It was fabulous!! We had such a great experience! I have told so many friends. We will be making a video of the time spent on the Fish Frenzy!

Daryl was the best guide in the world we have ever been with! We have been hardcore to New Zealand, the Cook Inlet of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico off of the Texas and Louisiana coast.

The Island time was paradise, too! We totally relaxed. He cleaned prepared and cooked our meal to perfection. He is an all around “fish-man” he can swim down super deep and find lobsters with laser focus and gaff them! He’s an excellent fisherman, Captain and teacher. He coached the kids how to cast, reel and catch those fish. All the while keeping the lines straight and mastering the waves! Incredible to watch as he multitasked better than I can on land. Believe me I have never seen anyone able to have all the talent he does in so many areas and executive them simultaneously

All of this took so place on crystal clear water on a fantastic boat

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Darrel and Darnell of Hardcore Charters are the BEST!!! They know where the fish are and how to catch them. We have been on a lot of fishing charters over the years and this was one of the best and most fun ever. They had us arrive at the boat about an hour earlier than the other fishing operators and for good reason. They knew we had to be on the fishing spots before the tide turned. We hit the spot and the fish would not stop biting. Non-stop Mackerel and Snapper. We loaded the boat. Darrel and Darnell make fishing really FUN. The other local guides arrived about an hour after we were on the fish, the tide turned and the fish stopped biting. We then headed out to spear some lobster. Darrel and Darnell knew the hot spots. 3 big lobsters later, a giant crab and we were having an awesome cookout on the island. I felt sorry for the guys who had not selected Hardcore Charters. They were still out trying to catch a fish when we were heading back to Placencia in the afternoon. When I come back to Placencia I will only be fishing with Darrel and Darnell of Hardcore Charters. -Greg Bennett, Beaufort, South Carolina (USA) ~ Dec 12, 2018


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Ambergris Caye hovers in a vacation sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you’re tripping over flip-flopped tourists. A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.


(#17 – Ambergis Caye)
Ambergis Caye


Situated 43 miles from mainland Belize, The Blue Hole is a one-of-a-kind sinkhole dive site famous for its shark viewing opportunities, as well as interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Photo courtesy of Tony Rath Photography



Martin,Darnell, and Darrell were all great at what they do. Had an amazing time fishing and learning about the fishery you have down there. It BLEW MY MIND the amount of species of fish. Bone’s, Poon, Permit, Cudda, Jacks, Wahoo, Marlin, Snook, and Tuna!!!! I mean you could have told me you have salt water trout and I would have brought some small dry flies lol. Thanks so much and can’t wait to get back down there! Orion Good -Nick Ross

​​”Mike here area few pics for you! Thank you again for your awesome guides and the best trips of our lives. You guys kick ass! ”
Cheers! -Nick Ross November 24, 2016

Thanks again for setting us up and putting us on the fish and lobsters. We had a blast and y’all have an outstanding operation. Safe to say we’ll be seeing y’all again in the near future.
Here is a link to the little video we made, figured you would get a kick out of it. Tell Martin and the guys we said thanks for all the hard work! They were great.

-Kevin (KC) Williams 2016

Our host was absolutely fantastic with communication. Our travel plans changed several times and our host was responsive every step of the way. The lodge was exactly what we were looking for: private, comfortable, and a short walk to town. Breakfasts were amazing (need to replicate the refried beans + cilantro/onions we had one morning). Erwin drove us to and from the airport and made sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely stay here again if my travels take me back to Belize someday. -Jonathan Chung March 2016 Airbnb

We had an absolutely amazing time with the folks at HFC! The staff and crew were kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating to all of our needs and requests. We split our trip between Placencia and Ambergris Caye and wish we would’ve stayed in Placencia longer! I can’t thank this team enough – top notch experience. Can’t wait to visit again! -Chris Warnecke March 2016 AIrbnb

Our hosts were fantastic! They picked us up at the airport and helped us plan our time in Placencia. The cabana was amazing with a great view of the water – a ten minute walk from town and the beach. -Jennifer Steiner March 2016 Airbnb Guest

Our host at the HFC Lodge were both extremely welcoming and helpful during our stay in Placencia. Easy check in, amazing rooms, fun atmosphere – we will definitely be coming back! Monique, their in-house chef (who’s Aunt owns Yoli’s BBQ in town) was so friendly and make delicious breakfasts and often cooks for big groups after fishing excursions. We were even lucky enough to have some of Mike’s fresh caught smoked barracuda one night in their outdoor kitchen/bar, it was insanely delicious. Mike was also super informative about different tours and helped us get a great excursion snorkeling out to Silk Caye. HFC is a perfect place not only for the avid fisherman, but also people who want to stay in a smaller environment than some of the other hotels in Placencia. Their whole team, Irwin, and Mike were just great hosts and we wish them all the best of luck! -Katie James February 2016 AIrbnb

The lodges are beautifully built and the view is amazing. Very friendly atmosphere. I would recommend HFC Lodge to anyone staying in Placencia. -Ryan Lance February 2016 Airbnb Guest

Our group loved our short, one-night stay at HFC Lodge. The buildings are brand new, the accommodations are spacious and exceptionally comfortable (especially after spending a week crammed onto a boat with seven other people!), and our host was gracious and hospitable throughout our visit. They arranged car service from the marina and to the airport was a huge plus. And she even took some time out of her evening for a lovely conversation. HFC Lodge is our go-to destination next time we visit Placencia. -Benjamin Ford February 20

First off, we extended for three days, Obviously we were impressed enough to stay longer. Our host was amazing and made every effort to help us find our way through the community. Placencia is a wonderful place and HCF is one of the better options for accommodations. Close to town, fishing leaves from across the road, house keeping and breakfast! -Jeffrey Stevenson January 2016

HFC is wonderful! Erwin was the perfect host! The accommodation were better than I could imagine. The bedding was superior. I can’t say I have ever felt the need to comment on pillows, however they were better than what we have at home! Clean , quiet convenient to things. Great staff. We enjoyed a fabulous day of fishing and cooked up our catch. I highly recommend this lodge. I have stayed in many places in Placencia, this is my new favorite. -Veronica Dodson January 2016 Airbnb

My boyfriend & I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the HFC Lodge. Our host was super welcoming and friendly. She picked us up from the dock upon our arrival to Placencia. The rooms were very clean & comfortable. We wished we had booked another night there! Breakfast was wonderful as well, the entire staff was super helpful. They even did our laundry for free! I would definitely recommend HFC to anyone planning on staying in Placencia. -Ashley Campbell January 2016 Airbnb

The whole HFC team were amazing, they all made us feel very welcome. Breakfast was delicious every morning. The Lodge is clean, quiet and located just a short walk from the main streets. They suggested things to do and restaurants. They picked us up at the airstrip and dropped us back off. I can’t recommend their place enough! -Alisha Churbe January 2016 Airbnb


I have been in the hospitality industry my whole career and I have NEVER been more impressed with a property than I was with the HFC Lodge. Erwin our Host, Sharleen as well as our Captain Martin made my son and I feel so comfortable and at home the duration of our stay. I wish we had booked for a longer stay as we both did not want to leave. It is truly a hidden treasure on the southern tip of the peninsula and I highly recommend it to anyone who knows what good service is all about. Our room was immaculate and the view was breathtaking. Kudos to Erwin, Sharleen and Martin. See you all in March. -JudeMonmouthbeach_NJ October 2015 Tripadvisor

Our stay at HFC Lodge was perfectly lovely in every way. Our hosts, were incredibly welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. The cabin itself (we stayed in a one-bedroom, one bath) was new, clean, and well-equipped, with great air-conditioning, a comfortable bed, a mini-fridge stocked with coffee and water, good water pressure, and even little bottles of USA-made shampoo and conditioner. There is a great deck overlooking the water, which is the perfect place to watch the sunset. It’s clear that the owners paid a lot of attention to detail in constructing the place – the woodwork is really beautiful. The cabin had WiFi and TV, which was great for unwinding in the

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evenings after a long day in the sun. We were offered use of the resort’s bikes free of charge. Every morning, we enjoyed a full breakfast with local ingredients at the outdoor kitchen. Our hosts gave us great advice about fun places to visit in Placencia. The resort itself is only about a ten minute walk to the main drag of the town, but sometimes we got rides from our hosts when we felt lazy. In terms of the town, it’s small and very community-feeling without being boring. Everyone speaks English, and U.S. currency is readily accepted. We really enjoyed sampling all of the Belizean food, particularly the seafood, which was fresh, plentiful and very affordable. Our favorite beach spots were Tipsy Tuna/Barefoot Bar (where we laid out on beach chairs by the water and were served frozen drinks and snacks!) and our best meal was at Rumfish, where we sat on the outdoor deck and enjoyed watermelon mojitos and lobster cassoulet at a fraction of the price we would have paid at home. During our trip, we chartered the larger of HFC’s two boats for a day of fishing and snorkeling. It was a great experience, and very easy to book and pay. The water is beautiful and blue, and the coral reef is the second largest in the world. Our guides, Martin and Darnell, were expert fishermen, and Darnell showed us how to catch spiny lobster during our snorkeling expedition. We ate lunch and fresh pineapple on the boat in between fishing stops. Gabe caught the biggest fish I’d ever seen – a huge barracuda! When we got home in the evening, our guides cleaned our catch for us, and our hosts cooked it on the grill in traditional Belizean style. It was fabulous. I would highly recommend HFC to anyone visiting Placencia. We felt very lucky to find such a lovely, comfortable, and reasonably priced place to stay.
-Kathryn Fernandez January 2016 Airbnb

We had a wonderful stay at the HFC lodge! The host were amazing, going above and beyond to ensure our arrival, stay and departure were seamless. The lodge is brand new with every amenity one could desire. The bed, big porches, shared kitchen, hot shower and AC were all such a treat following 3 days of sailing and camping. We only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the fishing excursions, which has their passion rooted in Placencia. They have bikes for use, but their spot is just a quick walk to the main stretch of town. We were glad to be in a quit spot since the main stretch had holiday festivities going until 2 am. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting Placentia! -Paige Adams December 2015 Airbnb

This place was amazing. And the hosts were so nice. They greeted me and took my bags upstairs and made breakfast in the morning. The room was beautiful and clean and comfortable. I definitely will stay here again on my next trip to Placencia. -Kara Rittenhouse December 2015 Airbnb


I have been in the hospitality industry my whole career and I have NEVER been more impressed with a property than I was with the HFC Lodge. Erwin our Host, Sharleen as well as our Captain Martin made my son and I feel so comfortable and at home the duration of our stay. I wish we had booked for a longer stay as we both did not want to leave. It is truly a hidden treasure on the southern tip of the peninsula and I highly recommend it to anyone who knows what good service is all about. Our room was immaculate and the view was breathtaking. Kudos to Erwin, Sharleen and Martin. See you all in March. -JudeMonmouthbeach_NJ October 2015 Tripadvisor


A beautiful location and beautiful accommodations! The staff couldn’t do enough for us! Delicious breakfast every morning! Personal tour of Placencia! A tour to the black hole and cave tubing was arranged for us! Transportation to and from dinner was provided. Even transportation to our next adventure was provided! I normally travel alone and would feel totally safe in staying here in the future. Very comfortable! Laundry service for free!! The staff is exceptional!! I will stay here again for sure!!! -Melinda TripAdvisor December 2015

Fished with Martin of HCF on Feb 3rd and 7th. He is a great guide and wonderful host. Martin picked us up at our sailboat both days and even brought us provisions and ice we requested! The 3 of us caught numerous fish including Barracuda , Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bonito and a 20lb Jack Creval. We will definitely use HCF again . Highly recommend them!! We had fresh fish for dinner 5 of our 8 nights. Awesome Trip!! -Visited February 2016 Trip Advisor

I stumbled upon hardcore fishing charters from a google search of things to do in Placencia. My roommate and I were interested in doing a little fishing (for the first time ever!) and I emailed the company asking what packages they offered. Megan, one of the owners, was extremely responsive, friendly and offered us a 1/2 day inner reef fishing trip. 

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They provided transportation in their gator, from the Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, which was so fun! Our boat guide Martin was amazing. He was friendly, encouraging, and very helpful on our first fishing expedition “trolling” from some dinner. The conditions for fishing (cold weather, low tide) weren’t so great, but he tried so hard to make sure we got in our share of fishing, which was greatly appreciated. He had fresh pineapple and drinks on the boat, which was a nice treat after the first few hours of cruising. In addition, we happened to pass by a Caye that had a few whale sharks close by, so Martin drove us out to view them. What an amazing experience to be that close to such a calm giant.

We caught a barracuda and a mackerel, which he filleted for us when we got back so that our hotel could cook them for dinner. Martin has been fishing for 20 years, he was professional and knowledgable – a true gem!

It was a great day on the beautiful blue waters of Belize and I would recommend this charter company to anyone traveling to Placencia!

The lodging at Hardcore was just put up this past year, and by the looks of it the HFC team are setting up a great business down in Belize! I can’t wait to see how the business flourishes.

-Cassie D Trip Advisor

We have taken Charter fishing boats all over Florida and none were better. We had a great time with Captain Marty and Robert on the water and Megan in the office did a great job coordinating the trip. She arranged for the boat to pick us up at our dock in Hopkins so we did not have to drive to Placencia so that made it easy. She also arranged for snorkel gear to be on board in case we wanted to do that, but we choose just to fish the whole time. My goal was to catch Mahi and we caught 4 real nice ones. I was hoping for more, but the quantity was a function of fishing and not the captain. There were five in our party and the crew made sure all five of us were taken care of. It was a family trip and not all of us are hardcore fishermen, but we all enjoyed it. Good tunes, good weather and good fishing. Good snacks, but the vegetarian option needs upgrade. -Visited January 2016 Trip Advisor

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We arrived at the Hardcore Fishing Charters’ cabins and our expectations were greatly exceeded. The accommodations were fantastic. The guides and staff members were all really friendly. My wife and I were there for 5 days over Memorial Day weekend and we didn’t want to leave. We went deep sea fishing, we fished in the lagoons, we took a trip up the monkey river and fished, we took a guided snorkeling trip out to one of the islands and each trip was successful. The nightlife was equally great. My favorite story was when we took 6 barracuda (that we caught that day) to the local restaurant which they prepared for us that night. The owners of HFC were accommodating to what ever we felt like doing the next day.
I would highly recommend anyone who wants an authentic Belizean vacation tailored to whatever you desire, visit the crew at Hardcore Fishing Charters and you won’t be disappointed. -Shawn Trip Advisor Visited May 2015

Had a great time with this outfit. We caught lots of fish and they took us some really nice reefs to snorkel with me and my family. They cooked our fish on the island for us with some good potato’s. The boat was a really comfortable boat and handled the waves good. Its a 32 foot Cape horn. The crew was friendly and hospitable and catered to our needs. Thanks so much for the great experience. I would defiantly book another trip with these guys. -Great day with Martin Westby! April 10, 2016

Capt. Westby worked hard to make our trip a memorable one. His knowledge of the reef environment is second to none. Lunch was delicious!
Great experience! -Fished April 2016


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