In the Mexican Yucatan, near the small village of Punta Allen, you can find the first of its kind fishing lodge in Mexico and maybe all of Central America.
Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge was built to luxury specifications throughout, but with the goal of offering the best in lodging for anglers fishing the flats of Ascension Bay and their non-angling spouses, friends and families.
On Google Earth, locate: 19.47N and 87.26W. This will put you in Punta Allen. Just on the jungle/beach border of this small fishing village, the lodge sits on a beautiful beach that offers views of the Caribbean from all of the cabanas. From the lodging, you can take a few short paces to snorkel the waters just off of the beach, grab a kayak for some paddling in the sea or walk a few more steps inland to take a dip in their fresh water pool.
The drive there from the Cancun area is about 3 hours south. You will travel Hwy 307 past some of the biggest and most luxurious resorts of the Mayan Riviera. The famous Tulum ruin is just a short hop off of the hwy where you will turn onto the primitive road along the coast. This road is now much improved over the same road ten or more years ago. It was a real adventure, then, taking 3 or more hours to travel the 30 miles from Tulum to Punta Allen.
Some of the potholes formed after heavy rains had to be waded first to make sure they weren't too deep for your vehicle. Some car rental agencies even had amendments to their contracts stating that this road was not to be driven in their vehicles. And anyone venturing down that road, in the 90's or earlier, will remember the old wooden bridge at Boca Paila. In its latter years, I know people who would not cross it in a vehicle, but would get out of the car and walk across the bridge looking into the water through gaping holes in it, hoping the old timbers would hold the car and driver following them. Now, that old bridge has been replaced and the road is graded now and then so that it is only about an hour to make the trip. Most of it is in the Sian Ka'an preserve and is a very interesting drive.
As nice and even luxurious as the Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge is, it is first and foremost a fishing lodge. It gives anglers one of the best flats fisheries in the Yucatan and their non-angling guests a vacation worth writing home about and looking forward to a return stay.
Reservations & Rates
Making a reservation is easy.
The cost of the Nightly Grand Slam Lodge package is:
• $230 per person (Oct. 1, '13 - Jan. 31, '14)
• $270 per person (Feb. 1, '14 - Jun. 31, '14)
• $180 per person (Jul. 1, '14 - Sep. 31, '14)
• $340 per person (Oct. 1, '13 - Jan. 31, '14)
• $390 per person (Feb. 1, '14 - Jun. 31, '14)
• $270 per person (Jul. 1, '14 - Sep. 31, '14)
• Private transfers to/from the airport: $400 round trip for 1 to 8 passengers
• $467 per day Daily Fly Fishing (1 or 2 anglers)
Your angling package at Grand Slam Lodge includes deluxe beachfront accommodations, all meals (lunch box on fishing days), non-bottled, non alcoholic beverages (during meals), boats with guided fishing with the
fishing package, fishing license, Unlimited surf fishing, DVD and book library, Fly tying station in bar area and the 19% gov't and hotel tax.
Not included in your Grand Slam Lodge package are International/local phone calls, alcoholic beverages and bottled/canned beverages, laundry services, guide and staff gratuities, special dining requests, minibar consumption, internet access, transfers to and from Cancun to the lodge. Rates are in US Dollars.
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Seasons at Grand Slam Lodge
This is a four season resort/fishing lodge. You can expect good fishing anytime the weather is good.
The fishing is rated good to excellent during the whole year. Tarpon can be found during any month of the year, but not in big numbers. Baby tarpon can be found in some of the bays and there are a few big tarpon around especially during Spring through the summer. Permit can be found all season as well as bonefish. As with other Yucatan destinations, the weather will have a lot to do with fish catching success. During the winter, (November through February) there is a chance of a cold front coming through, but they are usually short lived and after it has passed, the fishing usually picks up with a vengeance. So, by all means plan a trip during
the winter to get away from shoveling snow and cutting wood. The safest months to go are probably March, April and May. This is usually after the cold fronts and before hurricane season (June through November). Summer months through October can be some of the best fishing of the year (barring any hurricanes). Lots of fish, few anglers and good weather. There are usually some afternoon or evening storms during this period, but they tend to cool things off a bit and rarely last for more than a few hours. Of course, we're talking about the weather, here, so anything can happen. Be prepared.
Getting To Grand Slam Lodge
Like other places in the Mexican Yucatan, you will need a passport and you will need to get from your home to Cancun and arrive there before 2:00 PM to get to the lodge in the same day.
From about any major city in the United States and Europe it is an easy matter to get to Cancun Mexico. From there, either the airport or from a hotel in the area, Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge will arrange round trip transfers to the lodge as part of the fishing package. You must arrive by 3:00 PM to take advantage of this service. If your plane arrives late (after 3:00 PM), or you can't schedule an arrival in Cancun before that time, you have three options. First, you can arrive a day early and travel to the lodge on their first transfer in the morning. Second, you can stay overnight in Cancun and take the first transfer out the next day. Or, third, you can ask the lodge to book a private transfer to the lodge at
whatever time you arrive in Cancun. Private transfers and any expenses in Cancun are at your own expense.
The drive south to the lodge takes about 3 – 4 hours. It is an interesting drive taking you through the industrial area of Cancun, through the luxurious coastal area of the most expensive resorts along the Mayan Riviera, to the primitive road south of Tulum along the coast to Punta Allen, where you'll find Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge. You'll need to book your departure flight out of Cancun after 11:00 AM to take advantage of the included transfer in the package.
Lodging at Grand Slam Lodge
Air conditioning, king-sized beds, a hammock and more...
You've been fishing the flats all day, you're spent from the concentration, physical exertion and adrenalin spikes, and you want to return to a cool, comfortable spot where you can put your feet up and savor the day overlooking the sea. Your Grand Slam villa is that place.
Here you'll appreciate the air conditioning, 24-hour electricity and hot water, and no loud generator noise at night. Grand Slam is like a boutique resort with king-sized beds, a flat screen television with satellite service and DVD player, an iPod docking station for music and a stocked mini bar in each room.
The lodge has six beachfront villas, each with
two separate rooms featuring contemporary interiors. The ground floor unit has two king-sized beds, an ocean-view Jacuzzi, and a wrap-around deck with lounge chairs and a hammock. The second level bedroom has one king-sized bed, a living area, and a balcony with a hammock.
Fishermen will appreciate the locking personal rod racks, and the fishing magazines in the rooms. There's a safe for valuables and daily housekeeping service.
They're happy to try to accommodate your special requests – just let us know what you have in mind on the pre-arrival questionnaire.
The Fishing at Grand Slam Lodge
Fish the way you want, after all, it's your vacation.
Start your morning with a good breakfast, and head for the dock with your gear to start your fishing day on Ascension Bay. Eight hours of fishing per day (except arrival and departure days) are included in your stay package, typically running 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the light is best for spotting fish.
They customize your fishing services to your desires. Want to sleep in and start later in the morning? How about splitting your fishing day with a mid-day lunch/siesta back at the lodge? A sunset session on arrival day? You can fish longer hours from sunrise to sunset, or just a half day. Anything is possible on your
Ascension Bay fishing trip, although there may be an extra fee.
Good flats fishing is just minutes from the lodge; the best spots are a 10- to 25-minute boat ride. Every angler has his or her own guide (two guides per boat).
You can expect fishing for bonefish and permit the year around with a few tarpon and snook available. Seasonally, bigger tarpon will move into the bay, giving some anglers shots at really big fish.
This is your trip. Make it what you want.
Making Reservations to Grand Slam 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.