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Fly fishing, fly tying, fish stories, BBQ’s, lounging, cold libations, relaxing, rejuvenating, paddling, swimming, campfires, stargazing, good friends, and lazy, lazy dogs.

 

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Cayo Frances Farm & Fly

Cayo Frances Farm & Fly is a remote, off the grid, fly-fishing and SUP camp and small farm on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye, Belize. One by no means however has to be a fly-fishing or paddle sports enthusiast to enjoy the camp. The camp is well suited and outfitted for any slightly adventurous folks looking for a place to relax and escape.

Location

We're located approximately 12 miles north of San Pedro on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye, a 30 minute boat ride from town.
 

Home Waters

The property sits on a small peninsula at the entrance of the Cayo Frances lagoon system, in the midst of some of the most scenic waters anywhere.

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Pricing

There are a range of rates and plans to accommodate virtually every budget and travel schedule.
 
 

We're Easy

From weekend DIY trips to week long fully guided trips, to small hosted trips and everything in between. Come see what the other side of Ambergris Caye has to offer!

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Plan

Were back open for our 5th season and the Camp is looking better than ever!
Give us a holler and come enjoy our updated accommodations! Lets catch some fish!
 

Drop Us A Line

Contact us anytime!!!
We love to talk fishing!!!
 
 
Phone: 011 501 610 3841

Send an eMail
 

The Story

With an ever-practical English degree in hand, and the experience of having run a punk rock record label under his belt, Jeff Spiegel packed up his things, sold his house in San Francisco and moved to Belize… because, well why not. The plan: open a small beach resort and restaurant bar. How hard could it be?

After teaching himself how to be a chef, running the business for a decade and experiencing more than he could have ever imagined, things… had changed. The small town of San Pedro had begun to grow up. Ten years on, sandy streets were now pavement, quiet bicycles were replaced by traffic and trucks and a business that started as an out of the way destination spot had become a busy bar. Time for a change of venue and change of pace. Thankfully, the ideal location was waiting. “The farm,” a small property way up north on the back of the island, had long served as a hideaway… A place to fish… A place to escape to. A place too special and unique not to share.
After 2 years of construction the first version of the “Camp” opened its doors. Over the first years of operation, the Camp hosted dozens of anglers from all over the world and all walks of life… and transformed into a place of friendship, tranquility, fish stories, cold drinks, late nights, early mornings and days surrounded by endless fishable waters.

Recently the Camp has undergone a makeover, both in operations – with Matt Pourbaix and Cooper Beckett coming onboard as co-owners, and infrastructure – with upgraded cabanas, docks, new boats, paddle craft, new partnerships and of course our new palapa bar! All of which have turned this off-grid hideaway into a unique lodge experience.

All of us here at CFF&F couldn’t imagine life without the Camp or the relationships it has helped forge. Come join us, share a drink, a fish story and experience the unique flats that surround us… but most importantly come make unforgettable memories here at CFF&F.

— Jeff Spiegel, Matt Pourbaix, Cooper Beckett, Jacob Shemper, Bill Happy, Bill Hespe, Cort Dehart


How to Get Here

There is no road to the camp!!! Access is by boat only. If you are coming to the camp with a guide, we will greet you, cold drinks in hand, after your day of fishing.

If you are coming to the camp DIY, we will pick you up/meet you in town and transfer you to the camp by the de-facto boat of Belize, a 25’ panga we call the Perminator! If you are fishing with a guide we can arrange to have your luggage waiting for you at the camp upon your arrival!

If you are spending the entirety of your stay on Ambergris with us at the camp, we will greet you at Tropic Air, Maya Air or water taxi upon your arrival.

Things to Do

Fly fish, spin fish, catch fish, BS about fish, dream about fish, talk about fish, look through the days fish pics… ok ok you can also: paddleboard, kayak, swim, lounge in a hammock, pet a dog, read a book, take a nap, bird watch, enjoy a cold beer with good friends, star gaze, listen to tarpon roll, sit by the campfire and escape.

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Accommodations

Accommodations at the Camp are simple, airy, and comfortable. We have two 1 bedroom cabanas, with two single beds each, and the Bote House cabana, which has two bedrooms each with a queen bed, lofted single bed, a living room & large veranda. All three cabanas have en suite bathrooms, showers with hot and cold water, fans, and verandas with Adirondack chairs for relaxing, reading, and BSing about your day’s catch!

Our main lodge building has a lounge area, fly tying bench with two vices, and an indoor dining area for days when the weather does not cooperate. Most days, dining, drinking, party games, and fish stories take place outside at our renovated palapa/bar area. We have a floating dock perfect for afternoon lounging or casting practice! Our waterfront fire pit features chairs for everyone and is perfect for stargazing and nightly campfires.

The Camp is run on solar with diesel backup. Water is a combination of rain catchment and water produced through desalination. Purified drinking water is provided. There is internet service at the Camp throughout the main lodge area as well as cell service.

BOTE House Belize
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BOTE House Belize is a custom built cottage on property at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly. Featuring two queen beds & two lofted single beds, one bathroom, a comfortable living room and large veranda, the BOTE House was constructed in the spirit of BOTE brand.

BOTE stand-up paddleboards are the perfect watercraft to explore and fly fish in the protected waters surrounding the camp. With an entire fleet of paddleboards available for use at Cayo Frances, you can see for yourself why the BOTE brand belongs in Belize.

Ask about the BOTE House when booking your stay at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly.

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What to Bring

In short, bring as little as possible. You are not going to need a lot.

General Vacation Stuff

  • Lightweight breathable shorts and shirts
  • At least one or two lightweight LONG sleeve shirts for longer days in the boat/sun
  • Good polarized glasses
  • Flip flops
  • Wading booties or boots
  • A hat
  • An extra hat
  • A sun buff
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Lightweight breathable rain gear
  • Bug spray
  • Camera

For Fly Gear

  • Rods, 7 and/or 8 wt for bones, 9 and/or 10 wt for permit and 10 and/or 11 wt for tarpon
  • Large arbor reels saltwater reels with a GOOD DRAG and floating line with 200 yards 20# backing (we oft over line our reels by +1 wt.) For tarpon, it’s nice to have a set up with an intermediate line for when you’re trying to quickly get the fly down a bit and 200 yards 30# backing.
  • Saltwater tapered leaders of 9-12 feet
  • Shock leaders for tarpon
  • Tippet, 10lb, 15lb, 20lb for bones and permit
  • Nippers
  • Flies, all the usual suspects…
 

Guides & Gear


When it comes to fly fishing, nothing will ever replace the experience of a guided day of fishing with a local guide who knows the water and fishery like the back of their hand. From our own fishing experiences and from a decade of running a resort, we’ve gotten to know some of the best guides on the island. Our two main go-to outfitters are Belize Fly/Tres Pescados Fly Shop and Reel Women Fly Fishing. We also work with a handful of independent guides, a number of whom have been poling the flats of the island
for well over 30 years.

All that said, we realize lots of folks enjoy a DIY fishing experience and/or might not have the means to hire a guide every day. Thus, we have a fleet of paddlecraft all set up for sight fishing for folks who want to give it a go on their own. There is a near infinite amount of water around the camp to explore, much of it never accessed/fished by folks fishing
out of flats skiffs.

We know that most folks travel with their own gear. That said, we also realize that s#@! happens, so we have camp gear that we are more than happy to lend – Scott, Sage and Reddington rods paired with custom Nautilus NV-G and Hatch reels. We’re also have a nice selection of flies as well as extra leaders and tippet for when you need some.

For paddling, the camp has a fleet of SUP’s, including Bote Rackham Gatorshell boards, 4 new Crescent Kayak SUP+ boards, along with three EastCape Skanus and two NuCanoe fishing kayaks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

A. We actually recommend spending at least a couple nights to get the full get-away-from-it-all experience.
A. Absolutely. Many of our guests, especially if it’s their first time to the Caye, split their time on the island between the camp and the windward side, as such offers to VERY different experiences. From our days running a restaurant and resort, we have great relationships with many resorts on the Caye. We’re happy to help steer you towards accommodations that are the right fit for your lifestyle, preference and budget.
A. You cast, we cook! Leave the cooking to us and we will (try to) leave the fishing to you! Our amazing Chef, Marvin, we call him Marv, will prepare the freshest and tastiest breakfast, lunch (to go) and dinner you’ll have in Belize.
A. Sometimes, good GRIEF, YES. But… not all the time… and sometimes not at all!!! Keep in mind, you are in the midst of flats and channels and mangrove and lagoons. There will be bugs.
A. Next door to the resort I used to run was a larger, fancy resort… gorgeous place, impeccably maintained. They would frequently fog for mosquitos. We would frequently find dead songbirds in our backyard. No, we do not fog for mosquitos. In our opinion, the trade offs are not worth it. If it’s bad, we have a few designated places where we’ll burn coconut husks. You’d be amazed at how much a little smoke helps. So does bug spray, which we have on hand, in case you forget yours.

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Meet The Team!

Jeff Speigel: Founder
Cooper Beckett:
Operations/Co-owner
Matt Pourbaix
Jacob Shemper
Cort Dehart
Bill Hespe
Bill Happy
Andress: Farma man/ Property Manager
Marvin: Head Chef