As hundreds of our past guests can attest, it is easy to fall in love with the town of Punta Allen – as well as become inspired by the Sian Ka’an Reserve’s vast ecological splendor. Many hearts and minds are captivated by this little corner of the Caribbean and its residents. We are also asked by our guests how to donate or participate in financial support for the local community. The principal partners of the Palometa Club share this passion; and we have created many meaningful and fun ways for folks to get involved.
While the majority of our staff and guides on the ground at the lodge are made up of local residents, our American based partnership is fundamentally still a guest in Punta Allen. The residents of the town have welcomed us and all of our lodge guests with open arms since day one. The Palometa Club experience is existentially only as good as the health of our town and surrounding natural environment. To that end, making a tremendous effort to improve the quality of life in town as well as contribute to the stewardship of Ascension Bay and the Sian Ka’an is the only way forward.
Since the Palometa Club first established roots in 2005, philanthropic and conservation efforts have always been a part of our culture. For years the Club and our guests have raised money for various causes in Punta Allen including contributions to the local playground, housing improvements for school teachers, medical care, scholarships / tuition for students, school supplies & uniforms, and more. We have also donated substantially to the Jon Ain Permit Fund at the Bonefish Tarpon Trust – including underwriting BTT’s permit tagging program on Ascension Bay. We have been blessed with incredibly generous patrons like Robert Valtz, Jason Petty, Jeff Fisher, Don Mackenzie, Todd Snidow, the Ladies Permit Pachanga Tournament, and many others who have broken out their checkbooks for the benefit of the community.
Despite these amazing gestures, our ownership concluded that what has historically been a fairly loosely organized arrangement should evolve into a more legitimate and official charitable effort. For this reason, we founded The Palometa Club Rising Tide Fund.