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Resort / Lodge History since 1974

El Pescador marks its beginnings as an undeveloped beachfront owned by a Dr. Curran of California. The land was purchased sight-unseen from Dr. Curran in 1972 by Juergen and Kathleen Krueger from an aerial photograph of the island.


As Juergen Krueger was forming plans for the lodge design, he developed a rapport with the local Mennonites due to his ability to speak their Platt Deutsch language. Krueger negotiated with the Mennonites for the best lumber for the construction of the lodge. In May of 1973, a barge arrived with the lumber to begin construction. Krueger obviously got what he was looking for. To everyone's amazement, the hardwood was so dense it sunk as it was off-loaded from a barge at the beach and a human chain was necessary to complete the task of getting it onshore.

34 Year History

On September 4th 1974, the first guests checked into the newly finished lodge. The two parties checking in had arrived on the same flight and there was nearly an argument over who got to sign the guest register first. Dr. MacIntosh who was on R&R after volunteering in Belize City after the hurricanes, and Mr. & Mrs. John Gerlach from Wisconsin were the first in a long history of travelers to visit, and return, to the El Pescador lodge.


Current Owners since 1997

In 1997, the world-renowned fishing lodge was purchased by brother and sister Logan and Ali Gentry. In 2004 Ali’s parents, Chris and Steve Spiro, joined her in Belize. The recently constructed one, two and three bedroom luxury Belize villas add a completely new and unique dimension to the El Pescador experience for travelers seeking privacy with all the amenities of the original lodge. El Pescador's fame as a flats fisherman's paradise, as well as resort for all adventures Belize, continues to grow and improve with time.

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