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White Sands Cove Resort
Ranked #6 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn
1 review
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“Best Diving Ever”
Reviewed 11 May 2008

If you are interested in diving and pure relaxation, Belize's White Sands Hotel is a great option. The hotel tailored for Divers, provides all the necessary equipment needed to hit the reefs.

Food at the resort was not that great. However, there are good restaurants in the area to grab a bite.

  • Stayed January 2008
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Eugene, Ore
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Reviewed 7 April 2008

I highly recommend this resort! We stayed at White Sands Cove 3/24-29 . The accommodations are beautifully decorated and very comfortable. I slept so well! The views are outstanding. The staff were very friendly, and helpful. We took several dives and snorkeling trips and the divemasters were wonderful. We are novice divers and they were very supportive. Great equipment to rent. Delicious drinks at the bar. Sometimes dinner is also offered and was also delicious. For other dinners we walked or biked down the beach. We went to - Capricorn (10 min) Luna at Journeys End (30 min), Palapa Bar and Beach n'Kitchens (both about 20 min). Bring a flashlight for walking back on the beach at night. We went on a Fishing/Snorkeling/ Beach Picnic trip and I hightly recommend it. It was so much fun.

  • Liked — friendly and professional staff , and the beatiful setting
  • Disliked — liked everything
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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SanFrancisco
2 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2008

We just returned from 8 nights in Belize - 3 in San Ignacio and 5 at White Sands Cove. It was the perfect split for a Belizean adventure - got the jungle and Tikal time in without traveling extra hours from the caye, got the relaxing time by the ocean too. I highly recommend splitting a trip like this if you're looking to both explore ruins / jungle and enjoy the ocean.

This resort is very well organized - the taxi driver at the airport takes you to the grocery store, then gets you settled with the water taxi driver, who takes you to the resort's dock, where you are met by a staff person to help with your bags. And the reverse on the way home - it was so nice to have it go just like clockwork!

We chose to eat at our condo a few nights and for breakfasts, opting for lunch and a couple of dinners out. The options are limited in the store and things are a bit different, but we found the makings for great pasta and tacos, breakfasts, and snacks. Turned out to be a good balance - plus, it helped us avoid the skeeters at night. They're right, bring your bug spray! (But you're going to get bites anyway, just like on any tropical island. The bug spray does help though!). There were several good, inexpensive restaurants within walking distance...just stroll along the beach and wander up to anyone of them. The food was much better than I'd anticipated.

I do recommend the bar at White Sands - there was one great bar-tender and a new one still learning the ropes. They told us the bar was built within the last year - and we can't imagine the place without it!

By far the best, however, was the dive shop. The diving was SPECTACULAR!! At least try a resort course if you haven't been before, you won't regret it. And they connected us with a fabulous, larger dive shop (Amigos del Mar) for the trip to the Blue Hole (a must do for more experienced divers).

It was a wonderful trip, met wonderful people, the diving couldn't have been better, and the weather was perfect!

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2008

My boyfriend Dave and I stayed at White Sands Cove Resort February 23 through March 1. We absolutely loved the resort. The owners, Mark, Marilyn and Michelle were wonderful, I felt like I had my own family there with us. The staff was great too, Marlon met us right at the dock and helped us to our room, Eden cooked the most delicious meals for dinner, the bartenders Dion and Alex were very attentive and fun to hang out with. A group of us did get a little crazy one night at the bar and closed it down, but we all had a really fun time, and I don't think we bothered the other visitors too much, luckily it was only one night and not every night!

My boyfriend got his PADI certification on site and Elbert, Junior, Sam and Juan Carlos were all great. Not being a diver myself, I was able to go out snorkeling on one of the training dives. That was an adventure in itself, but quite fun.

Our first day there was a little hectic, we almost missed our connecting flight to Belize City, but we made it, however, our luggage did not. When we first arrived and met the taxi driver Isaias, he took us to the grocery store and also recommended a couple of stores so Dave could get swimming trunks and we could get sunscreen, since it was all in our luggage. Luckily, the luggage arrived the next day, but at that point, we were so happy to be in the sun, we didn't care if we had to wear the same clothes every day.

One of the things I loved the most about Ambergris Caye and White sands, is the casual atmosphere, you could have worn the same clothes every day and nobody would have cared, it was a tank top and shorts type of vacation.

We did go into town a few times, but we preferred the peacefulness of White Sands.

There are a few restaurants around within walking distance and even a pizza delievery place, so we were never lacking in the food department.

All in all, White Sands is a top place to stay. The rooms were very clean, the beach was raked every day and the pool was very clean as well.

Thanks so much Marilyn, Mark and Michelle! We look forward to coming back and hopefully very soon!

Sharon

  • Liked — Quiet location, pool, dive shop on site.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2008

My husband and I just returned from a week at White Sands Cove. The resort is beautiful, clean, and well maintained, with a lovely pool and bar area for sitting in the sun (or shade) and relaxing. Although we were disappointed not to meet the owners, Marlon was extremely helpful in putting together whatever activities we wanted, from arranging for water taxi's into San Pedro, to setting up a day on the mainland, complete with a personalized guide to the ruins and cave tubing. All the arrangements went very smoothly--the staff took care of everything. My husband took several dive trips, which he loved, as well as a fishing trip which was fun despite catching only 2 fish. A few caveats however: there are only a few restaurants within walking distance, and for the most part, very expensive. Definitely you need to bring groceries! Also, our sea view condo was in the worst possible location, with the front door (and windows) looking directly into the bar. The bedroom windows looked directly into the pool of the resort next door. So we felt like there was not enough privacy (we wanted to keep the windows open to cool the condo with the ocean breezes). Other than that, we enjoyed our time immensely.

  • Liked — Beautiful setting
  • Disliked — Our condo location
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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California
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2008

Wonderful location & vacation. The resort picks you up at the airport, takes you to a market or two, then wisks you off to your private water transportation. The transfers and check-in were flawless. We stayed in a sea front (B2) and loved the ocean view from the room. The room was very clean and the AC worked great, almost to cold sometimes. The property was spotless and Marilyn was very helpful in setting up any tours and answering any questions that we had. My husband went fishing from the dock every morning and caught a couple fish, and released them. We loved using the bikes that the resort has. We rented then a few days to ride into town and to the bars. Did the Hol Chan Snorkling Tour and had a wonderful time, the guides were great and seemed to like handling the Rays and feeding the fish.

The hightlight of our trip was the ATM Tour. I could not imagine traveling all the way to Belize and not doing this tour. Bernard was our guide & he was tops. He picked us up from the airport and drove us out to the site and conducted our tour. Everything was private, ground transportation and the tour. I can't talk enough about this tour and how AMAZING it was.

The location of the resort was perfect. I would have been disappointed if we had stayed in town, it's very busy and there are always people on the bike path. From the resort, it's a short bike ride, or walk to the Palapa Bar, which was one of our favorites or if you go North, a short walk to Captian Morgans.

If your planning your trip, I would highly reccomend you staying at this resort and doing the ATM tour. The tour costs a bit more than the other tours, but it's worth every penny. There is noting else like it anywhere in the world!

  • Liked — Location & they offered the ATM Tour
  • Disliked — Liked everything!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Delta, BC
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2008

We stayed over Christmas and couldn't have enjoyed it more! All of the staff are extremely friendly, cooperative and helpful. They would arrange anything we wanted to do with almost no notice....from scuba lessons to a fishing trip...we caught 10 red snapper and a barracuda! There was a barbecue there for us to use to cook our catch. There are great hammocks to fall asleep in and a great pool to cool off in on those hot afternoons. The units are clean and well kept.

  • Liked — Sitting on the deck of our unit and taking in the view---it is spectacular!
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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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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