My boyfriend and I just returned from our Ambergris Caye trip yesterday. We stayed at Banana Beach May 26-31. First off, Banana Beach pays for your taxi ride to and from the airport. I would totally recommend flying....Crystal made our flight reservations...We took the water taxi one evening from Belize City after our mainland excursions via San Pedro Express...the trip is 1 1/2 hrs long (vs a 20 min flight), unsafe, as they overload the boats with passengers, and cramped if you manage to even get a seat. The taxi drivers who run passengers for Banana Beach were all very friendly. The location of Banana Beach is on the south end of the island, and after visiting the entire island for 5 days, I prefer this side since it's close to town, but not too close. Keep in mind that the water/beaches on this side are not great compared to downtown and the north side. I wouldn't swim in the water from this side since it's very shallow and full of sea grass....not appealing!
Upon arriving to Banana Beach, you can see that the grounds are tropical, but it reminded me of a 1970's Florida apartment complex. Nice, but needs updating. There are 2 refreshing pools, but many planks on the deck need to be replaced. Check-in was easy, although there was some confusion with our golf cart reservation.
As for the room, it was very similar to the online photos. Clean, but needs updating. The furnishings are quite outdated, mismatched tile, and just an overall worn look. We stayed on the 2nd floor with an ocean view balcony, which I would recommend. Balcony was spacious, although patio furniture was very worn. The master bedroom had a wall A/C unit, which is consistent with the other buildings on the island, so you do get a cool comforatable room to sleep in. I thought the beds were quite comfortable. The rest of the unit can get quite hot, but just open your patio doors and let the breeze...it really helps. Overall, the rooms were clean, and meets all basic needs, but if you're looking for luxury, this is not the place.
The beach has a seawall, so you're not actually on the beach, you're in more like a sandbox. The resorts on either side have "beaches" but again, the swimming is not good here due to the sea grass. If you're wanting to swim, look at the street maps and you'll find locations for public swimming. Those locations have very little sea grass and crystal clear waters.
The staff are excellent. Very friendly and helpful, from the waitstaff, housekeepers, and groundskeepers. Mr. Trap is the hardest working man! Romeo in El Divino is great! Tip them well, they deserve it!
El Divino is very good, we had dinner there 2 nights, and free breakfast every morning. We drank all over the island for 5 days, and my boyfriend and I both agree that El Divino had the strongest, best tasting drinks on the entire island.
Some basic tips: get a golf cart, it's totally worth it! Fly from Belize City and back instead of taking the water taxi, that expense is totally worth it, too! Keep in mind that the island moves at a different pace than the states, so know that things will run behind schedule. A start time of 8am really means about 8:30-9am.
Overall, pleasant place to stay with good food and drinks, good location and great customer service. Just do not expect luxury or a great beachfront.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on the Ambergris Caye of Belize, Banana Beach Resort has been a haven of fun, adventure, and relaxation for more than 10 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Beach Hotel San Pedro
- Banana Beach San Pedro
- Banana Beach Belize
- Banana Beach Resort Belize/San Pedro