Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you fly to? Cancun, Mexico. We are about 2.5- 3 hours south along the Coast. The last 40 miles are on a very unimproved dirt road.
How do you get to the lodge once we are in Cancun? Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you directly to the lodge.
Do the guides speak English? The guides speak excellent "fishing" English like "50 feet - 10 o'clock, no further", oops,, spook!!" and it is not an issue while fishing. However if the conversation turns toward anything else in life some guides are fairly fluetn and others are not. Don't worry if you don't speak Spanish. All of the guides are of Mayan decent and have been guiding flyfishers for over 10 years. Their English is OK. Belize or Christmas Island are English speaking countries if this is imprtant to you..
Do we get one or 2 guides on the boat? The standard prices include 2 guide for every 2 clients.
Are drinks included? The lodge has an open bar and is included with your package.
Are there lots of fisherman there? Ascension Bay is tens of thousands of acres of flats, Ther are about 5 lodges now that service the area. We do see boats once in a while but there is so much room to spread out it is not an issue.
What about money? The lodge can accept US dollars or Mexican Pesos for any bar tab or tip you have at the end of the trip. They give a good exchange rate. There is really no where to spend money once you are down in Punta Allen. On the way from Cancun you can. Remember they don't take credit cards and the nearest cash machine is 2 hours away.
Is the road as bad as you say? The road changes from season to season and depending on the last time they graded it. I have had some trips that have taken 3.5 hours from Cancun's airport and others that have taken a little over 2 hours just after they grade it! Assume it is bad and plan accordingly. We have some tips for renting cars that we can pass on.
Is it safe? In Punta Allen there is no crime. Zero. There is nothing there, the locals are very proud of their town. I have never locked my car door or my cabana door here. They do have locks, don't worry, it is just that you don't need them. In Cancun and elswhere in the country you may indeed find criminal activity as you would in any developing city, even in the US.