Belize River Lodge is one of the most time-honored fishing operations in Belize. Located on the lush banks of the Belize Olde River, it offers access to a vast diversity of fishing, from mangrove-lined lagoons to more classic flats. The tarpon fishing is some of the best in all of Belize. And you can expect consistent shots at bonefish, permit and (unlike many places) snook.
Most people probably wouldn’t refer to Belize River Lodge as “fancy.” But it is very authentic, clean and comfortable. This is, after all, a serious fish camp. And you can feel the fishy history of this place. Rooms in the main house, cottage and bungalow are all appointed with nice beds and all-important air conditioning. The food here borders on famous!
The guides here have it dialed in. Led by American Dirk Burgard, the Belize River Lodge guide staff is among our favorites. They know the waters well and understand the nuances of tides. They don’t “clock in and out” the same way you see at many lodges. If you can put the fly where it needs to be, these guys can get you into fish.
Valid passport. No visa required for most countries.
Up to 16 anglers per week
Belize mainland near Belize City.
Fly to Belize City, Belize.
Bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook.
What does it cost?
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (2 PER BOAT / 2 PER ROOM)
7 Nights/6 Days Fishing = $4,575.00
6 Nights/5 Days Fishing = $3,898.00
5 Nights/4 Days Fishing = $3,250.00
4 Nights/3 Days Fishing = $2,525.00
3 Nights/2 Days Fishing = $1,795.00
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (1 PER BOAT / 1 PER ROOM)
7 Nights/6 Days Fishing = $6,325.00
6 Nights/5 Days Fishing = $5,445.00
5 Nights/4 Days Fishing = $4,550.00
4 Nights/3 Days Fishing = $3,650.00
3 Nights/2 Days Fishing = $2,750.00
Tidehead services are always free. Always. Our prices are the same prices as booking directly with the lodge. You never pay more.
All rates are priced on a 7 night/6 day lodging & fishing package. Shorter stays are available.
All prices listed are per person. Other combinations may be available. Please contact us for details.
Unlike many of the island-based operations in Belize, the Belize River Lodge is located on the Belizean mainland. It’s a relatively quick boat run down the river (3.5 miles) to a vast system of river mouths, creeks, lagoons and flats. No fishing lodge in Belize has been in business longer than BRL. And it shows in their knowledge of this exceptional fishery.
No fishing lodge in Belize has been in business longer than Belize River Lodge. The guides really know the waters and intricacies of the fishery.
Like most Belize and Mexico operations, guides at Belize River Lodge run standard 23-foot Pangas with good outboards. They are very safe and capable in the variety of water conditions you’ll encounter.
As we said before, the guides at Belize River Lodge are superb. They are very knowledgeable and most speak good English. Because the head guide is an American, these guys 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.
There are plenty of bonefish to target. Most fish in the waters around Belize River Lodge run between 2-4 pounds. But larger fish can be found in singles and pairs on a regular basis.
Year-round, peak season is February-May.
Permit fishing is excellent and shots are available year-round. Average fish is around 10 pounds, but will run up to 30 pounds.
Year-round for resident fish. May/June-September/October for migratory fish.
Tarpon come in two types: Resident fish and migratory fish. The resident fish near Belize River Lodge can tend to run on the larger side (from 30- to 100 pounds) and are found year-round. Migratory tarpon, from 100 pounds+, show up in May/June and depart in September/October.
The snook fishing in the creeks, rivers and lagoons is excellent (and we really dig that).
Four rooms (two upstairs, two downstairs) with two twin beds in each room. Bathroom and private hot/cold shower. Air conditioning and ceiling fans. Rooms share a screened-in porch, which overlooks Belize Olde River.
2 Rooms, both with two twin beds. Bathroom and private hot/cold shower. Air conditioning and ceiling fans. Rooms share a porch overlooking the river.
2 slightly larger rooms, each with a queen and double bed. Bathroom and private hot/cold shower. Air conditioning and ceiling fans. Rooms share a screened-in porch overlooking the river.
Home to the office, kitchen, dining room, living room and a screened-in porch with bar.
Note: Each room with two twin beds can be made into a King bed for couples.
Additional amenities are available for a fee:
The big, mahogany dining tables of the main house are home to some fantastic meals. The cooks use fresh ingredients (even coconuts off the trees in the front yard) to make excellent Belizean, Creole and American dishes. The bar on the main porch is a simple, self-service “honor” situation. While it’s stocked well enough to keep most people happy, 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.
The accommodations at Belize River Lodge are simple but comfortable. The food is some of the best we’ve had at any fishing lodge.
Flights arrive/depart Philip Goldson International Aiport in Belize City (BZE). From there, it’s a quick vehicle transfer to the lodge.
Belize River Lodge is very close to the airport. So you can arrive at any time during the day without needing to plan for additional air transfers.
A valid passport is required to enter Belize. Immigration and customs forms are given out on your flight prior to arrival.
The Belize River Lodge overlooks the lush Belize Olde River where diverse wildlife abounds.