Fishing in Belize

From beginners to avid experienced fishermen, Belize offers an abundance of shallow water fishing for catch and release bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Casting in the lagoons will also snag ladyfish and snook, or you can go into deeper water for tuna and wahoo. You can even jig the bottom for grouper and snapper.

Many island resorts in Belize have special “ inclusive” vacation packages with food, and activities like fishing included in their price. If you are visiting these resorts, half the adventure can be the experience of just getting there, as many are only accessible by boat. The length of the boat ride varies by the location of the resort. Even if you are staying on Ambergris Caye, the largest Caye of Belize, you will most likely take a water taxi to the resort’s dock.

One of the nicest luxury Eco Fishing Resorts on Ambergris Caye is the El Pescador Resort.  Their website,, is chock full of great information and videos that will give you some idea of what to expect from your stay. This resort will be one where you can rent a golf cart for your stay and explore the town. This is enjoyable for family members that aren’t fishing enthusiasts. The town of San Pedro is about 2 ½ miles south of the resort on a dirt road connected by a small toll bridge with a $5 two way toll.

The resort itself has bikes, kayaks, three swimming pools, lots of sandy beachfront, and much more. Other activities include snorkeling, diving, visiting the rainforest and the Mayan Ruins. This resort has won many awards, including top ten eco-luxury resorts from Forbes Traveler and Orvis 2013 Endorsed International Destination of the year.

If you want more seclusion, check out Turneffe Flats ( on Turneffe Atoll.  Turneffe Atoll is about a 75 minute boat ride from Belize City, and this resort will give you a true private island experience.  From this location you will be away from it all, but totally cared for.  It’s a true private island destination, with resort boats running arrivals and departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays.












Another one to check out is Each one of these resorts has a unique personality but they all come highly recommended by reviewers on

Vacationers who also want to snorkel or dive the World Famous Blue Hole while in Belize find staying at these private island resorts much more convenient, as the boat ride if you are staying on the mainland is over 2 hours long. From the outer islands, it’s only 20 to 30 minutes by boat.

Directions for pick up from Belize City can be found on most private island resorts websites.

One more resort worth mentioning if you are up for something a bit more rustic is Half Moon Caye.  Another 1 ½ hour boat ride out, the island is boasts of unusual species like the red footed booby bird. The boat to get back to Belize City comes and goes on Wednesday and Saturday, so be careful of your flight schedules to allow enough time. The resort will give you advice on how much time you need.

The flights for commercial airlines take you into Belize City directly from Miami, Dallas, Houston, New York, Atlanta and Charlotte. To get to Ambergris Caye, you can take Tropic Air for a quick 20 minute very scenic flight.

If you want to make the most of your vacation, you might want to break up the stay at a couple of different resorts. Spend a few days on Ambergris Caye so you can visit other places with a short 20 minute plane ride, and then go out to one of outer islands for a few days of seclusion, fishing and water activities.

You can do your own research at and read the individual reviews on these and other resorts. The advice is free and many even tell you the best rooms or cabanas to book and all about their fishing, diving, and snorkeling experiences.

One thing’s for sure, Belize with captivate you with its beauty and diversity, and fishing. If you go there once, you’ll be hooked forever.
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