We recently stayed at one of the 3-bedroom units (C3) at the Sunset Beach Resort. The view from the condo was spectacular, and the condo had plenty of room for six. The condos in the development all appear nice from the outside, and the small, shared-pool was well-maintained. The caretaker, Chapin, is often seen working around the place keeping the buildings and grounds nice. There is a very small grocery a few feet from the condos which carries a few items, but otherwise a trip to town is required for more substantial groceries. A trip to town takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The first half of the trip is along a bumpy, poorly maintained dirt road, and a golf cart is required to go into town for restaurants and shopping. Suya Tours is located across the street for tours. We did a dive with them that was absolutely awful (dive master with a serious attitude took us on one dive in 20 feet of water and then a second dive where there was nothing to see), but then did a cave-tubing tour a few days later with Suya Tours with a much more friendly guide, Luis, that was terrific. (For diving, I would recommend calling Blue Heaven Dives with Michael Cain. We dove with them later in the week and it was great. They'll pick you up at the dock, and they'll make sure you have fun!) Kayaks are available from the caretaker, and we used them once. Bikes are available, but no one uses them. There is no available internet in unit C3. There is a washer and dryer in a shed behind one of the buildings, but, again, you have to get access from the caretaker. There's a charge to use the washer and dryer, so all-in-all its not very convenient.
My biggest complaint was that we had to go outside the unit toward the pool to use the internet. I needed to be able to check emails for work, so the lack of internet was a deal-killer for me, and I wouldn't have rented this place if I had known the truth. Unfortunately, I didn't pick up on this complaint from some other reviewers. (They could probably fix this problem with a newer, wide-range router.) Also, the AC went out one day, but Chapin got it working.
A few general recommendations for Ambergris Caye: Try "Robins" for great Jerk Chicken and the "Baker" for excellent baked goods, especially the cinnamon bread, granola bars, and peanut butter cookies. Also, please note that the bridge was out In town. So glad we didn't rent north of town because that would have been awful. Finally, don't forget the bug spray. Some days were almost intolerable because of the mosquitos.
Overall, Sunset Beach is nice, but there's room for improvement.
- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Hotel San Pedro
- Sunset Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro