets will run around the 10 pound mark, with larger fish pushing up to 30 pounds.

Tarpon come in two types: Resident and migratory fish. The smaller resident fish (especially the juveniles) are found year-round. Migratory fish (those reaching 100 pounds or more) generally show up in May/June and make they’re way out of Belizean waters in September/October.

Snook can also be targeted in certain areas, sometimes in tandem with juvenile tarpon.

SEASONS

Bonefish – Year round
Permit – Year round. Peak season is February-May
Tarpon – Year round. May/June-September/October for migrators.
Snook – Year round

ACCOMMODATIONS

LODGING

Long Caye Outpost has three bedrooms with two twin beds in each room, ideal for groups of up to 6 people. There is a single shared bath with hot and cold water. The quaint building is well appointed and very comfortable. Each room has a ceiling fan. All power comes from an on-site generator.

The actual “Outpost house” is a comfortable island-style cottage that’s perfect for groups of six.

FOOD AND DRINK

Belize River Lodge is well know for great food and the cooks at Long Caye Outpost are no exception. All meals are provided by your own personal cook and you can expect excellent Belizean, Creole and American dishes all made with fresh local ingredients, including seafood.

Sodas are included and stocked in your kitchen. All ice and drinking water is purified and brought by boat to the island.

The Outpost has a nominal bar, which includes a couple cases of local Belikin beer and a bottle of rum at nominal prices. If you need more, BYOB is probably a good idea (remember, alcohol is not included in the package). You can stock up at the airport before heading to the lodge.

AMENITIES

Due to the remote location of Long Caye Outpost internet and phone is not included in the package (depending on your point of view, that might actually qualify as an “amenity.”)

Internet is available via a wireless router, which you can rent for about $5 per day. Data is charged by the Gigabyte.

If you have set up your cell phone for international service, you can get a cell signal on the island (you might have to walk around a bit). The lodge staff also has cell phones in case of emergency.

TRAVEL

AIRPORTS

Flights arrive/depart Philip Goldson International Aiport in Belize City (BZE). From there, it’s a quick vehicle transfer to Belize River Lodge. You will then transfer to Long Caye Outpost by boat (a run of approximately 30 minutes).

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE

Belize River Lodge is very close to the airport. So there is some flexibility. But it’s ideal to arrive before 2:00 in order to allow time for the boat transfer to Long Caye Outpost.

DOCUMENTS

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

“Put the lime in the coconut!” Tidehead founders Brett and Sue Novik enjoying a local drink with Dirk Burgard, head guide for Belize River Lodge.