Playa Blanca Lodge, Yucatan-Mexico

 

Overview

Location:

Yucatan, Mexico

Target Fish: 

Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook

Time of Year: 

All year

Lodge Capacity: 

20

Nearest Large Airport: 

Cancun, Mexico

Documents Required: 

Passport

 

Playa Blanca lodge, which is located ten miles north of its sister, the Casa Blanca Lodge is located on the edge of Espiritu Santo Bay, which is loaded with Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and Snook.  All of this sits near the middle of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve which is one of the world’s largest protected areas and is a Unesco World Heritage site. 

Within the preserve are Mayan ruins that can make for a very interesting side trip in addition to opportunities for nature observation. The pristine ecology of the preserve creates a nursery for one of the largest arrays of tropical fish in the world, and consequently it’s adjacent waters are one of the world’s most productive fisheries.

Playa Blanca Lodge is one of Yucatan’s best saltwater fly fishing lodges, offering its guests, in addition to the amazing fishing, the finest facilities and a professional lodge staff that is devoted to making your stay memorable. For that reason it has been selected by Wild On The Fly as one of the premier lodges available to our clients.

Fishing Program

The daily fishing program at Playa Blanca starts with coffee delivered to your door, and a delicious breakfast served from 6AM to 7Am.  You will then load your gear into the lodge truck and take a five minute ride to the lagoon pier where you will meet your guide and hop onto your skiff.  Around 4pm you will be driven back to the lodge and be presented with appetizers and drinks as you relax before your gourmet meal.   

Espiritu Santo Bay lies off the southern tip of Punta Pajaros which is often referred to as the last frontier of Yucatan flats fishing and it’s difficult to reach from anywhere other than Playa Blanca Lodge.  At approximately half the width of Ascension Bay, Espiritu Santo is a smaller but equally impressive fishery.  

The sea floor is covered with a rich sediment deposited by several tributaries that is a favorite habitat for Bonefish and Permit.  The mangroves that line the tributaries are the perfect habitat for Tarpon and Snook.  The opportunity for a Grand Slam is always present while a guest at Playa Blanca.

 The bay is rimmed by vast sand flats that are perfect for wading while the deeper water is a great place to find cruising schools of Permit.  Because Espiritu Santo Bay is remote, fishing pressure remains light.  Travel time from the lodge to your fishing location can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour.

Seasons

Best Fly Fishing Seasons

Fall-October through November. Weather is iffy but is made up for by the fact that angling pressure is light and the fishing remains excellent.

Winter-December through February

Great weather sometimes punctuated by a cold front and low humidity and light angling pressure.  Fishing remains excellent.

Spring-March through April

 Weather stabilizes and temperatures are moderate though winds begin to become a factor.  Warming water makes the fish more active. 

Summer-June through August

These are the hottest and rainiest months though with the warmest water of the year, the fish are at their most active.  Lodge is generally closed during this period, though parties of 6 or more will be welcome. 

Accommodations

Playa Blanca Lodge consists of large duplex cabanas that total seven rooms that are spaced among the coconut palms that line the beach.  The rooms have large bathrooms, and have a modern tropical Caribbean feel.  Some rooms have two queen size beds.  

Rooms all have their own patios that overlook the grounds and the water.  Rooms that sit back from the water have air conditioning where ocean front rooms enjoy the cooling sea breezes.   

In addition to the standard cabana rooms Playa Blanca Lodge offers additional lodging options that will appeal to those who desire more privacy.

Casa Redonda & Suite 

A short walk up the beach from the main lodge complex, is the Casa Redonda & Suite which is set by itself on a protective dune that fronts the ocean and miles of private beach.  A tropical hideaway, it is perfect for couples and small groups.

Of the two buildings that comprise the Casa Redonda & Suite, one that is called the Main House is perfect for couples as it features two large suites with over-sized private baths, a full service kitchen, a living and dining area with a large ocean view and a spectacular waterfront deck.  

The Suite is a beautiful one bedroom with a king size bed and sitting area, large private bath and a seaside soaking tub.  It also has a raised patio overlooking the ocean. 

On Site Amenities and Activities Include

  • Satellite Phone (fee)

  • Wi-Fi/internet access

  • Laundry (fee)

  • Bar

  • Gourmet Food

  • Non fly fishing activities: touring, snorkeling, nature viewing

 The cuisine is as equal to or better than any restaurant in the Yucatan . . . even Cancun! You will dine at the beachfront restaurant and bar.  Being that you are on a Caribbean island the chef’s specialty is of course fresh seafood seasoned with local spices. 

Getting There

Cancun is the air hub serving Casa Blanca, which is about 45 minutes by air from the lodge.  When you arrive at the airport you will be met by the lodge representative and transferred to a charter plane which will take you to the lodge.  Upon arrival at the Casa Blanca Lodge airstrip you will take a short 3 minute boat ride to the main lodge where you will be met by staff and served your choice of ice cold margaritas or limeade. You will then board a lodge vehicle and take a thirty minute scenic drive to the Playa Blanca Lodge on the edge of Espiritu Santo Bay.

Rates

Prices are based on double occupancy.

7 Nights 6 Day All Inclusive Rates

May 23rd – October 3, 2020

All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Double Occupancy/boat/guide $4,553

All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Single Occupancy (private room/boat.guide $6,280

All Inclusive Non-Angler per Person Double Occupancy $3,581

5 Nights 4 Day All Inclusive Rates

May 23rd – October 3, 2020

All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Double Occupancy, boat/guide $3,825.00

All Inclusive Guided Fishing per Person Single Occupancy (private room/boat/guide) $4,981.00

All Inclusive Non-Angler per Person Double Occupancy $3,203


 All RATES INCLUDE
:

  • The cost of $633.00 usd Round Trip charter from Cancun to the lodge. Deluxe seaside accommodations, all meals, non- bottled beverages and use of all recreational equipment. Fishing rates include guide & boat beverages. Rates do not include alcoholic beverages, use of the phone, laundry, guide or staff gratuities.

PARTIAL WEEK ITINERARIES
:

  • Should begin or end on a Saturday. The lodge will NOT accept reservations which span a Saturday since this would eliminate the possibility of booking 2 full week packages. Additional air charter charges will apply to all flights taken on a day other than a Saturday.

AIR CHARTER SURCHARGES
:

  • (For all late arrivals, early departures and / or partial week itineraries)
    Costs of air charter are included in the above rates tables and apply ONLY to flights on Saturday. For other itineraries there is a surcharge based on the number of passengers.
    1 Pass.= $1,266.00 / 2 Pass. = $633 ea./ 3 Pass. =$422 ea. / 4 Pass. = $316.50 ea.
    Anglers reserving space for a non-fishing guest and a fishing guest, sharing a room/ single boat MUST add $470.00 to the DO fishing rate.

TARPON LAGOON FISHING
:

  • Is very limited and NOT guaranteed. Requests must be made prior to your trip and will only be considered upon receipt of ALL monies due paid according to our policy. Lodge manager reserves the right to protect the Tarpon Lagoon and it’s resources

GRATUITY
:

  • Recommended tip for a fishing guide is a minimum of $50.00-$100.00 per day / per boat.
    Recommended tip for lodge staff is: $20.00-$30.00 per night or $120.00-$200.00 per week per guest.

GUIDE & ROOM REQUESTS:

  • All guests of Casa Blanca may request a specific room or guide assignment for their stay.
    Guide & Room requests are determined by a “first pay, first choice” policy. Guests reserving and paying, according to policy, “first” for a particular space will have priority when Guide & Room assignments are determined. If monies are not received according to policy (see Reservations, Deposits section), Guide & Room requests may be altered without notice by Casa Blanca / Playa Blanca staff.
    NO Guide & Room requests are guaranteed. Our staff will do their best to honor ALL requests, although circumstances may arise which may make this impossible, For example:
    A guide may be sick and be unable to work a particular week.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • 50% deposit is required within 10 days of booking to confirm a reservation.
    If the reservation is made within 60 days of the scheduled arrival at the property, 100% payment is required in order to confirm the reservation.

  • A full refund, less a $750 per person cancellation fee, will be made for written cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival at the property.

  • We highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance through us.

  • There will be no refund for cancellations received within 60 days of the scheduled arrival. There will be no refunds made for unused portions of the land package or unused air charter. If your trip is cancelled due to a hurricane or some other catastrophic event, the property will make every effort to offer alternate dates, but there can be no guarantee that this will be possible. In this event the property will retain all deposits and payments.

  • If the final payment is not received 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival at the property, the property may elect to cancel the booking and resell the space. In this event, the property will retain all deposits and payments.

    Prices are in USD and subject to change prior to booking.


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