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Old 01-08-2020, 05:49 PM
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I'm graduating from school and trying to plan a trip the first or second week in May with my buddies to get off the beaten path and do some fishing and diving. We're all from South FL and have been to the Bahamas before but just places like Abaco and Bimini. Unfortunately doing this trip on one of our boats is out of the question. I don't mind rustic and I'd like to keep on a tight budget! I'm not against hiring a guide but it would be cool to find somewhere we could sneak out on our own and fish, shoot some fish, and catch some bugs

Right now this is what I'm thinking:
Morgan's Bluff Andros
- Seems like a really cool, quiet place. Can get there real cheap and can stay there for a reasonable price. Been in contact with some bonefish guides and even had one tell me about hog hunting from their rental property. That would be a first in the bahamas!

Anywhere else in the family islands?

Belize
- Heard great things about the flats fishing, anyone know anything about it? Any recommendations on where to stay?

Any other places you would go if you had one week and around $1000?
Old 01-08-2020, 06:38 PM
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go to the Manzinilla /puerto Viejo area of Costa Rica. You can stay in a communal set up or just camp in the jungle on the beach. Its the Caribbean Coast. You guys will love it and probably never come home.
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go to the Manzinilla /puerto Viejo area of Costa Rica. You can stay in a communal set up or just camp in the jungle on the beach. Its the Caribbean Coast. You guys will love it and probably never come home.
I second Costa Rica - Southwest has direct and cheap (ish) flights. All kinds of inshore fishing and you can steal away to Monteverde for day to break it up.
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I’ve been to many if not most of the islands in the Caribbean. They are all beautiful. Most have diving excursions and some have better fishing than others. You used the word budget. The place that comes screaming to the top of my list is Cabo......it checks all the boxes except maybe the lobsters........
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Originally Posted by offshorebri View Post
I’ve been to many if not most of the islands in the Caribbean. They are all beautiful. Most have diving excursions and some have better fishing than others. You used the word budget. The place that comes screaming to the top of my list is Cabo......it checks all the boxes except maybe the lobsters........
No bone fish and not on the Caribbean. And as much as I love it there it’s no wear as safe as CR but the price is right
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take a look at the area south of Cancun Mexico. A few years ago we stayed in Akumal, which is about 1 hr south of the Cancun Airport. Awesome cave diving. Also world class diving off Cozumel. Even some OK off shore fishing off Puerto Aventuras.

The snorkeling in Akumal (half moon bay and Akumal bay) was outstanding. Rent a condo right off the beach/bay.

if your timing is right (Summer) you might be able to swim with the Whale Sharks. Done it twice, its quite the experience.

Akumal was a great place to stay. quite, clean and we felt safe.
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Hopkins Belize very safe, you can stay inexpensively, room, food and beer are inexpensive. Diving and snorkeling (second biggest barrier reef in the world) is very good. The fishing is either reef fishing or off the reef but that's over 20 miles out fuel is not cheep so it's a little costly. You can stay in a few places in Belize and go diving, fishing and then go to the jungle. To do flats fishing call a few guys I think they move their operation based on the winds at different times of the year.

I drove a fair amount of the country just last month the main roads were paved quite well and the larger towns are easily accessible by car, just carry your passports if you get stopped at the check points we were never stopped but you may be.
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Yeah, what about doing some fishing from the shore in Costa Rica? Any river mouth here in Costa Rica would be full of fish and pretty much free to fish.
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
........Any river mouth here in Costa Rica would be full of fish and pretty much free to fish.
Yeah the crocodiles think so too!
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Saltwater crocs = nasty. Belize and Costa Rica are very good options. Panama is a great option.
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Originally Posted by Sam Salmon View Post
Yeah the crocodiles think so too!
Yeah, I wouldn't want to get in the water, but everytime I go there are a ton of people wading out there. I would rather cast from the shore personally. I dont' think the crocs are dangerous if you aren't within a few feet of the water.

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