Stayed a night at the Private Cabin in Cockscomb Basin in March. Liked it but would probably not go back. Would recommend it with some reservations.
It's really exciting (depending on your point of view, I guess) to be hiking on jungle trails with NOBODY around. We hiked up Ben's Bluff on a weekend and saw absolutely no one. Unfortunately, we didn't see any mammals either (and according to the logbook at headquarters, nobody had seen any for three weeks.)
The tubing is fun- took us a couple of hours to float down river, no one else around. Easy to rent tubes from headquarters, a gentle float, no rapids, fine for kids. This part I would do again!
The cabin was hot and seems more appropriate for a field station than for tourists. A ceiling fan would help a lot. The "equipped kitchen" was anything but. No silverware, not even any available from the park. Nothing to light the stove and no lighters for sale at headquarters either. Eventually one of the staff leant us his (thanks Bon!) There is a refrigerator. The set-up would work IF you were fully prepared (say for a group) but for independent travelers, I'd suggest staying elsewhere or bringing sandwiches.
I had visions of sitting on the porch and watching the animals pass by but this was totally unrealistic. Once the sun set it was DARK (bring flashlights) and while we could hear things running across the roof, they couldn't be seen. Maybe that was a good thing...what with the stories of scorpions in the rafters. The boys were disappointed, but I think my wife slept better without actually seeing any.
I'm glad Belize is protecting it's wildlife. Would have liked to seen some of it though.
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