Boca Paila Lodge was founded by the Gonzalez family in 1964 and has gained a well-earned reputation as one of the finest fishing lodges in the world. Guests are provided all the modern amenities, comforts and services to complement first-rate fishing guides, top-notch equipment and an amazing fishery. And there are plenty of non-fishing activities at the lodge and nearby to keep everyone busy, engaged and happy.
Endless Pristine Flats: For the fly, spin or baitfisher, Boca Paila is one of the very best saltwater flats fisheries in the Atlantic or the Caribbean. A combination of brackish and freshwater estuaries intermingles with a complex shallow-water reef system creating Boca Paila’s quintessential food-rich flats resource.
The area is best known for superb bonefishing and an unparalleled permit population, but there are bonus fish to make it extra fun: tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and cubera snapper.
Boca Paila continues to be one of the best fisheries in the Caribbean with an average of forty grand slams each season (bonefish, permit and tarpon in one day) and over a dozen super grand slams (grand slam plus snook).
Bonefish averaging 2-3 pounds are the most abundant game fish, but this part of the Yucatan may have the most reliable permit fishery anywhere. Some fishermen come to the lodge to fish for permit (8-20 pounds) to the exclusion of all else.
Juvenile tarpon in the 5- to 15-pound range are available year-round, and larger migratory tarpon in the 40- to 60-pound class are frequently seen in the summer and fall. The constant flow of fresh water into the lagoon that attracts tarpon also brings in snook.
As another bonus, the often overlooked “incidental” species – barracuda, jack crevalle, and snapper – lurk in the background.
How To Get There: Travelers can choose from direct, relatively short flights from many major U.S. cities to Cancun, Mexico. A pleasant 2 1/2-hour drive down the Yucatan Peninsula’s coastline leads to the peaceful seclusion of Boca Paila.
Fly to Cancun, Mexico. Many US cities have direct airline service to Cancun and European itineraries with good connections are also available. Arriving guests will be met at the airport by a Boca Paila representative and assisted with the ground transfer direct to the lodge.
Six full days of exciting saltwater flats fly fishing.
Following breakfast, a Boca Paila staff driver will drive you to Cancun International Airport for your flight back home.
*Shorter stays as well as non-fishing rates are available upon request.
The daily fishing schedule is flexible, and you will formulate a plan each evening with the manager, with a review with your guide each morning to ensure that weather and conditions are satisfactory. Most anglers take advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, which is usually from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earlier and later, the sun angle causes a glare, making the fish even more difficult to see. In order to maximize time on the water, most anglers request to have a boat lunch packed. The more leisurely option is to come in around noon, enjoy a full lunch in the dining room, then head back out at your own pace, perhaps from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Each day your guide will stock a cooler on the boat with soft drinks, beer and water.
Boca Paila features attractive ocean-front bungalows situated on a spectacular sand beach. The air-conditioned rooms are clean and comfortable and feature 2 queen-size beds, a private bathroom, and a small living room. The lodge maintains 24-hour electricity. The rhythmic sound of the rolling Caribbean surf will lull you to sleep every night.
Boca Paila is a Special Place
Boca Paila offers privacy, exclusivity (never more than 18 guests), a perfect climate, spa services and warm Mexican hospitality. Boca Paila’s beach is a magical and a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Spend time under the sun, swim in the beautiful Caribbean, watch for sea turtles or just bury your toes in the sugar-soft sand and read a book.
In addition to having world-class fishing, Boca Paila on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a wonderful spot for those just looking to relax and get away. Enjoy walking on a virtually deserted beach for a mile in both directions. Snorkel in the warm Caribbean Sea along Palancar Reef, which runs parallel to the shore.
One of the most popular non-fishing activities is a visit to the mystical Mayan ruins of Tulum perched atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean (about a 40-minute drive north of the lodge). True Mayan ruins fans can visit Coba (30 minutes beyond Tulum) where, amidst dense jungle, another site is presently being excavated by archaeologists.
Eco Tours: Boca Paila is located inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million acre Mexican National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Reserve consists of lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves, and a portion of the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef. It is home to 800 plant species and provides habitat for 350 species of birds, as well as jaguar, puma, ocelot, spider and howler monkeys, crocodiles, manatee, and many types of turtles. In addition, the Sian Ka’an is home to 23 different archaeological sites of pre-Columbian, Mayan culture.
7-night/6-day fishing package is $3,100/person.
Prices are based on double occupancy accommodations and a shared fishing guide. Rates are subject to change.
Non-fishing rates and shorter itineraries are available upon request.
Prices include comfortable beachside accommodations, all your carefully prepared meals, an experienced fishing guide and skiff, meet-and-greet services, and transfers to/from Cancun.
Note: Boca Paila operates on a Sunday-Sunday schedule and it is preferred to keep reservations from overlapping whenever possible.
Your bar bill, staff and guide gratuities and other items of a personal nature are extra and will be billed at checkout.