Caye Caulker Village, PO Box 39, , Belize
Best Place on the Island!
We were so happy with our stay at Seaside Cabanas; we've only been back for a week and we're already trying to figure out when we can visit again. If you're staying any amount of time on Caye Caulker, this is definitely the place to be!
The office staff were exceptionally accomodating. We just told them the trips we were interested in taking (there's a handy binder inside each room with ideas) and they set them up for us. All the trips were charged to the room so we didn't have to worry about paying various vendors. The staff also gave us the best advice of the week - don't make any trips to the mainland (cave tubing, ruin trips, etc.) on days the cruise ships come in. We went zip lining/cave tubing the day after the cruise ships came in, and there was a total of four in our group and it was awesome, we only saw a couple other small groups here and there. Our guide told us the same activity the day before had seen 912 people crammed in.
While we were there, the wi-fi was on the fritz, and Is'rael discovered the switch on the box was burning out. The next day he took the water taxi to Belize City and got a replacement and the wi-fi was up and running in no time. It was great to see how quick they acted to please their guests!
The rooms are festive and exceptionally clean. Don't expect lush resort-style accomodations - that's not what Caye Caulker is about. But the beds are comfortable (some other reviewers have said they are hard, I just think they were on the firm side), there's a cable TV in every room, a small fridge and plenty of wardrobe space. Each room has a private bath with a decent sized shower. The toilets functioned fine while we were there (don't flush the toilet paper, though, as the sign clearly reads - place it in the trash). The housekeeping staff cleans everything top to bottom each day and provides new towels.
My ONLY gripe is that hot water was very spotty - we had two good hot showers during our five night stay, and those were at odd times of the day. But my bet is that's pretty standard for anywhere on the island.
Seaside Cabanas seemed very safe and secure, but if you are bringing valuables you can leave them in the safe in the office. Also, there are no hair dryers in the room, but you can borrow one from the office.
Seaside Cabanas has one of just two pools on the island. All of the rooms border the pool, which is small but clean and warm. Plenty of chairs with thick padding are along the deck - it was never crowded. Around the deck and leading into each room, the area is covered in white sand, which just adds to the quaint appeal of the place. If you request rooms 1 - 4 (cabanas), you'll have a private rooftop terrace to enjoy the view.
Uno Mas is a great little bar, a perfect place to begin your night or end it (or both). While we were there, a group of outgoing guys from Kansas City took over the sound system with their iPod's, which was cool with everyone around, including the bartender. Uno Mas has great happy hour specials! A staircase leads to a rooftop terrace, which is a great place to relax and enjoy the breeze. If you're relaxing by the pool, the bartender is happy to bring your drink out to you.
Seaside Cabanas is directly adjacent to one of the two water taxi service piers, and about a block from the other. We flew in on a puddle jumper and the taxi ride (which is just a golf cart) took just 3 or 4 minutes. It's only about a half mile from the Split, at the far end of the island, and within walking distance of just about every restaurant, tour company and bar on Caye Caulker.
The pool area opens directly onto the beach, just 20 feet or so to the water. Be sure to wake up early at least once to catch the sunrise!
Overall, I highly recommend Seaside Cabanas. Out of curiousity, we took a trip to the bar at the other place on the island with a pool - it seemed more vanilla. For example, their bar played smooth jazz, while Uno Mas played reggae. Seaside Cabanas just seems more authentic and more chill.
The Seaside Cabanas is great!. They were so helpful with answering all my questions before I arrived, booking the interisland flights from Belize City, and welcoming smiles, once I arrived. Their rooms are clean and beautiful, and they have the only pool on the island. This is great, because there really aren't a lot of places on the island to swim. They also do a great job of keeping the mosquito population at bay with citronella.
Unique Quality: Nice Pool, Air Conditioned Rooms, Private Rooftop Cabanas, AMAZING SERVICE!!
Directions: Right off the ferry pier... bright orange... can't miss it!
More about Seaside Cabanas
A Diamond in the Rough
Seaside Cabanas has to be the best hotel on the island for the money. It is newly remodeled, features a lovely little pool, rustic bar, and funky gift shop, and the rooms are very clean and well-kept (as well as air conditioned, which is a true bonus on Caye Caulker!). It also offers private cabanas, which are well worth the extra cost -- we stayed in cabana #2, which was beachfront and offered incredible views of the Caribbean Sea from the private, rooftop deck. We spent many an hour on top of our cabana, lounging in the deck chairs and the hammock under an adorable thatched palapa. After walking around Caye Caulker for several days, we determined that Seaside Cabanas has to be the nicest, most modern amenity on the island and were very glad we stumbled across its website as we planned our Belizean getaway. Do yourself a favor and book early through their website -- which allows you to specify which room you want -- so you can snag a cabana for yourself (numbers 1 and 2 are the only ones that are truly beachfront; but #2 has a better view and palm trees growing in front of it, which offers privacy from the public beach below)!
Best on the Island
We recently stayed at Seaside Cabanas in Caye Caulker and loved it. The rooms were very nice. Our room (cabana #2) had its own private rooftop palapa. The pool was great for a refreshing dip. Best of all were the staff. Everyone was friendly and helpful. My wife left her purse by the pool overnight, and it was returned the next day with nothing missing! The staff also helped us retreive one of our bags that didn't arrive in Belize when we did. I would definitely recommend Seaside Cabanas as a place to stay on Caye Caulker.
My husband and I stayed here in October for our honeymoon. We loved it here. With October being the slow season there were only a few other people staying there when we arrived so it was really nice and quiet.
We stayed in room #1 with our own private rooftop. The room was very nice. We really enjoyed sitting in the hammock on the rooftop.
This is the only hotel on the island with a pool. The pool was great. It was really nice to jump in the pool in the afternoon to cool off.
The hotel is right next to the water taxi so there is a lot of activity around but in your room you could never hear the noise.
One of the best things about the hotel is the staff. Everyone there was really great. Chris the hotel manager was really helpful. They helped us book all of our tours.
We had told them what different tours we wanted to take. Most of the tours require a certain amount of people for them to go. We had told them we wanted to go to Altun Ha. One evening we arrived back in our room and they had left us a note saying there was a tour available the next day. I just think everyone there helped make the trip very enjoyable.
We will definitely be going back and staying here.
Best hotel on the Island if your looking for comfort on this rustic island. All the amenities you needed with a very clean and modern presentation. For food...Habeneros & Don Corleons are a must eat for dinner. This was our third and best stay on the island, its nice to be away from the caos of Sand Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
Stayed at Seaside for 3 nights in early Thanksgiving week 2006. Definitely THE nicest place to stay on Caulker, though a bit pricey for Caulker stds. (but still very affordable compared to US @ $120@). First night was in normal room, which was nice, nothing special but for Caulker, very nice. Last 2 nights, stayed in room 4, which is a rooftop cabana suite. Room itself was very similar to std. room but the rooftop thatched cabana with hammock and two chaise lounges. Go for room 1 or 2 though for suite since they are in front of 3 and 4 as far as sea view though. No view from room, just cabana (same goes for all rooms). Pool is small but adequate (and the only on the island) with lots of chaise lounges and a couple of hammocks right off of the bar for easy access to Belekin. Location (doesn't matter on Caulker other than seeing the water since it's so small) was right off of the water taxi pier and very easy walking distance to anything on the Island. Staff was very friendly and even helped us book a rental car in Belize City when we left which was waiting for us at the water taxi pier in the city as promised. For restaurants (not that this is the forum for that but why not...) Habaneros was very good but very expensive for BZE ($80 USD for two with only 2 drinks). Rasta Pasta burritos are HUUUGE. Glendas for breakfast is a must for a true Belizean breakfast. Rainbow Grill (right on water) was favorite for Belizean food and fairly reasonable prices. Sandbox (next to Seaside) was good with cool sandy beach floor. Nightlife is mostly hanging out in bars: Reggae Bar upstairs is the ultimate hangout (literally) bar but very quiet the night we were there. Only thing we saw like a wild club was Oceans, which has a bass thumping dance party at least once a week. Caulker (should tell anyone this) is definitely the way to go over Ambergris if you want to relax.
Definitely the way to go on Caye Caulker
Seaside Cabanas was definitely the way to go on Caye Caulker! We just returned from a 4-night stay there.
We were in room #1 with the private rooftop deck in the front by the ocean. I'd definitely recommend #1 or #2 over #3 and #4 - all of them have the rooftop deck, but #1 and #2 are a little more private and have a direct view of the ocean.
The AC worked well, the staff was friendly, the pool was nice, rooms had DVD players so we brought our Netflix, beds were comfy, room was clean, and it was great to wake up to fresh (and free!) coffee and pastries every morning at the bar. (A chair by the window would have been a nice addition.)
Caye Caulker is really laid back and there isn't much to do, so if you're looking for action it's probably not the right place for you, but if you're just looking to relax, it's great. Everywhere we ate the food was good and cheap (Sandbox and Herbal Tribe were our favorites). And the snorkeling trip to Hol Chan was quite fun.
Best hotel in Caye Caulker. Stay here.
I really like this hotel. Great little pool (the only one on the island), excellent location right on the beach and across the street from the best restaurant in town (Habaneros), clean large room, comfortable bed, nice landscaping, cute bar ...who could ask for more?
Caye Caulker is a beautiful laid back LITTLE island but with very little beach front and the pool here was a godsend. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the island.
Excellent Service, Great Accomodations!
First of all, "Thank You!" to Chris and all the staff at the Seaside Cabanas for taking great care of the whole Lopez/Vann wedding party! You made our week and a half stay incredible!
Our group of 17 stayed at the Seaside Cabanas in January for a wedding on Caye Caulker, and found the guest rooms, cabanas, and facilities to be the best on the Island. And of course theirs is the only swimming pool on the Island at this time! A perfect location from which to watch the tropical sunrise!
The staff were all very accomodating and ready to jump through hoops for us, and interacted with the local tour operators and activity providers professionally on our behalf. We were able to book private tours and charge them to our rooms, get restaurant recomendations, and book our flights to the mainland directly from the hotel desk.
I personally appreciated the recomendation from the hotel to use "Belize Diving Services" on the Island for my Advance PADI course, and ended up doing 10 dives in the area (hey, the water is 80-83 degrees down to 100 feet!). We enjoyed trips to Mayan ruins, Cave tubing, Snorkeling, and of course an incredible wedding and reception!
Definitely think of contacting the Seaside Cabanas for a very relaxing winter getaway! (mind you, if you walk through Caye Caulker in too much of a hurry you may get a "Slow Down - Your on Island Time!" comment here and there... so make sure your ready to relaxe!
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Address: Caye Caulker Village, PO Box 39, , Belize