Having read the other review, perhaps my trip was plagued by bad luck. Anyway, here's the summary.
I visited with my wife and baby in Feb '13, staying in a villa. We're fortunate to have visited many of the premier fly fishing destinations around the world, so were looking forward to our stay. I'm realistic about fly fishing, some trips just don't produce fish so this isn't about not catching.
My main issues were that:
1. the food was relatively poor;
2. the kitchen (not the dining room) was dirty. I witnessed the owner's dog wandering in and out;
3. the same dog was frequently in the main swimming pool, which is simply unhygienic;
4. the fishing guides were generally of poor to very poor quality. The "resort" doesn't keep any guide on staff/payroll, so all guides are locals hired on a needs basis. I had one guide so old that he was barely able to pole the skiff.
5. both my baby son and I were diagnosed with salmonella poisoning on our return (a reportable disease). I had recovered during the trip, but my son continued to have symptoms. I contacted the hotel to inform them, but was told that we must have contracted it somewhere else despite our not eating outside the resort for our entire trip. The likelihood of our contracting it elsewhere is negligible.
There's very little to do for the non-fisher. if your partner doesn't fish, look elsewhere.
The hotel looks wonderful in the brochures, but the reality is that the beach is strewn with rubbish up and down the coast (although the beach directly in front of the hotel is swept each day). There is no hard sand to wade out to from the beach, you sink into mud (that once would have been mangrove covered). Once away from the hotel and island the waters are very picturesque (if not particularly fishy).
The female waiting staff were attentive. The female shop staff were poor.
In short, the hotel, fishing, food and beach were all poor. Were it not for the limited availability of flights, we would have returned home well before our due date.
Other people's experiences may differ, but you couldn't pay me to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Pescador’s beachfront lodge and villas are situated on over 45 private acres with ambiance, specializing in fishing, diving and eco-adventures. We are family-owned and operated with emphasis on creating camaraderie and an authentic Belizean experience. El Pescador is proud of our philosophy to protect and nurture friendship, adventure and the environment. El Pescador has long been known as a world-class fishing destination offering outstanding flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit. El Pescador has been the only resort on Ambergris Caye specializing in saltwater flats fishing since 1974. Since coming under new ownership in 1997, the resort has established itself as an eco-friendly tropical getaway, including a commitment to offset all carbon emissions generated by its guests flying to Belize. Donations are made on behalf of guests to a local Belizean non-profit organization, Green Reef Environmental Educational and Coastal Research Institute, to offset the carbon emissions used to travel to Belize. El Pescador was also among the key organizations to implement the new Law protecting bonefish, tarpon and permit as catch and release species. This is the most all encompassing legislation of its kind worldwide. It is great news for Belizeans, anglers, tourists and conservationists alike. El Pescador is a serene and gracious establishment on the doorstep of the world’s largest living Barrier Reef. El Pescador offers accommodations in guest rooms within its colonial style, mahogany main lodge, as well as in 1, 2, and 3 bedroom luxury beachfront villas. The villas are perfect accommodations for couples seeking romance and privacy, and for families and small groups traveling together. All rooms and villas are beachfront and have unobstructed views of the Caribbean blue waters. In addition to unequaled fishing, this first-rate resort offers all the eco-adventures which take full advantage of Belize’s exotic flora and fauna. Scuba diving, snorkeling, manatee watching, cave-tubing and zip-lining, and Maya archaeological explorations are just a small assortment of the activities available while staying at El Pescador. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Pescador Hotel San Pedro
- El Pescador San Pedro
- El Pescador Resort Belize/San Pedro