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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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 that had ocean beachfront and backed up to the lagoon! (Here’s our 2022 trip to the lagoon by boat to check it out)
Excited, Jeff worked to gather an amazing group of friends – lovers of Ambergris Caye, flyfishing and the environment – to buy the property.
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.