Orvis Couples Week, Belcampo Lodge

Tropical nature, luxurious lodging, and unique fly fishing await on this Belize fly fishing trip.

Orvis Couples Week, Belcampo Lodge

Details

Belcampo Lodge is the only place in far southern Belize where you can explore the tropical forest or fly fish while enjoying 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.

Punta Gorda, Belize is arguably the best place in the world to catch a permit on a fly, and this trip was put together to maximize your chances for success; including top notch Orvis equipment, fishing with experienced local guides, access to superb permit flats, and the expert coaching of an accomplished permit angler. This trip is limited to only 8 anglers, so be sure to secure your spot early.

Guests will be staying at Orvis Endorsed Belcampo Lodge in Belize, so even the most discriminating traveler is sure to enjoy the luxurious accommodations, personalized service and fine dining. 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.

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

Itinerary

Friday, November 6th | Arrival Day
Afternoon Guests arrive in Belize City anytime prior to 3:30 PM and catch the local commuter flight to Punta Gorda. When you arrive in Punta Gorda you will be met by Belcampo representative and transferred to the lodge.
5:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served
6:30 PM Dinner is served in the main lodge dining room.
 
Saturday | Full Day 1
6:30-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
7:00-9:00 AM Anglers will depart from the lodge’s dock for a full day of guided flats fishing. Non-anglers will have a more leisurely start to their day, either relaxing at the lodge or participating in a variety of on-site and off-site activities and tours. Anglers will enjoy lunch in the field. Non-anglers will enjoy lunch at the lodge, or in the field, depending on the activity they have chosen for the day.
4:00 PM Guests return to the lodge.
4:00-6:00 PM Free time to explore the resort grounds or freshen up before dinner.
5:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served.
6:30 PM Dinner is served in the main lodge dining room.
 
Sunday—Wednesday | Days 2 - 5
6:30-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
10:00 AM Guests will depart the lodge for a full day of guided activities, fishing or otherwise. See day 1
4:00 PM Guests return to the lodge.
4:00-6:00 PM Free time to explore the resort grounds or freshen up before dinner.
5:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served.
6:30 PM Dinner is served in the main lodge dining room.
 
Thursday, November 12th | Departure Day
6:30-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
10:00 AM Check-out.
TBA Guests will be transferred to Punta Gorda in time to catch flights back to Belize City for flights home or Orvis Travel extension. You should be able to catch any international flight departing Belize after 11:30 AM.

Activities

The Fly Fishing in Belize

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 are 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. Additionally, Belcampo Lodge has partnered with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) to tag permit, in an effort to get a better understanding of their migration and spawning patterns. During your trip you may be able to participate in this exciting project by tagging your fish and recording information that will be used by scientists to help protect the fish and its habitat.

For more information about Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s efforts to study and protect permit in southern Belize, please visit www.tarbone.org

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.

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

  • 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

Belcampo 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. Ten Jungle suites and two Jungle King suites open into the heart of the Belize jungle and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious private screened in verandas. 4 new Ridge Suites are situated high above the jungle canopy and offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Ridge suites also feature outdoor soaking tubs, direct access to 40’ salt water infinity pool, spacious decks and a wet bar with private butler service.

All suites have a private screened in veranda for lounging, in-room sitting area, crisp-air-dried bedding and oversized luxury bathrooms with dual vanity sinks, a separate toilet area and private walk in shower with floor to ceiling views. For guest comfort, suites have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, robes, hairdryers, complimentary WI-FI and laundry services.

Food & Drink

Delicious, authentic food is at the core of the Belcampo Belize experience. The Lodge produces on-site more than 70% of the food served. 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 continues through breakfast, lunch, daily afternoon snacks, pre-dinner and dinner, complete with an exceptional wine list and full-service bar. 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

2015 Orvis Couples Week - 6 Night, 5 Day Trip

November 6th—12th, 2015

* Guests traveling alone, or requesting a private room, pay the private room supplement.

** Single anglers are not charged the private boat supplement as long as they are willing to share a guide with another single angler.

$3405 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide

$1000 per non angler, sharing a room with an angler

$1000 per person, private room supplement*

$5891 per person, private boat supplement**

Included:

  • Each angler package includes a Helios 2 rod ***
  • Orvis Travel and Belcampo will provide a shop credit of $100 per angler for flies and other supplies
  • Round trip airfare from Belize City to Punta Gorda and ground transfers to the lodge.
  • On-site complementary activities for anglers and non-angling companions.
  • All meals, tea, coffee, and purified water.
  • Daily afternoon snacks.
  • Local hotel & sales tax as well as resort service fees (house staff tips).
  • Laundry service.

Not included:

  • International airfare to Belize City.
  • Fishing equipment & licenses, other than items listed above.
  • Travel cancellation or interruption insurance (recommended).
  • Beverages other than those listed above.
  • Tips to guides for fishing and other excursions
  • Spa services & SCUBA diving booked on-site.
  • Off-site tours and guided non-angler activities booked on-site.

***If you prefer an alternate rod to the one provided with this package, we will send you a $500 Orvis gift card instead. You can then use the gift card in conjunction with your Orvis Travel VIP discount for the purchase of your choice. Equipment and gift cards will be shipped after final payment has been received, approximately 90 days prior to the trip.

We can arrange extra nights at the lodge or another Orvis destination in Belize, before or after this trip. Please inquire with Orvis Travel at 800-547-4322 for details and pricing.

15% discount on Orvis merchandise when you arrange your trip through Orvis Travel. You will received a “VIP customer card” for booking a trip through Orvis Travel and it entitles you to a 15% discount on Orvis merchandise from the time you book until long after your trip is over.

Reviews

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2 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Permit Quest - 4/8/2013
    By: from Jackson Hole

    I returned to Belcampo with my old buddy, Todd Calitri for Permit Quest 2013. I fished with a new friend I met last year at Belcampo and once again had a fantastic time. I caught this nice permit in the Lagoon on Palm Sunday.

  • 5/5

    Best of the Best - 11/7/2012
    By: from York County, VA

    Belcampo is a fabulous lodge and Todd Calitri is a gracious and very knowledgeable host. Went last year and going back again this year. Lots of activities for a non-fishing spouse. Made some great friends. This is an adventure that I highly recommend.

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

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Each angler package includes a Helios 2 rod.

Orvis International Travel

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

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