Blue Horizon Lodge is located on a small island inside the protected waters of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Anglers nickname this region of Belize "permit alley". This region offers some of the finest permit flats on earth. The lodge was founded by legendary Belizean guide Lincoln Westby and the location was chosen to maximize fishing time.
After a day of fishing guests will enjoy comfortably appointed air conditioned cabins. With only 5 guest cabanas the maximum angling capacity is limited to 10 anglers. Plan on gathering each evening in the well appointed main lodge which incorporates an open air design to help fully appreciate the beauty of the surrounding marine setting.
Rates are based on double occupancy and shared skiff rates:
3 Night/2 Day - $2050 per person
4 Night/3 Day - $2625 per person
5 Night/4 Day - $3325 per person
6 Night/5 Day - $3970 per person
7 Night/6 Day - $4725 per person
*** contact us for pricing for single occupancy or single angler/guide pricing
Packages include: Lodging, all meals, snacks, local beer, local alcohol, fishing, ground transfers, boat transfer, taxes
Not included: International flight, in-country flight, flies, terminal tackle, rental gear, gratuities for guides and lodge staff
The South Water Caye Marine Reserve, locally known as Permit Alley, is home to prime pancake flats and many schools of permit, bonefish, and cruising tarpon. The nearby Meso-American Reef is home to many permit and tarpon, as well as jacks, snapper, barracudas, and some other species. Tarpon are present year round and found on nearby cayes, channels, and in the large Placencia lagoon, which is also home to healthy populations of snook. From late April through the month of August, anglers can cast their flies at the larger migratory tarpon. These fish can reach to 150+ pounds.
All flies, terminal gear, leaders and tippet are available for rent. For beginners or folks who do not wish to travel with their equipment, we have a complete line of Orvis equipment for rent: 8wt. 9wt. 10wt. 12wt. fly rods and reels with appropriate line and backing.
Bonefish: 7-8 weight. For calmer days on the flats, a 7 weight fly rod will serve you right with a little more finesse for a perfect cast. It is nice to also have the 8 weight for casting into the wind.
Permit: 8-10 weight. For the calm days on the water, an 8 weight is best for accurate casts. However, a 10 weight is the go-to for wind and the fight. A 10 weight is a perfect choice for permit.
Tarpon: 10-12 weight. A 10 weight is a great choice when chasing the smaller tarpon in the mangroves or along the flats. For larger tarpon, having a 12 weight is best to get a lengthy cast into the wind and tame them on the fight.
Matching the rod weight is essential. Large arbor reels allow you to retrieve more line with each reel. A sealed drag system does not allow harsh salt in and assures that when the moment comes, the drag will perform without complication.
It is as simple as matching the reel weight. It is essential to have a saltwater-specific fly line. Cold/freshwater fly lines are designed for colder waters and will soften up, hindering your casting abilities. Saltwater fly lines are designed for tropical, humid environments and are better suited for Southern Belize. NOTE: For tarpon, we recommend a sinking tip line, weighted to 350-550 grains, for most tarpon fishing situations. A full sinking intermediate line can also come in handy from time to time.
Bonefish: 12 pound, 9 foot standard tapered leader.
Permit: 16-20 pound 9-10 foot standard tapered leader.
Tarpon: 30 pound, 9 foot leader with 12-18 inches of 60,80 pound shock tippet.
Bonefish: smaller shrimp and crab patterns (sizes 4-8) with medium weight.
Examples: Crazy Charlies, chicos bonefish special, bonefish slider, merkin crab, gotcha, christmas island special, mcfly crab, pink puff, bone crusher, meko special, bonefish scampi, go-to joe
Permit: small crab and shrimp patterns (sizes 2-6) with weight to get to the bottom efficiently.
Examples: avalon, christmas island special, matthew's turneffe crab, merkin crab, kung fu crab, hover crab, mcfly crab, bauer crab
Tarpon: unweighted baitfish patterns on larger hooks (sizes 1/0, 2/0), just a few with weight.
Examples: tarpon toad, tarpon bunny, black death, cockroach, deceivers, clouser minnows
The main lodge integrates an open air design, so that you may fully appreciate the beauty of the marina environment setting. Our unique shutter system allows us to have the lodge fully open to the natural world, or to quickly close-up the shutters to protect interior when inclement weather threatens.
The five guests cabanas, for a maximum capacity for 10 anglers, have been completely refurbished and deliver a surprising level of sophistication for such a remote location. Each room is furnished with two full size beds and a private bathroom, complete with on demand hot water showers. Air conditioning is standard in all of the rooms, giving our guests the option of enjoying the ocean breeze or a controlled climate. Rod racks, shelving, and hangers will help you organize your gear during your stay.
Two of the five guest rooms are stand-alone units, and offer the most privacy. The other three units are contained under one roof, in the new from the ground up, triplex. This unit is perfect for parties of six. The large shared deck makes a convenient gathering space for relaxing and sharing the day’s stories.
The island has wireless internet access covering the majority of the property. Your room and the main lodge are 100% covered. Cellular service is limited, but available to most US carriers. We have installed a next generation internet system that allows for accessing the internet at fiberoptic speeds. WiFi calling, emails, internet browsing, text messaging, social media, and even high speed streaming of live TV and movies is not just possible, but standard. We expect you to be pleasantly surprised by the speed and consistency you’ll be able to access the internet.
Two Full-Size Beds
Fly Rod Racks, Shelving, & Hangers
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash