Hello to everyone,
I was confirming some trips and realized we were already a ¼ of the way through 2021, where has the last three months gone? It always seems, that where time is concerned, we either have way too much or not enough.
Well, we are open! Guests have been coming and going for the last few months and while BRL has had to make some small changes from the way we did things, the new system is moving along and working well. Mike and Marguerite and all the BRL crew have been happy to welcome back long-time guests and are enjoying meeting our new visiting guests. Karen mentioned that everyone has been so very nice. Amazing, some of our yearly friends who fish multiple trips a year, are enjoying working out their casting kinks after not fishing for a year.
One guest mentioned that after doing all he could over the last 12 months, he was fully vaccinated and ready for “vacci-cation”. We liked the expression so much that we asked if we could borrow it, so thanks Mr. Jamie, your expression is a hit.
A few positive updates on getting to/from Belize.
#1. There are more flights coming back to Belize or on the schedule to start service again. Belize is getting easier and easier to visit.
American Airlines offers daily flights from Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; Charlotte, NC. American also offers a Saturday-only flight from Los Angeles, CA.
Copa Airlines – Presently no flights
Announced upcoming Copa flights:
On June 21st, service from Panama City, Panama. BRL does not have the exact schedule as yet.
Delta offers daily flights, except Tuesday, from Atlanta, GA.
Announced upcoming Delta flights:
December 18, 2021, Delta will offer a Saturday only, non-stop service from Minneapolis, MN.
Sun Country Airlines offers a Saturday-only flight from Minneapolis, MN.
Tag Airlines offers weekday (Monday to Friday) service from Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Tropic Airlines offers daily flights, except Tuesday, service from Cancun, Mexico.
United Airlines offers daily flights from Houston, TX with an additional Houston flight on weekends. United also offers Saturday-only flights from Denver, CO; Newark, NJ and Chicago, IL.
Announced upcoming or schedule changes to United flights:
In May, Denver and Newark will operate twice weekly, and Chicago once weekly.
In June and July, Denver and Newark will operate three times weekly, and Chicago once weekly.
In August, Denver and Newark will operate three times weekly, and Chicago once weekly. Houston will also be increased to 14 times a week for the month.
In September, Denver and Newark will operate twice weekly, and Chicago once weekly.
In October, Denver and Chicago will operate twice weekly, and Newark once weekly.
#2. Belize has made life easier to visit and is accepting proof of full COVID-19 immunization received at least 2 weeks prior to arrival in Belize. IF a person can show proof of the two vaccinations (your vaccination card), with the second dose completed a minimum of 2 weeks before their arrival in Belize, you do not need to PCR test before entering Belize. Presently, in the USA this means Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as Johnson & Johnson is only one shot, it does not qualify at this time.
If you have not vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within 96 hours of travel OR a negative rapid Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, ABBOT (Panbio) test taken within 48 hours of travel.
Guests traveling to BRL, both vaccinated and not vaccinated (COVID tested) have said the process of entering Belize at the airport is easy.
We have some space for fishing now into the summer months and if you have not planned your summer Flats fishing get-away, Belize River Lodge will again offer our summer/fall specials, dates not yet determined. We will have more information on this in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions or would like to check available dates, please email us. We look forward to seeing you soon on your upcoming vacation or "vacci-cation".
BRL's Ladies in the Office
Senior Program Manager
Specializes in Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West fishing programs.