Turneffe Flats Lodge, Turneffe Atoll, Turneffe Atoll, Belize District, Belize
The sound of the surf is the only night noise at this smart, red-roofed resort, where you'll commune with others who love fishing and other water activities as much as you do. Turneffe Flats is on the northeastern side of the Turneffe Atoll on a private point with white-sand beach and a wadeable bonefish flat. The lodgings, fitted with elegant hardwoods, are a far cry from the bare-bones fishing camp that occupied this site in the early '80s (though some of the furnishings are of a beachy, outmoded variety). Likely, you won't spend much time in the room. The social heart of the resort is a lodge with bar, dining room (meals are served family-style) and two levels of decks with sea views. You can dive at Turneffe Flats—dive boats are on standby and the reef is only 200 yards from shore—but the ubiquitous fishing-pole racks suggest that bonefish, permit, and tarpon are still the dominant lure. For these fish you usually go out on 16-foot flats skiffs, with two anglers and a guide per boat. You pay a pretty penny to indulge your passion, however. Fishing and dive packages are available, the latter costing somewhat less.
- quality fishing lodge with flats you dream of
- special atoll scenery
- diving and just plain relaxing available
- comes at a price
- sand fleas are friendly
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