The beautiful Copal Tree Lodge is perched above the small village of Punta Gorda, Belize on a jungle hillside very near the southern border with Guatemala. The property boasts some 12,000 acres of private jungle land with a farm that supplies over 80% of all the food needs for the operation. Adventure is easy to come by at Copal Tree Lodge and the famed permit flats are only the beginning. Along with world-class hospitality and an organic farm-to-table dining experience, Copal Tree Lodge offers more than just a luxurious home base to target permit. Adventures and experiences including kayaking, cave tubing, snorkeling, sailing, hiking and chocolate making are all available and can be scheduled on site. Or you can simply choose to relax at the spa, pool or craft-rum bar. A short 10-minute ride to town from the lodge in a safari style Land Cruiser brings you to the Garbutt Brother’s marina where you will access the expansive and permit=-rich waters of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
Anglers spend their days chasing permit in the capable hands of the Garbutt brothers and their guiding team. The Garbutt’s remain some of the most sought-after, experienced and skilled permit guides found anywhere in the world. The fishery focuses on two main zones that are accessible out of the Garbutt’s marina. The first is an outer coral flats zone that encompasses some 130+ small islands forming the main archipelago of the Sapodilla Cayes. A secondary near shore lagoon area provides a change of pace and also shelter in the event of adverse weather conditions. The lagoon is a large shallow area with a soft bottom that is perfect for hunting tailing fish.
Whether you are looking for a hardcore permit destination or a couples trip with some fishing mixed in, Copal Tree Lodge offers refined luxury, brilliant cuisine, a wide range of adventure activities and a hard to beat off-the-beaten-track Belizean jungle experience.
Accommodations and meals:
Copal Tree Lodge has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. A testament to Belize’s natural beauty and craftsmanship, nearly every detail, from the woodwork to the tiles to the artwork, is sourced from local artisans. Whether you’re relaxing on one of the canopy beds or lounging on your own private veranda, you will experience the magic of the jungle within the comfort of your room.
Delicious, authentic food is at the core of the Copal Tree experience. Belizean cuisine is culturally complex like the Belizeans themselves, with influences from the Maya, East Indian, Creole, Mexican and Garifuna Cultures. Copal Tree does its best to offer a real experience of Belize flavors to its guests, based almost exclusively on ingredients from their own farm. They only use local, humanely raised meats. They raise their own hogs and pastured poultry. They butcher and cure their own meats, including their own breakfast sausage and bacon that is smoked over cinnamon and allspice cuttings. They only use sustainable seafood, supporting small scale, local day boat fishermen and strictly adhere to seasonal fishery openings. They serve all the lion fish they can get, because it is an invasive species and the act of eating it protects our Belize Great Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, from species and habitat loss. They only use wild shrimp, or shrimp from a well researched, land locked sustainable shrimp farm, Cardelli Farm in Placencia.
Day 1: Arrive Belize City International Airport (BZE), Arrive Punta Gorda and transfer to Copal Tree
Day 2 - 7: Full days guided fishing
Day 8: Depart Punta Gorda, Depart Belize City International Airport (BZE) for home
2020 Rates: $3,775 -$5,300 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations at the lodge, all meals, complimentary use of all amenities (use of gym, laundry service, self-guided complimentary activities, kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, onsite hiking).
Not Included: All airfare, fishing license, fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability), all beverages, gratuities.
Species: Permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks
Capacity: 8 anglers
Map: Punta Gorda, Belize
Time: UTC/GMT -6 hours. No Daylight Savings Time.