TRAVEL DOCUMENTS NEEDED AT BELIZE RIVER LODGE
You will be required to provide proof of citizenship to enter Belize. If you are a U.S. citizen then a valid passport is necessary. You will also be asked to pay a departure tax of $24.00 at the airport when leaving Belize.
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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR BELIZE RIVER LODGE
The Belize River Lodge rests quietly on the lush, green banks of the Belize Olde River, only 3.5 miles from the mouth of the river – the entrance into the Caribbean Sea and classic Flats fishing. This beautiful historic mahogany lodge is situated amidst an abundant tropical setting. Balmy breezes rich with the sound of bird song drift among the private cottages creating a naturalist’s paradise. Relax and delight in our Belizean hospitality and our delicious combination of fine Belizean-Creole cuisine.
The Belize River Lodge is a tried and proven world-class fishing lodge in continuous operation since 1960. It was the first fishing lodge built in Belize and was known as Barothy’s Caribbean Lodge Ltd; then Keller Caribbean Sports Ltd (KCS); and since January of 1987, Belize River Lodge. We specialize in some of the very best saltwater fishing in all of Belize. BRL also offers customized eco-tours for non-anglers looking to have a tropical vacation or the angler wanting to get to see a little more of Belize.
Conveniently located, Belize River Lodge is a short and easy trip to the spin and flyfishing Flats. Sight fishing the FLATS is our specialty, and variety the main attraction. BONEFISH, TARPON, PERMIT and SNOOK are the main species caught by fly fishing and/or spin casting anglers. About 75% of our guests are fly fishers, men and women, who are in pursuit of the Grand Slam. Belize River Lodge operates two systems: fishing &/or touring from the Lodge and fishing and vacation cruises from a live-aboard (mothership). Whether you choose to stay at the Lodge or aboard our lovely motor-yacht, you will surely revel in your ultimate tropical adventure!
GENERAL FISHING INFO FOR BELIZE RIVER LODGE
Our guests stay in the comfortable Mahogany Lodge located in a setting of tropical greenery and colorful flowers on the bank of the Belize Olde River. Fishing is from 23′ fiberglass Pangas, the only skiff that can truly handle the waters of Belize. There are usually two anglers to a skiff with an English speaking, licensed and experienced guide.
Belize River Lodge is located in Central Belize, an area offering a very diverse fishing environment. The FLATS, channels, cayes, reef, mangrove islands and channels, Belize River, Sibun River, Manatee River, Black Creek, and several other creeks & lagoons in between are the areas fished from the Lodge in a normal five day fishing package. This is a very large area with a great variety of fishing conditions, fish species and scenery. Game fish species generally found in this area include PERMIT, BONEFISH, TARPON, SNOOK, SNAPPER, JACKS, BARRACUDA, GROUPER and others. Visual Saltwater Grand Slams and Back Country Grand Slams occur every day. Landed Slams will depend upon your skill, the fish and a little luck!
The coast of Belize is a complex system of river mouths, creeks, lagoons, flats, small cayes, mangrove islands and Barrier Reef. The ecosystem that exists here supports millions of crabs, shrimp, bait fish and other aquatic life, which is why there is an abundance of game fish; Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Cubera Snappers, Jacks, Groupers, Barracudas and Cobia to name a few.
Central Belize, where Belize River Lodge is located, is a year round fishery offering both saltwater fishing and river fishing. Year round, you can get into Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish and Snook, however, depending on your interests; there may be a better time frame to target a specific species.
Spin casting or fly fishing Bonefish is year round. Belize’s bonefish tend to be smaller than other countries; however, they are very plentiful. Bonefish within this ecosystem vary from 2 to 8 pounds, with the majority being approximately 3 lbs. As a note, Bonefish are considered to be one of the most powerful fish, per pound, for its size.
The explosive Snook, saltwater’s bass, can be found in sizes of 5 to 25 pounds. Snook fishing is also good year round, however, low tides make casting to these fish easier, so November thru April are the most optimum months if you only want to cast to Snook.
Tarpon, the silver king, is one of the most acrobatic fish sought by saltwater anglers. Tarpon are categorized in two categories, Tarpon and large Tarpon. Belize has a resident population of large Tarpon, however in the spring and summer, migrating Tarpon visit our waters, making for larger numbers of these big fish. While you can land large Tarpon year round, the bigger Tarpon are mainly found in the months of March through early August.
Tarpon from 5 to 80 lbs are found along the mangrove cayes, along the Flats and in the rivers. The Tarpon areas of Central Belize are diverse making for very good Tarpon fishing and a year round fishery.
The Belize coast is known worldwide for its Permit fishing flats. When fishing from the Lodge or the live-aboard, Permit range from 5 to over 30 pounds. The best time to fish for Permit is when there is less wind, usually the months between April and September or when your schedule allows. Permit fishing is very weather dependent and any day of the year can be good Permit weather. To land a Permit is the ultimate fisherman’s trophy!
Snappers, Jacks, Groupers, Cobia, Barracuda and a large variety of other saltwater game fish can be caught year round along the coast of Belize. While we refer to specific months above, please note that those months are typically higher concentrations of those particular fish, but all are found, casted to and landed year round.While all anglers like to measure success in landed fish, saltwater fishing should be viewed as landed fish plus the experience. Saltwater fish are very strong and acrobatic and tend to shake lures and flies frequently. Even more frustrating to the angler, is when they make the perfect cast and the fish looks and turns away without biting. Saltwater fly-fishing and spin fishing should be viewed in the number of fish seen, casted to, hooked, jumped and finally landed!
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT BELIZE RIVER LODGE
Mayan Ruins tours, The Belize Zoo, Belize City shopping tours, Pottery Cave and Butterfly Farm, wildlife viewing, birding tours, photography, and the simple enjoyment of beautiful jungle setting.
SEASON AT BELIZE RIVER LODGE
Fishing is best from January through June, but the shoulders are decent as well. Avoid the annual hurricane months of August through October, but some of the best tarpon fishing is actually in the summer months. Below is a seasonal chart:
BELIZE RIVER LODGE Monthly Fishing Guide
Action: E=Excellent G=Good F=Fair
HOW TO GET TO BELIZE RIVER LODGE
Fly into Belize City on your choice of carriers. You'll be met at the airport outside of customs and baggage claim and driven to the water taxi launch where you'll hop in a panga for your twenty minute trip to the lodge.
Seven nights, Six fishing days $3668 pp double occupancy
Five nights, Four fishing days $2560 pp double occupancy
Three nights, Two fishing days $1400 pp double occupancy
Round trip airport transfers in Belize – meeting & checkout services, accommodations, air conditioning in rooms, daily housekeeping, all meals – including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, Hotel Taxes & GST tax
Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per angler, per week), alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.25 per person – included in ticket or paid at airport)