My husband and I stayed at Seaside Cabanas for 5 nights and we loved it. The staff is excellent! They're helpful and very friendly. The location is fabulous and I liked the coziness of this small resort. There are some great photo opportunities with the landscaping and wildlife. We were there during the slow season and it was fairly quiet even with most, if not all, of the rooms occupied. The A/C wasn't really strong but at least it cut the humidity in our room. I saw other reviews that mentioned the concrete slab in lieu of a box spring on the mattress. We didn't have a problem with it at all and slept great. We would definitely stay here again.
I have only a few complaints...
1. They don't provide beach towels.
2. They work with Big Fish Dive. I extremely urge you ask them to work with another dive shop if they're arranging your diving or snorkeling. We had an absolutely terrible experience with Big Fish. Seaside's staff was helpful in assisting us with getting our issues worked out with Big Fish though.
3. We had cabana #6 on the 2nd floor which we enjoyed. My only complaint about the room is that the early(!) morning sun shines through the balcony door window onto the bed.
Restaurants around Caye Caulker...
We were looking for more authentic, local-style food. *Be prepared to pay for water by the bottle and iced tea by the glass (and it's a powder mixed tea) everywhere you go.* Here's what we found:
~Jenny's - this is a small burrito stand down the road from M&N Apartments and next to the liquor store. The breakfast of fry jacks, ham and eggs is great and the chicken burritos are wonderful for dinner. You can easily eat 2 or 3. She's only been in business a few months. Show her some love and try her food - it's great!
~Marin's Restaurant - great local seafood. I had snapper and my husband had shrimp. This was my husband's 2nd favorite shrimp plate and my favorite snapper plate. The shrimp ceviche is excellent too (and I don't like shrimp at all)!
~Rainbow Grill and Bar - seafood. Again, we had the snapper and shrimp. It was good, but tasted very much like what we'd get at home. The fried conch is excellent - very fresh.
~Happy Lobster Restaurant - great local seafood. We had barracuda and shrimp. The barracuda was fine. It was my first try and I now know I prefer snapper. Their shrimp was my husband's favorite plate of all the places we went.
~Syd's Restaurant - variety of local food. This restaurant didn't leave any lasting impression on me. I don't even remember what I had. My husband had the stewed chicken and fried conch - they were ok, but didn't stand out.
~Amor y Cafe - coffee shop. I thought the coffee was horrible and there were no free refills. I had a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast which was pretty good.
~Tropical Paradise Restaurant - we didn't eat here but some other guests at Seaside said the food and service was bad.
~We had tamales from two different walk-around vendors and weren't impressed with either one.
~The fresh pineapple and coconuts are great - don't forget to try them from the local vendor stands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seaside Cabanas offers Caye Caulker in luxury with a true atmosphere of the tropics. Hotel reception staffed by our friendly and professional team. 24hr security. Free Wifi, pool, bar, gift shop, tour/dive office. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seaside Cabanas Caye Caulker
- Seaside Cabanas Hotel Caye Caulker