Copal Tree Lodge

This Belize adventure lodge offers tropical nature, luxurious lodging, and unique fly fishing.

Copal Tree Lodge

Overview

Copal Tree Lodge is really the only place in far southern Belize where you can explore the tropical forest or fly fish and enjoy luxurious accommodations and gourmet food. It is surrounded by tropical nature both on land and at sea. This Belize adventure lodge is situated on a hillside above the Rio Grande in a 12,000 acre private reserve, where you can observe tropical birds in the canopy, and adjacent to the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, one of the best places in the world to catch permit on a fly rod.

Modeled after the private game lodges in southern Africa, Copal Tree Lodge manages to provide luxury, service and excellent food without sacrificing an authentic natural experience. Accommodations consist of 16 individual, privately sited suites with comfortable sleeping and relaxing spaces, screened fresh-air verandas, luxurious spa-style baths, and air-conditioning.

Comprehensive conservation programs ensure ample populations of permit, snook and other fish in the surrounding waters, while monkeys, tapir and countless tropical bird species are spotted throughout the property. Copal Tree's miles of marked trails, nearby Mayan ruins, protected river kayaking and excursions to offshore islands provide plenty of activity in addition to fly fishing.

For the senses and relaxation, there's the Jabulani Spa with massages and more in a relaxing rainforest ambiance. The food at Copal Tree is absolutely outstanding; a true highlight as the culinary team provides an extraordinary level of dining each day with a menu that highlights Belizean flavors. Belize bird watching at Copal Tree is outstanding - 276 species were once recorded in a single day - and the lodge's unique location high on a ridge above a river gives you a unique viewpoint. There's tropical hardwood forest, mangroves, riparian, and saltwater habitat close to the lodge, making it one of the most interesting locations in Belize for birders.

Getting to Copal Tree Lodge

Copal Tree Lodge is located five miles north of Punta Gorda, which is a one hour flight from Belize City. You will need to arrive in Belize International Airport (BZE) before 3:30 PM and then proceed through customs and immigration formalities. When you arrive in Punta Gorda you will be met by a representative of Copal Tree Lodge who will transport you to the lodge, about 15 minutes from the airstrip. Local flights and transfers from Punta Gorda to the lodge are included in Orvis Travel packages.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

4 nights, 3 days Orvis fly-fishing package

Day 1 | Arrival

Fly to Belize City, arriving anytime before 3:30 PM. You will then take a connecting local flight to Punta Gorda (Orvis Travel will book this for you). When you arrive in Punta Gorda you will be met by a representative of Copal Tree Lodge who will transfer you to the lodge. The transfer is about 15 minutes. Arrive, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Days 2 - 4 | Fish, Relax, Explore

After an early breakfast you will head for the flats with your guide aboard a panga (Mexican-style skiff with a casting platform on the front and a V-shaped hull). A lunch will be packed, so you will have the entire day on the water, typically returning to the lodge between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The lodge staff can arrange a number of activities and excursions for you if you don’t plan to fish. You can also opt to enjoy the luxuries of the spa.

Day 5 | Departure

After breakfast, you will be taken back to the Punta Gorda airstrip for your return flight to Belize City. You will connect with your international flight home in Belize City, and you can catch any flight out after 11:30 AM.

Activities

Activities at Copal Tree Lodge

Copal Tree Lodge has a well-organized activities schedule and some of the best trained guides in Belize. There is always something to keep everyone as active as they choose during their stay. This Belize adventure tour has something for everyone.

Fly Fishing

Copal Tree has the best fly fishing guides in the area and they’ll help you get a shot at the elusive permit that are found here. Copal Tree guides have been trained to the highest standards for interpreting the tropical forest, birds and marine life. You will find them friendly, informative and well organized.

The Gulf of Honduras is permit country and you may get more shots at a permit here in one day than anywhere else we know in the Caribbean. Permit are elusive, finicky and landing one is a challenge, even for expert anglers, which is why they are so highly regarded as one of the saltwater flat’s most coveted catch. Copal Tree’s guides know permit fishing and will introduce you to the best waters each day throughout your Belize fly fishing experience.

There are also tarpon and bonefish in the region – tarpon are frequently seen rolling in the Rio Grande close to the lodge – and it’s possible to catch a grand slam (bonefish, tarpon and permit in the same day). Snook are found in the area too, and you may have a better chance of a hookup with one here than most places. However, permit are the stars and by far the most likely object of your fly fishing desire while staying at Copal Tree Lodge.

Copal Tree's most frequently targeted species:

  • Permit: The flats, lagoons and river channels around Copal Tree are among the best permit fisheries in the world. The largest fish are found from March through May, but ample numbers are found year- round
  • Tarpon: Large tarpon are migratory and are found in the waters around Copal Tree from May through September. Smaller tarpon, less than twenty pounds, can be found in the mangroves and brackish estuaries, creeks and lagoons year-round
  • Bonefish: The flats, lagoons and river mouths attract bonefish, but not in the same numbers as in northern Belize. We suggest you combine a stay at Copal Tree Lodge with a fishing lodge to the north if you are new to flats fishing
  • Snook: Coastal marine and brackish mangroves offer the best snook fishing from November through March
  • Jack Crevalle: Thriving in the area since the 1995 commercial net ban, large schools of jacks are found in the shallow flats and lagoons around Copal Tree from February through November
  • Mutton Snapper: This coveted species is found year-round in the sandy areas around mangroves, lagoons and river basins

A limited selection of fishing tackle is available for use at the lodge. We recommend that the experienced anglers bring their own tackle.

Conservation note: As of 2008, permit, tarpon and bonefish are catch-and-release only in Belize by law. Copal Tree Lodge strongly supports this conservation effort and Belize’s pro-conservation policies.

Spa

Copal Tree’s Jabulani Spa’s hand-carved wooden water feature and rock fountain help bestow a sense of tranquility throughout the spa. The structure, which was inspired by traditional Maya homes, features Belizean hardwoods harvested from hurricane-damaged trees and sustainable wood farms. A covered outdoor terrace leads to a spacious treatment area with floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering an unrestricted view of the rainforest canopy. The spa’s interior walls are adorned with approximately 70,000 natural stones, which reflect the surrounding environment and complement the oversized waterfall shower.

Situated in the tranquil tropical forest, surrounded by sensuous scents and sounds, you can enjoy exotic treatments that incorporate rare, local, organically produced Belizean ingredients including chocolate and orange, copal and lavender oils. These oils are made from local natural ingredients by two Doctors living in one of the nearby Villages. Copal Tree’s Spa Therapist uses the local oils in her massages and facials. Other spa treatments are also offered using only locally made salts and oils. These treatments include: full manicure, full pedicure, mani-art, and pedi-art. Appointments can be made at the front desk.

Offsite Activities

There are a variety of activities available and they are operated by trained guides using the adventure lodge’s own well-maintained vehicles and boats. The groups are small, with an average of six guests with a guide. These can be arranged at the lodge after arrival, allowing you to choose the best tours based on your personal interests, the weather, and the season.

Suggested tours (these can be arranged on-site, al a carte):

Mayan Culture and Sites

  • Lubaantun, Blue Creek Village and Cave Swim
  • Nim Li Punit Ruins and Rio Blanco Waterfalls
  • Maya Ruin and Village Adventure

Epicurean and Farm Tours

  • Snorkel with the Chef
  • Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Class
  • Toledo Culinary Tour
  • Punta Gorda Town and Market Tour

Adventure Tours

  • Jungle River Boat Adventure
  • Nighttime Polaris Jungle Adventure Ride
  • Half Day & Full Day Snorkeling & Reef Adventures
  • SCUBA Diving

Lodging

Copal Tree Lodge Suites

Jungle Suites (12)
Nestled amidst lush tropical foliage, lies our Jungle suites. These spacious rooms, with either two queen beds or one king bed, tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to our handwritten welcome note to locally made soap, we make sure that none of the details are overlooked.

Canopy Suites (4)
Our four Canopy Suites offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each 750 sq. ft. suite with a California king bed provides a private screened porch, outdoor soaking tubs, and access to a 40' salt water infinity pool and spacious decks. These suites are equipped with California king beds plus daybeds.

3 Bedroom Family Villa (1)
Our three bedroom Family Villa provides a wonderful retreat for your group or family to experience the luxury of the lodge with all the comforts of home with sweeping views of the jungle. Featuring an en-suite king bedroom with its own private screened in porch and 2 smaller queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The Family Villa includes a central lounge and full kitchen, which opens up onto a private luxurious porch

Food & Drink

Delicious, authentic food is at the core of the Copal Tree Belize experience. The Lodge produces on-site more than 70% of the food served. The culinary team at Copal Tree Lodge takes advantage of the organic farm, the availability of fresh fish and seafood, as well as local ingredients to provide an extraordinary level of dining each day with a menu that highlights Belizean flavors.

The culinary experience starts each morning with a coffee or tea wake-up service and continues through breakfast, lunch, daily afternoon snacks, pre-dinner and dinner, complete with an exceptional wine list and full-service bar. Copal Tree Lodge does not stop with world class dining; they have gone on to offer an exceptional wine list and full service bar. By the glass or the bottle, the wine selection is varied to suit connoisseurs of all tastes. For those who prefer beer or mixed drinks, the choices are sure to please.

Pricing & Dates

2018 Pricing

Per Person - 2 Anglers Sharing a Suite & Boat
  Jungle Suite Canopy Suite Family Villa (Sleeps 6)
# nights # days fishing 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April
3 2 $1,617 $1,910 $1,897 $2,236 $1,381 $2,113
4 3 $2,132 $2,523 $2,506 $2,958 $2,335 $2,794
5 4 $2,648 $3,136 $3,115 $3,680 $2,901 $3,475
6 5 $3,164 $3,749 $3,724 $4,403 $3,467 $4,156
7 6 $3,679 $4,362 $4,333 $5,125 $4,033 $4,837
8 7 $4,195 $4,976 $4,942 $5,847 $4,600 $5,518
Single Angler - Private Suite & Single Boat
  Jungle Suite Canopy Suite Family Villa (Sleeps 6)
# nights # days fishing 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April 1 May - 30 Sept
1 Nov - 17 Dec
5 January - 30 April
3 2 $2,628 $3,213 $3,188 $3,867 $2,931 $3,620
4 3 $3,567 $4,348 $4,314 $5,219 $3,972 $4,890
5 4 $4,506 $5,482 $5,440 $6,571 $5,012 $6,160
6 5 $5,445 $6,616 $6,566 $7,923 $6,052 $7,430
7 6 $6,385 $7,751 $7,693 $9,275 $7,093 $8,700
8 7 $7,324 $8,885 $8,819 $10,627 $8,133 $9,971

Please note the lodge is closed Oct. 1-31, 2018

The following dates will be quoted on an a la carte basis - 18th December 2018 - 4th January 2019

2019 Pricing

Per Person - 2 Anglers Sharing a Suite & Boat
  Jungle Suite Canopy Suite
# nights # days fishing 1 June - 20 December 5 January - 31 May 1 June - 20 December 5 January - 31 May
3 2 $1,625 $1,925 $1,900 $2,250
4 3 $2,150 $2,525 $2,525 $2,850
5 4 $2,650 $3,150 $3,125 $3,700
6 5 $3,175 $3,750 $3,725 $4,425
7 6 $3,675 $4,375 $4,350 $5,150
Single Angler - Private Suite & Single Boat
  Jungle Suite Canopy Suite
# nights # days fishing 1 June - 20 December 5 January - 31 May 1 June - 20 December 5 January - 31 May
3 2 $2,650 $3,225 $3,175 $3,875
4 3 $3,575 $4,300 $4,325 $5,225
5 4 $4,525 $5,485 $5,450 $6,575
6 5 $5,450 $6,625 $6,575 $7,925
7 6 $6,435 $7,870 $7,700 $9,275

All Prices Are Quoted In $US

The following dates will be quoted on an a la carte basis - 19th December 2019 - 4th January 2020

For quotes and bookings, please contact us at reservations@belcampobz.com

For further details in regards to fishing, please feel free to contact our Fishing Manager, Todd Calitri ‘TC' via email at tc@belcampobz.com or 970-376-2157

Fishing Package Rates Include:

  • Respective number of nights accommodation in selected suite
  • Respective number of full day fly fishing with a professional guide
  • All meals, afternoon snacks, and beverages including local spirits and beer
  • Round trip land transfers from Punta Gorda Airstrip to the lodge
  • Complimentary use of our gym & self guided activities: kayaks, mountain bikes, and hiking trails
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Taxes and service charge

Fishing Package Rates Exclude:

  • Round trip flights from Belize International or Belize Municipal to Punta Gorda (The staff at Copal Tree is happy to help you arrange these flights. Price estimate: $330.00US/ person)
  • Guided tours and activities
  • Spa treatments
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Fishing guide gratuities
  • Rental Fishing Equipment, Flies, and Terminal Tackle

Reviews


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