Welcome To Chetumal Bay
The Xflats Lodge caters to the serious saltwater fly angler looking to target Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, and more. The lodge features seven beachfront suites with over 150 ft of remote beachfront and a 200 ft pier at the center of the property—where you will be picked up by your guide for the day. The Flats sets itself high above the standard set at most fishing lodges and prides itself on the complete guest experience. They are incredibly professional and polished while remaining hospitable, rested, and relaxed.
The fishery of Chetumal Bay is a picturesque shallow water flats fishery. Our main area of concentration lies in the back bay located directly behind Xcalak. The boat ride to the fishing grounds lies less than 30 minutes away. Our two main targets are permit and bonefish. If you have ever wanted to chase Permit, there might not be a better place to do so. The Chetumal Bay fishery has been proven as one of the most reliable and consistent permit fisheries and its uniqueness in many ways makes it one of the best places to chase Permit in the world.
Considered by many as “the holy grail of fly fishing”, Permit are an addiction that is well-fed in the waters of Chetumal Bay. If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, you’ll enjoy wading and chasing Permit. The number of opportunities you will typically get fishing in Chetumal Bay help increase your odds greatly of landing this coveted species on fly.
Arguably the most sought-after of all saltwater fish the bonefish could be called the pound for pound champ of the saltwater flats. The ice breaker for many people on their first saltwater fly fishing trip and the fish that ruins many trout fisherman is indeed the bonefish. In the waters of Chetumal Bay, you will chase bonefish on multiple flats, bays and lagoons.
In Chetumal Bay and the surrounding lagoons, we have access to mostly Baby Tarpon in the 5-20 lb range. Our fishery exists around cenotes & blue holes along with surrounding lagoons. If you hope to have a shot at some of the large 100 lb + migratory tarpon, plan your trip from early June to the end of July when spots in the bay and oceanfront are teeming with the migrating fish.
The best times for snook is from mid-December through February for the snook migration. During this time we find Snook along the dense mangrove shorelines and cruising the flats. The local lagoons have a resident population of snook year round as well—always serving up epic hooksets and exciting fights.
Barracuda may be the most underrated saltwater species to catch on a fly. Chetumal Bay is home to thousands of bonefish, and the Barracuda are well aware. Expect to come across Barracudas up to 25 lbs in a day of fishing—whether you are targeting them or not. Keeping a Barracuda rod handy or launching a Barracuda lure from a spinning rod is a great way to spice up the day.
Jack are often encountered while pursuing other target species and will eat ANY fly that lands in front of them. When a Jack is spotted, they are almost always moving fast, so get your fly as close to the front of the group of jacks as possible and start stripping FAST! These are explosive strikes and incredibly fun fights.
The Rooms, Food, and Bar
Ideal for a fisherman’s getaway or couple’s vacation, the lodge’s 7 beachfront suites carry an authentic Mayan style. Each room can accommodate up to 2 guests for a comfortable retreat. Open patios that call for a lazy afternoon in the hammock with a long neck in hand and ocean-side breeze. Welcome to the fly fisher's dream.
Located oceanside, our restaurant features fresh seafood and local cuisine. Guests savor authentic local seafood while enjoying the companionship of fellow anglers. Breakfast and dinner will cater to the local cuisine as each will complement our daily menu.
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June 1-8, 2024 | Xcalak, Mexico
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US $4,495. Standard 7-night, 6-day fly fishing experience per person, based on double occupancy.
50% deposit is required 6 months prior to the trip, with the remainder due 30 days prior to the trip.
Cancellations within 90 days before the trip will get a 50% refund, cancellations within 30 days before the trip will not be refunded.
A free shuttle is provided to and from the lodge. It’s a 5-hour drive that can be broken up with some local dining and shopping.
The Xflats Lodge experience includes:
- All meals
- All local transportation
- One English-speaking guide per every two anglers
- Boats for daily trips
Airfare, travel insurance, fishing license, hard liquors, tips/gratuity, and fishing gear.
These hosted trips are adult-oriented and guests must have a minimum age of 10.
Tipping can be done in US Dollars or Pesos
Guides: $75.00-$100.00 per day per boat (ex: 2 anglers is $37.50-$50.00 each)
Lodge Staff: $20-$50 per day/ per guest.
Shuttle driver: Airport to lodging: $20-$50 per group.
The area is safe. We ask that you take precautions when in the area the same as you would when traveling anywhere on vacation. Don’t leave your fly rods or valuables outside at night. Lock your room doors when you aren’t in them or while sleeping at night.
Absolutely! Bonefish, permit, barracuda, snapper, jack, and more are all regular visitors to the beach front areas of most of our lodging facilities.
Yes, all lodging facilities have wifi.
Yes, all rooms have ac!
Yes, with any vacation involving plane tickets, luggage, and lodging or all-inclusive packages, a travel insurance policy that meets your needs is recommended.
Xflats recommends that you consider these options for Travel Insurance:
- Basic trip cancellation insurance – Allianz Global Assistance.
- For evacuation insurance – Global Rescue.
- If you’re headed outside the U.S. – Atlas Medical Insurance.