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.
- 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