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“Beach front paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ramon's Village Resort

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Ramon's Village Resort
Ranked #15 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Long Beach, California
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123 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Beach front paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

We spent 4 days in April. The flight from Belize City to Ambergis Caye on the small plane was spectacular, flying low over the Caribbean sea and its vivid colors, sitting right behind the pilot, and watching the barier reef in the distance.
On landing, we were whisked away in Golf Carts to the hotel less than a 100 yards away. The hotel appeared unimpressive from the street, but once we stepped inside it was a completely different experience. They upgraded our 2 rooms to beachfront A/C. The rooms were large, well furnished, private and looked out on to the beach, where the beautiful people lay on the sand, sunbathing.
The small and overcrowded pool, nevertheless had some charm, and there were multiple shaded loungers to relax with a drink and a book. The television in the bar and restaurant were constantly tuned to the news of the upcoming hurricane, which fortunately missed us by a few thousand miles.
Ambergis Caye and especially the town of San Ignacio is walker friendly and has one main street which runs right down the middle from south to north. The choice of bars, restaurants and nightclubs is plenty. We opted for the Jamaican Jerk Pit on the beach, with killer music and even better 'Jerk Chicken'. They have a roof top terrace, from where you can watch the ocean, sip your rum and eat your jerk, all at the same time. The owner even gave us copies of CD's we liked.
We also walked down to a few nightclubs and drank and danced till early morning.
One day we rented a golf-cart (the only vehicle allowed in town) and drove all the way to the northern end of the island. We had to ferry across a small creek to reach the northern half of the island. It is quieter and more scenic, with mansions of the very rich. We drove past iguanas sunning themselves. We stopped at the 'Palapa Bar' - a fascinating structure jutting into the sea, where we could watch the fish in the water while we downed our shots. I would highly recommend this bar for romantic or solitary types. There is aferry boat that can drop you here and pick you up later, or you can walk back. Write your name on the walls as we did, for others to see. Have a few shots and beleive as we all did, that you are in paradise.
We went on a 1/2 day snorkelling trip, and when I jumped into the ocean, high after more than a few cocktails, I was floating on more than the warm water. The view under the water was spectacular, with schools of multi-colored fish swimming by. I truly felt like I had been transported to an alien planet. We also swam with sharks and patted them on the head. Back in the hotel I had good Single Malt Scotch and dreamed of 'JAWS', the movie.
The town with it's friendly people and a good mix of bars, restaurants and nightclubs is an ideal party town in the evening.
The pizzeria next to our hotel was run by ex-pats from Seattle, the large art gallery and giftshop next to the large bar in town center was run by an English lady, so on and so forth.
If I didn't have L.A. and work calling, I too might have stayed back and let my roots grow in this fascinating place.

Room Tip: Choose the beachfront rooms, or go elsewhere
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sam S
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2012
Next time you need a little break from L.A., we'll have a golf cart waiting to pick you up at the airstrip and whisk you away again! We're so glad you enjoyed your vacation and hope to see you again soon. Thank you for being our guest!
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

This place is really nice and definitely seems to live up to the claim of 'best beach on Ambregris Caye'. It's a totally cheesy affair with the Polynesian theme, but lovable.

We didn't stay in one of the thatched roof huts. They look great, but probably a little dark, and really only a few face the beach if that's what you're expecting. But that probably doesn't matter much as it's right there and there are plenty of lounge chairs (super comfortable) and hammocks.

When we booked they were full, so they put us in the Belizean Princess, which is just some colonial style houses across the street. Don't do it - the property was barely kept up (dirty, leaves all over the ground, crappy room cleaning) and they were not that nice. I suppose if I were to go again and it was the only option I'd repeat it, because the resort really is worth it, but if you can get a regular room it's worth the slightly higher price.

Restaurant is not great, but passable, and other dining options are a short walk down the beach. Everything else was amazing - we did several snorkeling adventures with the dive shop, and my only regret is that I didn't just opt for the scuba lessons. So awesome.

Room Tip: Don't do the Belizean Princess rooms. Any of the others ones looked fine - if you've got the...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jim P
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2012
We're so glad you enjoyed all the amenities and excursions available at Ramon's Village; however, we regret that we did not have availability for accommodations during your travel dates. Reservations are required well in advance for certain times of the year and being that we are a small property we do fill up fast. Please contact us in advance of your next trip and we will be happy to help you book your rooms and excursions. See you next time!
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Bend, Oregon, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

After 3 days in San Pedro at Sunset beach, we found Ramons Dive Center for our scuba needs. They have the most professional and best equipped dive service we could find. Boats were fast and flawless and dive masters were fun and well informed. They offered competitive prices for better services than anyone else on the island. The purple parrot makes delicious drinks... I'm a fan of their pina colada, not so much of their mango mojito. Their restaurant, pool and accomodations are the cleanest, best organized we found. Very friendly and accomodating staff.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank scubajoe2012
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2012
Thank you so much for your very gracious comments. The staff at Ramon's Village, including Pineapple's and Ramon's Village Divers, takes great pride in what they do. Thank you for recognizing them in such a wonderful way. They are all very deserving. Please come back again soon!
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Indianapolis
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49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

The "rooms" were right on the beach. Staff is exceptionally nice and restaurant is beautiful but the food is average and there are other restaurants within walking distance. Ramon himself is part of the charm. Constant security required to keep beach solicitors away. I have traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Hawaii and this past week's weather was the best I have ever experienced. Window air conditioning units blow directly on the bed.This was our second trip to Ramon's.

Room Tip: Garden rooms have no view at all. Choose ocean view at least.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jld574
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 16 February 2012
We're always happy to see our guests return again and again. Yes, the opportunity to visit with the legendary Ramon Nunez is, in itself, worth a trip to Belize! He loves our guests and enjoys meeting and spending time with them. Ramon is truly a Mayan treasure!
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Seattle
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

This was my first trip to Belize and to Ramon's - spent 8 glorious days there & every bit of it was a wonderful & fun experience!!
There were many things I loved about Ramon's, but one of the first things I noticed was, for being a resort at full capacity, it still had an intimate feeling and never felt crowded or noisy. The rooms were clean & fairly spacious (I was in a Seaside room w/partial ocean view). The beach area was very nice & is probably one of the nicest in San Pedro, although I wish they would have a few more beach chairs out to accommodate some of the busier days. Ideal location because it's within walking distance of town, and it's at the quieter end of the beach & doesn't get as much foot traffic as most of the other hotels that are more north. The Dive Shop is great because you can sign up for all different kinds of activities and you know they are going to give you the best deal & the best experience.
The entire staff was so friendly & accommodating, they were always available for questions & to help you with any issues. The guys at the Dive Shop went above and beyond the call of duty & made every outing so fun, personal & educating.

I am already planning on going back to Belize later this year & will definitely be staying at Ramon's!

Room Tip: Some rooms have TVs and some don't. If you want to save a little money but still want an ocean...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hkgreen
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 16 February 2012
And we can't wait for you to come back! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We try very hard to keep Ramon's quaint and personalized - thank you very much for recognizing our efforts.
Note: More comfy lounge chairs have been added to the beach! One is there waiting on you now :-)
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

Spent 5 nights at Ramon's in mid. Jan. 2012 with another couple in their 30s and had a fabulous time. Is the place to be for nice beach and resort within close walk of town for dinning, shopping and bar hopping. Grounds are lush and inviting. Facilities are well-maintained. Tours comparably priced to others in town. Staff was fun and helpful. Food at restaurant was good and comparably priced to other nice-casual restaurants. Pool is small, but we didn't mind because we liked garden setting and nearby bar. Could always get lounge chair at pool and beach. Seagrass washes up on the beach but that seems to be the norm on Ambergris and it is does not interfere with beach swimming here like it does in many other areas. Stayed in seaside double individual cabana and loved having our own little building. #46 is great, 2nd one back from the beach. Don't have to carry around money - can charge to room. Highly recommend for nice but not stuffy, great atmosphere, great location, great beach.

Room Tip: Seaside double #46 is great, is 2nd one back from the beach with large covered porch, looks like roo...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lizzierosebud
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 3 March 2012
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for appreciating the characteristics that make Ramon's Village unique - the lush tropical gardens and the authentic thatched-roof cabanas. Some people think the thatch is "just for looks" until they walk inside their cabana and realize, "That is REALLY the roof!" However, for those who aren't that adventurous we, of course, have some rooms without thatch ceilings. Guests love our beach and we take great pride in keeping it beautiful, that's why the grounds crew rakes it daily. (Shhhh! Don't share this trade secret with anyone!) Thank you for staying with us - please come again!
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Wellington, New Zealand
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57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

We moved to Ramons after staying one night at the awful Julia gardens. friendly staff, decent food, really nice room. Should have tvs in rooms though as not much to do when it rains torrentially for 48 hours!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank wildfroufrou
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ValiantMongoose, Owner at Ramon's Village Resort, responded to this review, 3 March 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay with us! It sounds like you got a little taste of the tropics! The rain is refreshing, but certainly makes us appreciate the sunshine even more upon its return! We do have rooms with TVs and DVD players (with DVDs available), which are sometimes preferred by families with children, but the majority of our guests appreciate the fact that the closest TV is in the Purple Parrot. This escape from "the real world" contributes to the overall attempt at making sure you have a totally relaxing experience in paradise. We sure hope you did - come back to see us soon!
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Property: Ramon's Village Resort
Address: Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#11 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#14 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramon's Village Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramon's Village Resort is the premiere beach resort in San Pedro, Belize featuring authentic Palm Thatched Cabanas, fabulous beach, lagoon style pool, Ramon's Village Divers scuba diving center, Pineapples Restaurant, Tropic Al's and the Tiki Turtle Trading Company. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ramon`s Village Hotel San Pedro
Ramons Village Hotel
Ramons Village Belize
Ramons Village San Pedro
Ramon's Village Resort Belize/San Pedro

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