The Flats at Tierra Maya is located in Xcalak, Mexico (pronounced “ish-ka-lak”). The lodge is nestled among tropical trees and exotic greenery and its beachfront location offers great views of the Caribbean Sea. Their 120ft. pier is a great place to relax but keep a rod handy as you never know what might swim by. Fishing the world-renown Chetumal Bay with its healthy population of permit and bonefish is complemented by daily encounters with large barracuda and jacks. Tarpon and snook are available at certain times of the year to add to the angling opportunities.
Chetumal Bay is a shallow water flats fishery where water depths average 1-5ft. which allows for wade fishing if wanted. The guides concentrate on bonefish and permit with tarpon, snook, jacks and cuda available as well. The average boat ride to the fishing is less than 30 minutes from the lodge.
A small, privately owned and operated fishing lodge, the six ocean view rooms have twin XL beds which can be converted into a king, en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, unlimited hot water and lots of storage. Daily maid service will supply fresh linens and towels. Wi-Fi is available.
As a general rule, a 7-8 wt. outfit for the bonefish, 9 or 10 wt. for the permit, both with floating fly lines rated for tropical weather. A complete gear list will be sent upon confirmation. Frontiers will provide expert advice on finding the right gear for the trip.
You access the lodge via a five-hour drive in an air-conditioned van. The driver will stop for a light dinner, snacks, drinks or bathroom breaks when needed. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Fish Bar. Meals feature authentic local cuisine with fresh local fish a mainstay along with local favorites. Dietary concerns can be accommodated with advanced notice. Your fishing lunch will include a sandwich, fresh fruit, chips and water. Enjoy your favorite drink at the bar. Off-site tours can be arranged.
Open year-round. Rates based on shared room/shared boat.
7N/6D - $2,990
6N/5D - $2,735
5N/4D - $2,495
Inclusions: Fishing, lodging, meals, happy hour, fishing license, and round-trip Cancun transportation.
Exclusions: Airfare, gratuities, fishing gear, bar tab, personal items.
At the conclusion of the Ascension Bay Permit Tournament last May, I packed my bags and headed south towards the village of Xcalak (pronounced ish-ka-lak) for a quick visit to a fishing lodge that we had on our radar, The Flats at Tierra Maya. Xcalak is at the southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, with only Chetumal Bay separating it from Belize.
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