ARRIVAL AT THE LODGE
The manager and staff will greet you. The atmosphere is very relaxed here, and our staff is friendly and willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay pleasurable. Don’t hesitate to approach us with a question, problem or special request. Constructive criticism is welcome!
We are located approximately 85 miles south of Cancun in the Yucatan’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Owned and operated by the Gonzales family, Boca, as returning guests affectionately call us, offers a genuine Mexican experience, from the wonderful food to the friendly service. Our beachfront bungalows are spacious and airy, offering the option of individually controlled air conditioning or you may choose to open the screened-in windows and shutters and enjoy the refreshing sea breezes and sounds of the crashing surf.
The main lodge has an inside and outside seating area and features a comfortable dining room and welcoming bar. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge only, just ask for instructions. There is cell phone coverage depending on your carrier, but make sure you have an international plan as it can be expensive otherwise.
The kitchen opens for breakfast at 6:30 a.m., but coffee is usually available by 6 a.m. Lunch can be packed in the boat cooler and eaten on the water, or you can return to the lodge. Cocktail hour is 6 p.m. and dinner is served from 7 to 8 p.m., with fresh seafood and Mayan recipes the specialties. Be sure to let us know about any special meal requests and dietary restrictions prior to arrival and consult with the manager upon arrival.
The Boca Paila bar remains open all evening, and it is fully stocked with most of your favorite liquors and a good selection of Mexican beers and wines. Tequila drinks are a house specialty. You can ask to see your tab at any time, and you will be presented with your final total at the end of your stay. If there’s a specific brand that you would like, please notify us at least two weeks prior to departure.
Do not drink the tap water. Our staff will stock your room each day with bottles of purified water. There is no need to take these to the boat as there will be plenty in the cooler. All of our food is prepared with safe water.
We have 24-hour electric service that is identical to U.S. power (110 volts / 50 cycles).
The official currency is the Mexican peso. Dollars are accepted almost everywhere, however they should be clean, crisp bills. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted.
DAY TRIPS TO TULUM
Tulum is a significant Mayan ruin built around 900 A.D. It is located 1 hour north of Boca Paila and is well worth a half-day visit.
There is no fishing on the day of departure. Since our staff must prepare rooms for incoming guests, check out time is noon. Parties must leave for Cancun at least four hours before flight time. It is not possible to stop at Tulum en route to the airport. While at the lodge, no refunds or credits can be issued for package modifications. All purchases at the lodge are payable by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), cash or travelers checks. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted so there is little need to exchange currency.
It is customary to tip the guides and staff in Mexico. We recommend $70 to $100 per guest for the week for the lodge staff and an average guide tip of $40 to $50 per day per boat. We don’t charge for fishing time beyond eight hours, but bear in mind that poling the boats is very physically demanding; if your guide puts in extra hours on the water, he should be tipped accordingly.