Xcalak is considered a quiet fishing town on the southern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Your journey begins by flying to Cancun, where you will be whisked away from the urban hustle and bustle to the much more relaxed pace in real Mexico. Bonefish, permit, and tarpon await your fly. Experience the fishing, the culture, and the food with your favorite fly shop.
Lodging, guided fly fishing, fishing license, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, guest taxes, and ground transfers to and from Cancun Int’l Airport are all included. Exclusions are air travel to and from Cancun, gratuities, phone service, internet access, laundry service, and alcoholic beverages.
We wrestled with what to call this trip. It is not a do-it-yourself and you are not moving to a fancy lodge and never seeing the local flair. We will be staying at a neat little off-the-grid eco inn, The Acocote Eco Inn. The quaint little place runs off of solar power and the water is collected from the rain. We will be the only ones at the property (aside from the owner, Rob). Some meals will be served on site in a classic palapa. For others, we will head to local restaurants to further experience the culture and the cuisine. We meet the guides each morning and head out to chase bonefish and permit on white sand flats. Everything else just falls into place.
Acocote Eco Inn is a small inn run completely off the grid. Power is from generator backed up solar power and water is from rain water collection with an on-site septic system. Even the internet is “unplugged,” using microwave wireless to go 40 miles to the nearest land line. Each of the inn's three suites has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a large living/dining area and full kitchen. Each suite looks out on the beach, with great views from sunrise to sunset of the turquoise blue Caribbean. In order to conserve water, linens are changed every 4 days, but rooms are cleaned daily. Purified drinking water is supplied in 20 liter bottles in each suite. There is also a large palapa on the beach for coffee in the morning and gatherings after a day of fishing to tell tall tales in the evening. In the palapa, we also have the only fly shop in the southern Costa Maya. If you need tippet, line, extra flies or if you break a rod or reel, the shop will get you back on the flats in no time.
This is one of the parts that we are very excited about! Normally on a destination trip like this, all of your meals are eaten at the same table, but we thought it would be fun to get a little taste of the local cuisine and spend some time with the locals. On multiple occasions throughout the week, we will visit different restaurants in the town of Xcalak. The Leaky Palapa, Silvia’s, or Toby’s to name some of the options. Other nights, homemade meals will be catered to the inn for your enjoyment in the palapa, Every meal will be unique, fun, and most of all delicious.
Xcalak is a short boat ride from the expansive flats of Chetumal Bay. These flats are home to a very strong population of bonefish and excellent numbers of permit. The local guides are masters of their craft. They have amazing eyes and will spot fish long before the angler, perfect for you to get your house in order and be ready for the shot! All the guides speak adequate English, so communicating to catch fish is not a problem. You will get the opportunity to fish from the boat as well as wade some beautiful hard bottomed sandy flats. In addition to the bones and permit, you will have shots at strong, fighting jacks and some toothy barracudas. There is also the possibility of catching Baby Tarpon and Snook!
The guides fish from 20-23 foot pangas that feature extensive casting decks and are every stable. Fishing is only a short boat ride from the launch site. The pangas are a comfortable ride that will get you there safely. If you had to choose only one rod for the area, it would be an 8 weight, but a 9 weight can help turn over heavier permit flies on long leaders. If the wind is low, a 7 weight can be a lot of fun. If you want to throw at jacks or ‘cudas, a 9 or 10 weight is in order. Fly line selection is easy as almost all of the fishing in the area is done with floating lines. We recommend standard saltwater tapers for bonefish and more aggressive tapers (like the Scientific Anglers Titan taper or their Grand Slam taper). All guests will receive a detailed list of leaders, tippets, and flies for the trip.
Xcalak Mexico Cancellation Policy
Deposits, less a $300.00 USD cancellation fee per person, will be refunded if the client cancels the trip in writing more than 180 days prior to the original trip date. If written cancellation notice is received between 90 to 180 days prior to arrival, no refunds will be issued but the deposit amount, less a $300.00 USD rebooking fee per person, may be applied to a future booking within one year of original trip date. For written cancellation notices received less than 90 days prior to arrival, all payments are forfeited unless the client has an immediate replacement at the time of cancellation.
Terms & Conditions
A 50% deposit is due within 14 days of booking to secure reservation. Final payment is due 60 days prior to scheduled arrival date. Refunds: A $150.00 USD processing fee per person (in addition to any lodge cancellation fees) may be deducted from all refunds. All refunds will be paid by check. If written cancellation notice is received less than 180 days prior to the trip arrival date, no refunds will be issued. Fishwest acts only as agents for contractors or owners and outfitters, airlines, charter air, and ground transportation carriers or other services. Payment of funds for fishing and other Fishwest trips shall be deemed acceptance and consent of the following conditions. Fishwest or any of its affiliates or associated companies shall not be held liable for any loss or damages howsoever caused or arising from services provided by hotels or lodges, outfitters, guides, means of transportation or other services. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the traveling client at all times.
In the event a cancellation is necessary all deposits will be nonrefundable unless a suitable replacement is found. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.