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Fishing Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay

By | October 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Quite easily, Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay are one of the finest saltwater flats fishing destinations in the world. The two bays are located in the heart of the Sian Ka’an National Park which spreads over more than a two thousand square miles, or about 1.3 million acres of wide-open flood plains, tropical dry forest and some of the most gorgeous saltwater flats on the planet. One of the last great unspoiled and undeveloped spots in the Yucatan, Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay are considered by many to have the finest flats fishing in the world for a shot at a permit and a grand slam. The two sister lodges of Casa Blanca and Playa Blanca are easy to travel to. There are numerous flights from most major US and International Cities to Cancun Mexico. From Cancun you will travel south, but here is where the similarity with the other few lodges near Ascension Bay ends. From Cancun airport you will fly directly to Casa Blanca Lodge and if you are headed for Playa Blanca Lodge you just add a 20 minute ride along the winding ocean front road to the lodge. The flight, which takes more or less an hour, cuts about three hours off your travel time. The alternative method to reach the northern side of Ascension Bay, depending upon the road conditions is a four-hour drive. […]

Yucatan is bargain priced for fishing

By | October 24th, 2011|Fishing Tips, Get Away, Stories, Travel|

Fishing in the Yucatan is a bargain priced at the moment, but you will need to make a little effort to reach your destination. Ascension Bay is one of the last great unspoiled and undeveloped spots in the Yucatan and  is considered, by many, to have the finest flats fishing in the world for a shot at a permit and a grand slam. The Mexican Federal Highway 307 from Cancun airport to Tulum  is an easy drive on a well maintained highway. On your two hour ride through the Riviera Maya (the Cancun-Tulum tourism corridor) you will pass through Playa del Carmen where you can stop and buy a cold drink and any other supplies you may need. At Tulum you will turn on the Coba road going east, with access to the Sian Ka’an, Boca Paila and Punta Allen via the unpaved beach road. You will pass the Sian Kahn Park entrance – an arch made of native stone. At that point, depending on road conditions, you either take the jungle road down the Punta Allen Peninsula directly to the lodge or switch to a boat at Ceseak (CESeaK) and enjoy a boat ride to Punta Allen. Either way the total journey takes approximately one hour and is very picturesque and interesting. Soon you will arrive at the scenic ocean-side fishing village of Punta Allen where you will find the new Grand Slam Deluxe Fly Fishing Lodge. […]

Specials! Specials! Read all about them!

By | October 18th, 2011|Travel|

There are many “Specials & Last Minute Deals” going on at some of our favorite lodges. Now is the time to book your trips to take advantage of these great savings! Abaco Lodge , located on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, is offering free air fare from Miami, Florida to Marsh Harbor when you book your all inclusive fishing trip during the weeks of November 5th – November 10th,   2011, November 12th – November 17th, 2011 or December 4th – December 8th,   2011. Grand Bahama Bonefishing Club, located at Freeport in the Bahamas, is offering an additional night stay and an additional day of fishing for FREE when you book 3 days of fishing at the Sheraton, Lucaya Reef Hotel.  If you would like to book a fishing trip at the Radisson, Lucaya Resort, you will receive 10% off your entire fishing package. Both of these offers are valid form September 1, 2011- February 28, 2012. […]

Fly fishing the Bountiful Waters of Ascension Bay

By | October 4th, 2011|Stories, Travel|

  The crystal clear waters of Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay offer permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook and a host of other species.  These two bays are located right in the heart of the Sian Ka’an National Park. Edward Johnston of Leisure Time Travel has been to this part of the Yucatan peninsula twenty-nine times in the past twenty years and has caught 80 permit on fly at Ascension Bay. So to say the least, we have plenty of firsthand experience to share with you. Casa Blanca Lodge, Playa Blanca Lodge and Casa Redonda Suites are three first class lodges located on the Ascension Bay. All the rooms are large and air-conditioned. There is an abundance of staff. The food is an excellent combination of Mexican, Mayan, and American dishes. The service is great. And the water is very drinkable and purified as it comes from a reverse osmosis system. These lodges access some of the last remote fisheries in the Caribean. If you are looking for a refined resort experience with luxury accommodations in remote locations, your search is over. […]

Beautiful New Fishing Lodge–Grand Slam Lodge!

By | September 29th, 2011|Stories, Travel|

Leisure Time Travel, Inc. gladly adds this new lodge to our list of Yucatan Lodges. Grand Slam Lodge is located on the northern edge of Ascension Bay which is located in the middle of the huge acres of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. While at Grand Slam Lodge you will spend your days sight casting for Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. Your evening will be spent enjoying all the luxurious items the lodge has to offer. The lodge has 12 spacious luxury cabanas situated along the beach. Also on the property is the Kai restaurant and bar, the Grand Slam office and the fly shop. All rooms have air conditioning, a comfortable bed dressed in fine linens, tile floors, deluxe bathrooms, and a flat screen satellite TV…and the list doesn’t stop here. Your fishing days will begin and end directly in front of the lodge. If it is too windy outside, the lodge also offers a dock on the back side of the island about 5 minutes away that you can board your boat from. You will be fishing from a well designed and efficient 21’ custom fiberglass fishing boat equipped with late model outboard motors. These Panga boats have plenty of storage and a large stable casting platform. […]

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