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#512704 - 03/29/16 12:28 PM Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye  
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Great post by Rebecca on SanPedroScoop...

Sunday afternoon, we headed up to “the farm”…or to the entrance Cayo Frances lagoon – a huge lagoon in the center of Ambergris Caye. And one of a handful of developed properties on that whole side of the island…

Sunday was a gorgeous gorgeous day. We passed the 5 star Cayo Espanto as we looped out of the lagoon behind San Pedro town.

And then, about 10 miles north passing “Secret Beach” and the pretty pinkish sand bars, we dipped into a little cut in the mangroves…a deep channel and then shallow shallow water.

And back to a little peninsula where “the farm” is well on its way to being finished. A place for flyfishermen, people who like to relax, kayak, swim, sun, SUP and more…

The shallow water – you can see the little cut where the channel is and how shallow the little lagoon is.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Scoop

#512708 - 03/29/16 05:01 PM Re: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty]  
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Can't wait to book for some R&R.

#514019 - 05/27/16 09:56 AM Re: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty]  
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Cayo Frances Farm & Fly

Thirty-six miles off the coast of Belize City, Belize, lies a fly fisherman’s dream destination. Cayo Frances Farm and Fly is a small fly fishing camp located on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye that works with some of the best fishing guides on the island and is stacked with paddle boards and skiffs to go explore the surrounding waters. It’s owner, Jeff Spiegel, was gracious enough to house the BOTE team for a couple days and give them a preview of the camp and some epic spots on the Island.

Jeff has not always been in the hospitality business—he started out running a punk rock record label, but after years of the hustle and bustle, decided to move to Belize and teach himself how to be a chef. Now, having lived there for 14 years, Jeff decided it was time to open his own fly fishing camp and expose people to all the island has to offer. “Belize is incredibly unique—it’s a tiny country with a ton of diversity. In a place like Ambergris Caye, the windward side has the beaches, the reef, and is now a bustling tourist town. The leeward side, on the other hand, has nothing. It is completely concentrated on flats fishing—Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and Snook—so I decided to make it the type of place that people visiting San Pedro can get away from town and fish with some of the best guides we have,” says Jeff.

Jeff has been building Cayo Frances Farm and Fly now for a year and a half. The farm itself is filled with the native Chaya plant and is situated on land that 1300 years ago, more people lived on than do presently, making it rich in history. “This is pretty much the last developed property until you hit Mexico. This camp is truly one of the most unique spots in the country,” explains Jeff. Not to mention the incredible food that is cooked for you throughout your stay!

Steps away from the campsite is some of the clearest water you will ever see, filled with endless fly fishing possibilities. Depending on how skinny you want to get or how far you want to travel, Jeff has the camp equipped with multiple BOTE boards and skiffs to take out. “Nothing is going to give you more freedom and better access to the waters than paddle boards,” says Jeff. The BOTE team found it efficient for long distance trips, to trail a board behind the skiff, getting you out farther, but enabling you to explore skinnier and more concealed waters. With the help of Jeff’s fishing guides, our team visited some of the best fishing spots Belize had to offer and did not ever leave empty handed. “The fishery here is world class but it is not easy—there are probably few places as rewarding to fish,” explains Jeff.

See the rest of this article and LOTS of amazing photos on this blogpost by BOTE Paddle Boards

#517655 - 09/19/16 12:42 PM Re: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty]  
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Cayo Frances Farm & Fly is Officially Open! Explore the Other Side of Ambergris Caye

A new, very different business on the Leeward side of Ambergris Caye is finally open! Cayo Frances Farm and Fly.

A flyfishing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, S’more eating, lobster grilling, book reading camp on the BEAUTIFUL west side of Ambergris Caye. 2 cabins for guests. A bunch of Boteboard SUPs and NuCanoe kayaks – both rigged for fishing.

And a 3 acre farm. Called that because it is almost all black dirt – a rarity on this limestone and sand caye.

The first guests arrive in less than one month. For any and all information about this new serene destination, a new way to see this nation with no imitation …check out Jeff’s website, Cayo Frances Farm & Fly.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Scoop

#517679 - 09/20/16 08:35 AM Re: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty]  
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Sigh... smile

#517682 - 09/20/16 10:46 AM Re: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly –Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye [Re: Marty]  
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Looks wonderful!

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