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Playa Blanca Lodge | Saltwater Fly Fishing | Ascension Bay | Mexico

Overview

Tour code: MEX010  

We are very pleased to be able to bring you this exciting adventure resort in the heart of some of the worlds best fishing grounds. Here you will have easy access to a wide variety of crystal clear sandy bottom Flats and Mangroves, which is home to many different saltwater species and is home to a huge population of juvenile Tarpon.

Here you have access to one of light tackle fishing’s most spectacular frontiers, Espiritu Santo Bay. Playa Blanca guides can lay claim to the fact that they were the first to regularly fly fish, explore and learn this bay. It would be impossible to find a better destination from which to fish this remote area.

Whether you choose to reserve a Skiff and professional fly-fishing guide or go it alone, anglers will find this to be paradise. Playa Blanca is perfect for World-class anglers, adventurers, honeymooners, active families and groups. Playa Blanca also boasts that in one single week guests boated 10 Grand Slams and on another occasion one guest boated 14 Permit in one week, strictly on fly tackle. Espirtiu Santo Bay is loaded with Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon which makes it another great destination to achieve that dream of Grand Slam.

Some other species you may wish to target are Snook, Jacks, Snapper, Triggerfish and BIG Barracuda. Laguna Santa Rosa is famous for it’s year round juvenile Tarpon population as well as some excellent Bone fishing and occasionally some great Snook fishing.

For more information about our fly fishing holidays to Mexico, contact our experienced team who will help you to plan and book the perfect fishing holiday.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation
Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca accommodations are seaside, thatched roofed and duplex cabanas. The rooms are large, well appointed with all the modern amenities, large bathrooms set with tropical accents; each with its own patio overlooking the tropical grounds and nearby Caribbean.

After returning from a long day on the flats, reward yourself to a cool drink and enjoy some fresh ceviche or nachos under the palapa. After a shower, make your way to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty.

The menu varies from chicken, fresh fish, conch, lobster and, of course, steak. The house specialty is fresh Caribbean seafood. You will always find the day’s catch simply and skillfully prepared. Garnished with native fruits and vegetables, presented to please your eye as well as your palate. All meals are served in the lodge’s waterfront dining room, at beautifully set tables, by professionally trained staff.

All drinking water and water used for ice is purified using the “reverse osmosis” process. You will find drinking water in your room in a cooler which is filled daily. The water from the tap is from a natural well, or “denote”. The locals drink it, we recommend that you do not. Please help us by conserving the water whenever possible.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin
Telephone: Satellite (Chargeable)
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 110 volt
Air Conditioning: In some rooms
Meals: Dining room
Alcohol: Bar (chargeable)
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: October to June
Peak: February to May
Weight: 1LB to 10LB
Average Weight: 3.5LB
Permit
Season: October to June
Peak: February to May
Weight: 4LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 10LB
Tarpon
Season: October to June
Peak: February to May
Weight: 5LB to 60LB
Average Weight: 15LB

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have flights departing from the UK everyday, therefore should you wish to extend your stay by adding more nights in Cancun, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

 

DAY 1: (Friday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Newark.

Depart Newark
Arrive to Cancun.

On arrival, you will take a taxi to your hotel in Cancun.

Overnight accommodation: Cancun Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 2: (Saturday)

At the pre agreed time, you will make your way to the internal airport.

Depart Cancun (General Aviation Terminal)
Arrive at Casa Blanca Lodge Airstrip.

On arrival our staff will be there to meet and greet you, they will then transfer you and your luggage to the lodge by a short 3 min boat ride.

The rest of the day is free, although there is no guiding on change over days, you are free to set up your tackle and go fish and wade the adjacent flats to the lodge.

Overnight accommodation:  Playa Blanca Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 3 & 4: (Sunday & Monday) Fishing Days

You will depart for your first 2 days fishing with your fly guides, who are well suited to helping both beginning and expert anglers alike.

Overnight accommodation: Playa Blanca Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 5 & 6: (Tuesday & Wednesday) Fishing Days.

You will depart to fish all day with your guides, who focus on sight fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon, but Snook, Snapper, Jacks and Barracuda are also present.

You normally fish until around 3-4 PM.

Overnight accommodation: Playa Blanca Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 7 & 8: (Thursday & Friday) Fishing Days.

The majority of the fly fishing is done from 16 foot Dolphin Skiffs.

Wade fishing is also possible in some areas.

If you want to wade, be sure to tell your guides and they will help you to make this happen as much as possible.

Overnight accommodation: Playa Blanca Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 9: (Saturday)

You will depart the lodge by private plane. Your schedule will be posted the evening before you depart for your convenience.

Arrive Cancun (General Aviation Terminal).

On arrival our representative will transfer you to the International terminal.

Depart Cancun
Arrive Newark

Depart Newark

DAY 10: (Sunday)

Arrive UK.

Prices

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.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/08/2020 31/08/2020 10 9 6 £5,439 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2020 30/09/2020 10 9 6 £5,439 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 10 9 6 £5,439 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 6 £5,439 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 6 £5,439 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 05/02/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/02/2021 28/02/2021 10 9 6 £5,853 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 10 9 6 £5,853 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 10 9 6 £5,853 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 18/05/2021 10 9 6 £5,853 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/05/2021 30/06/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 30/11/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2021 31/12/2021 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 05/02/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/02/2022 28/02/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 31/03/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2022 30/04/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2022 18/05/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/05/2022 30/06/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 31/07/2022 10 9 6 £5,610 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.

ATOL
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
  • Internal flight to Playa Blanca Lodge
  • Boat transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Non-bottled beverages
  • Boat beverages while fishing
  • Six days fully guided fishing
  • Fishing licenses
  • Packed lunch while fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights Cancun

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

Visa

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

No departure tax as included in the flight price

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Cancun (approx 12 hrs) Cancun – Casa Blanca (approx 50 mins)

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

Casa Blanca Airstrip – Playa Blanca Lodge (approximately 3 minutes by boat from the main lodge. There is a short walk from the plane to the boat dock, so change into your boat shoes before departing Cancun. Insects can be a problem on the airstrip because it is protected from the wind. Pack your insect repellent where it is handy. Or, when you arrive, walk immediately from the plane to the small pier at the end of the runway where the breeze will alleviate the problem.)

Blogs

Reviews

George

A mixed week of results due to weather, nothing anyone could do anything about but we had 3 days of ugly weather full of cloud. One day we only fished for 2 hours on one of them as the sky was black.

The lodge, staff and guides were all amazing though. Nothing was too much trouble and entertained us all when the fishing was tough.

On the good days the fishing was brilliant, maybe the fish knew that rough weather was coming.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

George, we hate that when it happens, but as you know no one can control the weather. Especially annoying when you travel in peak time so its just down to some bad luck. Lets hope next time it all works out better weather wise.

Thank you for taking the time to write the review, very much appreciated Peter

Thomas

Playa Blanca what a holiday, the guides and boats are all first class. The accommodation with sea views are large and very comfortable.

We would return in a heartbeat

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thomas

Thanks for the review, I am sure the resort would also welcome you all back in a heartbeat, sounds like you had an amazing adventure. Looking forward to the pictures.

Peter

We chased permit all week as that is what we wanted to do. I managed 3 and Chris managed two. Lots of shots but as normal was hard to get them to eat. But thats Permit fishing.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter, glad you both had a great time and well done on the permit. Also thanks for the review of both the resort and our services. I look forward in assisting you both again soon.

Regards Peter

Andy

Another great weather week. We started off with scattered clouds and breeze, for the second half of the week conditions were calm and sunny. We had lots of permit chances in both bays. We will be back again.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Andy, glad you had another great trip and we would love to arrange for you to go back. Mel

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