Mayazul Lodge

Mayazul Lodge from the beach at Ascension Bay Mexico

Architectural Rendering of Mayazul Lodge

Mayazul Lodge – Yucatan Peninsula – Ascension Bay Mexico
World Record Permit Fishing

This wonderful new luxury lodge is located on the north side of Ascension Bay in the sleepy fishing village of Punta Allen within the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. If you want to go there give us a call, we have visited Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay forty-four times since 1990. This is a prime location for Ascension Bay Flats Fishing.

First Permit caught at Mayazul Lodge by Edward Johnston

Mayazul Lodge – Yucatan Peninsula

Mayazul Lodge, is a beach-front property located on the north side of Ascension Bay in the Mexican province of Quintana Roo which shares its borders with Belize and Guatemala. The Mayazul lodge is strategically located within the protective boundaries of the Sian Ka’an Reserve. This 1.3-million-acre natural reserve is operated by the Mexican government and surrounds Mayazul Lodge from the outside world.

Ascension Bay World Record Permit Fishing

Mayzul Lodge is first class. The seaside rooms are large and well appointed.

Mayazul Lodge is small by design, intimate, eclectic, and elegant, and so near the ocean you will sleep soothed by the sound of rustling palms and waves.

The lodge uses 23-foot traditional Mexican Pangas that will accommodate two anglers and two guides comfortably. Each boat is equipped with 40/60 horsepower Yamaha outboards and is constructed with a forward casting deck, tandem passenger seats, rod storage for six rods and poling platform.

Fishing Areas

Mayazul Lodge Yucatan accesses one of the finest saltwater flats’ fisheries in the world. Ascension Bay has a rare combination of environmental ingredients which create the ideal foundations for an abundance of wildlife.

Nestled in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a vast international wildlife park that spans some 1.3 million acres, Ascension Bay spans approximately 170,000 of those acres, has been protected from commercial fishing and development.

Ascension Bay offers the light-tackle saltwater fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish in the world. When conditions are right, the angler can cast to bonefish, permit, barracuda, tarpon, jacks, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, snook, sharks, and several different reef species in a single week of fishing.

This area is without a doubt one of the best places in the for-world record permit fishing. Your writer, Edward Johnston, has caught more than 100 permit on a fly to date in this area.

Second Permit caught at Mayazul Lodge by Edward Johnston

Along the coast, a complex chain of submerged islands and little cays provide the ideal habitat for a shallow-water coral ecosystem. The coral heads absorb the brunt of the pounding waves, which creates a tranquil setting in the flats, even if the outside ocean is rough.

The flats of Ascension Bay are surrounded by a series of small freshwater springs and creeks which feed the brackish mangrove estuaries. These areas are used as feeding grounds for flats and reef species.

With a depth averaging on 12 feet, the bay has developed into one of the most prolific and diverse bonefish, permit, snook, and baby tarpon fisheries in the entire Caribbean

For those of you who enjoy wading there are extensive areas in the bay that are shallow enough for walking.

Other areas where you will find both resident and migratory tarpon is along the north coast depending on the season of the year that you are visiting, these areas out of the bay are called “La Playa” and in the southern coast “La Pista”

Throughout your stay you will hear names such as Tres Marias, Esperanza, La Pista, El Cayo, Cayo Culebra, Cayo Cedro, Toritos, Vigia Chico, Vigia Grande, La Playa, and El Faro, each place with stories of great catches, that by the time you leave, will sound familiar and will have a story of your own to tell.

Lodging and Dining

The lodge itself is a beautiful structure of stained wood, finished with comfortable sofa-filled lounging rooms, thoughtful amenities and four en-suite double bedrooms with queen size beds and air conditioning. In addition to the dining and living areas there is a quaint bar and fly-tying area, and plenty of outdoor porches overlooking the sea.

There is an abundance of staff. The food is an excellent combination of Mexican, Mayan, and American dishes. The service is great.

Every day begins with a full breakfast featuring a variety of cereals, as well as fresh fruits and eggs cooked to your preference.

Lunches each day are custom-order picnics with cold drinks, and these are taken on the boat are taken on the boat in frosty Yeti coolers.

Mayazul Lodge gathering area

Dinner starts with appetizers, the a main course with a distinct emphasis on Mahi, Tuna, Grouper, Hog Snapper, conch, and lobster, each dish embodying the essence of the coastal paradise.

House wines such as Cabernet and Chardonnay will be served with dinner or a local or classic cocktail if you prefer.

Mayazul Lodge is located on the Yucatán Peninsula,  south of Tulum in the sleepy fishing village of Punta Allen

There are two (2) International airports which access the region:
Cancún International (CUN) – approximately 107 miles to the lodge
Tulum International Airport (TQO) – approximately 60 miles and nearly an hour closer to the lodge.

Both airports have multiple direct flights from the USA or other countries as well as connecting through Mexico City.

From either airport, your driver will let you off just inside the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Reserve, from there it’s a ride by panga (boat) to Punta Allen. The boat ride down the inner lagoon will take approximately one hour allowing guests to see a variety of the flora and fauna found in the unspoiled Yucatán as well as prime permit habitat. Upon arrival in Punta Allen it is a five minute drive to the lodge.

Edward Johnston, of Leisure Time Travel, has visited this part of the Yucatan peninsula 44 times in the past thirty four years.
Whether you are serious angler or just looking for an enjoyable fishing itinerary, call us! There is no substitute for first-hand experience!

A report by Edward Johnston of Leisure Time Travel on a visit to Mayazul Lodge and their Grand Opening April 2024. Click here for the report!


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Crystal River, Florida 34428
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Amazing light tackle fishing at Mayazul Lodge

Sebastian’s tarpon caught April 17th 2024 at Mayazul Lodge