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Caribbean Villas Hotel
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Breckenridge, CO
1 review
“Best beach south of town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2008

My boyfriend and I had never been to Belize and weren't sure what we wanted to do or where we wanted to go, so we only booked 3 nights at Caribbean Villas to begin with. After a couple of days we were enjoying ourselves so much that we decided to just go ahead and see if we could book the rest of our nights at CV. We were bummed to find out they unfortunately did not have all of our nights available. We started looking at neighboring hotels but just didn't see one we liked as much as CV. The beach there was bigger and better maintained than almost all the hotels we saw. We loved the little bar as well as the pool which apparently is brand new. The rooms are certainly not glamorous but were nice enough and the price was right! We enjoyed walking back and forth to town on the beach every night for dinner, it's only about 15 minutes or so. On our 5th day we decided to check again to see if perhaps anyone had canceled and we lucked out and were able to keep our room for the duration of our stay. We were elated!!

The only extremely small problem we had that I would clue other visitors to this hotel in on are the bike rentals. We rented bikes twice and had mechanical issues with 3 different bikes! A flat tire, a loose chain, etc. Fortunately we found people along the way who could fix the problems fairly easily (while we enjoyed drinks at the Palapa bar north of town!). The bikes just aren't really maintained at all, however I noticed around town that it didn't seem like ones from other hotels were in any better shape. You might want to try a bike rental shop in town instead. Everything else at CV made up for this issue and we would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Liked — The beach area
  • Disliked — The bike rentals
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2008

I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect place to stay on Ambergris Caye and I'm happy to say that I found it! I was so looking forward to my stay at Caribbean Villas and it turned out to be way more than I expected. Graham and his family made me and my boyfriend Dave feel right at home. It was like I was vacationing with family. The bartenders Luis and Tony were great, and the kids (Lucy, Adam and Dave) were great to have around. Watching Dave windsurf (he makes it look so easy!) or taking Lucy snorkeling off of the pier was great fun. The rooms were great as far as location and amenities. Far enough away from the craziness of downtown, yet still close enough to walk or bike to. The place is exactly how it looks in the pictures and now there's a pool!!! You will not be disappointed in anyway with your stay. We are planning a second trip in March of 2009 and already have a large group who can't wait to join us this time in paradise. You can't go wrong staying here!

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — The pool wasn't open yet!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2008

Wanted to share my wonderful experience during my stay at Caribbean Villas. Rooms very nice, location was beautiful. Grounds were very tropical, must climb people perch and take those beautiful sunset photos. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The management make you feel very much at home. Sent b-day flowers to our suite. Excellent setting for a wedding. Their Sunday barbeques were great blenders to meet locals and other guests. We stayed two weeks and loved every minute, during this time we had a lot of time to visit other resorts and we made the right decision by selecting the villas . Our favorite restraurants were Sunset Grill (lobster bisque) is a must and Elvie's kitchen.

We plan to return in March and the Caribbean Villas is where we will call home....Becky

  • Liked — View and staff
  • Disliked — The only negative was no TV/no Radio, but the concept is to getaway.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Dallas
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2008

This was a girlfriends vacation get away. We booked through AMEX and got a terrific deal (air and hotel combined). The rooms are not luxurious, but for overall comfort, they were really nice and clean.
The hotel staff was friendly and upon arrival, our driver met us at the airport and asked if we'd like a quick tour of the downtown area, which was really helpful to get your bearings straight away. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the heart of town. So if you're in shape and like to walk, that was a plus. However, if you're not, you'll want to rent a golf cart to get up to town.
The hot tub was nice and would've been great at night, but the mosquitoes are very aggressive and made getting out after hours a nightmare without a good DEET spray.
They were in the process of building a nice beach bar when we were there; that should be a nice addition. I understand that a pool is in the works as well. But the beach set up they have is nice and we enjoyed laying in the hammocks or sitting on the loungers. As some reviewers wrote, don't be surprised by the fact that the beach here is not like most. You have to go elsewhere to snorkel, even at the 5 star hotels. Stepping into the surf on the beach is a bit disconcerting... it's clear where there is no sea grass, but even so, it feels like you're stepping into a mud bog. Very strange sensation for a beach lagoon. But it's beautiful none the less.
There is no room service, but that's not such a big deal. You're in proximity of a couple of good places to eat.
They have a launching dock where the tour guides come to pick you up and drop you off. It's not out of their way so they're happy to pick you up from this hotel dock. They also offer windsurfing lessons and Hobie cat lessons. This is particularly entertaining if you're just watching. I had fun just watching newbies trying to figure all of it out.
The only major complaint was that we woke up one very early morning to the sound of dripping water that was coming in through the roof during a very heavy rain...so be forewarned, don't put your bags on the floor. And there is no closet space in the room we stayed in; everything had to be hung on hooks that were provided in the room. So there's very little space to spread a lot of stuff out once you get there. You kind of have to live out of your bag, so to speak.
Housekeeping did a good job of keeping the rooms tidy. It was the quintessential Caribbean bungalow feel. Good overall.

  • Liked — convenience to town
  • Disliked — problems with the room leaking in rain storm
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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shreveport
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2008

My wife and I stayed at Carribean Villa and could not have been more pleased with the staff and accomendation.

It was our first time to Belize and besides the Hotel and accomendation, the entire Island was well worth the trip.

The diving was world class, the food was outstanding and I lived in New Orleans for 5 years. Sunset Grill had absolutely great seafood. Carribean Jerky had some outstanding Hot Food, the hotter the better in my opinion.

Rico's Grill was a great breakfast.

BC's bar on the beach was a great place to relax and enjoy a beer while at the same time enjoying a cubs game.

The weather could not have been better. When we left Shreveport Louisiana n mid-July it was nearly 100 degree's.

While we were in San Pedro it was between 85 and 88 degree's and every day the wind was coming off of the ocean at 15 miles per hour. more than enjoyable, it was down right relaxing.

Carribean Villa just opened their bar on the beach and it was a blast. They are planning on putting in a swimming pool and getting a dive boat.

If they do that I may never leave.

  • Liked — Location, Location, Location
  • Disliked — Sun rise at 4:30 AM
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Irishmafia
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2008

The Caribbean Villas was an okay place to stay. Did not receive the personal touch that I had at other accomodations in Belize. It also wasn't super clean but, not super dirty either. Good location, great air conditioning. A little false advertisement as they do not show pictures of the room we got...therefore, we were disappointed.
It felt quiet and more like a condo rental than a nice vacation resort.

  • Liked — air conditioning
  • Disliked — poor view and no personal attention from staff
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2008

Four girls celebrating our 30th birthdays, a beautiful suite with plenty of space and a kitchen (with blender for fun drinks!), views of the Caribbean, and a palappa with hammocks...what more could you ask for?

When we got off the water taxi from San Pedro, Javier (I think...it has been over a month since my trip) picked us up in the hotel's golf cart and gave us a tour of the island. All of his restaurant recommendations were spot on. Then, he drove us to the hotel and brought our bags up to our room. One of my friend's bags was delayed and he picked it up at the airport and placed it in our room while we were out sunning. He even helped us adjust our bike seats the next day. All the staff here are incredibly friendly and helpful.

The hotel is a bit removed from the hub bub of town but there are many great restaurants within walking distance (you HAVE to try the Greek chicken place!), you can rent a bike to get to town during the day, or just hop into one of the cabs.

We booked all our tours through the hotel and were very happy with the quality of the guides and prices. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Liked — the facilities and staff
  • Disliked — everything was great--no complaints
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Caribbean Villas Hotel
Address: Seagrape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#19 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#28 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Caribbean Villas Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caribbean Villas Hotel on Ambergris Caye has comfortable suites/rooms with Caribbean views, beautiful grounds, a large sandy beach all within sight of the reef. Whether you want a romantic vacation or a getaway from the crowds, a spell of renewal or a stepping stone to adventure, we can cater to your needs. With an onsite Dive Shop on our dock to arrange Scuba and Snorkeling excursions, and the Belize Sailing Center on the beach with Sailing, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Windsurfing & Kite surfing rentals, there is no lack of activities for adventure seekers. Or just relax with an oceanfront massage from their onsite masseuse. Our full-time concierge is available to book any mainland tours including Reef & Deep Sea fishing, Jungle Zip-lining, Cave-tubing and Maya Ruin tours. Golf Cart rentals are also available on site. Guests also have access to two fresh water pools, the only Waterslide on the island and the on-site restaurant which serves gourmet Caribbean and Belizean cuisine. ... more   less 
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