If the idea of all-inclusive angling in some of the world’s fishing hotspots sounds like your kind of thing, then go cast a fly for bonefish, permit and plenty more at these beautiful locations.
Bair’s Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas features quite heavily on this list, and for good reason: Sport Fishing called it “One of the best places in the world to find fantastic flats fishing.” Andros Island is known for having some of the best bonefish fishing in the world, and Bair’s Lodge has long been considered one of the best all-inclusive bases on the island. The plantation-style lodge is set right on the white-sand beach, looking out over the expansive shallow-water flats. Boats and guides are always on hand, keeping the bonefish — as well as permit, tarpon and snook — just a couple of casts away. Bair’s Lodge is a true base for fishermen, so don’t expect all the additional tours and activities found at other all-inclusives. But for fishing, you can’t go wrong.
Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas.
Whether you want to learn how to cast a fly, head out reef fishing, or catch bonefish with your whole family, you’ll find a suitable all-inclusive package at Small Hope Bay Lodge. Another Andros location, Small Hope Bay has 21 beachfront cabins with a focus on water-based activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. Fly-fishing enthusiasts can head out on inland waterways, fishing flats and reefs in search of bonefish, tarpon, grouper and mutton snapper, and spincasters can hunt for mackerel, wahoo and tuna. Tackle and equipment are included for all trips, and guides are on hand for novices and experts alike.
Fowl Cay Resort, Exuma, Bahamas
Fowl Cay Resort sits within the Exuma chain of islands in the Bahamas, with guests located in individual private villas. All kinds of goodies are included at Fowl Cay, including tennis, watersports gear, kayaks and golf carts, but fishermen will be particularly pleased with the complimentary fishing gear and — wait for it — the personal 18-foot power boat that comes with each villa. The Exuma chain is known for great fishing, and you can easily cast out for bonefish, take your boat trawling for snapper and grouper, or go deep-sea fishing for mahi-mahi and tuna. Experienced fishing guides are available for an additional cost — otherwise this is a totally all-inclusive paradise for fishing enthusiasts.
Abaco Lodge, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Abaco, along with Andros, is one of the prime fishing destinations in the Bahamas. Abaco Lodge is an intimate all-inclusive tailored especially for anglers, with 10 large private rooms with verandahs overlooking the shoreline. For bonefish, there are few better places — especially so close to the USA — and the “Marls of Abaco” are considered one of the best bonefish habitats in the world. Rates include one professional fishing guide per two anglers. Communal patio areas and a fire pit allow for plenty of catch-of-the-day-related socializing.
El Pescador, Belize
We head to the small Central American nation of Belize now, with its Caribbean coastline. Sport Fishing named Belize among its list of the world’s 11 best sport-fishing destinations, saying “it’s hard to find a spot anywhere with greater numbers of willing bonefish, permit and tarpon.” El Pescador (“The Fisherman” in English) is a colonial lodge-style resort that has been hosting divers, anglers and general vacationers since 1974. Its all-inclusive fishing packages offer multiple days fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon out on the saltwater flats. Fishing guides cater to all levels, so you’ll be good to go whether you’re a rookie or a pro.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
If you want to fish in Belize but your spouse or kids are anti-angling, then Cayo Espanto is a great option. This small private island resort is the perfect place to combine relaxation and fun, with scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching and more all minutes away from your private villa. And when you want to fish, simply wade out into the water and drop a fly into the shoals of bonefish that swim just off the island. You can also take a boat and guide and go flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit.
Casa Blanca Lodge, Punta Pajaros, Mexico
Alcoholic drinks aren’t included at Casa Blanca Lodge, but buy a bottle of rum to spike your coconut and you should be just fine. The otherwise-all-inclusive fishing packages at Casa Blanca will have you staying on the northern tip of the private island of Punta Pajaros, just off Mexico’s southern Yucatan. Here you’ll have immediate access to the flats of Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay, known for excellent permit, bonefish and tarpon fishing by boat or wading. The nearby Santa Rosa Lagoon, meanwhile, is known for both its fishing and wildlife spotting — you might miss a fish or two while distracted by a boat-billed heron, a roseate spoonbill, a tiger heron or maybe a pygmy kingfisher.