Accommodations: Deluxe for up to 8 anglers
Booking dates: February - November
Family: The Fly Shop Travel
Length of Stay : One Week
Location: Mexican Yucatan
Phone for reservations: 800-410-1222 ask for Gary or Paul
Price: $2,595 pp dbl occ - non-fishing rate available
Species: Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Bonefish, Baracuda, Jacks, etc
|Paradise Lodge - Yucatan, Mexico
Location, Location, Location!
The secret to Paradise Lodge - two super bays with very few anglers. Paradise Lodge is aptly named. What was at first hailed as the lodge most consistently productive for tarpon and snook now includes outstanding bonefishing and permit fishing in the most scenic and remote flats of the Mexican Yucatan.
Spiritu Santo Bay: This is the farthest away from the lodge and probably the most remote fishery in the Yucatan. There are only two lodges with legal permits (from the Sian Kaan preserve) to sportfish with guests and Paradise is one of them (Playa Blanca is the other).
Considering the number of anglers visiting the Mexican Yucatan each season, Espiritu Santo sees only a handful of them. Snook, tarpon, bonefish and permit all call this bay their dining room. Although it is a drive to get there, the fishing can be outstanding.
Chetumal Bay: It shares its shoreline with Belize on the south and Mexico on the west and north. It is about a 1 ½ hour drive south and west from the lodge to the wind-protected boat launch. Both Espiritu Santo and Chetumal are a little bit of a drive, but you are traveling the miles in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle instead of pounding waves in a boat. If these places and the lodge were easy to get to, they would not be the secluded, wilderness experience they are today.
Chetumal Bay is famous for it large schools of bonefish and relatively few anglers. It is mostly boat fishing, but there are plenty of hard bottom flats to wade if you want to get out of the boat and fish. Chetumal Bay is huge with most of the fishing on the east side of the bay. During the spring, permit schools are seen roaming the flats.
When is the best time to fish Paradise? As the old saying goes: "Anytime you can." That is so true at Paradise Lodge. As owner of American Fly Fishing Co I can attest to that statement. We’ve been lucky enough to fish Spiritu Santo & Chetumal Bay many times and at different times of the year. Each season is different but most are productive. One of the benefits of both bays is protection from north winds…a real plus not to be under rated.
Tarpon & Snook are always present but at some times more numbers can be seen. Permit seem to run the same no matter when we are there - This is super Permit water. Bonefish - while a little smaller in size – are a year round gamefish. Lot’s barracuda patrol these waters and are excellent fighers.
The guides are very experienced and know the waters well. We like clients to tell the guides what they want….the guides will do their best to accommodate.
Lodge & Food
Paradise Lodge is small, insuring maximum flexibility and first-class service. The lodge can accommodate eight anglers maximum at one time.
THE MAIN STRUCTURE is a two-story stucco building facing east and placed a short distance from the shore. One can observe tropical sunrises from its picture windows looking out across the sandy beach, past the reef and over the Caribbean Sea.
The main floor of the building is the great-room with dining area, bar and lounging area with comfortable couches and chairs. Behind a wall at the back of this room is the chef’s domain, completely rebuilt with all new and modern culinary appliances and necessities.
There are three separate guest rooms directly upstairs of the great-room. Each room is furnished with double beds, air conditioned and has an overhead fan for those nights when the breeze through the windows from the ocean is just right without A/C. Every room has a coffee maker for those early risers who need that jolt of caffeine first thing in the AM and a refrigerator filled with drinks, water and snacks. Guest rooms are comfortable with plenty of room for storage and all have private bathrooms with a shower, hot and cold water. Rooms are cleaned daily.
There is a detached cabana (called the "Casita") that is a little more private than the main rooms and is perfect for couples. It is furnished similar to the other rooms. It is available to all guests on a first request basis.
All of the water is purified and bottled purified water is used for drinking water. The electricity is supplied by generators and outlets are same as in the US. It is operates through the night to ensure a comfortable sleeping environment and only turned off for a brief period during the day while guests are fishing.
Paradise has an open bar and all drinks are on the house. It is amply supplied with local Mexican beer, tequila, vodka, gin and rum for cocktails. Delicious wines are served with dinner, also included in the package price.
After returning each day from fishing, you’ll have time to clean up and make it to the main lodge great room for a hor d’oeuvres (a lodge specialty) and cocktails.
At meal time, the chef will prepare a delicious dinner of local, Mexican or international cuisine. The meals are always well prepared, varied, and served with pride. If you have special dietary concerns, you need only to let us know before your arrival so they can be prepared accordingly. You will not go hungry at Paradise Lodge.
The cost of the week-long Paradise Lodge package is $2,595 pp dbl occ.
Non-anglers sharing a room with a single angler may accompany their partners in the boat for one or two days, but limited to non-fishing activities.
Two couples (two anglers and two non-anglers sharing one boat and two rooms) - Double occupancy rate for the anglers and $1,595 for each non-angler.
Inclusions: Your angling package at Paradise Lodge includes transfers from Cancun to lodge and return (Saturdays only), lodging, all meals at the lodge, limited alcohol (see alcohol section), daily guided fishing, snorkeling, and kayaking.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your Paradise Lodge package are transfers on any day other than Saturday arrival or departure - $300 each way for one or two persons and $450 each way for three or more (divided among the total number of passengers) gratuities for staff, drivers, guides and selected non-angling activities (Mayan ruin tours, shopping tour, diving etc.)
NEW alcohol policy for 2014:
Paradise Lodge will provide each guest two beers, or two cocktails or two
glasses of wine during initial welcome reception at the lodge on Saturday afternoon/evening. Any
additional alcohol beverages consumed are charged for at the following rates. Mexican Beer: $1 per
bottle. Wine or cocktail: $3 per glass/drink
Ready for a trip to Paradise Lodge? Email above or give us a call 800-410-1222 ask for Gary or Paul