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“Most accommodating staff ever.....” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Pescador Resort

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El Pescador Resort
Ranked #3 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Ontario
Level Contributor
29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Most accommodating staff ever.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

This is primarily a fly fishing resort. As the non-fishing spouse of a fly fisherman I was around the resort more than my husband. Every single staff member encountered was amazingly responsive and indeed anticipated my wishes. They all served with a genuine smile. Loved the "family style" dinners out under the stars. The rooms were fine, although our shower had problems but my understanding is that the newer "villas" are better.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank retinott
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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70 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2011

Great fishing(unlimited bonefish, lot's of tarpon and permit), great service. Villas were very spacious and comfortable. Would highly reccommend the upgrade. Good food and many activities besides fishing. Guides were great. Excellent English and can find fish.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GoDuke_78
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Covington, VA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2011

My husband and I arrived at El Pescador and were greeted by Judy who showed us around and introduced us to the staff. From that point forward everyone called us by name, always greeting us with genuine warm smiles and hellos. Our villa was incredible and we enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunset from our porch. My husband fished one day and had an incredible time. Caesar was his guide and he did a great job. I cannot recommend this resort enough. The staff will go out of their way to make sure your trip is perfect.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank langginger
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evergreen
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2011

The Lodge: Clean, comfortable and very well run. The Owners, the manager and the staff are all top notch and will work hard to make your stay enjoyable. Its one of the main reasons I return with friends and family. This is important if you have travelled abroad to fly fishing lodges, not all are the same in this regard. All transfers, meals and lodging requests have always been smooth and enjoyable. There is a variety of rooms, villas and pools on site from a basic room to very nice stand alone villas for family's.

The Food: All meals were good (as usual), freshly prepared. Fish, beef, lobster, chicken etc.... Lots to choose from. Boat lunches are particulary well done especially when compared to other lodges. No more soggy sandwiches! Plenty of variety and great portions. My dad will testify if need be!

The Fishing: If you are a novice or you are looking to get a slam, You'll be well served to consider this lodge. There are solid populations of Permit, Tarpon and bonefish giving you a shot at the slam any time of year. The permit fishing is what brings me back because they are the toughest of the three. My friend is new to flats fishing with a fly rod and had legitimate shots at all three species even with some spotty weather. Tarpon can run very big depending on the time of year but resident fish provide opportunity year round. The bonefish run small (don't expect fish bigger than a couple pounds) but are plentiful and provide action when weather or other species are tough. Summary: we had shots at Permit, Tarpon, bonefish, jacks and Snook. Landing permit and bones and jacks, cuda and snapper.

Lastly, this is a good choice for famlies or hardcore fisherman. The lodge can keep the kids happy, there is alot of activities in Belize and the lodge staff will set it up for you. The Pools and grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. Staff is awesome. They work hard to provide a good experience. Let them know what your looking to do, fishing or otherwise and they can set it up. Fishing for these fish can be tough, and you should know that you still gotta make the cast to have a chance. I like my chances at El Pescador.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bonefishbillsalty
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Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2011

My friend and i just spent 5 great days at El Pescador. The transfers were seamless, they warmly welcomed us and the staff was very polite and extremely helpful throughout our stay. We didn't have to ask for hardly anything because of their attentiveness, and when we did, everything was well done with a smile. The fishing and guides were great. Our villa was very nice and private. The meals were very good and the company of the other guests was great. We'll go back.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank terresond
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2011

The entire staff were nice and personable, We had a one bed room villa that was very nice and clean. We were there to fish and the guide and staff were all helpful. We loved meeting in the bar to hear how others did fishing and the family style dinners allowed us to meet some great people from around the world. I will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank merc368
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Wilmington NC
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2011

After my third trip to El Pescador, I wanted to take the time to write a review of this resort, its management, and staff. This place is amazing! We love it so much we've been three times and are already planning the next trip.
This is a resort that caters to fly fisherman and does a wonderful job at that. They have a fishing hostess who is an Orvis-endorsed guide and really knows her stuff. She can help all anglers from the beginner to the advanced improve their cast. The fishing is great - lots of pristine flats w/ schools of bonefish and permit. And some nice tarpon spots too.
The fishing guides are excellent. They all speak English, know where the fish are and don't fish on top of each other.
What makes this place special though is that it also caters to the non-fisherman in the group. Plenty of activities like snorkeling and massages, guided tours to the mainland, etc.
The resort is family-owned and the family is on-site running this operation. The staff is an extended part of the family that owns the resort. They do a wonderful job of making the guests feel like part of the family too. All of the staff immediately knows your name. Their care and concern for their guests is obvious in their gracious hospitality.
The food is served in a family style buffet and guests mix and mingle regularly here. The food is very good and plentiful. It's a great place to meet others, and to relax.
I really can't say enough great things about El Pescador, but it speaks volumes that we are ready to plan a 4th trip!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JennRP
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Additional Information about El Pescador Resort

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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El Pescador San Pedro
El Pescador Resort Belize/San Pedro

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