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Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge

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#7 Calle Tortuga Puerto Vicente Guerrero Mexico
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If your looking for the closest thing to a Time Machine than look no further. Beautiful Beaches without a single footprint on them. Fish that have never seen a Lure and People that live a simple life that revolves around the Ocean. Escape with us once and you’ll dream of returning. Thanks, John
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Don L wrote a review Sep 2020
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My family and friends thought I was crazy to get away from the stifling isolation of 2020 by isolating myself in a tiny Mexican fishing village that felt in some ways almost a century behind the times, but that’s exactly what I did at Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge. If you’re searching for your soul, you just might find it here. Bahia de Tortuga Fishing Lodge is nowhere near the jungles of concrete, lights, and loud music of the popular resorts that draw Americans south of the border. Not that those resorts are without their charms, but they can serve as an artificial barrier to the character of the people and culture in which they reside. Bahia la Tortuga is tucked in the community of Puerto Vicente on the Costa Grande of southwest Mexico. Everything about the village is modest, but that’s what makes it so lovely. The lodge itself stands out as a solid, warm, and comfortable structure overlooking a pristine white sand beach. Owners John and Angela Lorenz have landscaped it in such a way that it’s effortless to imagine there are no other structures or people nearby - just you and the gently crashing waves. There are some homes nearby, some handsome, some habitable but humble, and some clearly abandoned and deteriorating... but again, at least for me, that adds to the charm. The area is devoid of commercial development. What you see and experience is a genuine working fishing village with 100% authentic, hard-working locals. The accommodations are immaculate, comfortable, minimalist, and adorned with appropriate and charming furnishings and crafts. The wall-mounted a/c worked flawlessly and I slept like a rock at night. The water was one temperature - slightly cooler than tepid - which is what I would have set it at given it was August in Mexico. I chose to use bottled water to brush my teeth. The toilets are standard flushable commodes, though a sign asked me to put my used paper in the lined trash can, which was removed and replaced each day. I had fresh towels each afternoon, and even though I made my bed each morning, it was remade when I returned. I never saw a roach, spider, scorpion, rodent, or other unpleasant creature, save for very occasional houseflies and gnats. I used a little bug spray when outside at night and that was more than sufficient. Lupe, the lodge manager, and her young daughter were my only companions at the lodge, except for Daisy, Lupe’s friendly and well behaved puppy, two parrots, and four or five cats who had the run of the lodge exterior. I was the only guest. Lupe, who was kind, attentive, and always smiling, prepared me three fantastic Mexican meals each day, using what I assume were all fresh local ingredients. Standouts were a chayote cream soup, chicken chile relleno, shrimp in chipotle sauce, and a breakfast tostada featuring tender but slightly crisp corn tortillas above and below over-medium eggs, all smothered in a bright chile tomato sauce. Lunch, packed for each day’s excursion, was always a triple decker chicken salad sandwich and two ice cold Modelo Especiales. Hot delicious coffee awaited me every morning at 0530, fresh squeezed lemonade came with each meal, and a margarita was handed to me each afternoon as I returned from the sea, along with salty tortilla chips and fresh salsa and guacamole. I never saw a menu, I just ate what was prepared, making it feel even more like I was a true houseguest. I was never disappointed and never hungry or thirsty. To the contrary, it was a challenge to finish the sumptuous generosity placed before me. The fishing experience was something I’ll never forget. I was ferried on a bench in the back of a pickup truck over the ridge to the fishing port each morning just as darkness was beginning to ebb. Roosters stirred the locals as the truck slowly lurched and surged over ruts in the unimproved roads. Five minutes later, I was standing next to the panga, a small but rugged craft equipped with an outboard, fishing poles and tackle, and not much else. My guide, Julio, and his wife and first mate, Alejandra, were masters of their craft. Julio simultaneously captained the vessel and rigged the bait and lures as we headed out to sea. I’ve never seen such attention to detail regarding how a baitfish was threaded on to a hook, then sewn and weighted in such a way to ensure it looked alive while trailing the boat. Alejandra kept a sharp eye on the waves and was always the first to spot dolphins, turtles, and vela - sailfish. They spoke no English, and me “muy pecunia” Spanish, but we managed just fine, and the smiles and celebrations when we landed a fish needed no translation. Being on the open ocean with them and seeing wonders like cormorants dive-bombing into the sea to spear fish was amazing. Fighting and landing two sailfish, to include one I estimate being north of 200 pounds (a “grande,” shouted Julio) was a bucket-list checker. I also caught two roosterfish, which are exotic, hard-fighting, and beautiful. All were returned alive to the sea, in fact, Julio’s determination to remove the hook from my second sailfish, which had devoured the bait, was mesmerizing to watch and a testament to how seriously the locals treat their livelihood, which depends on the sustainability of the fishery. We spent around 8 hours a day for 4 consecutive days together at sea, and although we barely spoke, I consider them amigos for life. Evenings after dinner were spent in solitude on the thatch-covered dining room/gathering area in a rocking chair or hammock staring at the moon and stars painting the waves. I rarely thought about the tumultuous times and vitriol that fill the airwaves and social media, and it was difficult to be reminded of them because my phone gasped and sputtered to get a signal. Of course I missed my family and friends, but being truly alone with my thoughts was cleansing. It also would have been awesome to share the solitude with a handful of loved ones. There’s no way the experience could have failed to pull us even closer. I do recommend, though, that all party members be hardcore fishermen... the area does not cater to any other recreational pursuits, except reading, napping, or beach leisure. I leave it to you to judge the wisdom of traveling during the COVID thing. Outside of the airports and aircraft, which were repeated regimens of extreme caution whether I wanted it or not, I encountered a grand total of seven people during my 4 days, not counting others I saw at wave-and-smile distance. It’s been two full weeks, and I’m not sick, unless you count rejuvenation and a somewhat renewed faith in humanity as symptoms of illness. Finally, in terms of value, it is hard to beat this world-class all-inclusive fishing adventure. There are likely other options that offer a more posh experience, but I’d be surprised if you could find one as authentic for the price. One thing about it that I appreciate the most is how John consistently thanked me for injecting a little capital into the pockets of the locals. As it turned out, it was very little, but here, a little clearly goes a very long way. And that may be the biggest reward of all.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Darren wrote a review Feb 2020
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This place really is a hidden gem. The fishing is excellent, but there is so much else to appreciate. The short stroll to the beautiful beach was the perfect way to relax after being on the boat. If you have the energy one day, I recommend taking a hike to the top of the hill at the south end of the bay. The views of the coast and mountains from the top are breathtaking. The lodge is in great shape with each room having a working air conditioner. I can't praise the quality of the food enough! You can expect authentic Mexican food every meal and a great variety of it. I'm looking forward to many more trips to John's lodge in the future!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Billfisher_9 wrote a review Feb 2020
Florida Keys13 contributions6 helpful votes
I was surprised to read the review from "single trip". It certainly conflicts with my experience as a solo angler. I have been to Bahia La Tortuga as a single angler every year for 13 years. I have also fished Venezuela, Kona, Guatemala, Panama, East Cape Mexico, Isla Mujeres Mexico, Costa Rica, and others. All as a solo angler. I assure you that there is no better price anywhere. Not even close. To say that the owner, John, is interested only in the money simply is not true. I have been there when he has hosted all the village children for a party complete with gifts for all. I was there when the mayor personally thanked John for his contributions to the village. I know that he has contributed to the schools. John offers a quality experience and a very reasonable cost. This is especially true if you are fishing alone. I fished here in December and am lookin forward to next year.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Nancy A wrote a review Feb 2020
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My wife and I have fished with Bahia La Tortuga several times, but our last trip in December 2019 was special as we were celebrating our 47th anniversary. Imagine our surprise when after a delicious dinner, the staff (adorned with party hats and horns) brought out a cake to memorialize the event. That John and Angie made this effort on our behalf speaks volumes about the people they are. On a previous trip, our son accompanied us on his 1st blue water fishing adventure. John discovered he was career military and comped the cost of his trip. Certainly not an individual who tries to squeeze every possible $$$$ from his customers! The staff at the lodge want nothing more than to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Remember you are in Mexico... download a translation app before you go and communication will be very easy and so much fun to learn another language. The captains are hard working men who's knowledge of the waters and it's inhabitants will greatly increase your chances of success. It's a matter of pride for them to put you on the fish. Rooms are very clean and comfortable. Meals are delicious!! This is truly one of the best bargains a fisherman can find anywhere. John and Angie have created a place where an average person can afford to come and make memories that will last a lifetime. I feel they have been spectacularly successful. Our latest trip netted us our 1st Black Marlin, our 1st African Pompano, 6 Sailfish, and numerous inshore species. Now that's a lot of memories Thank you John and Angie!!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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LisaMcV wrote a review Feb 2020
Sudbury, Canada7 contributions
Scott and I made our 3rd trip to Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge and it was again outstanding, the fishing was out of this world, from Rooster Fish, Sailfish, Spanish Mackeral, Jackgravel, Maui Maui to some others I don't know the name of, we seen and caught them all and ate most of them too. The food, staff and accommodations are Old Mexico style, the view from the Lodge is breathtaking we seen whales, dolphins and crashing waves it takes you to a different place and time no stress only relaxing. "Sleep, Fish, Eat and repeat"! John always makes sure we are well taken care of, safe and wanting more. We also met some wonderful new friends (same mind set there to fish and take in the relaxing atmosphere) that we will keep in touch with and hopefully plan another trip back together. I can't say enough about this Fishing Lodge it is my little piece of paradise where Scott and I can go relax fish and reconnect, we will return for our 4th trip. LOVE THIS PLACE
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Deborah's Chili Beans, Moon Bar, and El Mexicano Chili Beans.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bahia La Tortuga Fishing Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.