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El Pescador Resort
Ranked #3 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Wimberley, Texas
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“Family Vacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

This was a family vacation with 11 of us spending 5 days fishing, diving, snorkeling, and visiting the Mayan ruins. We loved every minute of it. The staff are what makes this resort a wonderful experience. They are all so nice and accommodating. The food was fresh and delicious, especially the "Caye" lime pie!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Had a great experience spending a week at El Pescador. The trip of a lifetime. The service was extraordinary. All members of the staff made you feel extremely comfortable. One of the best parts of the trip was meeting so many other guests. Because we all ate dinner together and there were at most 40 guest there at any one time, we got to know and converse with so many others. We shared our days experiences and plans for the upcoming days. My family of 4 stayed in a Villa and it was 20 feet from the the waters edge. The pictures do not do the place justice. We did a day of guided fishing, a scuba trip and 2 snorkeling trips. Fishing is a big draw for this resort, although I felt a bit out of place since I am a spinfisher and most were fly fishers. The complimentary bikes made it easy to take a trip along the beach into town. If you want to go to paradise then plan a trip here.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

It's been a month since we returned, and we are still talking about our time at El Pescador. As a couple who travels a great deal, we had high expectations for our time here. Everything about our stay was beyond belief. The thoughtful, dedicated, engaging members of the "El Pescador family" made our experience perfect...the fact that they knew our names within a day of being there was remarkable. Our fishing guide - Cesar - was not only an excellent, patient, and challenging instructor but made every day fun. We will definitely return. Wow. (Never have written a review for TA, but our stay was such a delight that we felt as though we needed to share.)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

I've visited San Pedro on 7 occasions, staying at 5 different places. El Pescador is HANDS DOWN the best place to stay. Add to that, they provide the VERY BEST fly fishing guides in Central America. Amerigris Caye is a year adventure, and I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

The wife and I just returned from a weeks trip to Belize. We spent four nights at El Pescador, with three days fishing using their guides.

This was our first time to Belize and salt water flats fishing. The review will be geared to those also making the leap. Take this with a grain of salt if too much information. Off we go:

Trip planning:

We bought trip insurance due to weather and peace of mind with the investment of the trip. Thankfully, we didn't have to call upon it. Company used was TravelGuard.

We packed light and used every single single use laundry detergent packs. Very handy.

Belize in general: Don't sweat going! Granted, we spent our time on Ambergris and in Placencia. We gave our credit card a heads up regarding the travel. We also got a 'throw down' credit card and pre loaded X dollars on it. This way, nothing was linked to our accounts should something happen.

The people are beyond friendly and truly appreciate the fact a very large portion of their economy is tourism. We did not have a single language barrier incident.

Currency: You won't need to bring any Belize dollars down with you. The exchange rate is fixed at 2 BZD to 1 greenback. The US dollar is accepted everywhere and if you hand a US note for payment, accept that you may get either BZD or a combo of both back. We didn't have any shortchanging going on.

Fishing: Absolutely outstanding! If you already have your saltwater rigs and have your flies dailed in, move on. If you don't (we didn't), El Pescador has absolutely top of the line rigs: Hatch, Orvis, Scott, Hardy, Sage and more. All at your disposal. Do the resort a facility and make sure they know if you need rigs. Also consider bringing a small spinner rod if you will have two in the boat. One throws off the bow, while the other and catch fish using the spinner.

Flies: If you are fishing the flats, remember small and light! Size 6 to 8, skinny (no lead eyes), true Christmas Island Specials, Clousers and Gothcas. If you are building your own flies, use small to extra small lead weight or chain link eyes. I had maybe one true snag in multiple days fishing. The turtle grass will give.

Leaders and tippet: Bring it down. Read the weekly fishing reports off El Pescador's Web site.

Should you choose, El Pescador's shop have flies and line. Be prepared to spend about 20% more down there.

Guides: Tons of experience, funny and great. One word of advice: make no hesitation to be direct daily with your guide on want you want for the day's fishing. If you want to sight fish, tell em. If you want to fish muddy water (bonefish feeding) and therefore blind fish, tell em. Want to hunt permit, (good luck) and tell em. You'll be dropping a lot of coin each day for the guide and experience, make it yours and want you want.

Also bring a 'boat bag' to keep your line, flies, clothing, sunscreen all tidy.

Casting lessons: You have a world class staff at El Pescador to help you out. Don't think twice about attending the daily afternoon lessons.

Food and drink: Hey, it's all inclusive; have at it. Tasty meals and cold drinks. Also, if you catch any snapper or barracuda, ask your guide to clean and prep, the kitchen can cook it up for you. Just be sure to tip your guide accordingly if this happens.

Lodging: Great. Fans and A/C are present. Beds were good and crashed easy after a full day on the water .Also remember this is Belize, where you won't throw used toilet paper down the toilet. Rather, in a trash can. Consider bringing a travel size air freshener spray bottle.

Staff: Beyond professional. From cleaning staff to owners, they truly want you to experience Belize,

I'm sure I have another 10 points to give, but that's all I can recall for now.

Go to Belize. Fish Belize. Experience El Pescador.

Room Tip: Villas near salt water pool where very quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

My wife and I just finished our 3rd stay at El Pescador, and 7th trip to Ambergris. We will keep coming to the island, and can't imagine staying anywhere else on it. Over the years we've done the trip by ourselves, with friends, with family and also with our two little kids (3 and 5). Each trip has been successful, and the most recent adventure (June 2013) was with our kids and another couple, who brought their 1 yr old. We don't fish, and instead filled the week with diving, snorkeling and relaxing at the pool. Family Style dining each night allowed for us to enjoy the fishing stories, without having to actually do the fishing! The resort was extremely accommodative to our children, and the best example is perhaps that my daughter's pancakes were always made in the shape of hearts ... which started every day with a smile! When you travel with small kids, few things are as important as that! The owners put their heart and soul into this resort and we leave it each time thankful that there is a dedicated family protecting this special place. We'll be back, my 5 yr old has already begun negotiating.

Room Tip: Bedrooms on the lower floors of the villas seemed to stay cooler and had HUGE showers.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Orono, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

El Pescador sets the standard by which other fishing resorts are measured. Recently named one of the "Top 10 Luxury Eco-Resorts" by Forbes Traveler, El Pescador's well trained and exceedingly friendly and attentive staff make staying there...easy. Their salt water flats fly fishing guides are all locals and some are second generation guides who apprenticed long before they were allowed to guide.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: El Pescador Resort
Address: PO Box 17 | 2.6 miles north, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — El Pescador Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Pescador’s beachfront lodge and villas are situated on over 45 private acres with ambiance, specializing in fishing, diving and eco-adventures. We are family-owned and operated with emphasis on creating camaraderie and an authentic Belizean experience. El Pescador is proud of our philosophy to protect and nurture friendship, adventure and the environment. El Pescador has long been known as a world-class fishing destination offering outstanding flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit. El Pescador has been the only resort on Ambergris Caye specializing in saltwater flats fishing since 1974. Since coming under new ownership in 1997, the resort has established itself as an eco-friendly tropical getaway, including a commitment to offset all carbon emissions generated by its guests flying to Belize. Donations are made on behalf of guests to a local Belizean non-profit organization, Green Reef Environmental Educational and Coastal Research Institute, to offset the carbon emissions used to travel to Belize. El Pescador was also among the key organizations to implement the new Law protecting bonefish, tarpon and permit as catch and release species. This is the most all encompassing legislation of its kind worldwide. It is great news for Belizeans, anglers, tourists and conservationists alike. El Pescador is a serene and gracious establishment on the doorstep of the world’s largest living Barrier Reef. El Pescador offers accommodations in guest rooms within its colonial style, mahogany main lodge, as well as in 1, 2, and 3 bedroom luxury beachfront villas. The villas are perfect accommodations for couples seeking romance and privacy, and for families and small groups traveling together. All rooms and villas are beachfront and have unobstructed views of the Caribbean blue waters. In addition to unequaled fishing, this first-rate resort offers all the eco-adventures which take full advantage of Belize’s exotic flora and fauna. Scuba diving, snorkeling, manatee watching, cave-tubing and zip-lining, and Maya archaeological explorations are just a small assortment of the activities available while staying at El Pescador. ... more   less 
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