May 18, 2016 6:09 pm

Islands of Loreto’s First Annual Fishing Tournament Experience world-class fishing in the Aquarium of the World during the resort’s first fishing tournament. Villa del Palmar is calling all anglers to grab their rods and reel in an incredible World-Class adventure during Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto’s first annual fishing tournament for a chance to compete for a $5,000 prize. Situated along the Sea of Cortez, otherwise known as “The Aquarium of the World,” the area is known for its calm indigo waters and impeccable conditions for year-round sport fishing. Boasting nearly 1,000 species of fish, the Islands of Loreto offers guests of all fishing levels the chance to hook their next big catch, including Striped Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Grouper and Dorado. In addition, the nearly 800-square-mile Loreto National Marine Park is a protected World Heritage Site, which means there are limits on the size and power of boats that traverse the area’s waters, keeping pollution from watercraft to a minimum. In addition, no commercial fishing is allowed, so a wide range of species of marine life can multiply in abundance, making the area a fisherman’s paradise. From June 29 through July 2, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto’s Dorado Fishing Tournament offers an opportunity to catch Dorado, also known as Mahi Mahi, during its prime season in what is considered the Dorado capital of the world. Registrants will also tee off at the new Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay Golf Course for an inaugural golf tournament on Thursday, June 30, followed by two days of fishing. With an entry fee of $2,000 per team (up to four members), participants will receive a kick-off cocktail reception at the resort, an entry into a two-day fishing tournament with a shotgun start, an entry into the one-day golf tournament, a tournament polo shirt and cap, and a seat at the awards celebration dinner. First-place fishing tournament winners will take home $5,000, and second place will follow with a certificate for a four-day, and three-night stay for two at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. Daily jackpots of $500 or $1,000 will be up for grabs as well. “We’re excited to offer a fun, first-class fishing tournament at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto right before the 4th of July holiday,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. “Where else can you play a round of golf amidst calming island and mountain views, and then fish in a pristine National Marine Park?” As a precursor to the fishing festivities, guests who enter the Dorado Fishing Tournament will also participate in the resort’s first golf tournament on the spectacular 7,400-yard Danzante Bay Golf Course, including the breathtaking Hole 17, which golf-architect Rees Jones has praised as one of the best in the world. The fishing weekend will wrap up with a weigh-in at Puerto Escondido, followed by an awards celebration dinner at the resort. Anglers can choose from three packages that include a three-night stay for two in a Deluxe Studio room, fishing tournament fee for one person, an entry into the golf tournament, a welcome cocktail, awards dinner, and a tournament polo shirt and cap. Accompanying guests who do not participate in the tournament can choose up to four services at the resort’s award-winning Sabila Spa and Wellness Center. Boat rentals, golf cart rentals and daily jackpot fees are not included. All-inclusive packages that include food and beverages, and an option with or without round-trip airfare on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to the Islands of Loreto are available as well. Packages start at $976 per person, based on double occupancy. With fishing tournament packages available until June 30 for travel between June 26 and July 7, there’s plenty of time to book an entry and enjoy more than 100 miles of coastline, and the chance to fish more than 465-square-miles of beautiful sea. *]]>