We recently traveled to San Pedro for the second time. This trip was for our 25th wedding anniversary. We arrived on the latest water ferry and were a little worried when the cab driver headed out of town and down a dirt road. This resort is not in the town and we were concerned about getting to restaurants and shops. However, when we saw the rooms we were a little overwhelmed. The condos are magnificent. We had a two bedroom and it looked brand new and had the most spectacular views from every window. If you want to be in town around the "action" this is probably not your place however the beaches are the best on the island and it feels like your own private resort. Joe is a great host and has created a perfect retreat. E and James were very helpful, and the next morning pointed us to the Pelican Reef resort which is a sister property. We literally walked a short distance down the picture perfect beach to their outdoor eating area overlooking the water. Get the banana pancakes! They are awesome! E and James obviously love their jobs and are very good at making you feel comfortable. Our concerns about being too far away from food were further dispelled by eating at the Black Orchid - a restaurant within walking distance with excellent food!
We took two excursions. One was a half day snorkeling excursion to Mexico Rock. The guide was excellent and I don't think you can find any better snorkeling anywhere. The reef is spectacular! The next morning we went to the Blue Hole. Wow!!! It takes the whole day from early in the morning but this is a must do trip! The snorkeling in the Blue hole is not the best but most people dive there. But the other two stops on the trip are the best anywhere. We stopped at Half Moon Caye, which is the most perfect island in the world and snorkeled there and then at the Aquarium which was deeper but just as beautiful. Then one day we rented a golf cart and drove into town(James and E made all of the arrangements) and then we came back and hung around the resort and swam in the pool and relaxed by the pool and at the beach. What an amazing trip. We highly recommend staying at Athens Gate! And we will be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Athens Gate Resort. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Athens Gate blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Gate Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro