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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mara's Place

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Mara's Place
Ranked #14 of 32 Caye Caulker B&B and Inns
Santa Tecla, El Salvador
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32 reviews
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“comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We were in room 7, at the back next to the kitchen. Most properly the worse room of the lot seeing as it was on the bottom, at the back facing onto both the owners residence (top) and another room (bottom) - privacy wasn't as great and you heard the TV's from the other rooms. But on a positive - it was still great. We were happy and two doubles met our needs with fans on both of them and our babies travel cot/pen fitted perfectly. The kitchen was a good plus point... and best of all the private pier which you could lounge and swim off. We loved this the most... we would return with hope of an upstairs room. They cleaned the place thoroughly!!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

This is by far the best place in town at an amazing price. After staying one night in one of the few and nasty hostels on the island, we went searching for a new place. Most places are priced as hotels or priave cabins, but Maras worked out to be cheaper for 3 of us to get a private cabin than to stay at the horrd hostel. We got the green one, which is detached and at the front, so you wake up to a perfect sea sunrise view. There are 2 comfy double beds, towels, clean bathroom with hot water, cable TV and a hammock and chair on your private porch. The cleaner was lovely and if she missed anything, we asked her and she sorted it out right away. The kitchen is good, just a stove and kettle, but there are utensils and crockery and it all gets a thorough clean, which is great. There is a private pier just across the road where only guests are allowed. Its wonderful, theres a ladder into the water, a covered area with hammocks and chairs to lay in the sun. We had the most perfect time in Caye Caulker because of this place, make sure you try their amazing ice cream! It may seem like its far from the rest, but we walked to the ferry dock and the shops and restaurants every day and never felt like it was far at all, so this spot really is perfect!

Room Tip: Try to stay in the green house, there is no other rooms above you and you get a sea view, although y...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

We called 14 hotels/hostels the day before we arrived on the island as everywhere was fully booked, so make sure you book well in advance as it's such a popular place! We moved to Mara's after staying somewhere else previously (that was well out of our price range!) and we were very pleased with our decision.

Mara's is excellent value for money in my opinion. Its best feature is its location, right to 'The Split' - the only spot for swimming on the island. You can leave everything in your room and go for a swim carefree!

Our room was spacious, clean and cosy with a balcony area with a hammock and chair. Perfect! The only downfall was that the shower kept changing water pressure and temperature all the time, but that wasn't enough to bother me. There's even a small shared kitchen area with a fridge to keep your drinks cool.

I would highly recommend this as the best place to stay on Caye Caulker. Excellent value for money, lovely rooms and perfect location. Book in advance!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Mara's Place is located near the Split, in the perfect location! My boyfriend and I stayed in room #2, which I highly recommend. It has amazing views of the ocean. The room was larger than we expected, and was cleaned every day by the staff. The WI-Fi didn't work in the room, but did on our private porch with a hammock. We would definitely stay at Mara's Place when visiting Caye Caulker.

Room Tip: Room #2 has the best ocean views.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Mara's Place was very affordable, and couldn't have been located in a better spot. It is right by the cut in the island, the popular swimming spot. It is also surprisingly calm and quiet. The facilities worked great (shower/bathroom and fan). It had it a private dock area with lounge chairs and hammocks. All in all a steal for the price.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

During peak season between Christmas and New Years, I visited a friend who was staying here and I was impressed. Generally, I find Caye Calker relatively expensive for Central America, but affordable for the Caribbean and the prices at Mara's reflect this. The private dock was comfortable and the staff very friendly. The tv in the room was a surprise too. The rooms are small, but the price was good. Free wifi and kitchen facilities were good. Two minutes from the split and very close to restaurants. Definitely an affordable option, but books up quickly in high season for all of these reasons.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

I stayed at Mara's for three days. I stayed at anchorage resort for the first night in Caye caulker but there are no good restaurants on that side of the island. I shopped around a little bit, this was the most affordable place in caye caulker at a perfect location .Its close to the bars, restaurants and other shops. Marcella is a sweetheart. She is very kind, considerate and hard working person. She keeps the place clean. Everything was flawless. The private dock was a bonus.
Caye Caulker is a must see . The island is just about 5 miles . You don't get sandy beaches, but the island itself is worth checking. The culture, people and the pace of life is refreshing!

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Mara's Place
Address: 27 Hicaco Ave., Caye Caulker, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
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Ranked #14 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Caye Caulker
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Number of rooms: 8
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