Belcampo Lodge

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

Belcampo Lodge

Overview

Belcampo 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's surrounded by tropical nature both on land and at sea. The 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, Belcampo Lodge manages to provide luxury, service and excellent food without sacrificing an authentic natural experience. Accommodations consist of 12 individual, privately sited suites with comfortable sleeping and relaxing spaces, screened fresh-air verandas, and luxurious spa-style baths. 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. Belcampo'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 is memorable, much of it fresh from the lodge's own organic garden and draws daily inspiration from the stunning variety of tropical produce available and the strength of the local culture. Belcampo raises local breeds of hogs finished on fruits, vegetable scraps and sugar cane. They also pasture their own chickens and laying hens for eggs.

Belize bird watching 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. Like all the best birding locations, Belcampo Lodge has expert guides who will help you get the most out of your visit.

We highly recommend this Orvis endorsed lodge as the best of southern Belize, whether you're seeking tropical nature, challenging fly fishing or an exotic escape. Orvis helps you find the best Belize trip packages around. Read our Belize adventure lodge reviews to learn more about Belcampo Lodge.

Getting to Belcampo Lodge

Belcampo 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 Belcampo 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 can book this for you). When you arrive in Punta Gorda you will be met by a representative of Belcampo 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 Belcampo Lodge

Belcampo 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 at Belcampo Lodge. They have the best fly fishing guides in the area and you’ll need them to get a shot at the elusive permit that is found here. Belcampo 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. This Belize adventure tour has something for everyone.

Fly Fishing

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. Belcampo’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 Belcampo Lodge.

Belcampo's most frequently targeted species:

  • Permit: The flats, lagoons and river channels around Belcampo are among the best permit fisheries in the world. The largest fish are found from March through May, but ample numbers are found nearby year round
  • Tarpon: Large tarpon are migratory and are found in the waters around Belcampo 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 Belcampo 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 Belcampo 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. Belcampo Lodge strongly supports this conservation effort and Belize’s pro-conservation policies.

Spa

Belcampo’s 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. Belcampo’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

The Complimentary Self-Guided Collection of on-site activities at Belcampo Lodge is available to every guest:

  • Bird Watching - Extensive habitat diversity surrounding Belcampo Lodge makes the lodge a birder’s paradise. With a low human population density and active preservation activities, the area’s river banks, meadows, rainforests, cayes and swamps provide numerous hideouts for the more than 618 recorded species of birds found in Belize. Serious and casual birders alike appreciate the lodge’s guide books, terraced bird friendly landscaping, marked trails and strategically placed viewing scopes and binoculars. Belcampo offers a variety of ways birding can be combined with other activities, from canoeing and hiking or simply relaxing around the pool or on the veranda of the lodge. Winter brings more than 200 visiting species from North America and summer sees many of the migratory birds from South America making this an area of interest for birdwatchers year-round.
  • Canoe Trips on the Rio Grande; it is not a difficult paddle either up or downstream. Guests of Belcampo Lodge will be able to see various plants, animals, birds and sites of interest as they navigate their own canoes and kayaks on the river. All equipment is provided, as well as instruction if needed.
  • On-site Hiking at Belcampo has a concentration on special interest topics, such as birding for beginners, rainforest animal identification and an introduction to medicinal plants. During these Belize jungle tours, guests may visit a number of areas, including the lodge’s own pristine 12,000 acre reserve where wildlife and birds are plentiful.
  • Mountain Biking bikes are available to explore the surrounding area including the lodge’s farm and organic garden.

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):

Blue Creek Maya Village, Cave & Hiking Adventure

Visit a local Maya Village and hike through the jungle to get to Hokeb Ha Cave, where stalactites loom overhead and stalagmites fill the floor and you can swim in the sparkling water. A full day tour where you can choose to have lunch with your guides’ family, learning more about Mayan life, or enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the lodge’s culinary team.

Maya Ruin, Waterfalls & Hiking Adventure

Take an adventurous ride to one of the regions ancient Mayan Ruins. Visit either Lubaantun or Nim Li Punit before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant or in the jungle near the trail to Rio Blanco Falls. After lunch you will make a short hike to the falls were you can swim in the cool refreshing water or just relax and enjoy the view of the waterfalls and surrounding Belize jungle.

Maya Ruins & Chocolate-Making Adventure

This half day adventure begins with a visit to Belcampo’s own Mayan Chocolate making facility. Afterwards guests will continue through the village to a nearby ancient Mayan ruin. Guests have the option of enjoying lunch at a local Belizean restaurant, or returning to the lodge to dine.

A Maya Cacao and Village Tour

Provides an introduction to today’s life of the native Maya. Belcampo Lodge guides lead guests through villages and homes to learn about Maya traditions, farming techniques, chocolate and tortilla making and the different dialects.

Jungle River Boat Adventure

Guests enjoy exploring the Rio Grande River, which flows through the lodge’s property. Typically a half day tour that can be arranged either in the morning or afternoon.

Nighttime Polaris Jungle Adventure Ride

The lodge’s Polaris all terrain vehicles will take you on an adventurous ride along the jungle trails where you will see and hear interesting wildlife and learn more about what happens in the rainforest, after dark.

Punta Gorda Town and Market Tour

Get to know Punta Gorda and the local people by visiting the town on market day. This is a good opportunity to shop for authentic hand-crafted souvenirs as well as learn more about the culture.

Half Day & Full Day Snorkeling & Reef Adventures

The snorkeling and reef tour takes guests to the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, to see a variety of aquatic species including sea fans, coral, colorful fish, seahorses, rays, eels and turtles.

Scuba Diving

Belcampo offers certified divers and those that want to learn the opportunity to dive some of the world’s best coral reefs. PADI certified instructors and dive masters are available to share the area’s diving with both beginners and experts.

Lodging

Lodging

Ten jungle suites and two lodge suites open into the heart of the Belize jungle and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious private verandas.

All suites have a screened veranda sitting area and oversized luxury bathrooms with dual vanity sinks, a separate toilet area and rainforest shower. For guest comfort, suites have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, robes, and hairdryers.

Food & Drink

The culinary team at Belcampo 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 continue through breakfast, lunch, daily afternoon snacks, pre-dinner and dinner.

Special dinners and lunches are held at various locations throughout the surrounding area. Room service can be made available on request. Vegetarians and guests who have special dietary needs are happily accommodated.

Belcampo 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

2014 Pricing & Dates for Belcampo Lodge

*Please note that the lodge is closed from September 19– October 27, 2014

Winter (January 5 - April 30) Lodge Suite Jungle Suite
3 night package, double occupancy, per person $1,045 $1,255
Additional night, double occupancy, per person $250 $320
3 night package, single occupant $1,525 $1,945
Additional night, single occupant $410 $550
Summer (May 1 - December 17) Lodge Suite Jungle Suite
3 night package, double occupancy, per person $870 $1,005
Additional night, double occupancy, per person $190 $235
3 night package, single occupant $1,185 $1,455
Additional night, single occupant $295 $385
Holiday (December 18 - January 4, 2015) Lodge Suite Jungle Suite
3 night package, double occupancy, per person $1,115 $1,350
Additional night, double occupancy, per person $275 $350
3 night package, single occupant $1,685 $2,145
Additional night, single occupant $465 $615

Fly fishing is charged an additional $520, per day, for up to 2 anglers.
Custom packages are available. Please call (800) 547-4322 and let us customize a package that best fits your group and their interests.

Included:

  • Round trip airfare (BZE or TZA to Punta Gorda)
  • Accommodations listed above
  • All meals, afternoon snacks and a wakeup call service with coffee or tea
  • Airport transfers between Punta Gorda Airport and the lodge
  • Taxes and service charges (house staff tips)
  • Complementary non-guided activities
  • Personal laundry service

Not included:

  • Fishing equipment and fishing license (available on-site)
  • Guided on-site and off-site non-angling tours and activities
  • Tips to guides for fishing and other excursions
  • Beverages other than those outlined above
  • Trip insurance
  • Spa services and SCUBA diving (available on-site)

When you book with Orvis Travel you pay the same price you would pay if booking directly with Belcampo Lodge. You will qualify for any special offers or incentives available at the time you confirm your reservation.

Reviews

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    Permit Paradise - 1/28/2013
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    You wont find a better permit fishery with a family friendly lodge, amazing cuisine, and world class guides!

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Belcampo Lodge
800-547-4322
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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