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Lower Dover

Mile 59 Western Hwy POBox 346 San Ignacio, Cayo, Unitedville, San Ignacio Belize
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Experience the jungle---get away from the city. Lower Dover is where Indiana Jones would have stayed in western Belize. 100 acre conservation area with wildlife & ON-SITE Maya Ruins yet minutes from the highway & the hourly public daytime bus. SWIM, HIKE, EXPLORE RUINS, BIRD, HAMMOCKS, WIFI, Movie Night popcorn. Near ATM Cave, on Ruta Maya route to Tikal, 20 min by car to San Ignacio or Belmopan (40min by bus). Tours (ATM Cave $120usd paid to the guide) & DIY National Parks ($5) nearby. ARRIVAL DINNER RESERVATION AUTO-RESERVED - email us with food restriction info or if you wish to cancel arrival dinner meal reservation no later than 6pm the night before arrival. 13usd + tax for arrival dinner will be auto-added to your invoice.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Lazy river
Restaurant
Canoeing
Game room
Car hire
24-hour security
Wifi
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Hiking
Billiards
Darts
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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682char wrote a review Mar 2024
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
Lower Dover was the highlight of my trip in Belize, and so far within Central America. Maddy and Bill have created an oasis here where you can spend your days trekking in the jungle, exploring Mayan ruins that are still being uncovered, explore the property with one of their dogs who are the best and swim in the river in between it all, keeping you nice and cool. I stayed in the dorms, they were spacious with the bathroom separated from the beds, a seperate change room that doubled as somewhere to dry swimmers etc and big lockers. The solar-powered, rainwater showers were also a luxury. There’s an outdoor bar, and plenty of spaces to just hang out. The ATM caves were close by, Maddy booked my trip and we were one of the first in which was great. The location isn’t too far from San Ignacio and it was easy to get the local bus into town. The family style dinners were a highlight, with big portions of healthy meals dished up every night, after weeks of travel this kind of food was needed! It was also a great way to meet others staying at Lower Dover and many interesting conversations came about. If I make it back to Belize I will certainly be staying again.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Kari Anne wrote a review Feb 2024
Kingston, Canada204 contributions93 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lower Dover. We didn't have a car, but a bus stop was a 10 minute walk away so it was easy to get into San Ignacio. Maddie was a wonderful, helpful host. She dropped us off in San Ignacio one day, had great suggestions on things to do, ate dinner with us many nights, played board games with us, and made delicious food. We especially enjoyed the vegetarian dinners she made for us when there weren't other guests. We stayed in the Red Cabana. It was perfect for us and included a comfortable bed and outdoor toilet. They were building a bar very close to the cabana when we were there, so that may take away from the lovely deck lounging atmosphere. Her property was great for meandering through the forest exploring ruins, and looking for wildlife. It was a great place to chill for a few days.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Kendra P wrote a review Feb 2024
Waukee, Iowa2 contributions
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We had the most experience at Lower Dover and can't wait to come back! Maddie is the absolute sweetest and very knowledgable. She took as on a tour of the ruins and it blew our minds! This hostel is sitting on so much history, this is a very unique opportunity a place to stay! We got the home cooked breakfast and dinners and they were all so so delicious! The cabin was comfy and cozy. Don't miss out on staying here!!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Matt L wrote a review Jan 2024
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Lower Dover is a unique and authentic experience and we absolutely loved our stay. The property is eclectic, welcoming and well taken care of. Our room was beautiful, spacious and immaculate. The showers were outdoors and honestly they were amazing! Hot water, super clean and bright. We thoroughly enjoyed the property, hiking all the trails (with a dog to prevent us from getting lost - and the dog was so well behaved) to see the partially excavated ruins on the site and the river. We swam in a swimming hole in the river close to the main buildings. Around the main buildings we played croquet, pool and a board game. Meals were delicious and plentiful and we enjoyed eating family style with other travellers. Maddy, the owner was helpful and straightforward when we peppered her with questions. Definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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YAN Y wrote a review Dec 2023
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5/5 Lower Dover is the most interesting place i stay on this trip. It is a quiet jungle lodge, clean, comfortable, with adorable animals. Host Mandy and her family are super nice, help me so much during my stay, thanks to Mandy's help, i got the last chance to join ATM cave tour, which i highly recommend to all my friends. The breakfast and dinner they provide are natrual, healthy and delicious, must try. i met four othet guests here, we always had happy dinner together. Fantanstic!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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chiara b wrote a review Jun 2023
Pordenone, Italy4 contributions4 helpful votes
Lower Dover is a treasure in the jungle you cannot miss. The property and the beautiful wood houses have access to a river in the middle of the jungle and , last but not least, in the property you can visit a maya ruin which is amazing!! It feels like being in an Indians Jones movie for real, for me it was emotional to walk around these uncovered ruins in the middle of a luxury jungle. Magdalena is a fantastic host, I loved her kindness, her amazing stories, her dinner and healthy breakfast, I think she is great. Thanks to her we were able to visit ATM early in the morning avoiding all the many tourists that visit it every day. So Thank you Magdalena!! We highly recommend to stay in this beautiful relaxing place immerse in the nature!! Chiara, Antonio and Henry from Italy.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Lower Dover Belize, Owner at Lower Dover
Responded 16 Jun 2023
Thank you for the positive memories of your visit Chiara, Antonio and Henry! So glad you took the time to walk the Lower Dover trails and see the onsite Maya ruins. Magdalena!
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Erins World wrote a review Jun 2023
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This place is the absolute cutest! Maddy was the best hostess and was so friendly and inviting. She booked our tour for us as well. The rooms are adorable and comfortable. The showers are honestly my favorite. Very clean, and better than I expected. Maddie Belize breakfast was amazing as well.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bonnie D wrote a review Mar 2023
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We stayed on this property for 4 nights and then extended it for another week we loved it so much. Mostly because Maddy the owner and host is incredible - SHe is a fabulous host who caters for every need. The bat house was a lovely large room with a comfy queen bed, lovely cotton linen and a single bed, desk and chairs as well as a basin and toilet ensuite. There is also a balcony with two chairs to lounge on - all being enclosed by mozzie mesh. you can shower in your private shower downstairs or use the communal showers a few steps away. Aircon for that room is optional and charged for so be sure to factor that into your costs. Dinner and breakfast was a special treat and VERY healthy!! Maddy pays attention to nutrition and made sure we got well balanced good food. The surrounding areas is what makes it so special - river runs around a large portion of the property where you can go for lovely walks in the forest and swim in the river. The property also have several ruins - ask Maddy to take you on a tour or simply go explore yourself. - its totally free My husband and I will definitely be back for our health fix and rest at Lower Dover
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Lower Dover Manager, Marketing at Lower Dover
Responded 3 Apr 2023
Bonnie, we miss seeing you and Mark (Batman) already. Love it that you took the time to enjoy Lower Dover's nature trails, Maya ruins and rivers. Your training suggestions for our puppy in training was spot on. Hope to see you again. Maddy
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N D G wrote a review Mar 2023
San Francisco267 contributions135 helpful votes
Came here some time ago - decided to return to Belize with friends and came back. The place is still great - multiple sleeping cabin options on this large property. Hosts Madeline and Bill are still great - personable, helpful and made our stay great yet again. Hopefully will return in the future - highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Response from Madeline Michiels Reynolds, General Manager at Lower Dover
Responded 14 Mar 2023
Thanks MsNinaG for the memories. Glad your return was great again.
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justin wrote a review Jan 2023
Austin, Texas7 contributions1 helpful vote
Not what I expected at all! It was better!! Had the property all to myself which was nice. There’s some trails you can walk, spots to jump in and cool off along the trail. There’s even some ruins that are in site!! Maddie, the host, was awesome. Cooked dinner and breakfast for me everyday, small few, worth it. You’re not really close to San Ignacio, short bus ride. Maddie is a wealth of information about the ruins and pretty much anything Belize you need to know. 10/10 - will stay here again!!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Lower Dover Belize, Owner at Lower Dover
Responded 23 Jan 2023
Thanks Happy Hour Tex, Looking forward to your return. Next time bring your San Pedro mates with you . Cheers Maddy
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PRICE RANGE
£52 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Lower Dover Field Station & Jungle Lodge
LOCATION
BelizeCayoSan IgnacioUnitedville
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lower Dover
Which popular attractions are close to Lower Dover?
Nearby attractions include The Orange Gallery (0.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lower Dover?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Lower Dover?
Top room amenities include a desk, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Lower Dover?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Lower Dover?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lower Dover?
Conveniently located restaurants include Trey's Barn & Grill, Western Dairy, and Warrie Head Restaurant.
Is Lower Dover located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Unitedville.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lower Dover?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Lower Dover?
Many travellers enjoy visiting El Pilar (9.2 miles).