This place was fantastic and I can't wait to go back. Slickrock/Long Caye has knowledgeable guides, friendly staff -- everyone including the groundskeeper and the kitchen staff, fantastic food, a variety of activity options every day, quality equipment, a beautiful island. And they send you all the information you could possibly need to prepare for your trip. Heed their advice; they know what they are talking about, and you will enjoy yourself more for it.
You can play as long or as hard as you want, or you can take it easy in a hammock. Non-hammock options include snorkeling, kayaking, kiteboarding, windsurfing, exploring the small island and its tide pools, SUP, paddle/kayak surfing, volleyball, diving with the neighboring dive shop (also very friendly), etc. -- but do bear in mind you are outside, and all activities are weather-dependent. Plan to be flexible as wind conditions may change plans from hour to hour. On our trip, for instance, repeated "northers" limited the kayaking, surfing, and SUP options. However, the resourceful staff always had a variety of good activities ready to go. Wind just died? Quick, let's go kayaking! Wind just picked up? You can snorkel the lee side of the island. Don't know how to windsurf? They will teach you. What an awesome concept! Just go with the flow and you will have a great time.
Like so many others, I was a little nervous about being able to sleep in a palapa hut with no AC, but I slept great, to the sound of the wind in the palapa roof and the waves on the shore. One night we had 30 mph winds and rain, and we still slept like logs. The shower/bathroom facilities were surely no rivals for the San Pedro AI's (not that anybody on this trip would want to stay in one), but were pretty swank compared to primitive camping or even some of the more remote US National Parks. As for the activity level, I do recommend having some level of fitness, and a high level of ability to go with the flow. This place is not for everyone -- and that's not a bad thing!
You may wonder at the price of the trip, which is comparable to staying in an all-inclusive, full-service hotel. But once you're there you will see that it's absolutely reasonable. The level of effort and service, the attention to detail, the quality of equipment, etc. is impressive, plus gas is expensive and it's a long boat ride to get out to the atoll.
Like I said, though, I can't wait to go back. We've already been working to identify friends to bring with us. Thanks, Slickrock!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long Caye Resort, operated by Slickrock Adventures at Glovers Atoll, Belize, specializes in adventure sports such as sea kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, surfing, paddleboarding, kayak surfing, snorkeling, kiteboarding. Located on a private island, we feature thatched cabanas, coral reef access, palm shaded sandy beaches, fresh food menu. All inclusive packages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Long Caye Hotel Glovers Reef Atoll