XCALAK, MEXICO

COSTA DE COCOS

REMOTE, QUIET AND INCREDIBLE SPECIES DIVERSITY.

COSTA DE COCOS IN 60 SECONDS.

THE FISHING:

We love this place. The waters around Costa de Cocos, including Chetumal Bay, feel relatively untouched compared to other destinations in Mexico. It’s rare to actually see another Panga. The fishing diversity is fantastic, with bonefish, permit and tarpon all in good numbers. Remote, quiet and fishy, there’s a lot to like for both beginners and experienced anglers.

WHERE: Xcalak, Mexico. 250 miles south of Cancun.

HOW: Fly to Merida, Mexico. Transfer to lodge by van.

DOCUMENTS: Valid passport. No Visa required.

CAPACITY: Up to 8 anglers per week

TARGET SPECIES: Juvenile tarpon (and occasional snook).

THE LODGE:

Rather than a lodge, guests at Costa de Cocos stay in one of 16 private cabanas. They are simple and rustic, but very comfortable. Kind of your own private little beach hut (which we find really fun). The overall vibe is very laidback.

THE STAFF:

Everyone here is extremely friendly and accommodating—from the maid staff to the restaurant staff. The guides are very experienced and pride themselves on exploring new water on a regular basis. They know how to read the tides and find the fish. We like that they’re a little more passionate than most Mexican guides.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Tidehead services are always free. Always.
Our prices are the same prices as booking directly with the lodge. You never paymore.
  • Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $1,720.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,190.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $2,660.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,020.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $3,395.00
  • Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $2,130.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,740.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $3,350.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,820.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $4,405.00

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

COSTA DE COCOS IN DEPTH.

FISHING

AREA

If you look at it on a map, the first thing you’ll notice about Xcalak is just how remote it is. As such, you can sum up the surrounding area in one word: Unspoiled. Despite the fact that the guides have mapped nearly 30 productive flats and lagoons, you get the feeling that there are many, many more yet to be discovered.

The unspoiled flats around Costa de Cocos go on for days and offer exceptional fly fishingdiversity.

GUIDES/BOATS

We really like the guide staff here. As we said before, they know how to work the tides (you’d be surprised how many guides we see who don’t) and capitalize on the incredible diversity of this fishery.

Perhaps it’s due to the remote location, or because many of these guys have pioneered fishing in this area, but you get the feeling that they are more invested in the fishery than most places. They often explore or fish on their days off, which exemplifies their commitment to guiding as profession. Most speak decent English, or at least enough “fishing English.”

As is the case throughout Mexico, the guides run 23-foot traditional Pangas with modern outboards. Sometimes, they don’t look like much, but these boats are incredibly capable across the wide variety of waters you’ll encounter.

SPECIES

permit
tarpon
bonefish
snook

SEASONS

Bonefish – Year-round
Permit – Year-round. Peak Season is February-May.
Tarpon – Year-round
Snook – Year-round

ACCOMMODATIONS

LODGING

There are 16 private cabanas, each featuring traditional exterior stonework, tropical woods, thatched palapa-style roofs, ceiling fans and louvered windows. Each has a private bath with hot water. There’s no air conditioning, which can turn some people off, but we find that the ocean breeze is all you need to stay nice and cool at night.

We love the private cabanas and fresh cooking at Costa de Cocos. The restaurant is always a fun and livelyplace.

FOOD AND DRINK

The restaurant at Costa de Cocos is open to the public. So it’s not uncommon to see locals and fellow tourists dining together. The menu features everything from Americanized comfort food to fresh seafood dishes with a Caribbean flair. The bar is well stocked, but Costa de Cocos owners, David and Ilana Randall, also brew their own local beer and moonshine. The beer is called “Tarpon Tail” and is served on tap at the bar. The moonshine is called “Mula Blanca.” It’s strong, but smooth!

AMENITIES

Aside from those amenities described above, Costa de Cocos also offers:

Wi-Fi (available only around the restaurant perimeter)
Kayaks, Paddle Boards
Snorkeling gear
Fishing tackle
Laundry
Volleyball court
Horseshoes

TRAVEL

AIRPORTS

The most common approach to visiting Costa De Cocos is flying to Cancun International Airport. From there, a van transfer (which is part of your package) takes roughly 5-1/2 hours. The drive is on paved roads through an extremely safe part of the Yucatan.

Alternatively, you can choose to fly to Chetumal. The ground transfer takes only 2 hours, but requires additional connecting flights.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE

It is best to arrange flights that arrive into Cancun or Chetumal in the morning or early afternoon (before 12:00) to allow for ground transportation time. Likewise, departing flights should be scheduled for the late afternoon.

DOCUMENTS

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

It takes some extra time to get to Costa de Cocos, but we know a bartender who has a margarita with your name on it.