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Banana Beach Resort
Ranked #37 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Reviewed 8 January 2011

Jimmy and Crystal and the entire staff at Banana Beach were friendly and accomodating. Rooms were clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Location is quiet but town centre easily accessible by beach walk or roadway or taxi. Beach is clean and beach chairs plentiful and comfortable. Il Divino restaurant has great food and an excellent daily breakfast. On-site travel shop and dive shop available for all amenities in area. Not a high end facility but great value for price.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 January 2011

A group of 11 of us, mostly divers, descended on this hotel a week ago, with dive/breakfast/lodging packages. The dive shop, right in the hotel, is staffed by friendly and efficient professionals, and the hotel is run just as well. The rooms are simple but clean (exception was a little mildew in showers, but I don't know how you avoid that in a tropical climate), and the few problems we had were fixed immediately. A broken hair dryer, for example, was completely replaced, after hours, 5 minutes after we noted the problem. There are two pools with ample amounts of both shade and sun. The dive boat operation is downright luxurious. After the first day, they assemble, disassemble, and clean your gear each day. Our divemaster, Ernest, was an expert on all things Belize, and had his 737th dive into the Blue Hole with our group.
Location-wise, the hotel is about a 20 minute walk to town, but we got used to the quickly, and taxis are plentiful and cheap. We also rented golf carts to explore, and had a grand time with those.
There are more decadent places on Ambergris to stay, but this was affordable, pretty, comfortable, relaxing - everything we wanted in a vacation.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

This hotel was fine for our family, 2 adults, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old. It is not a "resort" really, but it does have an (unheated) pool, a travel desk, and is beachfront.

Our room was one of the basic ones, near the pool but not facing the water. It was fine for us, but then again we are not too demanding. The room had a kitchen which we did not use and a pull-out bed in the living room area.

PROS:
1) Not actually in the city of San Pedro, so it's quiet. BTW, San Pedro feels safe and we never felt in any danger.
2) Not far from town. but a $US 5 taxi ride, or 25 minute beachfront walk, away. This is a "PRO" because some hotels are very far away or on the "north/far" side of the island. IMO, this is the one thing you really need to check before booking a place here: where is it located?
3) Nice beach to sit by.
4) Daily happy hour at the bar

CONS:
1) Not a lot of choices to eat at night. The hotel restaurant is ok but it and the neighboring hotels are not cheap. I recommend going into town for better variety and prices.
2) Sofa bed in the front room was aka "the torture bed". 'nuff said.
3) Tours that are booked through the onsite agency were higher than in town. If you like shopping around, you can probably save about 25% fairly easily.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 December 2010

We just returned from a week long stay at Banana Beach Resort. After reading alot of the reviews we were sure we picked a winner. Upon arrival we were somewhat disappointed. The room we booked had a terrible musty smell and there was no way we would last a week as the odor was affecting some of our allergies. We did get moved to another room but lost our room with an oven. The rooms are a little outdated but relatively clean. The kitchens are very basically stocked with utensils and dinner ware, no can opener, no bowls to make a salad in, 2 mugs for 3 people not much more than some dishes, a few pots and pans and cutlery. With booking the room with the kitchen facilities we had planned to cook alot of our meals and it was very difficult with what was there. We did make the best with what we had. The beach and pool area was nice although the pool water was a little on the cold side. The rooms were cleaned daily, the food at the restaurant was very good and overall we enjoyed our stay. I have travelled alot and don't consider myself a " travel snob". I enjoyed my stay but would probably not return. I did check out the Mata Rocks resort next door and would probably book there next time.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

There was construction on the beach where our roomed opened up to so it was noisy with the workers and we were not told the beach wasnt usable until we saw. We had to use the beach next door which was nice, but its low season so there was room for us luckily. The staff was very friendly in helping us book our snorkelling. The restaurant had 1 friendly waiter out of 5, horrible service if it wasnt him. The maids cleaning a room consisted of sweeping and making the bed. They were in each room for less than 1 minutes we noticed while we laid by the pool. We never got clean towels, refills on the shower gels or clean sheets. The pool was the best part, comfortable chairs and amazing view. After spending time inland in the jungle, this hotel was a treat but not worth the pricetag for what it offered.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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JCDEAN, Owner at Banana Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2011

Just a quick response to the above review to let people know that the construction on our beach has been completed and we have a nice, new, clean seawall in place.
My apologies to the people that this construction affected - there is never a perfect time to repair/renovate and we were at the mercy of hurricane season.
We look forward to meeting you all.
Jimmy and Crystal Dean and the BUNCH at Banana Beach

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Reviewed 3 November 2010

OMG I must say this hotel was a life saver, my husband and I had a room at the princess hotel in Belize City. When we walked in we knew we werent going to spend the night there, so within a 30 mins we were waiting on a water taxi to take us to San Pedro. We had no idea where to go and we didnt have a room the cab driver took us here and we fell in love. The price was great the staff the rooms were amazing it had everything we needed even down to the cooking supplies etc. The diner was great security walked around the entire night we felt 100% safe. I must suggest you take advantage of the in room massage at the hotel and they even take care of your laundry (for a fee of course) but they even fold it you cant beat that! I love this hotel and I hope to stay here again soon it was a great stay at such a short notice.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

We stayed here last week for 7 days while on AC. This hotel is over a mile from the center of town, which is good for us because we don't like a lot of noise, but it was a bit of a trek to town.
The shower had hot water (whew!) but the pressure was low. Some of the plumbing (like the shower head) was older and a bit of rust, but it didn't really both me.
There were two nice (not large, but nice) swimming pools. Lots of open beach and poolside chairs. A lot of nice plants and flowers. It was great to watch the hummingbirds and lizards go about their business around the hotel.
We rented a golf cart for a couple days, which was a great idea because we could go exploring the island (and explore we did!).
The restaurant onsite, El Divino's is okay, depending on what you order. The Chicken burrito was excellent. Even though Belize is a developing country, don't expect "deals" on food and restaurants unless you go eat at the little street-side stands where the locals eat. Prices at restaurants were as much, or more, than the U.S.
We got a great rate at this hotel because it was slow season...we paid about $60 or so (US) per night--the "backpackers special". This rate didn't include breakfast or transfers, though.
We got the simplest room, which was clean and adequate. The air conditioning worked well (not all hotels on the island have AC). The views were beautiful. The beach in front of the hotel was small, but pleasant to lay out, however, there is not a beachy area to walk into the water right in front of the hotel, it's more like a small wall thing up the water.
We were at the hotel during the impending hurricane, and it turns out that this hotel has its own generator and water supply; therefore, it was a shelter for the families (some of them big) of the employees), so the one night while the hurricane was passing over, the hotel was very busy and noisy with a lot of locals seeking shelter (also because it's a very strong building).
other than that, there were very few guests at the hotel the rest of the time. We felt like we mostly had the place to ourselves. The staff are friendly and helpful. You can book trips, such as scuba/snorkeling, in the Monkey Business travel shop onsite. There is also a computer with internet in the shop, which you can use for 15 minutes for free.
A taxi back and forth to town is only $5 US each way, so not a bad deal. There are a couple of stores a relatively short walk up the road where we bought soda and snacks (Super Buy, I think, is best-- it's the pink store).
We took a water taxi to the island (maybe like a 2 hour ride). You can also fly Tropic Air from Belize City...which I think we will do next time. The boat ride is not exceedingly comfortable, but it's about half the price of a flight (althoug the flights are relatively cheap.)
You can find lots of beautiful conch shells wandering up the beach. The views are like paradise on the island.
A short walk from the hotel (go the beachfront and turn left), is Rico's, a little restaurant in a little octogon-type glass structure over the water. I had a great breakfast burrito there.
Dinner at Fido's in town was great, and they had a U.S. band playing pretty good music.
Suggest steering clear of the Road Kill bar.... I think the name is really NOT a joke here. The food was...well... if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
We ate at Elivi's kitchen in town for dinner one night. It is a well known tourist restaurant with a sand floor, however, I was not overly impressed with their food or prices. It was just "OK".
"The Bakery" on one of the main streets in town turned out to be a great deal for any meal, and at a price better than most restaurants on the island. Plus it was very clean compared to some other places to eat.
Also, don't miss having a beach-side dinner as the sun goes down at Celi's in town. Wow. Good food and decent prices. The pasta was super.
All in all, I would say Banana Beach,and Ambergris Caye was a GREAT experience. However....caution.,..it is not for everyone!
This IS a developing country. It is not for the faint of heart. It would also probably be very difficult for someone with disabilities to get around, as nothing there is handicapped accessible and the roads can be rough, few sidewalks, lots of potholes and mud, stuff like that. I don't think I saw any place with elevators for ramps...just stairs.
If you have an adventurous spirit, you may love Belize, as we did. But don't expect all the comforts of home (yet), since this is a work in progress. For the open-minded and those willing to travel to areas lacking some of the comforts of home, Belize may be the place for you.

***Please buy some of small bags of dog food when you are visiting the island and feed the poor, starving dogs that are not taken care of wandering the island!! :-) You can get the bags at Marina's store down from the hotel for like $2.50. And the skinny pups will thank you for it!! :-)

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Sea Grape Drive | PO Box 94, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#35 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £73 - £139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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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