This deluxe jungle lodge represents the finest accommodations of any of southern Belize's hard-core permit destinations, and has some of the best facilities for non-anglers and eco-tourists as well.
The southern region of Belize around the sleepy town of Punta Gorda remains relatively un-impacted by tourism. It's just far enough away from Belize City and the resorts of Ambergris Cay in the north to remain largely unexplored, and, more importantly, its waters are seldom fished. The result is some of the best permit fishing in this small Caribbean country.
The lodge is located on the Rio Grande, a short boat ride down river to the nearly endless flats of Belize. Most anglers visit the lodge for the world-class permit fishing; however, the area around Belcampo is also has large populations of bonefish, tarpon, and snook. The focus here is definitely on permit, but for those anglers wanting some variety there are opportunities close by for all of these major flats species.
Belcampo maintains a top-shelf fishing program, while also offering perfect combinations for families and couples looking to combine an angling holiday with non-angling eco-tourism activities. The main lodge is spacious and inviting, and is perfectly complimented by the 12 luxury cabanas. Each cabana features air conditioning, a private bathroom, California king or two queen beds, and a large deck built out over the jungle canopy. In addition, the lodge features a spa, pool, mountain bikes, hiking trails, kayaks, and canoes.
For non-anglers, eco tours can easily be arranged including trips to nearby Indian villages, Mayan ruin excursions, guided outings on the Rio Grande, snorkeling, manatee watching, even cave tubing and more. In addition, there are some excellent on-site activities at the lodge, including biking, canoeing, bird watching, kayaking, nature hikes, chocolate-making, and touring the farms and gardens. The setting of the lodge and its surrounding grounds and vistas are beautiful, and the food, service, accommodations, and amenities rank among the best in Belize.
The fishing in and around Punta Gorda is focused almost completely on permit, though at Belcampo there is some access to schools of
bonefish, as well as juvenile tarpon and snook. Permit fishing is not for everyone, but for those anglers searching for one of the best regions on earth to hunt these finicky fish on the flats, there is nowhere better than southern Belize. Most fishing days in this area will result in seeing hundreds of permit in a day, sometimes in large schools and sometimes tailing as singles and pairs in very shallow water. A great day of permit fishing is usually experiencing a dozen or so legitimate shots a day. If you're really lucky, you might even hook one of these extremely challenging fish!
There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area around Punta Gorda, most less than thirty minutes from town. Belcampo is about a 15 minute boat ride downriver to Punta Gorda, making the closest flats about 20 minutes away and the furthest flats about 45 minutes away.
In addition to the great permit fishing, there are some great venues nearby for diversity of species including bonefish, tarpon, and snook. The outer reef islands (called the Sapodilla Cayes) offer reliable opportunities for bonefish, and can be well worth the longer boat ride (over an hour) to reach these shallow flats. Bonefish here average 2-3 pounds, while 4-5 pound bonefish are landed regularly. The river systems, including the Rio Grande itself upon which Belcampo Lodge sits, offer additional opportunities to fish for snook, large jacks, and juvenile tarpon from 10-50 pounds. This jungle fishing can be a great diversion from the flats, and offers an outstanding "backup" option when big winds can pummel the open seas.
Anglers fishing with Belcampo are catered to by the famous Garbutt brothers and their staff of experienced native Belizean guides, using comfortable 23' super-pangas with casting decks and poling platforms. These boats are at home all up and down the Yucatan and Belize coastal waters. They are very comfortable in deep waters and just as at-home in shallow flats. The fishing at Belcampo is usually a combination of poling the deeper flats and wading the shallower coral and turtle grass flats.
Reservations & Rates
Reservations couldn't be easier. Just give us a call and we will be happy to discuss the best dates for you and check availability.
Package Costs (Double Occupancy):
7 Night 6 Day Jungle Suite Rates (May 1st - September 30th 2017) & (Nov. 1st - December 19th, 2017)
All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Double Occupancy $3,649.00
All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Single Occupancy $6,345.00
All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Double Occupancy $4,809.00
All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Single Occupancy $8,665.00
Your angling package at Belcampo Lodge includes the respective number of nights' accommodation in selected suite category, respective number of full day fly fishing with a professional guide, all meals and afternoon snacks, round trip flights from Belize International or Belize Municipal to Punta Gorda, Round trip land transfers from Punta Gorda Airstrip to the lodge, Nightly turndown service, complimentary laundry service (24 hour turnaround), complimentary use of the gym and self-guided activities: kayaks, mountain biks and hiking trails; taxes and service charge.
Not included in your Belcampo Lodge package are all beverages (except drinking water provided in the rooms), guided tours and activities, Spa treatments, gift shop purchases, fishing guide gratuities, fly fishing equipment, tackle, and flies.
Belcampo Suites: Jungle Suites
Nestled amidst lush tropical foliage, lies our Jungle suites. These spacious rooms, with either two queen beds or one king bed, tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to our handwritten welcome note to locally made soap, we make sure that none of the details are overlookeed.
Deluxe King Suites
Nestled amidst lush tropical foliage, lies our Jungle King suites. Designed by Jeffery Allan Marks, these spacious rooms with tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to locally made soap, we make sure that no details are overlooked. These suites are equipped with California king beds.
Our four new Ridge Suites offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each 750 sq. ft. suite with a California king bed provides a private screened porch, outdoor soaking tubs, and access to a 40' salt water infinity pool and spacious decks. These suites are equipped with California king beds plus daybeds.
Family Villa (3 Bedroom)
Our three bedroom Family Villa provides a wonderful retreat for your group or family to experience the luxury of the lodge with all the comforts of home with sweeping views of the jungle. Featuring an en-suite king bedroom with its own private screened in porch and 2 smaller queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The Family Villa includes a central lounge and full kitchen, which opens up onto a private luxurious porch.
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Seasons at Belcampo Lodge
Punta Gorda is known by the locals as the "Permit Capital of the World," and with good reason. Permit abound in these waters, and are ever-present (though not always willing) throughout the year, providing year round fishing opportunities at Belcampo.
The most popular months are from February through May, mostly because this is a time when most people living in colder climates get "cabin fever" and are ready to do some warm weather fishing! While these are great times for fishing the flats in southern Belize, there's really no "bad" time of year to search these flats for the elusive permit.
Getting To Belcampo Lodge
Belcampo is easy to get to. You will want to fly to Belize City (regular connecting flights from Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Atlanta), then connect via the small commuter airline, Tropic Air, to Punta Gorda. Tropic Air has a small fleet of new, safe and comfortable 14 seat Cessna Caravans. You will take a breathtaking one hour flight down the coast of Belize with a couple of short stops along the way. Punta Gorda is the last stop in southern Belize and getting here is part of the adventure! As you land, one of the Belcampo guides will be waiting to pick you up in their custom open-air Land Cruiser. In only 10 minutes, you'll be pulling up to the lodge! The Tropic Air Flight is included in the trip packages.
Lodging at Belcampo Lodge
Belcampo has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. Nearly every detail is a testament to Belize's natural beauty and craftsmanship, from the woodwork to the tiles to the artwork. Everything is sourced from local artisans. Whether you're relaxing on one of the canopy beds or lounging on your own private veranda, you will experience the magic of the jungle within the comfort of your room.
Each deluxe room features the following amenities: private veranda, in-room sitting area, crisp air-dried bedding, spacious bathroom with private walk-in shower, private entrance, air conditioning, complimentary laundry services, ceiling fans, in-room safes, small fridges (upon request), bathrobes, hair dryer, umbrellas, and complimentary wifi.
Jungle Suites: Surrounded by beautiful vistas and spacious areas to lounge, the Jungle Suites offer the best in hospitality and affordability. Situated just a short walk from the Main Lodge, you are never too far from the action. Each room features two double beds.
Jungle King Suites: Nestled amidst lush, tropical foliage lies our Jungle King suites. These spacious rooms with tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to locally made soap, we make sure that no details are overlooked.
Ridge Suites: Our four new Ridge suites offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each 750 sq. ft. suite provides a private screened porch, outdoor soaking tubs, and access to a 40' salt water infinity pool, spacious decks and a wet bar with private butler service.
Family Villa (3 Bedroom): Our three bedroom Family Villa provides a wonderful retreat for your group or family to experience the luxury of the lodge with all the comforts of home with sweeping views of the jungle. Featuring an en-suite king bedroom with its own private screened in porch and 2 smaller queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The Family Villa includes a central lounge and full kitchen, which opens up onto a private luxurious porch.
The Belcampo Story and the Farm at Belcampo:
The land surrounding Belcampo Belize dates back to the Classic Maya period – around 600 AD – when the Maya people used the Rio Grande river as an important transportation route to the sea. In the 1860's Confederates from Alabama and Texas settled in the region to produce cane, cattle, and rum. Ms. Marie Louise Young, a Confederate descendent born in Belize, eventually bought the "Big Hill" property and farmed cattle and 80 acres of
sugar cane. She produced aged rum and started a distillery called "Rocky Run Rum" on the property until the 1970s. The original cane press can still be seen in the center of the Belcampo Farm Center. In 2001 the property was sold to the owners of El Pescador in San Pedro and construction began on El Pescador South, a new fly fishing lodge.
In 2005, Todd Robinson purchased the fishing lodge and renamed it Machaca Hill Lodge. During this time, the simple rustic fishing lodge underwent extensive improvements, transforming the lodge into a luxury resort with a variety of new river and inland adventures. As an avid marine conservationist, Todd became involved in the region by aiding in the purchase of more than 45,000 acres of rainforest together with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). In 2009, Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald partnered with Robinson to produce Belcampo's keystone organic crops of cane, cacao, coffee, and vanilla, and provide the lodge visitors with agritourism programs that share and study these exotic ingredients at their origin.
Today, Belcampo produces on-site more than 70% of the food we serve to Lodge guests. With extensive gardens, tropical fruit trees, and livestock, our day-to-day food production is a hive of activity year round. Join our farm staff for a vist to our egg mobile. Be entertained by our feasting, playful pigs. Visit our Cocktail Garden where we grow limes, coconut and pitaya. Explore our Flavor Garden to see, taste and smell the diverse range of tropical flavors that can be custom blended during our one day chocolate courses.
From Farm to Table:
Delicious, authentic food is at the core of the Belcampo Belize experience. Belizean cuisine is culturally complex like the Belizeans themselves, with influences from the Maya, East Indian, Creole, Mexican and Garifuna Cultures. We do our best to offer a real experience of Belize flavors to our guests, based almost exclusively on ingredients from our own farm.
We only use local, humanely raised meats. We raise our own hogs and pastured poultry. We butcher and cure our own meats, including our own breakfast sausage and bacon that is smoked over cinnamon and allspice cuttings. We only use sustainable seafood, supporting small scale, local day boat fishermen and strictly adhere to seasonal fishery openings. We serve all the lion fish we can get, because it is an invasive species and the act of eating it protects our Belize Great Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, from species and habitat loss. We only use wild shrimp, or shrimp from a well-researched, land locked sustainable shrimp farm, Cardelli Farm in Placencia.
The Fishing at Belcampo Lodge
The fishing program at Belcampo is based around the guides and fishing out of Garbutt's Marina in Punta Gorda. The main focus is on permit, but they have opportunities also to cast to tarpon, bonefish, and snook.
The night before your first fishing day your guide will meet you at the bar before dinner, to ask you about your preferences, find out what sort of gear you have or need, and in general get prepared for the following day.
The first fishing day at Belcampo anglers meet in the lobby at 6:45 am, after breakfast, for the 10 minute drive in the modified Land Cruiser to the Garbutt's Marina. At Garbutt's you meet your guide, rig up your gear, and load into the boat to head out for the day. At the end of the fishing day, the guide runs the boat up the Rio Grande River about 15 minutes to park at the lodge dock. He calls in to the lodge en route, so that by the time you arrive the staff is there to help unload the boat and rinse off your rods. The boat is left moored at the dock overnight, and the next morning you meet the guide at the dock at 7:00 am and head out straight from there. At the end of the final day of fishing, the guide returns to Garbutt's Marina, where the staff from Belcampo is waiting with the Land Cruiser to transport you back to the lodge.
Making Reservations to Belcampo Lodge
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.