Information to Note
Belize River Lodge is located 10 miles north of Belize City on the “other side” of the river; there is no road access into the Lodge. We are only about 70 miles east of San Ignacio in the Cayo district and 40 miles south of Orange Walk. BRL is situated on 47 acres on the Belize Olde River and about 10 acres are manicured with flowering trees, scrubs and bushes, hardwood trees and fruit trees. BRL offers 8 rooms with all the modern conveniences in a beautiful jungle setting. Below are the amenities onsite at the Lodge.
- 24-Hour Electricity – 110 volts
- Hot Water
- Ceiling Fans in rooms
- Air-Conditioned Rooms
- Hammocks on all Verandahs
- “Family style” restaurant Serving Three Home-Cooked Meals Daily
- Well-Stocked, Self-Service Bar
- Wireless internet is available on main lodge porch and living room free of cost
- Full internet access & BRL computer available for fee.
- Fax services available for fee.
- International calling available with BTL phone cards (available at BRL).
- Daily Maid Service
- Laundry Services available
- Small Gift Shop
Catch and Release Only
The Lodge policy is to always release Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon; this is also now the law in Belize. One Snook per day can be kept at Angler’s choice and size discretion of the guide. Some Snapper, Barracuda, & Grouper can be kept for the table.
A valid passport is required to enter Belize. Visitors from the USA, UK and the Caribbean do not require Visa’s to enter; most other nationals do.
Guests fly to Belize International Airport, airport code is BZE. You are met by a member of the Lodge staff, who will shuttle you to the Lodge which is only a few miles away. Agents normally handle airline ticketing or you can get it online. The following airlines fly to Belize and you can contact them online: Avianca, American Airlines, Copa Airlines – starting in December 2015, Delta, Southwest Airlines – starting in August 2015, Tropic Air, United Airlines and US Airways.
If you are arriving in your private aircraft, planes should clear through Phillip Goldson International Airport (airport code: BZE) with the Belize Civil Aviation Department and the Belize Airport Authority.
Please note that it is illegal to remove Maya artifacts, unprocessed coral, turtle shells and conch shells from the country of Belize.
The Belizean dollar is worth half of a U.S. dollar. Dollars are accepted everywhere, but change will be given in Belizean dollars. For your convenience, please bring small bills to cover small expenses, such as Airport Departure Tax, airport porter, bar bill and incidentals.
Belize River Lodge has rental equipment, subject to availability. Fly fishing equipment is top quality, mainly Sage rods, 8 wt’s, 10 wt’s & 12 wt’s, & Teton or Sage saltwater reels. All reels have Rio lines. We also have a few 8 wt & 10 wt Winston rods in our rental equipment. Fly equipment rental cost is US$20.00 per day, per rod/reel combo. Spin fishing equipment is also top quality, mainly Ugly Sticks with Shimano or Penn reels. Fly equipment rental cost is US$15.00 per day, per rod/reel combo. If you find that you are short of the needed equipment, flies or lures, we have a good stock of flies & lures that work well for the local waters.
Mike’s Closet (Tackle Shop)
Belize River Lodge has a small tackle shop with a small assortment of fishing supplies – backing, lines, leaders and tippet. Mike’s Closet has a good selection of flies and lures on sale (based on the BRL recommended lists), however, you can follow our fishing list and bring everything that you will need and use Mike’s Closet as a back-up.
Fly Tying Bench
Belize River Lodge has a fly tying bench with tying materials available for guest use. If you have a particular fly that you like to tie, maybe bring a few of those materials with you. If you would like some instruction or would like to learn to tie flies during your stay, Mike and a few of the guides can help you.
Tipping is a personal thing based on service. Normally guides and staff are tipped upon departure in accordance to help rendered. Ask the Lodge manager for guidelines.
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