The chill that winter brings typically means the end of fishing, at least until spring for many enthusiasts, unless ice fishing is your thing, of course. But if you’re willing to travel a bit, a trip to the Caribbean not only means warm weather and beautiful beaches, but the opportunity for fishing. Let these especially amazing Caribbean resorts be the inspiration for a fabulous vacation that includes fishing and a whole lot more.
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Swain’s Cay Lodge makes another great spot for the best fishing in the Bahamas, ideal for bonefishing, deep-sea fishing or reef fishing. Just off the beach near the lodge is awadeable flat – you can step outside of your rustic island cottage and onto the sand anytime you’d like and be right in the middle of the bonefish domain. The lodge caters to serious fishing enthusiasts of all types. It’s uniquely positioned on Mangrove Cay, providing easy access to both the South Bight and the fabled Middle Bight. Independent, local guides are all handpicked – and know just the right spot for wind and tide conditions. Just outside the Andros Barrier reef are ideal conditions for large game fish like tuna, billfish and wahoo.
The quintessential Out Island boutique property, this resort is home to the Big Game Dive Shop which offers snorkeling excursions, daily dive trips, scuba lessons and rental equipment. Bimini Big Game is also serious when it comes to fishing, with tournament-rigged vessels used for sport fishing charters that are all decked out with the latest gadgets that only fishing fans will truly appreciate. The boats also feature live bait wells, swim platforms and comfortable staterooms. Guests can bring their catch to the restaurant’s kitchen for a fabulously cooked dinner too.
Choose a garden cottage for the perfect hideaway, tucked among the towering palms and hibiscus gardens. You can get a glorious start to your day by stepping off your patio and onto the docks to watch the sunrise over the bonefish flats.
The “Marls of Abaco,” located along the western shores of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, is a saltwater fisherman’s paradise .The area is renowned as a prime wilderness bonefish habitat – one of the best spots to be for those seeking productive bonefish waters. Abaco Lodge, situated on the west side of the island, abuts some of the very best of those fishing waters. There are plenty of opportunities for catching fish that exceeds five pounds as well. Record catches of marlin, sailfish and tuna are common, with outstanding fishing throughout the islands.
The lodge is a perfect place to rest after a day out on the water, offering plenty of comfort in a “no frills” package that includes a spacious room with a waterfront porch, satellite TV, a fire pit, swimming pool, an open bar and delicious cuisine. The highlight here is the fleet of skiffs that are captained by some of the top guides who will take you out to fish the famed Marls.
Long Island is renowned for its shorelines that are teeming with schools of tuna, wahoo and billfish all year round, and one of the main activities at Stella Maris Resort is fishing. Resort guides will fill you in on all of the hottest spots for casting your line. Deep-sea fishing, reef fishing and bonefishing excursions are available anytime of the year, while the wide range of accommodation options include everything from panoramic ocean view rooms to four-bedroom waterfront villas.
The resort’s beaches are ideal for beach combing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just soaking up the sunshine. A small beach just below the resort features a freshwater swimming pool, cabanas, hammocks, a playground, beach bar and more.
This famous destination for big game fishing hosts a number of summer fishing tournaments, including ESPN2’s Billfishing Xtreme Tournament. The 200 ocean view room hotel features access to white sand beaches as well as an expansive outdoor pool, a beachside grill, restaurants, a cigar bar, gym and walking trails, while the Puntacana Aquatic Center offers a variety of half-day and full-day fishing excursions. A range of other marine sports are also on the menu, including kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and water skiing.
An ideal destination for completely unplugging from the chaos of the modern world, Petit St. Vincent is a 113-acre private island resort framed by two miles of pristine white sands. There are no televisions, no phones and no planned activities, but you can indulge your ultimate private island fantasy, including plans to go fishing. The resort offers sailing excursions that provide the perfect opportunity for Caribbean casting. The Grenadines are home to a wide array of fish species, including regular catches of mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, great barracuda, Spanish mackerel and giant trevally. Resort chefs will be ready and waiting to cook up your catch for you when you return, or you can cook it up yourself on the boat’s grill.
When you return to your cottage, you can enjoy total privacy by hoisting up a red flag that signals staff to stay away. If you’re in the mood for a drink, food or just about anything else, just raise the yellow one. The same system is used at the beach, where you can have a picnic lunch or tropical beverages delivered right to your hammock.
Grenada is renowned for its crystal clear waters in stunning shades of blue and green – flanked on one side by the Caribbean and the other by the Atlantic, the waters offer an incredible array of marine life as well as fantastic fishing. It’s also home to Laluna resort, which is partnered with local company Native Spirit Scuba to take guests out on the water and give them the chance to catch dinner. The waters are teeming with fish, and Native Spirit guides passengers to their favorite spots to hook the very best catch on a half-day excursion. The resort itself features 16 rooms, each with an open-air shower, a veranda with day beds and a private plunge pool, while a Balinese-inspired spa provides a relaxing harmony of east and west. A wine cellar and sunset bar are popular hangouts too.
Beaches is ideal for families as an all-inclusive beach resort that offers scuba diving, a swimming pool, kayaks, a spa and health club, lighted tennis courts a children’s center and deep-sea fishing. Talk to the tour desk about arranging an excursion to enjoy some of the best sport fishing in the world. Novice and skilled anglers alike can reel in everything from yellow tail and snapper to group, barracuda and more.
The kids will especially love the 45,000-square-foot waterpark, while teens (and their parents) will appreciate the teen disco and Xbox Play Lounge. This massive resort boasts six swimming pools, three with swim-up bars as well as a nightclub, 19 specialty restaurants, 12 bars that serve unlimited premium drinks, a supervised kids camp, a scuba diving program and more.
Bair’s Lodge is yet another great Andros, Bahamas option, located among prime bonefish waters. The plantation style lodge is situated on South Andros, between Deep and Middle Creek offering a beachfront paradise with a picture-perfect white sand beach, swaying palms, fire pit and access to a flats skiff that’s just steps away from your room. The tidal paths found on this part of Andros provides water pathways to access the famous west side while offering protection from the winds, and creating a fertile, bait-rich environment that bonefish prefer. Most of the fishing is done from the bow of the 16’ flats skiffs, though there are opportunities to wade out across the hard, white sand bottoms.
Waterfront rooms include air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and lots of room for storing clothes along with all of your fishing gear. After a day out fishing, you can come back and soothe those hunger pangs with gourmet cuisine, including fresh conch, lobster, locally-caught fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Meridian Club, a private island resort, isn’t a typical Caribbean fishing destination in that it doesn’t cater mainly to fisherman, but it is ideal for those with a non-fishing spouse, with its multitude of other activities to choose from, from snorkeling swimming and kayaking to yoga, tennis and biking.Bring your family, and your rod and reel, and experience world-class fishing for sailfish, marlin, wahoo, tuna, mackerel and barracuda in the sheltered waters just beyond the reef of the national park. You can even have your catch prepared by the chef for dinner as your own personal ‘fish of the day.’ The resort offers boats, all of the necessary equipment, and highly capable guides.
The Sand Dollar Spa is a perfect spot to unwind and relax when you’ve had all of the fishing you can take, a massage or a hot stone treatment from the Balinese masseuse is especially heavenly.
This resort was truly made for the adventurous, with its long list of thrilling excursions that include zip-line rides, 4X4 tours through the jungle, helicopter tours, sunset cruises, mountain biking, snorkeling and, of course, fishing. Nightwing charters will take you out on its Bertram into the Atlantic waters to fish for mahi mahi, king fish, sailfish, marlin, wahoo and barracuda, with the tackle, bait and drinks all provided. Everyone from the beginner to the highly experienced angler is welcome aboard. You can also take advantage of all types of complimentary watersports equipment and instruction, or just lounge by the pool with a good book.
Most of the accommodation is found tucked into the landscape along the beach and includes 98 rooms that are set among 40 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. Cottages offer lagoon views as well as hidden, individual plunge pools when you want to take a private dip.
Casa Blanca is a premier fly-fishing lodge on the northern tip of Puna Pajaros with immediate access to the prime fishing areas of Ascension Bay. Built right on the water, it overlooks a flat visited daily by bonefish schools as well as tarpon and permit. Cast your line right off the lighted pier after dark where you’ll enjoy some of the best fishing around.The vast, varied flats, hidden lagoons, very little development and a prohibition on netting help make this pristine body of water an angler’s dream.
All of the lodge rooms are spacious and offer impressive ocean views, while the open-air main lodge includes a fully-stocked bar and a friendly bartender. A daily selection of snacks are freshly prepared every afternoon. And, while Casa Blanca is remote, it’s not completely disconnected. Wi-Fi and satellite phones are both available for guest use.
Rio Colorado Lodge, tucked into the tropical jungle where Costa Rica’s Colorado River flows into the Caribbean, offers the chance to fish for tarpon, snook and a host of light tackle game fish. The average tarpon taken by Rio Colorado Lodge guests is said to be around 80 pounds, with fish over 200 pounds not unheard of. The lodge has 23-foot fiberglass boats, and the entire fleet includes fish finders as well as compasses and radios to stay connected with other boats and the lodge. English speaking guides, born and raised in the area, are familiar with every hole and riffle, are provided as well.
The lodge is the only one on Costa Rica’s east coast with air conditioning and the cuisine, served all-you-can-eat, family-style, is said to have “earned high praise from ardent fishermen” around the world.
This Kennedy-esque compound aptly named Casa de Campo, or “house in the country” offers a wide variety of activities, including fishing. You can enjoy the thrill of deep-sea fishing as well as the tranquility of freshwater angling. Cast your line for trophy fish like tuna, kingfish, sailfish, marlin, wahoo and barracuda – all plentiful in the local waters. There are plenty of other active pursuits available as well, from sailing and kayaking to snorkeling and diving. When you start to feel water logged, head back to land and enjoy a game of tennis on one of 13 courts, go horseback riding at the equestrian center or head to the Sporting Clays Shooting Center with its safari-themed clubhouse. Golfers can play the “Teeth of the Dog” course, a Peter Dye designed golf course which features seven water holes as well as railroad ties fashioned from native woods.
Palmetto Bay Plantation, located on the beautiful Honduran island of Roatan, offers the ultimate escape where you’ll be surrounded by magnificent scenery that includes lush greenery and gorgeous flowers in a natural habitat with a spectacular stretch of sand. Here you can walk for a mile with only the sounds of birds singing and waves gently lapping onto shore.
The resort recently went through a striking transformation, taking things up a notch with new and better services that include a restaurant serving up traditional island flavors and international cuisine, a dazzling swimming pool and all sorts of activities like diving, kayaking, scuba diving courses, snorkeling, dolphin encounters, zip-lining, and, of course, fishing trips. Whether you’re a beginner, or a serious angler, you can take a fishing charter that offers instruction and the extensive knowledge of fishing techniques that are unique to the local area.