Mexico — Costa de Cocos Resort
April 2 – 10, 2021
Limited to 9 anglers – 2 spots left!
Includes a complete gear package worth over $1,000
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offers fly anglers some of the best flats fishing in the Caribbean, and the number of fishing lodges along its coast would attest to that. At the northern tip lies the bustling vacation Mecca of Cancun, the main point of entry for everyone looking to recreate in the area. We’ll start our trip here with a night at the world-class Intercontinental Hotel, located oceanside along the pristine white beaches that Cancun is famous for. This is a great opportunity to get the group together for some cool cocktails and a great meal before heading south the next day to Costa de Cocos Resort for seven nights and six days of fishing.
In our decades of experience traveling in Mexico, we’ve always found that the farther you get from Americanized-Cancun, the closer you get to old-world Mexico. Things change from fast-paced to laid-back, and the crowds of vacationers disperse as you move farther south to more secluded stretches of the Caribbean. In the case of Costa de Cocos Resort, we’ll keep driving pretty much to the Belize border, where you’ll find one of our favorite fishing lodges, and the unpressured, seemingly endless flats fishing that keeps us coming back.
Not much has changed in the 14 or so years we’ve been coming to Costa de Cocos in Xcalak, and that’s a good thing. The resort has an intimate, friendly atmosphere, with staff that takes care of you at every turn. Cozy, thatch-roofed cabanas sit amongst the coconut palms, and the area’s best restaurant provides great meals to start and end your day. The bartender will serve you a cold cocktail after a long day of fishing, and will keep the refreshments flowing throughout the evening. The resort even has its own distillery and brewery, so you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of Mexico’s finest micro-brews and premium liquors.
The resort and it’s middle-of-nowhere location are always what we’re looking for. Combine it with some of the best flats fishing on the planet, and it makes for a vacation that’s just the right mix of exciting and relaxing. It has proven to be a great place to take small groups—newbies and avid anglers alike—so you’ll catch fish here no matter your experience level.
While the accommodations are key to any fishing adventure, it’s really the fishing that draws us to exotic, faraway locations. Here in Xcalak, the fishing opportunities are amazing, and the complete lack of crowds keep the area unpressured and pristine. On the Atlantic side, the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park is right outside your front door. In the waters between the beach and the reef, you’ll find some of the best permit fishing anywhere. Big permit live here, with one topping 50 pounds recently caught within sight of the dock.
Your panga leaves promptly after breakfast, with many options available for a diverse fishing experience. Head up the coast a few miles, and enter a labyrinth of mangrove estuaries full of tarpon and snapper. Head south and you’re immediately at the Belize border, where a small canal takes you through the tip of the peninsula and into the vast flats of Chetumal Bay. The terrain here is as varied as it is beautiful, presenting endless opportunities to catch bonefish, permit, jacks and barracuda. With patient guides, and the ability to find protected areas out of the wind, any angler can be successful here.
The combination of great fishing, great lodging, and amazing cuisine will make this a vacation that you’ll never forget. The trip is hosted by Fly Fish America editor, Crispin Battles, along with a special guest from the fly-fishing industry. Following the trip, we’ll produce a feature article about the adventure, and our guests will be a central part of the story.
As an added bonus, each angler will receive a top-notch gear package worth over $1,000 designed specifically for this flats fishery. The gear will be yours to keep after the trip.
The package price is all-inclusive except for airfare to/from Cancun, and tips for the boat crews and resort staff. You’ll have a private room in Cancun on the first night, and then double occupancy in well-appointed cabanas at Costa de Cocos Resort. For complete trip details, or to reserve your spot, email us at [email protected]