Mother Nature at Her Best
There is no place like this. You could spend a lifetime exploring this little country and not see it all its pristine, secret places. Long known as “Mother Nature’s best kept secret,” it’s possible to hop from a subtropical jungle to the second largest reef on earth within a few miles. Here, you can travel discover ancient Mayan worlds, drift through underwater gardens, or just relax in a hammock.
Boasting the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize offers diving in crystal-clear azure waters, snorkeling amid vast sea life, or the chance to catch a Flats Slam (landing a tarpon, a bonefish, and a permit—all in one day). Inland adventure abounds with the exploration of excavated Mayan ruins, horseback riding, cave exploring trips and more.
Second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Belize’s vast Barrier Reef runs for 186 miles along the coast in a ribbon from the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula southward some 180 miles into the Gulf of Honduras. Over 35 species of reef-building corals thrive in its sun-drenched waters, sheltering the coastline against erosion and providing sustenance and refuge for manatees, porpoises, turtles, sharks, butterfly fish, and a bewildering array of other marine life. This living wall of coral provides for amazing fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving. Located inside one of Belize’s three atolls is the Blue Hole, one of the most astounding dive sites anywhere on earth. Inside the Blue Hole, the water is 480 feet deep, a light-absorbing depth that gives it the famous rich deep-blue color.
Our Dive Shop is a fully-equipped PADI DIVE CENTER. For those who prefer to soak up the sun while enjoying an array of marine life just below the ocean’s dynamic surface, the world-renowned reefs of Belize are perfect. Snorkeling provides a simple, graceful, and effortless way to experience the phenomenal abundance of graceful manta rays, parrot fish, sea turtles and boundless schools of glimmering fish. The reduced wave activity due to the barrier reef creates unsurpassed visibility. The abundance and variety of sea life is astounding. You could spend a lifetime exploring the coral formations.
Fishing: Anglers Paradise
Every sunrise brings a thrilling opportunity for new piscatorial pursuits upon the Caribbean. For the fly angler, Belize is renowned as one of the few special places on earth where a “grand slam” on the flats-a hat trick of permit, tarpon and bonefish all in one day-is not an uncommon occurrence. From The Peninsula Club, it’s just 20 minutes to the pristine uncrowded flats where bonefish bonefish, tarpon, and permit are at times so numerous that big schools are spotted from hundreds of yards.
Traveling to the deep blue water outside the endless reefs off Belize brings anglers into untapped waters that are an undiscovered world of big game fishing. Locals know the Caribbean here teems with prized wahoo, the fastest fish in the sea, and that tuna, dorado and billfish-in unknown numbers-await the intrepid angler.
From the reefs to the rainforests, each day in Belize overflows with a multitude of potential expeditions and The Peninsula Club has an enthralling list of activities and adventures. Our professional concierge staff is available at your convenience to make any Belizean experience possible. Explore trails through lush rain forests that lead you to lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The jungle paths through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first Jaguar Reserve, will elevate your heart rate. Learn about cultural heritage of the Belizean people while you explore Mayan ruins at nearby Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit. Horseback riding, zip lines and Spelunking trips are also exhilarating activities for the whole family.
Birding: 54 Species in Placencia Alone!
Belize is a mecca for both migratory and indigenous birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The diverse, largely undeveloped tracts of habitat within Belize translate directly to a truly remarkable representation of bird species. In all of North America, ornithologists have documented just over 800 species of birds. Belize, a country approximately the size of Massachusetts, is home to more than 540 of them; with a recorded 54 species in Placencia. Unusual birds such as the Jabiru Stork, the largest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere, with a height of 5 feet, can be found here. A multitude of toucans, parrots, macaws and motmots also make Belize an enticing destination for birding.
Staying at a caye is like a live-aboard for fishermen; so why not enjoy the best of both worlds and stay either at, our new vision for the fishing lodge or go to our caye, or do both.
Prize Catch: Tarpon Caye, Belize
By: Melissa Egan – Private Islands Magazine
Just six miles from one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, Tarpon Caye is a shining example of the beauty Belize has to offer the discriminating investor. Three spacious guest cabins are perched on stilts in the calm emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea and provide unparalleled tranquillity on this eight-acre private island. All include daily housekeeping, wireless Internet and solar powered lighting. The facility is self-sustaining and environmentally conscious in its approach to hospitality. With a restaurant that doubles as a clubhouse, guests get the chance to sample local cuisine while perusing the island’s collection of past guests’ adventures and fishing trophies on the lodge’s wall of fame. A short 15-mile boat ride east of the Placencia Peninsula, one of Belize’s famed stretches of beach, whether you’re thinking of buying the whole island or just taking a getaway, you’ll find this island paradise brimming with exquisite natural surroundings as well as world-class bonefish, permit and tarpon fishing.
This rare opportunity comes from Charlie Leslie, owner of Tarpon Caye and long-time resident of the area. His passion for salt-water fishing and connection to Belize have created a unique island where visitors enjoy ocean adventures, unwinding on the beach and the soothing sounds of waves as they drift off to sleep. The west side of the island is where you’ll find the lagoon, a deep blue oasis shaded by vibrant ruby-red mangrove trees. The island’s distinction as a “Fringe Reef” of Belize’s famed Barrier Reef gives kayakers and snorkelers the rare chance to be up-close and personal with some of the most colorful residents of the ocean. Over 180 miles long, it’s home to more than 500 species of fish Prize Catch and over 100 types of coral. This island is a chance for your senses to experience everything from fertile forests and pristine beaches to incredible fishing and underwater delights.
Charlie Leslie and top eco-friendly developer Dianne Bulman (who earned glowing accolades for one of the most prestigious developments on the Placencia Peninsula) have a passion to further develop Tarpon Caye Lodge into a high end fishing lodge, while also developing a high end mainland sister lodge. This unique combination will be a one of a kind in the Caribbean.
Belize’s southern coast has long been the destination of choice for Europeans and South and North Americans with impeccable taste, but chances to invest in this region do not come along very often. The economy here is robust, thanks to the extensive natural resources and the strong tourism industry. The lifestyle on this sun-kissed coast is luxurious and laid-back — many of the world’s elite have been coming to this haven for years. This choosy group of loyal out-of-towners has inspired upscale residential developments, private luxury villas and, soon, the new Peninsula Club and Marina. This high end development is at the heart of an extraordinary project featuring home sites, luxury villas, and a lively shopping Galleria with boutique shops and services to make life at The Peninsula Club Belize as effortless as it is exciting.
Belize International Airport — three hours drive or a short flight north — has daily direct flights from Houston, Dallas and Miami, and Tarpon Caye mainland office is just two miles from the Placencia Airport. With English as the country’s official language you and your guests won’t have any trouble navigating local amenities. Shopping is international in flavor and Placencia’s relaxed pace encourages strolls along The Galleria, stopping for a taste of local coffee and elegant dining choices all perched on a twinkling waterfront.
This is an incredible investment opportunity for someone interested in taking advantage of a premier location already bustling with enthusiastic visitors looking for their next grand adventure. The owners of the Tarpon Caye lodge are also open to exploring a joint venture if your interests lie in an investment partnership. For more information and pricing inquires, contact Ycela Alpuche at 011-501-523-3323 email@example.com visit us at www.tarponcayelodge.com or Dianne Bulman at 011-501-604-5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.