Species variety is the attribute that best defines the saltwater flats fishing on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Boca Paila Lodge embodies this diversity perhaps better than any other lodge in the region. Many anglers have returned time after time for its warm ambience and prolific bonefish and permit.
Family owned and operated, Boca Paila is blessed with an idyllic tropical location. The lodge complex sits 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. A quintessential white sand beach unfolds for a mile north and south, where guests can walk and never see another tourist -- let alone another hotel. As the lodge is in the middle of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, there are no high-rise hotels within ten miles of this site.
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 in all of the Atlantic. Some fishermen come to the lodge to fish for permit (8-20 pounds) to the exclusion of all else. Juvenile tarpon in the 5-15 pound range are available year-round, and larger migratory tarpon in the 40-60 pound class are frequently seen in the summer and fall. Owing to the constant flow of fresh water into the lagoon that attracts the tarpon, snook are plentiful as well. The often overlooked "incidental" species of barracuda, jack crevalle, and snapper lurk in the background.
The Boca Paila guides have the longest average guide tenure (18 years) of any lodge in the flats fishing world. They are uniformly capable, and most are patient and can be excellent teachers. As the majority of the lagoon’s flats are too soft to allow wading, the preferred method of accessing the flats is via a 14-ft flats skiff poled by your guide.
Boca Paila features attractive ocean-front bungalows situated on a spectacular sand beach. The rooms are clean and comfortable and each has a private bathroom. The rhythmic sound of the rolling Caribbean surf lulls guests to sleep every night.
Lodge matriarch Paly Gonzalez oversees all meal preparation. The food is an excellent combination of Mexican, American and Mayan dishes emphasizing fresh fruits, vegetables and the area’s bountiful seafood. A very high rate of returning guests speaks for the overall quality of the Boca Paila experience.
Boca Paila is situated on the southeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, about 130 miles south of Cancun and 20 miles north of Ascension Bay.
Boca Paila is open year-round.
How To Get There
Travelers can choose from direct, relatively short flights from many major U.S. cities to Cancun. A pleasant 2 1/2-hr drive down the coastline concludes your journey to the peaceful seclusion of Boca Paila.
Guests can enjoy walking a virtually deserted beach for a mile in both directions. Snorkeling is available along the Palancar Reef, which runs parallel to the shore. One of the most popular 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.
Length of Stay
From January through May and October through November, the lodge only accepts week-long bookings. The standard package is 7-nights/6-days and runs from Sunday to Sunday. At other times of year, shorter stays are available; prices for shorter packages are quoted on request.
Boca Paila has a 16-person capacity.
Accommodations, all meals, guided fishing, and transfer to/from Cancun.
Bar bill, gratuities.
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