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El Pescador Resort
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

El Pescador sets the standard by which other fishing resorts are measured. Recently named one of the "Top 10 Luxury Eco-Resorts" by Forbes Traveler, El Pescador's well trained and exceedingly friendly and attentive staff make staying there...easy. Their salt water flats fly fishing guides are all locals and some are second generation guides who apprenticed long before they were allowed to guide.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank knightbarrys
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We just returned from El Pescador. It was an outstanding vacation for the entire family. (Parents in their 40's, kids 12 and 8). Two things really stand out. First, item is the service. A couple of other reviews noted that the staff remembered their names consistently. True, but it's more than that. They remember you name, what you like to eat/drink, and work tirelessly, but unobtrusively to get you whatever you want. It's a friendly atmosphere that's kind of like going to your grandmother's house when you were a kid. We were on a meals included plan and would recommend it. The food is very good and had a surprising amount of variety and options. Meals are served family style and allow everyone to get to know fellow guests. I was unsure how that would work out with the family, but all of us really enjoyed getting to know a number of folks at dinner.

The second thing that stood out was the fishing program. It was great (more on that to follow). However, going in, we were apprehensive that it would be too much of a fishing lodge for my wife and daughter who weren't really interested in fishing. Not a problem at all! The snorkeling and beach activities were fun for them and this is an excellent place for a beach vacation. The folks at El Pescador arranged about any trip or excursion you could think of and all of our experiences were good. The snorkeling/beach picnic is also highly recommended! (Again about the service). It's tempting to think of them as a fishing place, but the truth is they do the beach/tubing/Mayan ruins tours as well as anyone.

While they do a great job with everything, the fishing program is over the top. This is NOT a just hotel that knows a couple of fishing guides and will give them a call if you ask. Want to practice your fly casting? They have a separate area on the boat dock for that. Did the practice not go as well as you'd hoped? No problem, they have free lessons for anyone every afternoon. (This included my wife and daughter who had no interest in actually fishing but thought the casting looked kind of fun. Look up the bio for Lori Ann Murphy on the website. This is kind of like having someone from the MLB all star game come and help you at the batting cage.) Worried about where you guide will take you and what kind of fishing you'll do? Because they use their guides all the time, we were able to discuss this with him the night before. What about lunch on the water? El Pescador staff will find you the night before, provide you a lunch menu and have your requested lunch on the boat for you in the morning. Get back from a day of fishing and want to get the salt off your rods? They keep a 10' tank of fresh water for just than purpose. Catch something that looks tasty? The kitchen will gladly prepare your catch for the evening meal.

Our experiences are confirmed by the awards they've received. The trip advisor outstanding service award is well deserved as is the Orvis International Fishing Lodge of the Year.

We're already looking to find a time to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank David R
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have just returned from 8 nights at the El Pescador fishing resort and have had one of our best holidays yet ! The outstanding feature of our holiday was the friendliness and professionalism of the staff - nothing was too much trouble for them. From the moment we landed at San Pedro Airport we were met by a member of the hotel staff who looked after our luggage and escorted us to the Lodge via boat (our thirst wetted by a nice cold beer from the icebox during the trip). We were met at the jetty by one of the Reception staff and given a tour of the resort and shown our Room. Later in the day our Fishing Director (Lori-Ann) gave a Fishing Induction for those wishing to pursue the saltwater game fish available from the Resort. In addition, free Casting Tuition is provided 4:30pm every day at the hotel jetty - a real must if you are a bit "rusty" & want to maximise the opportunity for catching a fish to remember ! I spent 5 days pursuing Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon and enjoyed every day (7am - 3pm) although the Permit and Tarpon proved elusive ! We also enjoyed the snorkelling at the Reef and my non-fishing partner visited the Mayan ruins during a day-trip and explored the retail opportunities provided by San Pedro ! The food was excellent and the bar service generous ! Everyday in the afternoon guests gather around the pool to share fishing stories. After a short rest and dressing for dinner guests return to the bar for a drink and more stories as they wait for the dinner bell. We met so many new friends!! As mentioned elsewhere the beaches are not really conducive to sun-bathing/swimming due to the quantities of turtle grass found along the water's edge but the Resort has 3 Pools to choose from and my partner found them a more than acceptable alternative ! Rooms were spacious and clean with easily adjustable Air Conditioning and Ceiling Fans. In summary, we enjoyed every minute and can't wait to return to El Pescador.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Robert E
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Everyone knows how hard it is finding the perfect place for family trips. Well we included 3 generations and a mix of non fishers and fishers and just didn't know how things would turn out. Not only did the 14 of us make it there and back without killing each other this trip will go down and one of the best ever. Thanks to the staff at El Pescador and the friendly welcome and easy registration process, it took all of about 10 minutes to sign in, have the bags delivered to the room, change cloths and hit the pool. By the time dinner was served we had all experienced some of Belize. Kayaks, bikes, canoe, snorkels, and fishing polls had all been brought out of storage and used.

By the end of the trip 8 of us had caught our fill of bone fish even though 7 of us had never done any ocean fly fishing. We had either gone diving or Snorkeled the barrier reef, we hiked the Mayan ruins, explored the town of San Pedro, hiked the wilderness of Belize, and enjoyed one of the best family vacations ever. It was a wonderful trip for everyone from 70's to teens.

The staff really knows how to show all ages a great time. The Guides are awesome at finding fish, giving casting tips, and hiding their laughter. Although none of us were able to pull in the grand slam we all did have opportunities at Bone Fish, Tarpon, and Permits and everyone that put a rod in their hand caught enough fish to put a smile on their face.

All 14 of us have said that they would do it again. We will be back to El Pescador in Belize.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Bryan Y
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We just returned from six days at the El Pescador on Ambergris Caye and we will be returning! In fact, my husband and father-in-law are in the process of booking a return trip this June.

My husband and I took our three children, ages 14, 9 and 2, for our second Ambergris Caye vacation. While we loved the resort we stayed at last time it was simply too far north. So on a friends' recommendation we booked our stay at the El Pescador in a two bedroom villa.

From the moment we were greeted at the San Pedro airport to the minute we left the San Pedro airport, we felt a part of the El Pescador family. Literallly. Ali, Alonzo, Chris and Steve make sure that all guests feel a part of their family. They are always available and accessible and truly care if you are enjoying their piece of heaven.

Every staff member remembered our name and preferences. It would be so difficult to single out one for kudos; Mariano the bartender, Susanna the waitress, Mari at the front desk, Judy in guest services, director of fishing Ed, they were all wonderful!!!

The food was amazing. The chartered fishing trip well exceeded our expectations; Luis made sure that my sons had an amazing day on the water! And was genuinely excited when my 9 year old landed a 36 inch barracuda.

A chartered excursion with Alonzo and his mate, Manuel, was also above all expectations. My children are so far apart in age that it is not always easy to find experiences they all enjoy, but Alonzo made sure that all three had an amazing experience snorkeling and visiting Caye Caulker.

I could go on and on...but my favorite part of El Pescador? The true fishing/hunting lodge feeling of a family.

Everyday in the afternoon guests gather around the pool to share fishing stories. After a short rest and dressing for dinner guests return to the bar for a drink and more stories as they wait for the dinner bell. We met so many new friends!!

Warning, do not travel to Ambergris Caye in the hopes of being entertained. You are on island time. It's your job to relax and enjoy the beautiful fishing, sun and nearby sights. Yes,, you can book excursions that are wonderful but do not expect nightclubs or hokey luaus.

Last but certainly not least...the villa. The villa truly had everything you could need at home. I cooked several meals and had every utensil/etc. that I could need. Beautiful furnishings and very comfortable beds!! And maybe my favorite spot, the hammock on the balcony.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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