Fodor's Expert Review El Pescador Lodge & Villas

2.6 miles (4.2 km) north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Corozal, Belize

Nearly every hotel on Ambergris Caye claims that it can arrange fishing trips, but this resort, opened in 1974, has the best angling resources, plus plenty to do for companions with other passions (half the guests are snorkelers and divers). Ask the folks here about fishing and they'll rattle off lists of pancake flats, back-reef flats, turtle-grass flats, and all their inhabitants. Loosely described as a "fishing camp," the main lodge is actually a handsome yellow colonial with comfortable rooms and a nice swimming pool. Adjoining the lodge in two groupings, each with a pool, are deluxe private villas. The restaurant has delicious farm-to-table (and sea-to-table) daily menus, with one seating for the prix-fixe dinner. Many guests arrive as part of a fishing package; check the website for package deals. The resort has a fly-fishing shop and offers lessons.

PROS

  • the place for saltwater anglers, but inviting even if you don't fish
  • top-notch service
  • beloved spot for almost 50 years

CONS

  • expect to lighten your wallet
  • limited dinner options
  • occasionally feels like a men's club

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Lively
Beachfront
Comfortable
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 804-661--2259-in U.S. | 226--2398

HOTEL DETAILS

24 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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