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Villa de Cortez | Mexico | Big Game Fishing


Tour code: MEX003

Villa de Cortez is a little collection of luxury Villa’s located next to the world-famous Palma de Cortez and benefits from the main hotel facilities. The fishing here is done in the Sea of Cortez where you will be targeting many different species including the Jack Crevalle and Roosterfish on the inshore marks and the Marlin and Mahi offshore. You will have a choice of two types of boats, the smaller Panga’s which are perfect for the inshore fishing to the larger super cruisers which will travel the long distances offshore to target the Tuna, Marlin and other big game species.

The Villa de Cortez is located on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula which is located in Mexico. These luxury villas are in the town of Los Barriles which is home to some simply amazing game fishing. When you stay in these villas you have direct access to the Palma de Cortez fleet of quality sports fishing boats so you will never miss out on the action. With the floating dock, a couple of minutes walk you will be fishing on the fish-rich Sea of Cortez as the sun rises meaning there are no transfers to the fishing boats. The fleet of boats we use comprise of Super Deluxe Cruisers and the sporty Super Pangas and all come fitted with everything you would need to have the most enjoyable day afloat on these fish packed seas.

At Villa de Cortez you will have access to some of the world’s best game fishing for such species as Marlin, which grow to phenomenal sizes. You could also hook into the fantastic Mahi-Mahi as well along with the lightning-fast Wahoo. Whilst fishing inshore you have the chance to target a wide array of beautiful species including the handsome Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle and Snapper. The offshore fishing is mainly done trolling lures and baits behind a boat waiting for a predator to rise from the depths and smash the hook making the rod double over and the reel scream as it tries to evade capture. The inshore fishing is done from smaller boats where you will be slow trolling bits or lures, looking for fish-holding areas like reefs and rises, these areas hold many different fish that will provide the visiting angler with some amazing sport including the very sort after Roosterfish.

When on the offshore boat you will have both a very experienced captain and a deckhand on the boat, they will help with everything you need from finding the fish to helping you land it once you have finished the fight. On the inshore boats you will have an experienced skipper who will be working hard to find you the fish and he will also aid you with everything you will need.

If you have any questions on any of the Baja Big Game fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Penthouse Suite Villa

The Penthouse Suite is for those looking for something a little special as this villa has it all. The master room comes with a king size luxury bed and the en-suite bathroom is something to be seen. It has been decorated with all of the highest quality bathroom accessories you would come to expect from a Penthouse suite.

The other three guest suites are just as luxurious and also having their own en-suites to the same high standards as the master bathroom. These rooms come complete with two queen-sized beds.

The open floor plan design offers very modern living and is an entertainers dream villa the perfect villa for a large family or a group of friends wanting that something special. The Penthouse has the best views of all the villas and is visible from every room. You also benefit from having your very own patio area with its very own private Jacuzzi tub, lounge chairs and a stunning barbecue area plus your very own bar to help you entertain all your guests. This is by far one of the best villas in Mexico.

Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single, double and twin rooms
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout Villa
Meals: Palma de Cortez restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Blue Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 200lb to 600lb
Average Weight: 250lb
Black Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 100lb to 550lb
Average Weight: 300lb
Striped Marlin
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 70lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 90lb
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 70lb to 200lb
Average Weight: 90lb
Rooster Fish
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 5lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 5lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Season: All Year
Peak: June to October
Weight: 20lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 45lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: May to November
Weight: 10lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Season: All Year
Peak: July to September
Weight: 10lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Season: All Year
Peak: April to November
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 48lb
Jack Crevalle
Season: All Year
Peak: April to November
Weight: 5lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Season: All Year
Peak: April to December
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 9lb


The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Dallas.

Depart Dallas
Arrive to San Jose del Cabo.

As you walk out of the terminal building, look for our representative, who will be waiting to greet you.

Transfer to the hotel – approx time 60 mins.

Overnight accommodation: Villas De Cortez (Twin room) F/B

Days 2 & 3: Fishing Days

Panga Fishing Boats –

Our captains and crew will be happy for you to do as much or as little of the rigging, running lines and hooking of fish as you require.

Just make it clear at the beginning of each day what you want to do and fish for.

Overnight accommodation: Villas De Cortez (Twin room) F/B

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Super Sport Fishing Boats –

6.30 AM Breakfast for a 7 AM start.

Meet your boat captain and crew for 8 hours Super Sport Boat fishing for the species of your choice.

Overnight accommodation: Villas De Cortez (Twin room) F/B

Day 6: Fishing Days

Super Sport Fishing Boats –

After breakfast, make your way to the floating dock for your full days fishing for the species of your choice.

Our boats are fully equipped to target any species that swim these waters.

Overnight accommodation: Villas De Cortez (Twin room) F/B

Day 7:

After breakfast, take the Sportquest Holidays taxi transfer from the Palmas hotel to depart San Jose del Cabo’s Airport.

Depart San Jose del Cabo
Arrive Dallas

Depart Dallas

Day 8:

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
15/04/2020 30/04/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2020 31/05/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2020 30/06/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2020 31/07/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2020 31/08/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2020 30/09/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 15/11/2020 8 7 5 £3,192 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/04/2021 30/04/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 15/11/2021 8 7 5 £3,457 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers to and from Villa de Cortez and SJD airport
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 3 days fishing from super sport boats
  • 2 days fishing from panga boats
  • All meals at hotel
  • Lunch whilst out fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Fishing licence
  • Fishing tackle
  • Live bait
  • Tips for boat crew and the hotel staff


  • Upgraded Villas (Price on request)

  • Additional Days Super Sport Fishing Boat
  • Additional Days Super Panga Fishing Boat
  • Flight Upgrades

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight will involve travelling into the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax when leaving Mexico, however this can change regularly. Please check before you travel.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Dallas (approx 9hrs)

Dallas – San Jose (approx 3 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

San Jose airport – Villa de Cortez (approx 1 hr)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

The Sea of Cortez is located off the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. Being located on the east side means you will be fishing the rich waters of the Gulf of California.

Where will I fish?

The inshore fishing along the coast is world class. The fishing starts as close as 2 miles out so there is no time wasted motoring out to the grounds. The deep drop off where the Billfish cruise is only short steam of around 10 minutes from the jetty.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Both inshore and offshore grounds are all located very close to the hotel and you can be fishing within 10 minutes of leaving the jetty. However, if there are known shoals of Tuna that are feeding then somedays you may be travelling up to an hour to reach them.

What fish will I catch?

The offshore species will include Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Dorados which can all be targeted on the same day which is a major pull for the Sea of Cortez. The inshore fishing at Palma De Cortez is excellent and you can expect to catch Roosters, Jacks, Snappers and sometimes the Dorado come in very close to feed on the huge inshore bait balls. Along with all of the above, if you decide to fish the many reefs you will also catch many different types of snappers plus the very hard fighting Amber Jacks which grow to a very good size.


How many fish will I catch?

This all depends on the chosen species you wish to target, the weather and the time of year. If you are after catching a big billfish then to hook one a day would be an ideal expectation and anything over this would be classed as a bonus but you should get action from other species such as the Dorado and Tuna to keep you busy. The inshore fishing is always guaranteed to be a good day with lots of action from the Jacks and if you are lucky enough you will get to see a huge Rooster or two

How will I fish?

On your offshore fishing days, the boats will head off to the steep drop-offs where the predator’s patrol. You will be mainly trolling artificial lures and teasers, then once you have a Billfish in the spread the deckhand will pull the lure in so you can cast a bait to the Billfish. Seeing a Billfish strike at close quarters is an unreal experience.

The inshore fishing days will be mainly using fish as bait. These will be trolled behind the boat on outriggers, the deckhand will use live pilchards by the handful to excite the Roosters and Jacks and then once you have located the feeding fish the action should be pretty exciting and constant.

Do the guides speak English?

All the captains and deckhands speak good English. Sometimes hand signals are needed to explain things, we call it worldwide fishing language.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This destination is perfect for those who like a lot of action as the Sea of Cortez is packed with fish. You certainly do not need to be an expert big game angler as the deck hands will take great care of you. On the other hand, if you are an experienced big game angler you will also have lots of fun as the action can be fairly hectic on occasions when the Tuna are running or the Dorado are hungry.

What skill level is required?

This destination suits anglers of all abilities from first time big game anglers to the most experienced.

How physically demanding is this trip?

If you choose to troll then it’s not that physical because when you hook a fish you can sit in the fighting chair and let the boat do the work or you can stand toe to toe with the fish and battle it out. You can choose to lure fish if you so wish, which is fairly demanding, but not the normal technique for this part of Mexico.

When is the best time to go?

The season is from the end of April to November with May and September the best two months as this is when the Tuna and Dorado run. May sees a lot of good-sized Marlin and September is a great month to target many different species. Whenever you decide to travel then we highly recommend looking at a moon phase calendar. We would recommend the time leading up to a ‘new moon’ as the predators will feed more during the day than the night.


How do I get there?

We normally fly people via the US, such as places like Los Angeles or Dallas then a connecting flight to San Jose Del Cabo (SJD). Once you arrive we will then transfer you to the resort. Transfer normally takes around 40 minutes.

What is the accommodation like?

Palma De Cortez was built with the angler in mind as it is located right on the beach. There are a couple of different options for rooms, there are poolside rooms or ocean view rooms. All the rooms are decorated in a Mexican style and have two twin beds, a shower room (some have baths), and normally an outside balcony where you can take a nice cold beer. There is a small gym on site along with tennis courts and a lovely spa area.

What is the food like?

The food at Palma De Cortez is very good, fresh and produced from local products. If there is something you fancy that isn’t on the menu then simply ask as the chefs and staff will try their hardest to make it happen. The breakfast is served early so it doesn’t get in the way of the fishing days and is an American style breakfast.

Does the hotel provide fishing tackle?

The tackle that is provided when out on the boats is of a good standard. If you fancy a little popper or jig fishing then we would recommend you taking your own equipment as they tend to concentrate more on trolling equipment. It is also possible to hire a small spinning rod to have a go from the beach in the evenings

Is internet and phone signal available?

Phone signal is available and the Wifi at the resort is free.

Are there other activities available?

Yes, they can organise shopping days out at Cabo, quad bike rentals and mountain bike rentals. Onsite there is a spa treatment area, gym and several tennis courts. There is also a swimming pool with swim-up bar plus a hot tub area.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.



Just a quick thank you for making my husbands dreams come true he loved the fishing and our Villa was lovely

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Sara thank you for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. We thought your partner would like the fishing both myself and Peter in the office have both fished there and loved it. Whats next on his list of places?

Look forward to speaking with you in the near future, all our best Paul


Sportquest Holidays, thanks for organising this trip for our annual fishing holiday. The club really enjoyed it and we will be going again with you next year

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi guys, glad you loved the trip and hope the large Villa lived up to you expectations. We will try and call you next week to see if we can help you again for your next adventures.

All the best, The Sportquest Team


Hi Peter we must be the most unlucky anglers ever!!!!!! the weather was bad really bad. The winds just would not leave us and we could only fish very close to the land. We had a few Roosters and some Jacks but never got out for any of the game species. Accommodation was really good and the food not to bad, a little repetitive but we went for the fishing not for the food. We both agreed that we would go back but at a different time of the year. I will call you over the next couple of weeks and see what August is like?

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Doug what a shame about the weather. We did see it on the news that Mexico was suffering with bad weather. At least they got you out inshore fishing. Hopefully you liked the Villa we had booked for you and enjoyed the views?

August is a great month and we can certainly look at getting you some good dates. I will call you later this week and speak to you about some availability.

All the best, Peter


This family holiday was one that every one will not be forgetting in a long time! All for the right reasons. Our sons all caught fish bigger than them (I cant remember what they were called) John said he would email you some pictures of the guys out fishing plus they were all wearing their hats

Thanks Mel for helping me put this together

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Sally thank for taking the time to fill out your feedback form we think they are a very important part of people looking and deciding where to travel to.

If you can get John to email info@sportqh.com with his pictures we will write a lovely report.

All the best



Hello Paul, thanks for recommending Mexico as a saltwater big game trip for our family. We had a great time and made some very good friends there. The Villa was fantastic and offered views one could only ever dream of.

We had some fantastic sport with every one catching Sails and even managed a couple of small Marlin. The boats were a bit small but still served a purpose and the tackle was a little dates but when you are catching fish like these it soon got forgot about.

Thank you Sportquest Holidays

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Bernard by the sounds of it you all had a fab time. We spoke to the fishing manager on your third days to see how you guys were doing and he said you were extremely happy and each day you guys came to dock with huge smiles. Thats all we ask is that you have a great time and are left with great memories. Glad to hear you loved the Villa, I have stayed in the one you had and yes it has fantastic views.

Are you guys still keen on going back next year? As we have some great dates on hold for you. When you are ready give me a quick call. Speak later



Hello thanks for a great holiday. All went very smoothly transfers were easy to find villa was as advertised and the fishing was very good. We will be heading back there very soon and please can we book a certain boat this time and stick with that boat for the entire time? We really like "Bite Me" the skipper and deck hand were great

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Welcome home Michael. I bet the weather here took some getting use to after spending 3 weeks over in Mexico. We certainly can prebook you a certain boat and skipper as long as he is available. I will contact them once you have informed me of the dates you want to return.

I will try and call you later today. Speak soon


Hi Paul thanks for suggesting for our family to look at these villas. The one we got was perfect for our family. Having the extra space compared to the hotel was priceless and the view from the balcony was amazing. Now on to the fishing. It ran like clockwork in the morning, all the boats were on time and never a mistake made by any of the skippers. Fishing by 7:20am every day. The sailfish were a little slow but the Marlin were red hot. My wife commented that she could see us one day playing a Marlin from the balcony. The fishing sometimes was really that close to the hotel.

Thanks once again and please pass on our thanks to the resorts staff, they were excellent

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Welcome home Jack and family. Glad to hear you guys had such a good trip and I thought you may like the Villas. I have looked around all the Villas and they are all very good sized and come with fantastic views across the ocean. Same again next year?

Catch up soon, Tight lines Paul


The fishing was fantastic with my party catching 17 different speces of fish over the 5 days

The only down side was their was no wifi in the apartments but could found only in the hotel not much of a complaint

Transfers went very well and all staff at the resort looked after us. Would highly recommend

Thanks Sportquest for organising such a great trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Mark and family, glad you had such a great time. i know you would love Mexico the place has everything you could possibly want

Shame about the Internet access i will email them to make sure they are aware of this

Once again thanks for your feedback

All the best


Resort Manager


Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this.

Everything looks good. Sorry that guest experienced problems with internet in his villa. This was a temporary problem and usually there are no problems in that regard.

Thanks again and regards


Mexico is the best place to visit and to stay. Everything is excellent, the lodge, the food and the crew. It is a highly recommended place. Thanks Sportquest Holidays for suggesting it

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ahmed, really glad you had a great time it was a pleasure to help you. Was even more pleased when i spoke to you to find out that you liked so much that you want to go back next year with your whole family and take the resort over.

Many thanks for your continued support

Best Regards


Resort Manager


We enjoyed it from the time we landed and arrived at the resort, we were just so sorry to have to return home, everyone took care of us from the moment we arrived until that sad time to depart. A very big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make sure that this was a holiday to remember.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

I know just how hard it is to pull yourself away from this resort when you are having such a good time. It means there is only one thing for it and that is to return. Thanks Kate regards Peter


My wife and I had our first stay here in January and enjoyed every moment of our stay at this wonderful hotel.The location,hotel,the staff were all fantastic and so was the fishing, so much so we are returning next January and cant wait. Totally recommended for fishing or non fishing people.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for your comments we are pleased that you enjoyed the holiday so much you wish to return. Regards Peter

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