Belize Eco Adventure and Fishing Lodge for tarpon, snook, bonefish, permit
Belize River Lodge
A Flats Fishing & Eco-Adventure Destination
Belize River Lodge is a first class fishing & eco-tourism destination in Central America and the Caribbean. The main Lodge rests peacefully on the banks of the Belize Olde River amidst a lush green tropical setting. Balmy breezes, rich with bird-song, drift among the private mahogany cottages where you can relax & enjoy our Belizean hospitality & our tasty Belizean-Creole-American cuisine. The Lodge is about 10 minutes from the Belize International Airport and approximately four miles from the mouth of the river & the Caribbean Sea.
Because of BRL’s unique location, which is centrally located, we offer a variety of fishing locations; the Flats, mangrove channels, inside the Barrier Reef & a few rivers for many different species of fish. Sight fishing the Flats is our specialty, with variety our main attraction. Game fish species generally found in this area include PERMIT, BONEFISH, TARPON, SNOOK, Snappers, Jacks, Barracuda, Grouper, and many other species. Visual “Grand Slams” and visual “Back Country Grand Slams” occur every day. Landed Slams will depend upon your skill, the fish and luck. Comfortable skiffs, modern outboard engines, and English speaking, professional licensed guides help make this a memorable fishing vacation.
Belize River Lodge has been in continuous operation since 1961 catering to all types of anglers ~ fly and conventional tackle, and was originally known as Barothy's Caribbean Lodge Ltd. Mike & Marguerite are the owners as of 1987 and are the hosts of your tropical adventure, whether fishing or touring. Their on-site management makes BRL one of the most personalized lodges in the Caribbean.
Belize River Lodge Fishing Packages
Two people to room & boat (double occupancy)
4 nights/3 days Lodge fishing package is US$2,391.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
5 nights/4 days Lodge fishing package is US$3,065.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
6 nights/5 days Lodge fishing package is US$3,720.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
7 nights/6 days Lodge fishing package is US$4,375.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
One person to room & boat (single angler)
4 nights/3 days Lodge fishing package is US$3,169.00 for a single angler.
5 nights/4 days Lodge fishing package is US$4,071.00 for a single angler.
6 nights/5 days Lodge fishing package is US$4,945.00 for a single angler.
7 nights/6 days Lodge fishing package is US$5,832.00 for a single angler.
BRL Fishing Package Includes: Round trip airport transfers in Belize - meeting & checkout services, accommodations, air conditioning in rooms, daily housekeeping, all meals - including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.
BRL Fishing Package Does Not Include: Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per week, per angler. Licenses can be purchased at the Lodge), alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)
Belize River Lodge Eco-Adventure
Belize River Lodge is the naturalist's paradise. Birdwatching at the Lodge is common before breakfast. There is also possibilities of seeing iguanas, howler monkeys, crocodiles, quash, the occasional tapir and many other local animals.
Eco-tours to the Barrier Reef, the jungle river & mangrove cathedrals, manatee watching and the Maya temples are all very easily accessible from the Lodge. While close to the airport, the Lodge is conveniently located in a tranquil jungle setting: no long boat rides or extra plane trips are needed.
Listed below are some of the favorite tours that Belize River Lodge offers.
BEST OF THE WEST: Belize Zoo, Xunantunich Maya Site & Cahal Pech Maya Site: Start the day with a stop at the Belize Zoo and visit many of Belize’s native animals, birds and wildlife. Belize Zoo is in a natural setting and sits upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo or rehabilitated animals. It is a wonderful zoo, world known and one of the leaders in ecological animal care. Don’t miss opportunity to see all the cats of Belize, including the Jaguars! Continue on to Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock), which was a major ceremonial Mayan site during the classic period and most of the structures her date from about 200 to 900 AD. Climb to the top of El Castillo, the largest temple of this site and gaze across the expanse of the remains of this great Maya City. If time allows in your day, travel to Cahal Pech (Place of the Tick), which is a beautifully restored elite Maya family residential area, located near the town of San Iganacio. Most construction dates to the Classic period, however, evidence shows continuous habitation as far back as 1200 BC, making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. Walk through the archways and plazas and see how the Maya lived. Both Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are excellent birding sites and home to many species of birds including the Blue Crowned Mot Mot.
LAMANAI Maya site & NEW RIVER: See birds & other wildlife as you boat up the New River to Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile). You will experience the mystic of this Mayan site as you walk through the jungle visiting the different acropolises. Lamanai was one of the longest occupied sites in the MundoMaya world as it was continuously occupied for over 3,000 years and well beyond most other Maya sites, until at least 1,650 AD. Lamanai also has a very interesting museum and is another great birding site due to the surrounding tropical rainforest.
ALTUN HA Maya Site, COMMUNITY BABOON Sanctuary & BELIZE OLDE RIVER: Start the day with a ride on the old Northern highway (one lane) to Altun Ha which was a major trading center during the Maya Classic Period. The famous jade head of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahau, was uncovered here. Continue on with a visit to the baboon (Belizean local name for the black howler monkey) ranger station and learn about the howler monkey and the local wildlife. Hike through the Bermundian Landing sanctuary and see the howler monkey in their natural habitat. Finish the day, with a boat ride on our Belize Olde River was the mainstream of activity for the first European settlers, who used the river to transport logwood & mahogany. Settlements along the river still bear the names of those who first staked out claims & worked the area. Crocodiles, iguanas, many species of birds, snakes, turtles, howler monkeys, possibly a manatee, & the flora of the area are also attractions on this tour. * If you are an angler the late afternoon is a good time to find the rolling baby tarpon, so your guide will have a light weight rod on board as an “in case”.
AERIAL TREK CANOPY TOUR (ZIP LINE) & CAVE TUBING: Visit Belize's jungle in a new and exciting manner as you gently glide over the rain forest along steel cables from platform to platform. This tour will offer a total of 8 platforms and uses technology heavily borrowed from rock climbing and features a double line with redundancy to provide safety. Jaguar Paw was the first Canopy tour in Belize and uses lines that were built to approved International standards. This aerial trek canopy tour offers an adventurer a thrilling opportunity to sour through the jungle treetops above the forest floor. Combine the day with river tubing. After an approximate one hour hike though the jungle and across the Caves Branch River, you will begin the tour. While cave tubing Belize, you will float through five cave tunnels back to the originating point. Along the way, you will see the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites within the cave systems. Both tours are fully guided and along the way, on both tours, the guides will explain the different areas of the ecosystem that you are experiencing.
4 nights/3 days Lodge fishing package is US$1,825.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
5 nights/4 days Lodge fishing package is US$2,475.00 per person, based on double occupancy
6 nights/5 days Lodge fishing package is US$2,995.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
7 nights/6 days Lodge fishing package is US$3,495.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
BRL Tour Package Include: Round trip airport transfers in Belize - meeting & checkout services, accommodations, air conditioning in rooms, daily housekeeping, hair dryers in rooms, all meals - including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided eco-tours, transportation to & from tour site & entrance fees, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.
BRL Tour Package Do Not Include: Airfare to & from Belize, alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)
BRL's Long Caye Outpost Lodge
BRL's Outpost at Long Caye sits on the front of the island overlooking Belize's Barrier Reef and offers spectacular views of the sparking blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Outpost caters to anglers and to people who are just looking to get away from it all in a comfortable and relaxing setting.
3 double occupancy bedrooms
shared bath (hot & cold water)
catering up to 6 people
full verandah overlooking the beach and sea
4 Anglers at Long Caye
5 night/4 day BRL Outpost Fishing Package is US$3,065.00 per person, based on 4 people to the group.
6 night/5 day BRL Outpost Fishing Package is US$3,720.00 per person, based on 4 people to the group.
7 night/6 day BRL Outpost Fishing Package is US$4,375.00 per person, based on 4 people to the group.
Group pricing for 2 anglers or 6 anglers is available, please contact BRL for rates.
Long Caye Outpost Lodge Fishing Package Includes: Round trip airport transfers in Belize - meeting & checkout services, accommodations, daily housekeeping, all meals - including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, transfer to and from Long Caye, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.
Long Caye Outpost Lodge Fishing Package Does Not Include: Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per angler, per week and can be purchased at the Lodge), snorkel equipment, alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)
Whether you are fishing or touring, both are available from the Outpost. As with fishing from the main Lodge, you have a choice of your fishing day, fish early and/or fish late for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook and many other species.
BRL &/or LCOL ~ The Fishing
Whether staying at the main Lodge or on Long Caye, we have a very healthy fishery for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and Snook, due to the extensive fishing areas of Central Belize (where Belize River Lodge is located), BRL is a year round fishery. Weather determines where we fish, whether flats, channels, rivers, etc, but you have the opportunity to fish for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and Snook year round, along with more species variety, such as jacks, snappers, ladyfish, tripletail, ‘cuda’s etc. We look at fishing as good, better and best time frames as there is no bad time to fish. Due to the extensive flats and fishery around BRL & LCOL, if you would like to fish for all species (Bonefish, Snook, Permit and Tarpon), then any month of the year is a good time to visit and fish.
The only fish that departs our waters is the migratory large tarpon – they usually arrive sometime in February and depart our waters in July/August, however, all other species are resident and are fished for and landed every month of the year.
The biggest factor to affect our fishing (as with anywhere) is weather. Please note that any day of the year in Belize can have rain or wind or can be sunny, calm and great fishing weather. BRL guides prefer to sight cast to fish, however, if it is rainy and overcast or windy, then the visibility on the flats can be low, and the guides will try a few different options to get you into fish.
1st choice – sight cast to fish, then
blindcast to spots they know
fish the three different river systems for tarpon and snook
find the flats on the leeward side of islands
fish deeper channels
any other methods to try and fish in inclement weather
Every day is different and the guides choose how and where to fish depending on what you would like to catch and what the weather and tides are doing
This is the perfect get-away-from it all vacation for anglers and vacationers! Whether staying at the main Lodge or on Long Caye at the Outpost, you will be catered to by professionals who are known for excellent and friendly service. Come and enjoy our Belizean hospitality and outstanding service.