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

The coastline of this Caribbean nation stretches a mere 240 miles. The world’s second largest barrier reef is a short boat ride from the mainland, providing protection for the nearly 1,000 square miles of pristine flats home to a year-round venue of fly fishing opportunities. The waters of Belize abound with aquatic life, from manatees and dolphins to persnickety permit, acrobatic tarpon, and lightning-fast bonefish.

Vic Barothy put Belize on the fishing map in the early 1960’s. Barothy was already notorious for his houseboat bonefishing trips in Isles of the Pines, Cuba, which then held every world record bonefish. When Fidel took power on New Year’s Day of 1959, Vic and his wife, Betty (a former silent movie star), loaded two cruisers with whatever valuable possessions they could get on board. Late that night, each took a helm and the two of them sailed for what was then British Honduras, towing all their skiffs and and a group of loyal Cuban guides.

There is something for everyone in Belize, and a collection of some of the most well-organized, professional lodges, guides, and fishing operations in the Caribbean. Each lodge has its own unique character. Some offer high-end services ranging from five-star culinary experiences, while others are remote fishing camps with an emphasis on dawn-to-dark fishing. And, quite literally, everything in between. Some lodges specialize in a particular species, while others excel at targeting all that Belize have to offer. Some are hard-core fishing camps, while others offer incredible non-angling and eco-tour opportunities, even Scuba diving along the Barrier Reef.

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/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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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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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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