If you are interested in a great saltwater fly fishing adventure, excellent Mexcian food, and the company of very good people, then fly into Cancun, drive south past the wall of resorts, condos and timeshares, then take a left just past Tulum. The road will lead you to Punta Allen and Club Grand Slam, where Greg and Lupita wll greet you with an ice cold margarita and their warm hospitality. Your room will be simple but spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room for fishing gear, a couple of comfy queen beds, a good rain shower, and the luxury of air conditioning that will enable you to sleep like a baby. Dinner will be awesome - perhaps fresh hogfish, or Lupita's enchiladas con mole, or if you are an East Coaster starved for a really good chille relleno, Lupita may surprise you. If you are really lucky, Maria will bring you a slice - or maybe two - of some of the best Tres Leches cake you have ever tasted.
In the morning, after an excellent breakfast accompanied by Greg's fresh French-press coffee, you'll join your two guides and head for the flats of Ascension Bay. You'll pass mating turtles, perhaps a dolphin or two, and if your timing is good, a manatee on your way to Tres Marias or another good bonefish sites that the guides have scoped out for you. You'll be awed by the colonies of roseate spoonbills, herons, and egrets in the mangroves that you pass, and you might even catch sight of a crane or ibis amongst them. The panga will slow and you will hop in the water with one of the guides beside you, and your buddy will head off to another site with the other guide - always one on one, standing right beside you to spot nervous water or tailing bonefish that you would never see on your own. They will also put you in excellent casting position, and help you work on shooting line or your double hauling so that you can get your fly to the fish, and feel that rush of a bonefish stripping line off your reel and getting deep into your backing as it heads off for Belize.
At the end of a week, or however long you stay, you wll be exhausted but very satisfied from your days on the water and your nights in the company of Greg and your fellow fishermen at Club Grand Slam, and already thinking about when to return. More than likely you will have caught a goodly number of bonefish, and if both lucky and a little skilled, perhaps tarpon and/or a permit. You will be making a vow to work on your casting for the next time, and determined to indeed score a grand slam of all three fish, which is very possible in Ascension Bay.
One word of caution - make sure you book with Club Grand Slam. Another place opened recently in Punta Allen that "borrowed" the term Grand Slam for its own name, and while glitzy and on the beach, and billing itself as a fishing resort, it does not even have its own guides, instead hiring on an as needed bases. Club Grand Slam and Greg and Lupita and all of their good folks are the real deal, and a good deal it is, too - much more reasonable than the other lodges. I can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Punta Allen’s top ranked lodging and dining for anglers and adventurers. Catering to travelers who want modern accommodations and outstanding dining while still experiencing the beauty of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Rooms include all the creature comforts, including A/C and lots of personal attention. Private beach and fresh water swimming pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Grand Slam Hotel Punta Allen
- Hotel Grand Slam