Introducing Rocky Point Permit Camp on North North Ambergris Caye

For most of 2023, I’ve been posting pictures of gorgeous beaches and numerous golf carts with busted leaf springs and flat tires (this ride is golf-cart-killa!)…and hinting at a project.

Beach by Robles Point Ambergris Caye

The time has come. The website is live. The incredible artwork by graphic designer Jay Fletcher is ready for its debut. I can’t wait for the merch!

We are very VERY excited to introduce: Rocky Point Permit Camp!

Construction workers picnic table at Rocky Point
Currently the only seating at the property

And as many of you know, it’s the second Ambergris Caye flyfishing camp.

I’ve been talking about #1 for 7 years now. Cayo Frances Farm & Fly is a small fly fishing lodge up north on the back/west side of the island – about 5 miles north of Secret Beach.

Cayo Frances Farm & Fly from above
A drone shot of Cayo Frances Farm & Fly looking all the way east to the ocean

It feels like a different island up there… black soil, crystal clear waters, great horned owls, green grass, fruit trees, and abundant space for the dogs to dig, chase, roll, and swim.

While Cayo Frances has gotten busier and busier over the years, Jeff made the deliberate decision NOT to expand it.  It’s a perfect space for 6-8 guests, any more would change things too much.  But my boyfriend Jeff is a planner.  And for the last 3-4 years I could hear his planning gears turning.  

Enter Camp #2. Located on north, north Ambergris Caye – 18 or 19 miles north. Bordering the caye’s largest protected nature reserve: Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve.

View down to Robles Point

A spot closer to Xcalak, Mexico than it is to San Pedro, Belize.

Jeff has been talking about this (crazy) idea since I met him about 9 years ago.

Laying in a hammock by the sea
Making crazy plans I’m sure!

Vision: A small fishing camp where you could wake up with the sun, put on your wading boots, and head out. In the “front yard”, the ocean – locked in by the reef and inaccessible to boats. (There is a shipwreck along this stretch of reef to prove that it is not a good place to enter!)

The first permanent structure at the new camp

Fishable shallows and pools between the two spots on the island (and only a few in the world) where a barrier reef meets the land. Robles Point and then 2 miles north, Rocky Point.

Out the back door, ideally, would be the Cantena Lagoon. The 2nd largest lagoon on the island.

Permit caught in the Cantena Lagoon
“backyard” permit

Note: The original cartographer got the name wrong. “Kantenah” is a Mayan word meaning “House of Snakes”. And from our time up there – we’ve met large black tail cribos, boas and just this week, a 5 foot tropical rat snake (all harmless to humans!) – the name was well chosen by the original settlers of the area during the Yucatan Caste War.

And then…in the summer of 2022, I saw a real estate listing – by our friends Dawn and Al of Keller Williams. It was THE property that Jeff had been talking about. The owners were getting older, they’d had the land for a few decades. It is one of a few pieces of land with ocean beachfront that backed up to the lagoon! (Here’s our 2022 trip to the lagoon by boat to check it out)

Permit caught on North Ambergris Caye
“Front yard” permit

Excited, Jeff worked to gather an amazing group of friends – lovers of Ambergris Caye, flyfishing and the environment – to buy the property.

Logo by Jay Fletcher for RPPC

And then it became real. The brave, crazy, daring, nutty, awesome idea. When I first visited the property and the beach in December 2022. I GOT IT. It’s so special. Here are a few more photos but Rocky Point Permit Camp website says it all. Very much a collaborative effort.

Coming in spring/summer of 2024.

Coral up by Rocky Point
As you head north, it becomes more and more rocky with coral

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  1. Bill Hilsendeger on November 3rd, 2023 at 11:44 am

    you have been saying you have traveled by golf cart , I was to understand you could not get past robles point by cart. How far north of tranquility bay?

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 3rd, 2023 at 2:18 pm

      You have been able to get past Robles for a while — year i think. It’s just not on the beach – it goes thru forest. Not sure how far north exactly…we estimate 4 miles?

  2. Matt on November 3rd, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Love it! Follow your Dreams 🙂
    Beautiful spot

  3. Duane Graffice on November 3rd, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Congrats to the both of you. Wishing you tons of success!!

  4. Dianne lapkin on November 3rd, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Just one more crazy adventure…….enjoy the trip! And congratulations!

  5. Julie Peterson on November 3rd, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    That area is so gorgeous and how exciting to hear you have such a unique piece of land. Im sure u will make it a great success. Your biggest enemy there may be the plastics- and hopefully increased visibility will help generate a solution

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 3rd, 2023 at 2:19 pm

      We HEAR you – talking to these amazing folks now.

  6. Jim Smith on November 3rd, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    My wife and I are coming to Belize for our birthdays the end of January.
    Looking forward to the trip.
    I’m curious about vaccinations, what are people getting to come to Belize

    • Rebecca on November 3rd, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      I’ve never heard of any vaccination you need to get for Belize specifically. Should be good!

  7. Peter D'Archangel on November 3rd, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    I enjoy your stories and pictures, I still plan to retire in the future, caye Caulker, though more. I have a link to a vacation I did there a month 4 years ago, to see if you can publish here.
    📸 Look at this post on Facebook

  8. Heather P on November 8th, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats – this looks so amazing! The north north is just so incredible, what an opportunity!