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ASCENSION BAY - PLAYA BLANCA LODGE

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Playa Blanca Lodge is in the unique situation of being able to access the remote and virtually unfished waters of Espiritu Santo Bay. This bay offers the tantalising proposition on huge numbers of naive, unpressured Permit and therefore is a must-visit destination for all permit fishermen.

Just like its sister-lodge Casa Blanca (situated ten miles away in a less isolated location), Casa Playa Lodge offers an excellent array of Mexican cuisine and large, open and well appointed rooms. The pristine white sand beach makes either location ideally for non-fishing partners who like to read a book in the sun.

  • Season: all year round
  • Permit fishing at its best
  • Grand Slam capital of the world
  • Lagoon fishing for large Tarpon and Snook
  • Excellent wade fishing for Bonefish
  • Ideal for both first-time and experienced anglers
  • Private setting with evening fishing
  • Average temperatures: mid 20s to high 30s, fairly consistent due to its Caribbean location

Ten miles south of Casa Blanca, you will find Playa Blanca Lodge. Playa Blanca is a sister-lodge to Casa Blanca but is more remote and isolated and offers greater privacy and the best access to the fishing in Espiritu Santo Bay which receives very little fishing pressure. The bay is only accessible by two lodges. Playa Blanca and Paradise lodge, set well to the south.

The spacious, luxurious lodge with a deep-set covered porch, is perfect for reading and relaxing, as well as a roof-top sanctuary, a fabulous place for stargazing. There are palapas at the water’s edge, equipped with comfortable furniture and brightly colored hammocks.

Playa Blanca Lodge accommodation is in large duplex cabanas set among the palms near the beach. The rooms have en-suite facilities, large bathrooms with marble vanities, and natural wood furnishings set in white interiors with tropical themes. Each room has its own patio overlooking the grounds and nearby Caribbean. Please note that rooms that are set back from the ocean have air-conditioning, while ocean front rooms take advantage of the sea breezes. The lodge offers seven rooms and accommodates fourteen guests perfectly.

Being a more remote location, Playa Blanca Lodge has no neighbours, only pristine tropical paradise as far as the eye can see - blue sky, white sandy beaches, palm trees, and turquoise ocean.

Socializing with other guests is at your own discretion and the lodge bar and restaurant provide the perfect spot to mingle and talk about the day's activities.

The food rivals any of the best restaurants on the Yucatan coast. All meals are served in Playa Blanca's beachfront restaurant and bar. The bar is well-stocked and the service is excellent. Cocktail hour under the roof-top palapa overlooking the Caribbean and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is a must. Breakfast is a favorite meal at Playa Blanca, with coffee, juices and platters of assorted tropical fruits and cereals. From pancakes and French toast to scrambled eggs and omelettes, anything you want is on offer. The kitchen will also accommodate any special dietary requirements.

For anglers heading out to a full fishing day, an extensive lunch buffet is prepared each morning. Selections change daily, and include assorted sandwich makings, salads, shrimp and fish dishes, fruit, cookies, chips, etc. Guests staying in for the day or participating in non-angling activities may choose from a lunch of their choice served in the dining room, or a tailor-made picnic basket to be enjoyed outdoors.

Each afternoon after guests return from fishing, the chef prepares tasty appetizers to pair with a cold beer or cocktail. The evening dinners are three-course meals taken from the chef’s revolving menu. Everything is made from scratch daily, from bread and specialty salsas to soups and desserts.

For the non-fisher, activities range from snorkelling and kayaking to cycling and hiking/ walking along the beaches, to eco-tours - or you can simply go for a swim and relax on the beach.

There is WIFI at the lodge.

One of angling’s best-kept secrets, Playa Blanca Lodge, has unrivaled access to the flats frontier of Espiritu Santo Bay and its virtually unfished waters. Loaded with Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and Snook, it would be impossible to find a better destination from which to fish this remote area. Importantly, this bay offers the tantalising proposition of huge numbers of naive, unpressured Permit and therefore is a must visit destination for all Permit fishermen. Possibly the best location in the world to accomplish a Grand Slam, the bay is teeming with all of the flats species year-round. From rivers, lagoons and classic sand flats, there are endless possibilities to wade or fish from the boat.

Espiritu Santo Bay lies off the southern tip of Punta Pájaros. Often referred to as the last frontier of Yucatan flats fishing, Espiritu Santo is difficult to reach from anywhere other than Playa Blanca Lodge. At approximately half the width of Ascension Bay, Espiritu Santo is a smaller but equally impressive fishery. Multiple river systems pour into the bay over limestone bottoms, depositing an area of rich sediment that Bonefish and Permit are often found tailing in. The mangroves that line these rivers provide perfect habitat for Tarpon and Snook and an ideal situation for a Super Grand Slam. The bay itself is edged by vast sand flats, perfect for wading, while the deeper water can be a great place to find cruising permit schools. Due to the remoteness of Espiritu Santo Bay, fishing pressure remains light. A local lobster boat or one of your lodge mates is usually the only traffic you will see while out on the water. Runs to the fishing can be anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour.

A typical day starts with breakfast at 7:00am and you're then ready to leave the lodge with your guides (all of whom speak good English) and gear for an 8:00am start from the quay. Anglers then load up into the lodge truck for the five-minute ride to the Santa Rosa Lagoon pier or the ten-minute ride to Sacrificio flat, where skiffs and guides await. Fishing grounds can be anything from a ten to forty-five minutes run. Typically, it is one guide to two anglers.

Playa Blanca Lodge uses 16-foot Dolphin Super-Skiffs, smaller and considerably more maneuverable than the traditional pangas used elsewhere in Mexico. The skiffs also have a lean bar capability for added stability. VHF radio and all safety kit is onboard along with well maintained engines to ensure fishing guests' safety.

Much of the fishing is from skiffs depending on the target fish, however there are plenty of opportunities to walk and wade. A packed lunch is provided along with soft drinks. Most of the fishing is with fly but there are plenty of chances for spinning if that's what you prefer.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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