Meals at Playa Blanca are skillfully and artfully prepared by Chef Demetrio. Three course dinners feature a revolving menu with an emphasis on seafood and traditional Mayan pork dishes. Always made from scratch, Meche’s kitchen utilizes fresh produce grown in gardens right on the island and never ceases to amaze and delight. All meals are served family-style at a beautiful, large table in a waterfront dining room, attended to by a warm, professional staff of servers. Breakfast is prepared to order, with fresh fruit, juices and coffee.
Private air charter to/from Casa Blanca, 7 nights lodging, 6 days guided fishing, all meals and soft drinks, bottled water, fishing license, and ground transfers in Cancun. Not included: Airfare to/from Cancun, alcohol (you can bring your own), and gratuity for the staff and guides.
There are 25 miles of beaches to explore, snorkeling, kayaking, ecotours, bird-watching, Mayan ruin tours, massage and many places to relax and reflect while enjoying a good book or contemplating the view. All activities can be custom tailored to fit your personal needs, just ask the staff to help.
It takes a little extra travel to get to Playa Blanca Fishing Lodge, but once there you will find a small, intimate lodge immersed in the sounds of the jungle and breath-taking views of the ocean. A lovely private beach awaits, perfect for swimming or just overlooking the water while enjoying an ice-cold drink from the bar at the open air palapa. Playa Blanca is about half the size of its sister lodge, Casa Blanca Fishing Lodge, and is one of the few places in Central America where guests have the opportunity to fish from Dolphin super skiffs just like the ones found in the States. On the water, it can sometimes feel like you’re the only boat out there. Occasionally, you might see a lobster boat or some of your lodge mates on the flats, but otherwise you have the run of the place all to yourself. This is in large part due to its remoteness, and the fishing pressure remains relatively light on the waters surrounding the lodge. Legitimate shots at tailing permit and bonefish on the shallow mudflats bordering the bay and rivers are frequent. In the afternoon, go in search of tarpon and snook among the mangroves and creeks that line the shore. Large barracuda can be found suspended on the flats here too. They’ll often pounce a fast-stripped perch pattern, so practice stripping really fast if you want to catch one of these awesome predators.
Bonefish are plentiful at Playa Blanca. There are a large number of bonefish averaging 2-4 lbs, with some fish in the 6-8 lbs range as well as the occasional 10-12 lbs monster lurking. Look for them tailing in very shallow water against a light-colored bottom and in schools moving across the flats. Permit is what draws the majority of anglers to the lodge from all around the world, as the fishing is some of the finest at Espiritu Santo Bay, affectionately known as eBay. Just because they are here in great numbers does not make them necessarily any easier to catch, as they are still just as skittish and unpredictable as those found elsewhere in the Caribbean. Difficult to catch, hooking and landing a permit here is still doable if you’re up for the challenge of sticking with it and grinding it out for as long as it takes until you find one willing to eat. Baby tarpon, ranging from 5-25 lbs, can be found from the flats and creeks that define the bay to the deepest recesses of the lagoon. Tarpon are another major draw for anglers lured to Playa Blanca by their aggressive and acrobatic nature. Present year-round, they can at times be difficult to find as there are endless places for them to shelter and hide among the mangroves. During the summer months, larger migratory tarpon move into the area, some ranging well up over a hundred pounds. Snook are abundant on the flats in schools during the winter, and while they can be a bit more reclusive during the other parts of the year, they are still present throughout the year.