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“Angler's Paradise”
Review of El Pescador Resort

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El Pescador Resort
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 January 2014

If you are a serious flats angler, especially if you prefer to fly fish, El Pescador is heaven on earth.

The accommodations are comfortable (the villas are probably best for couples, or for folks less focused on fishing) and practical. All units have A/C, fans, screened windows, etc. They also all have well-mounted rod holders (fishing resort!)

The food is very good. Breakfast is ordered from a menu and has some Belezian flair. Lunch for me was always a bag-lun-on-boat affair, ordered the day before and very tasty. Dinners are served at 6:45 pm nightly and are a community affair - all guests at 8-person tables. After fishing, returning to the lodge for Cuban cigars and Belikin beers is always a good way to end the day.

The fishing, of course, is excellent. I fished every day I was at El Pescador, and standard is 8 hours with a guide, on a skiff. Standard pickup time is 7 am, though earlier or later start times can be arranged. Cinoeh (or Cinoe, or Sinoe) was my guide for the week. He has been with El Pescador for 26 years, so he knows the water well! We were on fish every day, even though the weather didn't cooperate. I caught bonefish, snook, and jacks, and had multiple shots at small tarpon. Cinoeh had great boat manners and was lots of fun.

If you're not looking to fish, there's plenty else to do. I didn't do any of it, so I'll leave that to other reviewers.

El Pescador was wonderful to me, and I am sure I'll be back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Yes, I know El Pescador is more than a fishing lodge, but I went there because I heard of the excellent fishing and great service. I was not disappointed on either account. The staff are excellent, the hosts are wonderful and provide an extremely comfortable and social environment. I especially liked the family styles dinners at night. The fishing guide we had, Emir, was outstanding and put us in fish constantly. He was also a very patient, yet demanding teacher and he worked for us over many hours. This is definitely a special place and I plan on visiting again as soon as I can!.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

After a week at El Pescador is was clear why many of the guests were repeat visitors. This resort stands apart from the masses and is in a category of its own. The combination of Belizean warmth, charm, great amenities and an unbelievable staff creates an environment that makes for a perfect vacation.

Traveling with my two adult children the initial attraction of El Pescador was the availability of three bedroom villas. The villas are spacious and lovely. The villas at El Pescador provide the convenience of a fully equipped house while also allowing access to everything a resort has to offer.

Don't think being non-anglers meant we had nothing to do. There are many tours and activities available. We took two through Searious Adventures. (A tour operator I would recommend) You can't imagine my pleasure in spending Thanksgiving Day on a day long catamaran sail to Caye Caulker, being served Belikins and rum punch and munching our way through an unending array of homemade goodies, while watching a group of dolphins cavorting around the bow of the boat.

There were days we each wanted to relax and do our own thing. The pool areas and dock are great for sunning and relaxing. Kayaks are available; there is a good snorkeling spot within easy paddle. Bikes are available to explore the island. Water taxis go into San Pedro town, a ten minute boat ride, on a regular basis.

El Pescador is owned and operated by a family. (They live on premises) The staff proudly wear shirts that say, "El Pescador Family" Together they all create the friendly, accommodating environment that makes for a fun and relaxing vacations. And they are the reason people return year after year.

Ali, Alonzo, Chris, Steve and girls thank you for our great, much needed, vacation. Thanks for the gracious and thoughtful manner you handled our special request. And thank you so much for welcoming us into your family and allowing us to share El Pescador with you

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed in a villa that overlooked the coral reef. It was well appointed & very comfortable.
The meals are very healthy & delicious. The staff is very professional. The fishing is great. Our guide, Katchu, is amazing. He is a very patient teacher for catching bonefish. We left every morning @ 6 am to catch lots of them. Lost a tarpon, but didn't see a Permit. Met many fun guests that shared our passion for fishing & fun. Go there to get a Grand Slam! We have to return for ours. :))

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

El Pescador is an excellent resort for saltwater fishing. The owners are excellent hosts and the staff provides a very pleasant environment. The rooms are clean and well kept. Our family booked a 5 day package for 4 which included 3 daily meals and free drinks throughout the stay. Wine was excluded from the drinks plan. Other than that everything was provided for. Since none of us are expert fly fishermen, it was an advantage that spin fishing was also offered. That guaranteed some great fishing especially for barracuda and snappers. Seems strange that our guides did not allow both persons to fly fish from the same boat. While they know all the good spots, they were not very patient with novices. Issa, on the other hand, is an excellent on- shore teacher who offers free lessons at the resort. A whole day fishing is actually less than 8 hours. Much of the time is taken up with boating to a desired spot. By my calculation, actual fishing time is about 4 hours. I guess it does take time to get around the waters.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

We've visited El Pescador 3 times and they continue to get better and better. Our fishing guide, Emir, works hard to get us on the fish. The onsite staff work hard to attend to your every wish. The food is always incredible. This place is heaven! Good job El Pescador. You are definitely earning your awards and reputation.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Three of my fly fishing buddies and my self spent a week at El Pescador. The resort is top notch. The accommodations are very nice, the food is very, very good, the bar area and pool are very inviting and the service is outstanding. Their fishing program is great and is highly recommended by folks who know the fishing business. Their guides are extremely knowledgeable and very experienced. The fishing experience was good, but was marred by rain, and lots of it, for most of our stay. Kudos to the guides who found us some fish in spite of the adverse conditions. We will return!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#2 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £140 - £645 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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