Belize isn’t a big country. But in the eyes of the saltwater fly fisherman it is huge.

Belize is a small English speaking country in Central America bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east, dense jungle and mountainous terrain to the west and just over a two hour flight from Houston or Miami. The coastline of this Caribbean nation stretches a total of 170 miles north to south, is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef (185 miles in length); and a short boat ride from the mainland, providing protection for the nearly 1,000 square miles of pristine flats and around 450 Cayes (pronounced “keys”). Belize is one of the most prolific saltwater fly fishing destinations in the world, with strong populations of bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook, along with jacks and barracuda. Belize is what we call an “opportunistic fishery”; multiple fish species can be encountered at any time on the water, multiple rods each rigged differently should be carried. 

Belize is one of The Fly Shop’s favorite flats fishing destinations for anglers looking for: shots at multiple species, easy travel to and from, no language barrier, safe, and an absolutely gorgeous Carribean landscape. We also like the fact that Belize has aggressively pursued sustainable tourism and enacted many progressive environmental protective measures including banning gill nets, protecting bonefish, tarpon and permit with a national catch and release law, as well as banning single-use plastics like plastic bags, styrofoam, and single-use cutlery. Tourism in Belize represents 40% of total export of goods and services, 18% of their GDP, and creates tourism connected jobs in excess of 15,000, Belize takes care of its people, the environment, so that we can enjoy it. We like that!

Wondering what flies you will need for your Belize fly fishing trip?  Checkout our blog post, Best Flies for Belize”.

Belize River Lodge

Belize River Lodge is nestled into the rain forest just outside Belize City. It is the easiest Belizean lodge to get to, with nearly limitless flats, mangrove shorelines, and jungle rivers just a ten minute boatride away. Adult (100+ pound) tarpon are regularly found near the river mouth. Just a few more minutes in the...
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Blue Horizon Lodge

Blue Horizon Lodge was the brainchild of Lincoln Westby, with the support of Will Bauer and The Fly Shop® back in November 1996. “I built it where it was because I wanted to be in the center of the best permit fishing in the world,” said Lincoln. “And that was it right there . . . it was heaven.”
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Copal Tree Lodge

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.
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El Pescador Lodge

El Pescador is the perfect destination for both serious anglers and those looking to enjoy a combination of fishing, relaxing, and eco-touring. The lodge boasts year-round action for resident tarpon, bonefish patrol the mangrove lined shores and beachs of Ambergris Caye, and permit are a frequent sight. Non-anglers...
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Tarpon Caye Lodge

Tarpon Caye Lodge in Belize is a saltwater fly fishing camp custom-tailored for the serious flats fishermen and, more specifically, hardcore permit fisherman. The location is perfect, as you are never more than a short boat ride to the permit flats. With good reason, this part of Belize is known as the permit...
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Thatch Caye Lodge

Thatch Caye is a very small private island located about 10 miles off the coast of Dangriga, Belize, Central America. We are very excited about the permit fishing operation, Blue Horizon/Thatch Caye Resort, in Southern Belize. This saltwater resort is located on a private island dead-center in the middle of the best...
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Turneffe Flats Lodge

Turneffe Flats Lodge is recognized as a premier fly fishing, Scuba diving and ecotourism destination. Air-conditioned beachfront cabanas, white sand beaches, and miles of bonefish and permit flats await every guest. The lodge has easy access to all of the 300 square miles of the archipelago reefs, flats, channels...
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