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“Beautiful Setting!!”
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PAUSE Hostel
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Setting!!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I volunteered at Pause/Paws for a couple of weeks in January and loved it so much I returned for my last week in Belize to stay as a guest whilst I did some dives. The private beach and dock make it an incredible place to chill out and sunbathe. No doubt you'll see plenty of pelicans and rays and if you're very lucky you can even spot some sea horses.
If you're an animal lover you'll be in your element with the lovely cats that have a wander around the grounds at parts of the day and the amazing dogs Madi has as pets. If you're not an animal lover then it is very easy to avoid them and they won't bother you.
I stayed in the 4 bed dorm which has plenty of room for everyone's stuff. The shared toilets and showers are in good condition and clean and the grounds are kept immaculate.
Pause's location and grounds make it the best place to stay on Caye Caulker and you'll be helping fund caring for the rescued animals too!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

this is the 4th time i've stayed with Madi. each year that i go back, she has made so many improvements and changes, i can hardly believe it. she has a wonderful little place on the back (quiet) side of Caye Caulker, with a new great 2story dock/deck, beautiful sunsets, kayaks (donations are appreciated). and she works all day to keep the place clean and comfortable. she has rescued some dogs and cats that live on the property, but are not running around the place, and people who have allergies are not bothered by them. she is recently doing major renovating and remodeling in the hostel area in order to be able to offer nicer accommodations, in hopes of attracting more vacationers. all the money that she receives from the rentals goes directly to feeding and caring for the animals; and you can feel good about that :)
and, if you have the desire, and love to be around animals, you can help her out too, she works from sunup to sundown; and can always use some help. she is also a wonderful source of information about what you can do and how best to do it.
this is a quiet place, and it is also her home; so if you are interested in partying all night, or playing loud music, there are other places that would suit you better.
i love it there and will continue to return and spread the word.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I stayed at Pause during 10 days. I had a really great time there!
Madi, The owner is making a lot of efforts to keep this place clean and welcoming. The dorms are new and really comfortable. All the people I met there were really nice, and the money is really going for the cats.
Also the location is perfect, and there is an amazing spot to watch the sunset.
I definitely recommend this hostel if you want to enjoy your stay in Caye Caulker!

And if you have some free time, don't hesitate to help Madi with the animals, there is a lot of work to do there, and some help is always welcome :)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed here for four nights and had the pink cabin to ourselves. The room itself is extremely basic, with holes in the walls from unfinished wiring etc. the mattress on the double bed was in desperate need of replacing- it was so thin it hurt to lie on your side. The smell from the toilets was a little over-powering at times. I know Madi the owner is currently trying to get workers to help her do up the place so maybe these issues I have mentioned will be fixed by now.

Now the pros- the location is fantastic and the owner is so passionate about what she does. You can rent kayaks via an honesty box and relax on the private decking and watch the sunset over the Caribbean. So much fascinating sea life comes by the deck you must spend at least a few hours here to see what you can find! We saw a seahorse, huge tarps, rays and of course the weird resident fish with legs!! It is on the quiet, non windy side of Caye Caulker too so nice for a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

My husband and I loved PAWS so much we had a hard time leaving! Madi was a wonderful host who made us feel right at home. The cats and dogs were also great to have around. They make the place feel like a big family home. It was a great place to just relax and make the most of our surroundings. We camped out in the yard which is great because it's so flat. Definitely recommend the place for campers! Overall, the beach, the dock, the animals, the lovely hosts... it was all just great. Thank you PAWS!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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AK_Gurl
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This was such a great place to stay! I enjoyed staying here and watching Madi, the owner/manager take such great care of the cats and dogs. Caye Caulker is lucky to have someone who is caring for these unwanted animals, but she can't do it alone! If you have time to give her to help out, great! If you don't have time to give, choosing to stay here will help provide income to help care for the animals. We had plenty of time to explore the island and have fun, but also to give a few hours each day to help out.

A highlight for me was the kayaks that were available to use (I recommended providing a donation for the service). The location was right on the water. The evenings were a great time to relax on the double-decker dock with Peaches (my favorite canine resident). She kept us protected from all the passing fish and sting rays.

If you are coming to Caye Calker, this should be your first choice in accommodation!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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anchorage, ak
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Madi and her guest houses are by far the best places to stay on the island-- my girlfriends and i stayed in the bungalow with private bathroom, which was fabulous, clean, and right on the water. The shared bathroom areas are also very clean and nice for the dorm beds and other bungalow. Madi is extremely passionate and dedicated about helping the animals on the island and must stand up against locals who don't believe cats and dogs should be fairly treated. She works tirelessly day and night taking care of the property, her guests, and her animals. One of the girls in my group is allergic to cats and hasn't had a single issue as the cats are kept in their own areas.

Please, if you have skills such as carpentry or marketing/web site development, think about volunteering for Madi during your stay on the island. She needs help fixing some areas as past construction projects have not gone well and it's hard to find good help on the island.

this is the only place i've seen so far that has a private beach and dock area on site, which is wonderful and allows us to sun ourselves, kayak and swim without the crowd.

Stay here and support a great cause on a beautiful island

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: PAUSE Hostel
Address: 1 Pasero Street, Caye Caulker, Belize (Formerly Pause Accommodation)
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Caye Caulker
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suit an array of travel preferences. Our Garden Suite has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have A private Cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps 2, with shared outside bathroom, a 10 bed & 4 bed dorm with shared bath & kitchen & a 6 bed dorm with private bath. We offer bike rentals & free kayaks, wifi & loads of coconuts for all our guests. ... more   less 

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