Holbox, Quintana Roo State Mexico
Gulf Coast of Mexico is a relatively newly-discovered destination
offering fast action for "fun" sized tarpon - young
fish in the 5 to 40 pound size range. Faro
on Isla Holbox, is a great place to stay, with modern resort-quality
amenities, a friendly English-capable staff, and GREAT experienced
Fishing takes place in a series of lagoons fringing Mexico's gulf
saltwater lakes intermittently connected to the open ocean, where
small tarpon live and grow in relative protection from sharks
and other predators. Snook, some bonefish, and other game
species also inhabit these protected waters........a perfect grab-bag
of inshore saltwater gamefish.
smaller tarpon are there year-round, and the climate is perfect
for a tropical vacation. The island boasts superb white-sand
beaches, casual but excellent dining, no cars, and world-renowed
populations of tropical birdlife (a major flamingo rookery is
here), whale sharks, porpoises, sea rays, turtles, and spectacular
botanical diversity. In other words, if you're on a hunt
for a place where you can fish, and your partner can be amused
by other pursuits, LOOK NO FARTHER.
Cancun, your air destination, is easy to get to, with competitive
flights from virtually everywhere. We'll pick you up at
the Cancun airport, and take you to the lodge by van and water
taxi. All you have to do then is settle in, soak up the
sun, and plan your first day's fishing.
guide will pick you up early for breakfast and a tactics talk
the next morning.
Double occupancy full weeks: $2,315.
Lagartos, Yucatan State
for baby tarpon? It's well known that Mexico's Gulf Coast
is one of the world's most prolific tarpon nurseries. Campeche,
in Campeche State has achieved some renown, and we've been looking
at some other locations on the Gulf Coast of Mexico for similar
opportunities. We've shared one "secret" spot in the past: Isla
Holbox, in the northernmost part of Quintana Roo. Enthusiastic
response has followed the last 1 1/2 year of booking there, and
we're offering more.
WEST of Isla Holbox, fronting the Gulf in Yucatan State, the huge
lagoon area around Rio Lagartos and San
Felipe is proving its merits as a baby tarpon/snook destination.
Here's another spot on Mexico's Gulf Coast where you'll see thousands
of the little guys (5 to 25 pounds) in schools, pods, singles,
triples. Fly to Cancun; we'll pick you up at the airport.
It's about 2 1/2 hours by our provided ground transportation to
the Village of Rio Lagartos, where you'll stay in new, comfy,
a/c lodging, dine in splendor on SUPERB local cuisine, and fish
in comfort, humor, and SUCCESS with local expert guides.
Since it's part of the National Park system of Mexico, it enjoys
strict resource conservation, so the incredible diversity of bird,
fish, and other life is protected. I can guarantee that you will
never fish in a richer, more diverse ecologic niche. It's a shallow
lagoon nearly 40 miles in length, with ABUNDANT mangrove, flats,
and freshwater spring habitat tailor-made for sheltering juvenile
tarpon, snook, and a bunch of other species. Gamefish abound;
they're unsophisticated, and have been entirely unmolested.
We offer more complete information on our website and by mail,
so I won't belabor you with excessive detail. Let a couple of
pictures say more than I can.
Follow the links below to see online slideshows....
is - like Isla Holbox - an easy place to get to. Fly to Cancun,
and we'll pick you up. You'll get 7 nights of lodging in a new,
clean, comfy a/c waterfront lodge, superb meals with abundant
fresh seafood, and 6 days of virtually unlimited guided fishing
for the silvery torpedoes of dreams. Skilled, enthusiastic guides
using reliable equipment. And the constantly-shifting views of
flamingoes, spoonbills, crocodiles, and other vibrant tropical
life are free. The guides are also nationally-certified nature
guides, so bring your friends who love wildlife. I won't crow
about the price, I'll just tell you that the above package is
US $2,100 for double occupancy. Beat
that, if you can.
Quintana Roo State
way down at the southernmost tip of Mexico, just a wee bit north
of Ambergris Caye Belize, Chetumal Bay basks in the sun.
It's home for the tiny fishing village of Xcalak (pronounced "ShhhKaLack"),
and likel;y the best bonefishing and permit opportunities Mexico
affords. You'll have to drive there, unless you want to
charter, but the drive is a pleasure on fine, well-signed roads.
Bonefish are the abundant quarry here, although there are also
enough tarpon, snook, and permit to keep you on your toes every
moment. Inexplicably, the bonefish in Chetumal Bay are a solid
size larger than their cousins in Ascension Bay and Bahia Espiritu
Santo to the north. The flats are clean, sandy for the most part,
and easy to spot fish on. For all the world these flats look much
like typical flats of the Bahamas, and the fish are of a Bahamas-familiar
size. Lagoon (brackish lake) fishing is also abundant, and that's
where the baby tarpon and snook are found. At Xcalak, the reef
line is only a couple of hundred yards offshore, and the bottom
fishing and light-offshore fishing is entirely unexplored. Here
again, you can fish from sunup to sundown, if you like. The hotel
where you stay has kayaks you can use to paddle yourself out to
catch snapper, jacks, and reef-resident tarpon, as well as a grab
bag of other gamesters.
It's gracious lodging, in the old Mayan lodge palapa-roof style.
Meals are superb and plentiful. The guides are true expert professionals,
well equipped with rugged and functional panga-style craft. There's
LOTS of superb fishing within a 1/2 hour of the lodge, and venturing
a little farther puts you deep into wilderness. Beautiful flats
crammed with bonefish, shots at permit, tarpon, and other species.
Fine meals, a small, relaxed and restful lodge at the southen
tip of Mexico. All you have to do is rent a car in Cancun to get
there. And car rental in Mexico has never been more trouble-free.
The roads are new and safe, the route is well-marked, and the
car rental adds about $150 total to the standard US
$2,100 price for 7 nights, meals, and 6 days of guided
(and unlimited additional) fishing per person, double occupancy.
This is WORTH doing - and worth doing now.
Don't stop living your dreams because of everyone else's gloomy
outlook. Life is meant to be lived, and it needn't cost a fortune
to live it to the fullest.
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