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“Fantastic!!!!!!!! Just like a DREAM!!!!!! Cannot Wait to Return!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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White Sands Cove Resort
Ranked #6 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Uppsala, Sweden
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!!!!!!! Just like a DREAM!!!!!! Cannot Wait to Return!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

This was by far my best stay ever in a resort! I have traveled around the globe several times and visited every continent on this planet, though this was by far my best experience ever! I am so happy to have spent 3 days at this resort in May 2012... it was simply fantastic!

Nice and professional staff, the most professional and genuine manager, Marlin, I have ever met at a hotel!!! Marlin made more effort than I would ever have imagined to make sure that our stay was the best one could ever expect! And the bartender was just super nice and willing to share all kinds of information that made our trip worth while! All the little things you need to know that just locals do!!!

And finally, I would like to highly recommend the diving crew running the diving shop and snorkeling excursions to Hol Chun marine reserve!!! You made my dream come true! I snorkeled with sharks!!!! Something wish I thought would not happen for as long as I live!

I have been afraid of sharks my whole life, but the very pedagogical and psychologically well equipped Junior, our guide, made me feel more safe and secure than ever before. It is quite extraordinary and simply astonishing that I continued to snorkel the whole reserve despite swimming with sharks!!!!!!!!!! Junior just talked to me out of my panic and fear, listened to me about all my concerns in such a concerned, genuinely understanding, and respectful way, convincing me that I was perfectly safe with him, being the expert on marine life at the site we snorkeled....

On last greeting goes to Riley, Chico and Chica, the amazingly kind, funny and loving dogs that take care of all the guest at this hotel. Riley escorted us to dinner at a restaurant on our first night and made sure that we got back safe, chico and chica just made us smile!

Room Tip: The period from May until end of November is low season!!! Best prices at this time!!!! We stayed at...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Zhaleh Y
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 24 May 2012
Thank you for the review! I'm sure Chico, Chica and Riley miss your company :)
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

We can't be more amazed at how good our trip was. This place has just the right amount of staff that will try to get anything you need as far as scheduling adventures. Marlen the manager of the property has his hands full but does well if you let him know in advance what you want to do. We had free bikes to ride into town, had a free kayak and got out about a half mile from the dock to snorkel the backside of the barrier reef. We went for a whole day of reef fishing and caught a dozen fish with Yemen, a guide on the property that works for the dive shop. He and his brother took us snorkeling, fishing, and even cleaned and cooked the fish we caught on a deserted beach with some coconut husks. We snorkeled for a half day with Junior, Yemen's older brother at the "Mexican Rocks." There was also a trip to "Hol Chan" and we swam with nurse sharks and stingrays as well as all the little reef fish like blue tangs, angelfish of all kinds, and butterflyfish.
The great restaraunts to have breakfast at are the Yoga place just south on the beach path and the lady making tacos around the corner from Al-Fohgon just on the North west corner from the Airport in San Pedro. The cheapest and best places to eat are where the locals go to eat so ask a couple of them and they will tell you where to go. Waraguma on the main north to south drive to the lagoon side is another shop where the lady cooks outside the restraunt and the bartender is young but makes excellent rum drinks.
Aji tapas restaraunt (Also south on the beach) was great for dinner but be sure to spray down with some 40% deet mosquito spray after 5 o'clock. The Palapas Bar was cool and was right over the ocean so you have to walk down a dock to get to it. Legends burger joint was tasty and unique. Their bar area has old posters and memoribilia from the 70's, 80's, and 90's. If anyone has a license plate, bring it down and they will put it up on the wall.
Overall, this was the vacation of a lifetime for us and I couldn't feel any more admiration for the Belizian people and the natural beauty of Ambergis Caye.
People will try to sell you things and some of them are relentless so just tell them you have bought what ever they are selling already. Unless of course you want to get a cool wood carving or a tablecloth...

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kevin s
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 15 May 2012
Happy to see you enjoyed the activities and food of Belize! Hope to see you again at White Sands Cove.
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Las Vegas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Staying at White Sands Cove was the perfect choice for our recent trip to Belize. The property is well kept and the rooms are charming and comfortable. We stayed in one of the ocean front condo's where we woke to a beautiful sunrise and ocean view every morning. The entire staff was friendly and helpful with our every need. Marlon, the property manager greeted us upon arrival and checked on us daily to make sure that we were enjoying our stay, and tended to any needs or requests we may of had. We highly recommend the on site dive shop for your diving, snorkeling and fishing trips. Yemen and his brother Junior personalize every boat trip, including cooking and serving our catch of the day. After a day of excursion's, sitting at the poolside bar and enjoying their signature rum punch is a must!
We can hardly wait to return to WSC for our next island getaway.

Suzan & Bill Diaz
Las Vegas, NV

Room Tip: The closer you are to the shore, the fewer mosquito's you will have to battle.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank U2SuziQ
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
We appreciate your kind words. Thank you! :)
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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Loved our stay with White Sands! Our room was great and just feet from the water! Marlon always had a smile on his face and quick to respond to any request. We found all other families very friendly and always felt at home! The local "Burrito" guy sold some great burritos and tamales each morning. Running each day on the beach was beautiful and felt safe all the time. I would surely stay again at the resort!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fuzz814
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2012
Nice to know you felt at home at the resort. Please come and visit us again soon!
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Denver
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

We had a wonderful week at the White Sands Cove! The property is beautiful and very well-maintained. It is the perfect place for a quiet getaway. The staff is very helpful and inviting. Marlon took great care of us throughout our stay. Yemen and Junior took us on two fantastic boat trips: fishing at Mexico Rocks and snorkeling at Holchan. We plan to stay at White Sands on our next trip to Belize.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Breanne r
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2012
We enjoyed having you stay with us. :) See you again next time!
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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

White Sands Cove was a great choice for our recent vacation in Belize. Marlon took great care of us. It was wonderful to have him arrange fishing guides for us. The accommodations are very spacious and modern. The dive shop on site is a real plus and the young men who manage it are a joy.

The taxi stop at a grocery upon our arrival was a real convenience. Grocery delivery is also available. Also don't miss out on the food available at the pool bar and grill. It is GREAT!

We had a fabulous time on Ambergris Caye and would return to WSC again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jane O
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2012
Thank you for the compliments!! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

This was a great family vacation! We were looking for a quiet place, within biking or walking distance to a small town, where we could relax and also have fun things to do if we chose. We wanted a place that wasn't super 'touristy' and we wanted to steer clear of a typical spring break environment. White Sands Cove provided all of that! It is a beautiful property and a great location! We rode bikes into town several times for dinner and shopping. The staff on the property is great and we also loved the little dogs. :) Marlon, the resident manager, was always very helpful and full of information. Junior and his brother, Yemen, in the Dive Shop were great. Junior took us out to snorkel on the reef and swim with the sharks and stingrays and Yemin took our boys kayaking out to the reef to spearfish, a first for them. We loved it and would highly recommed White Sands Cove for a wonderful, relaxing vacation. We slept great while we were there and came home refreshed!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank David R
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girlchisholm, General Manager at White Sands Cove Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2012
We're glad your first family trip to Belize was a good experience! Relaxation is key :)
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Property: White Sands Cove Resort
Address: Laguna De Cayo Frances | 2.5 Miles North of San Pedro, 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 Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#5 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#15 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — White Sands Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away among tropical fauna and turquoise waters, White Sands Cove Resort sits 2.5 miles north of San Pedro, on the Island of Ambergris Caye. Just off the coast of Belize, our cozy boutique resort is tastefully defined by its unique balance of tranquility and adventure. ... more   less 
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