to take advantage of ocean breezes. The duplex cottages share a common deck overlooking the ocean with chairs; a perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or ready your gear for the day.
The main lodge consists of massive traditional thatch roof palapa where the bar, lounge and gift shop are located. Attached to the palapa is a spacious air conditioned dining room and open air modern kitchen. The main lodge faces the barrier reef and Caribbean and the large front deck will certainly be a popular gathering spot as fresh fish is grilled on the barbeque and the day’s fishing stories are told.
Food at ESB Lodge is a blend of traditional Mexican food, with a Mayan flair, taking advantage of fresh fish, lobster (in season) fresh produce and regional meat dishes. Dinners are simple and delicious, often fresh off the barbeque and accompanied by locally grown vegetables, salads and plenty of fresh fruit. Dinners are served with table wine. Breakfast is served buffet style with plenty of fruit, cereals, toast, juices and starches and meats. Cook to order eggs are available. For lunch you will fill out a form in the evening for the next day’s fishing. You can order a variety of different sandwiches, salads, fruit, chips, cookies, beverages, etc.
ESB Lodge Hosts:
Dane Emerson has been involved in the fly fishing industry for better than 10 years and resides in Gunnison County, Colorado where he is a partner in the Crested Butte Angler. During summer months, you can find Dane on the water guiding about 120 days through the course of the season.
In the winter months, on behalf of Crested Butte Angler, Dane has traveled throughout Mexico and Belize and hosts several trips each season with friends and clients to saltwater fly fishing destinations in the Caribbean.
A couple of years ago Dane made a trip to Paradise Lodge to check it out and see if was a destination he was interested in taking his clients to. Dane’s week at Paradise was filled with incredible fishing, food, and graciously entertained and looked after by host/owner Alejandro de Tomaso. Coincidently Alejandro’s (Alex) daughter Chiara was also visiting that week and we have been together since. Great trip, Great Catch! Since that time Dane has been working with Alejandro de Tomaso, his daughter Chiara and The Fly Shop™ to make ESB Lodge a reality. Dane is an experienced saltwater angler and guide with an incredible work ethic and genuine concern for his guests wellbeing and happiness. First up, last to bed, always with a smile and warm handshake, you can count on him to make your trip everything you want it to be.
Chiara de Tomaso is the daughter of Alejandro de Tomaso and has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, with a major in Business Administration. She has worked in logistics for Multinational companies in FMCG industries in Argentina and Australia. Chiara will be in charge of the administration and finances of ESB Lodge as well as an onsite hostess. She will help with daily lodge operations and the staff and insure that the standards of hospitality well be met to the highest potential. Chiara is fun, always smiling and will bring that “ladies-touch” and welcoming Argentina hospitality and spirit to this destination fly fishing lodge in remote Mexico.
Our power comes from a generator and solar panels. Electricity is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs.
Water & Ice:
All drinking water and water for ice is purified. The water from the tap and shower is from a well (don’t drink). Do not drink the water from the tap and shower. Please help the lodge conserve water when possible.
Liquor & Refreshments:
The lodge has local Mexican beer, tequila, vodka, gin, and rum for cocktails. If you enjoy any specialty beverages, such as single malt scotches or hard to find bourbons, you should bring your own. Cold beers can be packed in your cooler for each day you are on the water and delicious Chile and Argentine wines are served with dinner.
There is a hosted/free “Happy Hour” serving beer and margaritas, after fishing and before dinner. The lodge has a full bar where cocktails and beers are available for purchase between $3 and $5. You are welcome to bring your own spirits – the lodge has plenty of ice and mixers.
Centerpiece of the Lodge is the lovely dining room where your meals are served. Meals are an excellent blend of Mexican and international cuisine, with emphasis on fresh meats and fish, and fresh fruits & vegetables. Before or after meals, relax in the comfortable lounge area looking east to the Caribbean. Enjoy your favorite book or magazine or just contemplate the beautiful seaside scenery, or tie some special fly patterns. Long strolls on the beach or a swim in the Caribbean are yours for the taking. If you require a special diet, please let us know well in advance so your needs can be accommodated.
Every morning your boat’s cooler will be well stocked with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Boat beers can be ordered and cost $1 per bottle. Be sure to inform someone if you would like more or less of a specific beverage.
Dress Attire at the Lodge:
The atmosphere is very laid back at esb Lodge. You’re on vacation! Please feel free to wear whatever is comfortable during the day.
Maid & Laundry Service:
The lodge has daily made service. There is no Laundry service at this time.