Boca Paila Lodge, Mexico

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Boca Paila Lodge is a relaxing hideaway far from today´s busy world. It was founded by the Gonzalez family in 1964 and has earned a reputation as one of the finest fishing lodges in the world. Guests are provided all the modern amenities, comforts and services including first-rate fishing guides, top-notch equipment and an amazing fishery. Boca Paila set the standard for international flats fishing.  Situated within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, it is a true saltwater fishing paradise. The rhythmic sound of the rolling Caribbean waves will sooth you to sleep each night.


Boca Paila Lodge offers privacy, exclusivity (limited to 18 guests), a perfect climate, spa services and warm Mexican hospitality. You will feel like “Special” family members by the end of your stay. Boca Paila features beautiful ocean-front bungalows situated on a spectacular sand beach. The air-conditioned rooms are clean and comfortable and boast 2 queen-size beds, private bathrooms, and even a small living room area. The lodge maintains 24-hour electricity. The main lodge has an inside and outside seating area and features a comfortable dining room and welcoming bar. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge only, just ask for instructions. There is cell phone coverage depending on your carrier, make sure you have an international plan. After a busy or relaxing day, cool drinks and a delicious meal are waiting back at the lodge.  Breakfast is ready by 6:30 a.m., but coffee is usually available by 6 a.m. Lunch can be packed in the boat cooler and eaten on the water, or you can return to the lodge. Cocktail hour is 6 p.m. and dinner is served from 7 to 8 p.m., with fresh seafood and Mayan recipes the specialties. Be sure to make known any special meal requests or dietary restrictions prior to arrival and consult with the manager upon arrival. The Boca Paila bar is open all evening, and it is stocked with most of your favorite liquors and a good selection of Mexican beers and wines. Tequila drinks are a house specialty. You can ask to see your tab at any time, and you will be presented with your final total at the end of your stay. If there’s a specific brand that you would like, please notify us at least two weeks prior to arrival.


The fly, spin or bait-angler, will find Boca Paila to be one of the best saltwater flats fisheries in the Atlantic or Caribbean. A combination of brackish and freshwater estuaries intermingle with complex shallow-water reef system creating Boca Paila’s quintessential food-rich flats resource.  The area is best known for superb bonefishing and a spectacular permit population, but there are bonus fish to add to the fun and challenge: tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and cubera snapper are constant in these waters. Boca Paila bonefish average just under 3 pounds, although fish in the 4- to 6-pound class are also taken. (10 -15 bonefish in a day are not unusual.)  Often, two or even three permit (8-20 pounds) are landed in a week in the lagoons. This is unprecedented considering most flats anglers have never brought in a single permit. 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). The guides have the longest average tenure (18 years) of any lodge in the flats fishing world. They are capable, and patient and can be excellent teachers. The preferred method of accessing the flats is via a 16-ft Dolphin flats skiff poled by your guide. The Tarpon- of course finding a tarpon and catching it are two different things, but the guides move to the deeper water and will work diligently to help you complete your “slam” as this achievement is among the highest honors not only for the angler, but also for the guide.

Getting There  

You will fly into Cancun, Mexico. A 2 1/2-hour drive down the Yucatan Peninsula’s coastline will take you to Boca Paila.

Please plan to arrive in Cancun between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. If later than 3:00 you will need to make Hotel reservations for 1 night in Cancun.


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.

Enjoy walking on a virtually deserted beach, Snorkel in the warm Caribbean Sea along Palancar Boca Paila’s beach is a magical and a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Reef, which runs parallel to the shore, visit to the mystical Mayan ruins of Tulum, go sea-kayaking, or kite surfing.

A guided tour may be arranged into the 1.3 million acre Mexican National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Reserve consists of forest, flooded savannas, mangroves, and a portion of the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef. Hosting  800 plant species and providing habitat for 350 species of birds, as well as jaguar, puma, ocelot, spider and howler monkeys, crocodiles, manatee, and many types of turtles, your eyes will have a feast difficult to consume. In addition, the Sian Ka’an is home to 23 different archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Mayan culture.

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