The area from Akumal south to Ascension Bay on the Riviera Maya should not be overlooked as a DIY destination, particularly if you are combining a family vacation with some fishing.The Riviera Maya website is a great place to start planning a vacation and I can recommend contacting Rhett Schober at Akumal Villas if you are looking for first class accommodation on a beautiful beach (doesn’t hurt that he is a keen fisherman). Akumal serves as a perfect “home base” with access to lots of family activities and a short drive to both guided and DIY fishing.
At more than 1,000,000 acres and just south of Tulum lies the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. As one of Mexico’s largest parks it covers approxiametely 20% of the state of Quintana Roo.
Punta Allen is a small fishing town 60 kilometers into the biosphere with relatively few services between Tulum and Punta Allen.
As noted by Rhett Schober in the diybonefishing.com blog: “The beaches and lagoon flats of Boca Paila, inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere preserve contain some of the best do-it-yourself fly fishing venues on the planet.” Within the blog, Rhettt highlights some of the best spots for fishing the beaches and lagoons on the way to Punta Allen. There are a number of lodges and guides on the way to Punta Allen and the best way to fish Ascension Bay is with one of the established lodges like Pesca Maya or Casa Blanca.For those staying in Cancun, you can travel 40 miles northwest of Cancun to the Isla Holbox to fish the area for tarpon. I can recommend Mr. “Sandflea” Bega Cruz the owner of the Holbox Tarpon Club for a day or two on the water casting to 5-15 pound baby tarpon.
If you are staying in either Playa Del Carmen or Cozumel you can bonefish on Cozumel by hiring a guide for the day. From Playa, take the 7:00 a.m. ferry to Cozumel and have the guide pick you up at the ferry dock, fish for the day and he will drop you back in time to catch the 4:00 p.m. ferry. For more information on fishing Cozumel check out the bonefishing account written by Richard Heckert or contactBonefish Cozumel.
Farther south you can stay in Mahahual and be guided through Western Caribbean Fly Fishing School with a day or two at Tierra Maya in Xcalak. Mahahual has some services available for the family where Xcalak is more of a “fishermans” spot.
Fishing Information:The Mexican Caribbean offers the DIY fisherman a wide variety of fishing opportunites with a number of different species available. The majority of the DIY fishing spots are from Tulum south into the biosphere or along the shore from Mahahual to Xcalak, but most beaches offer some kind of fishing early in the morning or late in the afternoon.For those trying to mix a family vacation with some fishing the Mexican Riviera is tough to beat.