We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“perfect destination for honeymoon!”

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in South Water Caye
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Pelican Beach - South Water Caye
Certificate of Excellence
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“perfect destination for honeymoon!”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

Heaven on earth. I would absolutely recommend Pelican Beach to anyone looking for both rest and relaxation and a ton of fun. We went here on our honeymoon and spent 6 days on the island. I could have spent more time there! We spent the days snorkeling around the caye, off the caye, fishing, hammock napping, and swimming in the beautiful water. The excursions off the island were a ton of fun and we had a great tour guide! Due to the natural setting of a small island and beauty all around you, this is a very romantic place and a great honeymoon destination. You wont regret your decision to go here! We plan on going back for a family reunion.

To break it down:
Accommodations: We had a wonderful private bungalow with hammocks on the porch facing the reef. The constant breeze kept it cool. The room was simple, but perfect. It felt very private.

Staff: So lovely! Leonard and Terry were so friendly. They not only gave us advice on what to do, but they even played games with us. We found them so welcoming. The rest of the staff was also fantastic. They are funny and very hospitable. I felt like I was at home with them.

Food/drinks: Food was simple in the fact that it was a set menu every day. It seemed at first we wouldn't like this, but it made decisions easy. They were also accommodating if we wanted to switch our order. Drink prices were cheap and someone was always there to take your order.

Location: South Water Caye really does feel like your own private island. It was the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. It is good for the soul! There was always plenty to do as well.

Excursions: Ishmael, the awesome boat driver, took us to different locations to snorkel. The snorkeling was pretty good. But the highlight was also fishing along the way. I highly recommend drop line fishing. We would be catching fish every other minute! Then, you can take the fish back and have it for dinner. They cook it up for you!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Lizzy H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

182 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    150
    22
    2
    6
    2
See reviews for
50
95
6
2
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (62)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2012

June is the start of a mad heat and the rainy season in the tropics. All the weather sites were predicting rain every day, thunder and lightning! I was mentally preparing for the fact that all days I would spend in the room, listening to the rain ... But! Rain and thunderstorms were all around us, but not where we were! :) We hardly believed our luck! But from the beginning...

We flew through Houston airport to the capital of Belize - Belize City. From there, we immediately flew to the town of Dangriga.

In Dangriga, we stopped for one night in Pelican Beach Resort hotel. From the hotel you could smell the old world charm. Belize's colonial past was felt in the architecture of buildings, in the old verandas, flowering gardens and palm trees. Rooms are simple, nothing special. Nowhere to swim, because the water near the shore is muddy ... not very pleasant. But a day or two at this place is worth it at least for the good food, exotic feel and the town. Plus the wonderful silence ... the sound of the breeze, the ocean and the birds singing are all you can hear. We felt we were the only tourists in town. During our stay in this place, I loved the long pier with hammocks and our first sunrise in Belize.

Next morning we took a boat to our magical, mysterious island in the Caribbean - South Water Caye.

30 minutes of gorgeous ride by boat will take you to a one of kind place, real heaven on Earth. The breeze was blowing into my face with incredible force, the sun scorching, water was crystal-clear, sky-blue.

During our visit to the island, we also visited Angel Reef and Tobacco Reef. Both places are full of gorgeous marine life!!! Just amazing!

Our island was also surrounded by incredibly beautiful reef itself, which created a lagoon where the water was blue, smooth and clear even in windy weather! In a word, we swam every day in a live aquarium! Fish, barracuda and lonely stings rays floated so close to the beach.

And nights! Dark and warm with a velvety breeze. The sky full of stars.The first night on the island, we sat on the shore and looked at the stars and the sea sparkled a million lights. At first I thought it was stars reflected in the water ... but no ...this is some kind of organism, like little glowing Swarovski crystals. In very warm tropical water is quite common. This indescribable beauty will stay in my memory forever!

The food in the hotel was amazing. So delicious and every day something new! : ) Loved it! All people are so kind and pleasant. We felt our selves as at home.

In general, all you can do there is just relaxing and enjoying the glorious weather, water, your philosophical thougts, 'hammocking' and kayaking. And reading real books of course. And snorkeling! : ) True romantic spot!

I also have a little video. It's here:
http://www.nadyassideoftheroad.com/2012/07/postcard-from-belize-secret-island.html

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank NadyasSideOfTheRoad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Huntsville, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

Pelican Beach Resort is an ideal place for the ultimate Belize experience! Not enough positive comments can be made about the service, location,food, and the snorkelling. My family and I stayed 4 nights at Pelican Beach. The island was beautiful and had some of the best snorkelling in the world (comparable to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia). There were only 7 other people staying at the resort during the time we were there and made the place feel so relaxed and serene. The island was very beautiful with sandy white beaches and turquoise blue water. It was very peaceful and quite and had a very laid back atmosphere. Leonard, Martin, Terry, and Kevin were excellent hosts offering great service and being very knowledgeable about the caye and the surrounding area. The food was fantastic! Great Belizean fare with most of it being local sea food caught that day and local ingredients! The portions were small but you could always ask for seconds.
I would highly suggest going on the snorkelling day trips. Ishmael was a great guide and took my family and I to all of the best snorkelling locations which had great coral and fish. All of the trips were around 2 hours long and left at 9:30 and returned in time for a great lunch. The one day trip I would recommend the most would be to the Smithsonian Centre for Aquatic Research located a 5 minute boat trip from the island. This tiny research centre was very idilic located on the minuscule Carrie Bow Caye. It was really cool to see all of the different types of specimens they had collected and the amount of research they had conducted with limited resources. After these trips you had the whole day to spend in the tropical sun lying in a hammock with a good book.
The room my family stayed in was one of the cabins in the part of the duplex in the centre of the resort. They were small and were just one big bedroom and a bathroom but were allowed much space and liberty in the room. They were simple but had a great island vibe to it.

This island is truly an island paradise and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to experience the beauty and serenity of Belize at its fullest!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank NatePodie387
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Avila Beach, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2012

Had a great week at Pelican Beach Resort relaxing and fly fishing. Cannot say enough good things about this place. It wasnt in the same class as dedicated fishing lodges but for the price who can complain?

If you are interested in a Belize family fishing holiday then check out the full review at piscatus.net http://www.piscatus.net/pelican-beach-resort-family-fishing-holiday-belize/

Looking forward to heading back next year!

Room Tip: Make sure you lock in a beachfront room up high to catch the wind and avoid the biteys!
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Piscatus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Kings Park, New York
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2012

As we walked up to the office to check in after an exciting half hour boat ride from Dangriga, a family of 4 was leaving. Their sadness in having to depart reflected how good this place was going to be, I reasoned. Leonard, one of the managers, extended his hand to me and said: "Welcome to paradise!" That is an accurate description of Pelican Beach from my family's perspective: beautiful sand, turquoise waters, peace, quiet, good food and gracious hosts. It doesn't get much better than that. Bring a couple of good books, swim, sunbathe, rock in the hammocks in the shade of coconut palms, get to know the other guests. And while you're at it, get to know Leonard, Terry and Kevin, the hosts and server. They are wonderful people who have much to share about life in Belize. If you buy something from the little gift shop, Terry will even write up one of her famous recipes for you. We went for the powder buns! The food is outstanding and the days passed too quickly. All too soon, we found ourselves standing in the same spot as that departing family of 4, moaning and groaning about having to leave. South Water Caye is 14 miles from the mainland and light years from the stresses and strains of daily life. We sadly said our farewells to a staff that seemed more like friends and vowed to return one day.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank tbird3483
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Pelican Beach is a tropical paradise. Charming bungalows, ecologically conscious, beautiful warm blue water on a small beach, excellent snorkeling, gracious staff, good food and only 20 guests including our family of 10. This hotel was suggested by our guide at Belize Nature Travel. Luis Goday did an outstanding job of making our reservations and planning our itinerary. We spent three nights here at the end of a five night jungle stay with visits to Mayan ruins and cave adventures. It was the perfect ending to our Belize adventure.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Marcia1_9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Our family was there at the beginning of April 2012 and it was pure Serenity! The staff, the location, the food and rooms were perfect. You just step away into the relaxing atmosphere and add a Wonderful Location with a great reef literally outside your door and daily snorkel trips to close beautiful reefs! Our family is already plotting the return trip. I Highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Bonnie S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near South Water Caye
5.3 mi away
Coco Plum Island Resort
Coco Plum Island Resort
#1 of 2 in Coco Plum Cay
5.0 of 5 bubbles 904 reviews
12.6 mi away
Parrot Cove Lodge
Parrot Cove Lodge
#6 of 11 in Hopkins
4.5 of 5 bubbles 293 reviews
16.8 mi away
Isla Marisol Resort
Isla Marisol Resort
#1 of 1 in Glovers Reef Atoll
4.5 of 5 bubbles 188 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
13.9 mi away
Bonefish Hotel
Bonefish Hotel
#3 of 4 in Dangriga
4.0 of 5 bubbles 21 reviews
13.9 mi away
Chaleanor Hotel
Chaleanor Hotel
#1 of 4 in Dangriga
4.0 of 5 bubbles 129 reviews
0.3 mi away
Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Blue Marlin Beach Resort
#2 of 2 in South Water Caye
4.5 of 5 bubbles 83 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Pelican Beach - South Water Caye? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pelican Beach - South Water Caye

Property: Pelican Beach - South Water Caye
Address: Dangriga, South Water Caye 00000, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > South Water Caye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in South Water Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pelican Beach - South Water Caye 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two special locations, one great vacation - South Water Caye and Dangriga! South Water Caye, our island getaway-seaside cottages and rooms with fantastic views and cooling trade winds. On a gorgeous beach, atop the barrier reef and within South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Snorkel from shore, dive, fish, kayak or do nothing at all. Environmentally-friendly facilities with separate student group accommodations. For the simple pleasures - spending time together, sharing new adventures and making new friends. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Hotel South Water Caye
Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Belize

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing