Boca Paila is the quintessential exotic tropical flats destination. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, just two hours south of bustling Cancun, this remote and beautiful area is easy to get to and, once there, you will experience one of the most relaxing fishing holidays imaginable.
Situated on a narrow stretch of land, with the Caribbean surf less than 50 yards to the east and the expansive flats and lagoons 100 yards to the west, Boca Paila’s nine serene and spacious cottages overlook endless miles of white sandy beach. Each has two queen sized beds and an ensuite bathroom. Owned and run by the Gonzales family, and their capable staff, the lodge continues to receive rave reviews. Old Mexico charm, warm hospitality, comfortable bungalows and meals served in the air-conditioned dining room are just a few of the features that will make a visit to this lodge a memorable fishing experience.
Knowledgeable guides meet you each morning at the dock where you can begin casting to numerous species within minutes; the majority of fishing is from boats. While bonefish are abundant, Boca Paila is the location of choice for those who want a permit on the fly. It is not uncommon to cast to a dozen of these elusive fish each day, offering one of the greatest challenges in the fishing world.
Diversity is another of the fishery’s attractions. Species such as tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and cubera snapper are commonly taken. The lodge offers well-maintained and comfortable Dolphin skiffs with 40-hp motors from which to pursue your quarry.
Boca Paila is an ideal spot for the serious fisherman travelling with a non-fishing companion. The beach, right at your doorstep, offers a private sanctuary in the sun. Guests can snorkel and dive on the nearby Palancar Reef or visit the mystical Mayan ruins of Tulum, Coba and Xcaret. The adventurous can explore the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million acre nature reserve. Boca Paila is a rare combination of relaxing solitude, extraordinary fishing and warm, personalised service all at a very reasonable price.
Boca Paila operates a Sunday-Sunday schedule.
2013 Package Rates:
$3,100 per person sharing accommodation, guide and boat.
$4,450 sharing accommodation, own guide and boat
$5,325 per person with own room, guide and boat.
$1,750 per non-fishing guest sharing a room.
*prices subject to change
• Full board and accommodation for seven nights at Boca Paila.
• Six days guided fishing.
• Round trip road transfer from Cancun to Boca Paila.
• Fishing Licenses.
Prices do not include:
• International flights.
• Alcoholic and soft drinks and mineral water.
• Any overnights stay in Cancun if required.
• Sightseeing for non-fishing guests.
• Transfers after 3pm on a Sunday to the Lodge $180 per person.
• Gratuities to the house staff and fishing guides.
• Items of a personal nature.
Non-fishing guests welcome.
GMT -6 hours
Flight Time from the UK
London - Miami: 9 hrs 20 mins
Miami - Cancun: 1 hr 36 mins
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens
No visa required, but a tourist card should be obtained by completing an immigration form onboard flight to Mexico.
If entering or exiting via USA, an ESTA application for 90-day US visa waiver is required prior to travel.
A passport that is valid for six months after the last day of your trip is required.
Bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon (large from May to September), barracuda, snapper and jack crevalle.
Season to Travel
Tackle and Kit
We would recommend a 9ft single-handed 8 weight rod for bonefish, a 9ft single-handed 9 weight rod for permit and snook and a 9ft 10-12 weight rod for tarpon and barracuda. All rods should be rigged with good saltwater reels with reliable disc drags. Mainly floating weight forward lines but an intermediate clear tipped weightforward line for tarpon is also useful, a selection of bonefish and tarpon leaders, flies, long-nosed pliers and polarised sunglasses.
Lightweight long sleeved shirts and trousers, wading shoes, sunscreen and peaked hat. We would also recommend a light waterproof spray jacket and a good waterproof tackle bag that can be stowed aboard your skiff.
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