Finally, the wait is over! Villa María Lodge has kicked off its 2024 season. We have found the river in optimal fishing condit..
Even after the worst storm, the sun shines brightly again
To paraphrase a lovely and fitting quote from Shannen Heartz, [… just as the phoenix rose from the flood – she too will rise. Returning from the water, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.]
This sentiment perfectly describes our joy in making this long-awaited announcement. After losing Abaco Lodge in 2019 to hurricane Dorian, we vowed to rebuild the lodge and the fishing program to be even better than before; however, the island and the fish and the flats needed time to heal, so we waited… and then Covid hit; so we waited some more. Finally, after 3 long years, we are in the construction stage of the new, improved, Abaco Lodge, due to debut once again to visiting anglers on April 1st, 2023.
Like the previous structure, the lodge itself will have 7 rooms with baths, along with decks and porches where guests can relax as they overlook the expansive Marls fishery. Our Maverick skiffs are in order and guides and staff are at the ready. It’s now just a matter of finishing the construction and waiting for the paint to dry, and then we will be back on top of one of the most exciting flats fisheries in the Caribbean, the Marls of Abaco, and Abaco Lodge, a comeback story we look forward to sharing with you.
WHY CHOOSE ABACO LODGE?
ON THE MARLS
Abaco Lodge is the only fly-fishing operation with direct access to the vast Marls of Abaco, one of bonefishing’s most storied destinations— an expansive, unpressured flats system with unrivaled numbers of bonefish.
Getting to Great Abaco Island is very simple. There are many direct flights from the U.S. and it is also possible to fly via Nassau. Our Lodge is located on the Marls side of Abaco Island, just a 10-minute drive from the airport.
UNPRESSURED FISHERY WITH BONES GALORE!
Bonefish rule this kingdom; twenty fish days are not uncommon, with 200 square miles of prime habitat awaiting anglers. Abaco’s Marls-side headquarters also means no trailering, no fuel stops, and more time fishing.
SHOTS AT TARPON, PERMIT & MORE
Permit and juvenile tarpon shots are frequent enough that you should be prepared with gear for targeting both species, and barracuda, jack crevalle, plus various shark species also call the Marls home.
COZY & LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
The bright, charming lodge welcomes guests with spectacular waterfront views. It consists of 7 double rooms with a capacity of 8 anglers. Enjoy a cold Kalik by the pool, or gather around the fire pit where the day’s fishing stories enter into island lore.
QUINTESSENTIAL SERVICE & CULINARY EXPERIENCE
We are dedicated to providing the highest levels of service and comfort year in and year out. A la carte menu with exceptional fresh, local dishes. Food in the Bahamas is the magical encounter between the treasures of the sea, history, culture and its people.