Experience Mexico's saltwater fishing at its best for an Orvis Week at The Xflats.

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Orvis Grand Slam Week at the Xflats


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Dates:

June 17-24, 2023

Length of Trip:

7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing

Price:

$4,795 Per angler (Double occupancy)

Highlights:

  • Experience Mexico's saltwater fishing at its best
  • Opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, and permit: The Grand Slam!
  • Six days of saltwater fishing with expert guides who have lived and fished on these extensive flats for years
  • Beachfront accommodations and a 200-foot pier that lies in the center of the property
  • Non-angling activities include snorkeling, kayaking, and day trips to ancient Mayan ruins

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The Story

Join Orvis at The Xflats for your new saltwater fly-fishing adventure in Mexico. The Xflats will cater to the serious saltwater fly angler while also offering relaxing and comfortable amenities for the non-angler and various sightseeing or ocean-based activities. Established in 1982, this privately-owned saltwater fly-fishing lodge combines the luxury of a resort, yet still maintains the casualness of beachfront living. The XFlats sets itself high above the standard set at most fishing lodges and prides itself on the complete guest experience. They are professional and polished while remaining rested and relaxed. The entire property stretches over 150 ft of remote beachfront where permit and bonefish are daily visitors. Their 200-foot pier lies in the center of the property where guests will be picked up by their guides for the day. Spend your mornings, afternoons, or days off on the pier waiting for the inevitable visit of many local species of fish. Whether you are searching for the best saltwater fly-fishing experience or looking to just get away from it all, you will be sure to find your paradise in the Caribbean waters of the Mesoamerican Reef, in “the flats” where permit, bonefish, and tarpon thrive.

Ideal for an angler’s getaway or couple’s vacation, the lodge’s seven beachfront suites carry an authentic Mayan style. These extraordinary suites feature expansive patios, a spacious bathroom, and living area that looks onto the bay. Each room can accommodate up to two guests for a comfortable retreat. Open patios call for a lazy afternoon in the hammock with a longneck in hand and oceanside breeze. Welcome to a fly fisher's dream. Newly included in each suite are up to eight rod racks for your fully rigged setup and each includes a security safe for personal items. With the beachfront extending over 150 feet, spend your days relaxing along the bay or greeting our guests of honor along the 200-foot pier.


Meals:

The Xflats at Tierra Maya is known village-wide for its exquisite cuisine and rustic beachfront settings. Whether you are savoring local cuisine or a more casual toe-in-the-sand vibe, you’ll enjoy their authentic local specialties and favorites, prepared and served in a restaurant that showcases the art of fishing with the companionship of fellow anglers. Located oceanside, the restaurant features fresh seafood and local cuisine. Guests savior authentic local seafood while enjoying the companionship of fellow anglers. Breakfast and dinner will cater to the local cuisine as each will complement the daily menu. With or without the accompaniment of sweet oceanside sounds, every meal is a delight, crafted with local produce and spices for your palate.


Alcohol:

The Fish Bar does not fall short of historical glory and immortalized pursuits. Adorned on the walls of the bar, guests will find copious entries and objects that share a narrative of the past, from laminated maps to tarpon scales. Each item is designed to be held and examined, as we encourage your interaction. Our environment is proposed for engagement; to share our stories of the seas and talk of tales yet to be. Grab a pint and share your adventures.

Your day of fishing starts with a hearty breakfast followed by you being picked up from the private Caribbean dock. The owner or manager of The Xflats will introduce you to your personal guide for the day. A typical fishing day has guests departing from the lodge at 8:00 AM and returning around 4:00 PM. On low-wind days guests often fish the Caribbean flats with no run at all. However, on windier days or depending on the species you are targeting, a common ride of 10-20 minutes to Chetumal bay is necessary. At the end of each day, reunite with your fellow travel companions, relax with a drink, and enjoy the layout and scenery of the beautiful property. As the sun sets, you’ll dine under the stars on freshly caught or locally grown specialties prepared by the chef. Following dinner, guests can return to their room for further relaxation or hang out in the common areas and share fish stories with fellow anglers.

*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

The Xflats is the destination of choice whether you are new to flats fishing or chasing the coveted saltwater grand slam. The fishery of Chetumal Bay is a picturesque shallow-water flats fishery. The oceanside flats, where the lodge is located, are extremely rich with fish and wonderful to fish when the wind is low. The boat ride to the fishing grounds takes less than 30 minutes and offers a vast range of fishing opportunities as well as protection from the wind. The two main targets are permit and bonefish. If you have ever wanted to chase permit, there might not be a better place to do so. The Chetumal Bay fishery has been proven as one of the most reliable and consistent permit fisheries and its uniqueness in many ways makes it one of the best places to chase permit in the world. Water depths range from less than 1 ft to over 5 ft and many opportunities allow for guests to get out of the boat and chase fish on foot. Opportunities for barracuda and jacks are also provided on a daily basis. The fishery also supports opportunities for baby tarpon and snook with most of our chances at these species being in the small local lagoons.

Targeted species:permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, barracuda, Jack

What is Included?

  • Seven nights of accommodation
  • Six days of guided fishing
  • Professional shuttle service to and from the lodge (Saturday to Saturday ONLY)
  • All meals, snacks, all bottled water, breakfast juices, and coffee
  • Guides
  • Boats

What is Not Included?

  • Airfare to and from Cancun or Chetumal
  • Accommodations outside of the specified package dates
  • Meals during your travels to and from the lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas
  • Fishing equipment
  • Gratuities for guides, staff and the shuttle driver
  • Shuttle Service not booked Saturday to Saturday
  • Travel insurance

How many people are on this trip?

10 maximum.


What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels welcome. However, it is highly encouraged to learn the double cast before arrival due to the occasional winds.


How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

The age limit for children joining the trip as an angler is 12-years-old.


What is the typical weather?

During your stay with Xflats at Tierra Maya, expect the daily temperature to range from 76° to roughly 83°. Xcalak provides ample fishing opportunities each month of the year, as it offers over 300+ days of sunshine. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


What gear do you recommend?

Be sure to bring appropriate attire for your saltwater fly-fishing experience in the Yucatan sun (long-sleeves, light-weight pants, hat, and SPF 60 sunblock.) We recommend lightweight, breathable, sun-blocking clothing in neutral colors.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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