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Exotic Caye Beach Resort
Ranked #40 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2010

Going to a place like San Pedro island is amazing enough but a trip there can be made even better by great friendly service. Paul at exotic caye made our trip so memorable we still talk about it. The personal recommendations and genuine friendliness went a long way for our group. We still crave the ceviche from a "hidden gem" not to mention the two for one martini nights. To top off our trip we had a great time at crazy canucks. The bar tender was great and even took us fishing for a day. The price was reasonable to fish and our room. The rooms weren't amazing but fit the need of anyone who plans on spending a vacation outside. Overall I would recommend this place to anyone, great value, great service, and great fun.

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Littleton, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2010

We stayed in a one bedroom standard and felt it was adequate and comfortable. We felt our room was great for a young couple - it's not high end luxury but it was roomy and comfortable. Our room had a nice kitchenette which was fully furnished, small couch and TV, and one queen bed with a small closet. The place had air conditioning just in the bedroom but that wasn't an issue because we didn't spend much time in our room anyway. There is a small elevated pool that was clean and relaxing after a day of scuba diving or fishing. They don't really have a "swimming area" in the ocean but there are places nearby and you can swim there. They had nice lounge chairs on the beach with a beautiful view. The cleaning staff worked hard every day to make sure the resort and our room looked nice.

Paul and Kelly (managers) were amazing. They were very friendly and were able to answer any questions we had. The wireless Internet was knocked out because of the tropical storm the week before and they let me use their computers in the office so I could do some school work. American Airlines lost our luggage and Paul worked with the airline and had our luggage delivered the next day. They recommended some great places to eat (El Divino's - good food, great prices) and there is a small supermarket across the street so you can buy some food, snacks, and water. They also reserved a massage for me (Asian Day Spa - wonderful massage!)

The restaurants and bars on the property were very good. We ate breakfast at Sarah's Kitchen most days, we got iced coffee's and a breakfast burrito for about $10 US total. The bar -Crazy Canuck's - serves cheap beer and the best Pina Coladas I have ever had. The Blue Iguana restaurant was also good - we had lobster sandwiches one evening and then on another night we had two lobster tails each and we paid $20 US per person - can't be that for 2 lobster tails.
The resort doesn't provide transportation into town but it is a short taxi ride that costs about $5 US, you can also walk to town on the beach and it takes about 10 minutes. We chose to walk most evenings. Eat at Mango's - it is some of the best food we have ever had!

On Wednesday night go to the Chicken Drop - interesting and entertaining! We used EcoDivers for scuba and had a great experience.

Overall we had a great stay and would recommend the Exotic Caye to friends and family. It's not the most luxurious place in Ambergris Caye but they make up for it in friendliness and comfort.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2010

We had a great time. The hotel had accommodated all of our needs, if we asked for something, it was done. Paul & Kelly def bent over backwards to get us what we needed. The 1st room we were in, our air conditioner broke, and immediately we were given a better suite. The only complaint, is the pool was being worked on for most of our trip. Otherwise, it was a great experience.

Stayed May 2010
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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2010

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We stayed 3 weeks at Exotic Caye Resort and we enjoyed every minute. Our room was on the white sandy beach just feet away to the gorgeous ocean. The managers Paul and Kelly were very knowledgeable and they booked excursions for us like snorkeling, cave tubing,zip lining and Para sailing. Some evenings we were entertained at the Crazy Canucks bar on the beach. We were very pleased with all the staff and house keeping went out of their way and put flowers in our room on several occasions, We dined at the Blue Iguana Restaurant for their opening and we went back most days for their delicious shrimp appetizer. We highly recommend this friendly Resort. We are planning to go back this year.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2010

Belize, an adventure for sure, lots to entertain, but, certainly, not a honeymoon destination!
I have worked for Travel and Tourism and have managed a travel agency for many years. Travelled thru Europe, France, USA, Canada, Mexico and thru the Caribbean. If you are looking for Paradise with crystal clear water and white sandy beaches that you can walk out into and enjoy the water sports from the beach...this is not what you will get in Belize! You need to rent a boat or stay at Ramones or Banyan as they have small beach area clear of sea grass! I have been to many, much more beautiful destinations with gorgeous white beaches, clear water and sandy bottom you could walk forever! Travelling from the USA to Belize to see what the talk was about, we booked a two week stay at Exotic Caye Resort when we could not get in the Xanandu and thank goodness we got it at a discount on an auction site! Still the two week holiday cost us $4500.00USD. We will consider going back to an all inclusive resort! Cozumel for two weeks was $2300.00 for everything!
An hour and a half trip by water taxi from the run down Belize City to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, we stayed and explored the island for two weeks! We were very disappointed on arrival but made the best of it! At $150.00 plus a night, Exotic Caye Resort advertised 5 star, was not! I would only rate 1 star at most as accommodations were very run down, 30 years old and so showing it, very rustic was the word the managers used. Very rusty or rustic it was! We did though, have a great view of the water, palm trees and white sand beach. It looked so inviting, thank goodness for the above ground fresh water pool to swim in! Watch out in the water, as another traveler stepped on a conch shell or garbage and cut his foot requiring stitches the first day there! You can’t see anything in the water for the sea grass!
Do not stay in Exotic Caye standard as you may be very disappointed. Upon arrival, we made our own way to Exotic Caye Resort, do not expect anyone to meet you. It is a $5.00 golf cart ride from dock and same upon leaving.
Accommodations next to us were no longer in use, which was great to hang a hammock up as we had the whole deck. We were told they were going to knock down our building and rebuild sometime and for an additional $100.00USD more they would move us to a deluxe room; we looked but declined, so much for hospitality. The bed linens were clean and so was the cracked tile floors, in the sitting area, a futon is a futon and old TV worked to get the news on. We did not dare venture up the loft and liked the rustic look with thatched roof but did have to get a broom to sweep up debris inside when it got windy out. The bathroom tub had footprints ground into the old enamel and we overlooked the mold. Clearly, a coat of paint and renovations was needed at the very least. The stove took a couple of knocks to get going but eventually worked, and the old fridge kept things cold. What more could you ask for, when you see how the locals lived, it was a 5 star to them. It would have been nice to have a BBQ available as we did cook in the kitchenette once and awhile and had to run around to find broiling pan. Maid service was daily and they did do the dishes and what they could, the flowers were a nice touch.
For those that like to gamble, a note, the casino is no longer there. The resort does have a complimentary fitness center down the street with an Olympic size pool which was being used as a giant bird bath until we arrived, then we had it to ourselves. Wave as the planes fly by overhead as it is right next to the airport! The mini golf course has long been taken over by Iguanas and it and the restaurant have both been closed up for quite awhile, but there are rumors of a bistro opening there in the near future by the new lease owners.
We are snorkelers, going to the reef, Shark Ray Alley and Ho Chan and doing some fishing was great but I would even recommend Cozumel for snorkeling over the second biggest barrier reef here for color and fish species. As for the sharks, I waited for the guide to stop feeding them and they dispersed before I got in the water! Seeing them and barracuda from a distance was fine with me! The sea turtles, fish and rays were amazing! We still had fun as we make our own! Word of caution for those fair and sensitive skinned like me, watch out for swimmers rash, looks like chicken pox and lasts for couple of weeks. It is caused by the algae in the water at the reef.
Plus, bring lots of sunscreen as sun is hot, hot, hot! Make sure you are not on a Malaria antibiotic like Docycline as you may find you will burn in the strangest places!
Watch out for the Belize timeshares, something is not quite right as the sign went up on a building lot when we heard shareholders were flying in and we did check out Captain Morgan’s for something to do! $30,000.00 a week NOT! You can buy a timeshare for $1.00 on eBay right now anywhere in the world! But, hey, they are offering $100.00USD voucher for dinner! Again the food was good, better at the resort though!
Paul and Kelly are great people who took over management 6 months prior, they are very knowledgeable and can arrange any tour. Belize people are friendly and kind considering the very poor environment they live in, as in many places; the island has not quite recovered from the last hurricane in 2000. Prices are very expensive; triple what you would pay in US for anything. The resort bar Crazy Canucks is now owned by a Texan, is the busiest for locals and for some great live music, horseshoe tournaments etc. it is the place to be, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays! The Blue Iguana also under new management, (where did all the English go?) the resorts restaurant, offers some of the best food on the island! Love the seafood, grouper and snapper! There are many great restaurants to choose from on Ambergris Caye! We never had a poor meal! Pepperoni across the street has the best pizza ever, even over our pizza places here! Georges, excellent! The new Super Buy had the best variety and shopping prices on the island and you should make sure you hit duty free for wine before you arrive, as it is $40.+ Belize for a small bottle! We were warned to be cautious at night, to not wear anything flashy as heard of drunk American stabbed and robbed coming out of nightclub and yes, you may have the odd person selling items including drugs on the beach. We were approached numerous times, but, that is the same anywhere.
A must is the evening Catamaran Tour, beautiful sunsets! Beware though, you may smell garbage day when they are burning and the sewage when the wind changes that may make you take yourself inside for the night!
Overall, we had a great relaxing holiday and that is what we went for! We enjoy exploring new places the culture, Mayan ruins etc., but Belize, we will not be back!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2010

We spent two weeks at Exotic Caye Beach Resort and what a fabulous time we had. The managers Paul and Kelly were the most amzing hosts; very attentive to the needs of their guests and definitely went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. They were both a wealth of information for sightseeing and tour ideas all the way to telling us where we could find cheap water, groceries etc.
All of the resort staff (grounds keeprs, housekeeprs and restaurant staff) were fantastic, very friendly & personable. The food at the Blue Iguana was fabulous to boot, particularly the island shrimp!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Exotic Caye and can't thank the managers Kelly & Paul enough for their hospitality. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2010

While staying at Caye Caulker during week 2 of our 3 weeks in Belize, we though we would like to try some place on Ambergris Caye for our last week. We had a list of hotels printed off the net and took a day of our second week to see if we could find room in San Pedro. We landed on the beach after a 25 minute water taxi ride and began to check out the beach hotels on our list. Exotic Caye was not on our list but turned out to be the best location and price.

We were in unit 3D which is the upper floor. The room was perfect with a small kitchen and a loft with bunk beds. The beds and shower were great and the rooms were clean.

The beach was right there, the pool was just down the steps and bar and restaurant is across the compound. Looks like all the suites would have ocean view. The pier on the property houses Ambergris Divers and the operators are very good.

The grounds are well kept and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. It was about a 10 minute stroll, either along the beach or the road (South Coconut Drive), to get down town and there are shops, cafes and bars all along the way. The road is a bit wild sometimes with all the golf cart traffic but that's what makes it interesting. Also the road noise was quite loud at nite, but we had the window open as it was cool weather and who needs sleep on vacation anyway?

We quite enjoyed it and would definitely stay there again and hope to some time soon.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Exotic Caye Beach Resort
Address: South Coconut Drive | PO Box 11, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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#21 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#38 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Exotic Caye Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exotic Caye Beach Resort is a place full of perfect moments. All suites of Exotic Caye's Resort are set in a tropical ambiance with ocean views. Enjoy the tranquility of a relaxing massage. Soak up the sun. Lounge peacefully in an oceanfront hammock. Smell the fresh air. Dance the night away at Crazy Canuck's Beach Bar, take a Yoga class, workout, snorkel, dive, fish or simply do nothing at all. Our staff makes sure this is a vacation you will never forget! ... more   less 
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