May 19th, 2016
Belcampo Lodge is located in Southern Belize and sits on a private 12,000 acre chunk of land situated just outside Punta Gorda. Belcampo serves as home base for anglers wanting to hunt permit with the legendary Garbutt Brothers. Guests stay in the plush and luxurious jungle surroundings of Belcampo Belize Lodge by evening and then are guided by some of the world’s best permit predators by day, the Garbutt Brothers.
The brothers Garbutt remain some of the most experienced, professional and skilled permit guides found anywhere on the planet. The vast and shallow water margins of the Port Honduras Marine Preserve comprise some 135 small cays. As well as an extensive mangrove lagoon and estuary system that offers protection from the wind and numerous crab hole pocked flats that offer shallow water opportunities for tailing fish.
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Belcampo Belize Lodge – Punta Gorda, Belize
Belcampo offers some of the most luxurious and unique accommodations found anywhere.
The main lodge offers beautiful surroundings and plenty of creature comforts.
Rooms at Belcampo are elegant, well-appointed and extremely comfortable.
Belcampo sits on a 12,000 acre parcel of private jungle land and farms 80% of everything served on site.
The fertile waters of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve are a permit angler’s dream.
Guide services are provided by the famed Garbutt Brothers, some of the most skilled permit hunters found anywhere in the world.
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1. Belcampo offers a unique and luxurious jungle retreat.
2. The lodge features a truly “farm to table” dining experience with incredible cuisine, cultivated within a stones throw of the lodge.
3. Belcampo is couple/family friendly and offers a myriad of unforgettable eco-adventure activities.
4. Punta Gorda is home some of the most productive permit waters in the world.
5. The Garbutt brothers remain some of the most skilled, professional and experienced permit hunters found anywhere. You WILL come back a better permit angler.
How do I get there?
Anglers fly in to the Belize City International Airport (BZE) and then connect aboard an included short flight to Punta Gorda via Tropic Air. A safari style Land Cruiser will pick you up at the airport and transfer you 10 minutes to the lodge.
When should I go?
The lodge is open year-round with prime time being March – June. Shoulder season and off-season rates may apply as well.
Where do they fish?
Angler focus their efforts on the pristine, permit rich waters of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Accommodations and meals at Belcampo are top notch! Chef Renee Everett is a master of utilizing the farms many resources and creates a plethora of culinary delights each day. Rooms are luxurious, air-conditioned, well-appointed, ultra comfortable and enshrined in beautiful jungle surroundings.
Describe the atmosphere and style of the lodge.
The atmosphere of the lodge is relatively quiet, romantic and serene, but not so much so as to make it unacceptable for families or boisterous groups of rowdy fisherman. The decor of the rooms and lodge is simple, elegant and seems to blend perfectly in to the jungle treetops surrounding the main lodge.
Is there internet and cell service?
Yes, some limited internet service is available. You’ll have to check with your carrier for coverage in southern Belize but cell service should be available in Punta Gorda (about 10 minutes away from the lodge).
How do they fish?
Fishing will be done from the boats (long motorized canoes) and while wet wading. There will be both sight fishing and blind fishing opportunities with most sight fishing being done on foot. The wading is somewhat challenging but adds immeasurably to the overall experience.
What fish will I catch?
The main quarry is permit. You’ll spend the majority of each day of fishing looking for and chasing permit. There are also some limited opportunities for bonefish and tarpon.
How many fish will I catch?
When chasing permit, even one fish landed in the course of a week should be considered a success. Permit remain one of the most elusive, challenging and awe-inspiring species in the saltwater fly fishing world. If you sign up for a trip to Belcampo, you’ll need be accepting of the fact that you may not land a fish in the course of a week.
Is there wade fishing?
Some wade fishing is available although the vast majority of your time is spent covering water from the boat. It’s hard enough to catch a permit, and covering the water by boat allows for a much more efficient means of working the flats.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
It’s best to bring your own equipment, but the lodge does have a small fly shop on site with items such as flies, leaders, sunblock, buffs, etc… Loaner rods/reels are not available.
What is your favorite rod for the trip?
A fast action 9wt or 10wt. My new favorite permit rod is the Sage Salt 9wt.
Are there other activities?
Yes! There are plenty of other activities including canoeing, kayaking, chocolate making classes, cave snorkeling, beach going, birding, hiking, biking, and tours of Punta Gorda.
What are the physical demands?
This trip is suitable for anyone, however, physically active adults can fully partake in all of the various adventures and activities that Belcampo offers.
What are the guides like?
Belcampo contracts with the Garbutt Brothers out of Punta Gorda to guide anglers. The guides are professional permit enthusiasts that are highly skilled and attentive to the needs of experienced fly anglers keen on catching permit.
Do the guides speak English?
Yes. English is their first language and their fishing direction is second-to-none.
Are there special skills required?
Permit can be an extremely challenging species to target on the fly. Precision casting, high line speed, an effective double-haul, experience in dealing with the wind, and a lot of praying to the permit gods will greatly help you in your chances at landing a permit. A landed permit remains one of the pinnacle accomplishments of the fishing world.
Dangers and annoyances:
There are mosquitoes and various insects around the lodge. It is the jungle after all! However, it’s nothing a quality bug repellent can’t deal with. Also, part of the charm of life at Belcampo is waking up to the incredible, mind-deafening roar of Howler monkey at 6am!
Are there heath concerns?
There are no immediate health concerns for Belize. It’s always a good idea to check the CDC guidelines before traveling internationally.
What is your favorite memory of this trip?
Other than spending several amazing days chasing permit with a master permit hunter in Scully Garbutt, it has to be waking up at about 5am with a Howler monkey just outside my window roaring to life! If you haven’t experienced the amazing power and roar of a Howler monkey up close at full steam, you haven’t experienced the jungle! It’s just an incredible sound and one that will surely create an indelible imprint on your trip.
For more information please call Dylan Rose at 800-552-2729