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Belizean Shores - great value
I had the opportunity to stay at Belizean Shores during the week of 12/10-17/05. In short it was one of the most relaxing vacations I've ever taken. The condo I stayed in had 2 queen size beds and a queen futon. There were only two of us but we had plenty of room. The rooms were clean, cable TV had 50+ channels, the AC was comfortable. The pool was beautiful and relatively uncrowded. If you would like to take any trips, I would highly recommend Tanisha Tours; we took a trip with them to Lamanai on a perfectly dismal day (rain all day). Daniel Gonzalez was the guide (and I believe the owner of Tanisha EcoTours); he is a very knowledgeable man. While other tours were coming and going very quickly from the different areas at the site, Daniel was providing us with a lot of interesting information. Even though the weather was miserable that day, the time spent with Daniel was one of the highlights of my trip. I know a lot of people have recommended the tour outfit at Belizean Shores for excursions but I believe Tanisha Eco Tours were head and shoulders above them. We went to Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan with the guys who operate out of Belizean Shores and they seemed a bit disorganized. They were nice enough and the experience wasn't terrible but there may be better experiences had elsewhere. All in all, Belizean Shores was a very nice experience and I would go back again in a heartbeat.
Peaceful, Beautiful, Practical Belizean Shores
Belizean Shores was an excellent choice for our needs.
The resort lies 4.5 miles north of town. While that may be out fo the way for some, it was perfect for us. We went into town 3 times for our "party" times and found it very easy to get there on a 10-minute water taxi ride. Leaving frequently, the taxi was easy and non-stressful. For our relaxing quiet times, it was nice to be away from town and unwind at the best best pool on the island by far. The price to get into town is $5US per person each way. This may prove expensive for some, it was worth it for us.
The staff was friendly and helpful. Room was spacious and the AC was strong. We used a wonderful service called Lagniappe ([-]) to stock our room with groceries before arrival. For those that are looking to live in luxury but not have to pay for it, this is a godsend. We had our first Belikin (local brew) 5 minutes after arrival and were able to have all breakfasts and most lunches in our room with a fully equipped kitchen.
The local restaurant is good for bar food but wouldn't recommend it for much else. Three decent restaurants are within walking distance (Portofino to the North, Capricorn and Captain Morgan's to the South). Captain Morgan's has a limited grocery 5 minutes walking to the South if you forgot bug spray or need some chips and salsa.
At the dock you can book your excursions, or you can go into town and shop around with some of the other local companies. "Tuff E Nuff" is the company onsite and they were helpful and comparably priced. We used them and were satisfied. However, you may wish to go into town if a specific excursion is not being run at the time you desire on-site.
Overall, this resort is highly recommended for those looking for equal parts party and rest at a great destination!
Belizean Shores - Nice Place to Visit But Doubt If We'll Return Anytime Soon!
We love to snorkel and have traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean. This was our first visit to Belizean Shores which was carefully planned by reviewing everyone's comments on this website and recruiting Rhoda with Adventures in Belize to coordinate all our logistics (she was an excellent resource!).
For the most part, we agree with all of the suggestions/observations mentioned in the previous reviews (property was very high quality construction and well maintained, pool was one of the best on the Caye, front office staff was friendly and helpful, beach-level suite was spacious and the AC was strong). Unfortunately, we had a HORRIBLE experience with the restaurant manager from Syria who refused to honor an inclusive meals package which had been agreed to and paid for three months in advance of our trip. Sadly, we wholeheartedly agree with the opinion submitted from Lebanon, Oregon - "Manager's attitude stinks".
Based on our experience at this resort and taking into consideration that three days out of our eight days vacation was severely impacted by Hurricane Wilma (the Caye was hit with 50 MPH winds, heavy rains and 15 feet surges against the barrier reef), we don't plan on returning anytime soon.
Belizian Shores-Great Service & Pool
A friend and I just returned from five nights at Belizian Shores and were not disappointed in our condo, grounds, pool or activities offered! Grounds are sprayed daily to get rid of any critters not wanted (except the pesky sand fleas which liked to bite after rains...definitely skip the perfume!) Staff was very helpful from pool, front desk, bar & dock-side activities company. Downside was the restaurant...on the expensive side and food was average at best. Good news is plenty of other restaurants within walking distance or a short water taxi ride. Place is great if you want low-key and best pool around. Didn't have much going on after 9pm when we were there so those looking for more lively evenings would be better off closer to town or at another resort offering more nightlife. Would be great for families, honeymooners, seniors, etc. Just wasn't real ideal for friends travelling as getting from BS to other spots for fun took time and $$$ on water taxi. Booking excursions is easy with Alberto and staff on dock...we did fish/snorkle/bbq to Mexico Rocks and it was AWESOME and great value for money. Best shore lunch I have ever had (Carlos/Gas was our capitan/cook and Alberto rode along for fun!) Also the catamaran to Ho Chan and Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker was awesome too! Again good value for money.
Don't rely on cabin books for latest information...they were outdated menus, excursion pricing, etc. Hopefully they will update them soon to avoid confusion. I will definitely return to Belize but not sure I would return to Belizian Shores if travelling with friends...only because of food & location NOT cleanliness, staff, etc.
The island was amazing
Our trip was phenomenal! Belizean Shores was clean, beautiful, roomy, and much more than we expected. Definetly choose this place for lodging. Visit Leo at the pool bar, and the TuffENuff tour guys on the dock for a shark ray alley snorkel trip. The wind through my hair sold me for life... and Rico :)
We just got back from the Belizean Shores, which we selected in part from feedback on Tripadvisor. Overall, we echo much of what's been said before. We had a wonderful one bedroom apartment...its much more than a hotel room, much more than a suite, its got a full kitchen, a separate dining room and living room. The cleaning staff did an excellent job. My only gripe was a fairly worn out mattress on the bed, and management has informed me new ones are on order. The pool was wonderful, and open 24 hours so I had swims as late as 10 PM and as early as 7 AM. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was inconsistent. Our first day the food was average and the service uninspired, our 3rd night the service was impeccable and the food much better. The food isn't as good a bargain as some other places in Belize, and overall the prices weren't bad. Its easiest to get to the Belizean Shores by boat, the roads near it were in terrible shape. The beach was very peaceful and the waters clear. We're looking forward to returning to Belize, and quite possibly to the Belizean Shores!
We just returned from the Belizean Shores Resort. The accomodations were excellent, price was very reasonable. The rooms were clean and spacious for us ( 2 adults, 2 kids ). Everyone was very friendly.
We had a great time, snorkeling near the resort, you can take kayaks to the reef and tie down there.
The excursions are worth it as well. We didn't get to do as much as we had hoped, Hurricane Wilma took 3 days from our vacation fun. More reason to come back again. You can book some of the excursions cheaper, by going thru a local called Chuckie, ask for him a the excursion desk. Saved us a couple of $100.
There is a restaurant on the premises, the food is awful and very expensive. You do have a kitchen in your condo. It took us a day though to get groceries, next time, we will either have them delivered prior to our arrival or bring fromt the USA - definitely recommended.
Don't forget bug spray if going out on land excursions or after dusk. Otherwise, no mosquito problem during the day. But we got bit up good even with spray after dusk. That was the first night, then we got smarter.
Overall it was a great trip. We are already planning the next time.
Second time's a charm!
We're just back from our second visit to Belize and the Belizean Shores. This visit was even better than the first. The resort is impeccable. I agree with previous posts about the Laguna Grill restaurant on premises... inconsistent. We ate there twice first time it wasn't good, second, it was great. So who knows what the deal is there. We walked to Captain Morgans for dinner one night (very good) but cooked in our condo the other nights. I think next time we'll take advantage of the kitched stocking service though and not have to go into town for groceries. We went into town a few times, caught a ride in when someone from the resort was going. The lady at the front desk was very happy to tell us when the next time someone from the resort was heading for San Pedro, so we saved some money riding in with them and catching the water taxi back. The folks at the activities desk on the dock were very friendly and arranged our trips for us. The service there seems to have improved since our last visit and seems better organized. We went on trips with two different companies , Searious Adventures for the Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos Snorkel and Bachalar Chico Marine Reserve and Seaduced to Caye Caulker, Hol Chan and Shark Ray on a sail boat. Last time we did a beach bbq trip with Tuff E Nuff and were not pleased. We found out that the best beach bbq trip is with Seaduced on the sailboat. We plan on booking that trip next time. Snorkel Mexico Rocks with Jeffery from Searious. He is incredible. We'd go anywhere with Alito and his crew on the sailboat(has a potty) from Seaduced!
We will be returning to Belizean Shores! Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions.
Good as advertised
Just a great week here! Beautiful, friendly people and very relaxing. The property was very high quality construction and well maintained. We would definately go again. It is kind of a long trip getting there because of the stops and different modes of transport you take to get there. We were met soon after landing in San Pedro via Tropic Air and taken by short taxi ride to the resort boat. That is a 15 min. ride to Belizean Shores dock. They take you to your room/building and they will do as much or as little as you wish to make your stay wonderfull. Transportation: Keep in mind this resort is 4.5 mi north of San Pedro accross the 50ft. channel. Boat or water taxi is the best way to get there. The golf carts are fun but expensive and can be a little tricky to get on the ferry to town, the ferry is 2$. Bikes are fun to ride on the beach but the beach is almost impasable as you get a couple miles north. Walking is the same way. We walked into town, that's a long hot walk so be advised! The water taxi is 5$, one way. That can add up. The best thing to do is get a ride with Mr. Roy. He goes in most days about 11:00 and then again in the afternoon. Just ask someone when he's going and he will be glad to give you a ride. We went into town more than expected because we were there in the off season. Food: Most other resorts in the north were closed so there weren't many places to eat close by. The resaurant a Belizean Shore was good and Capt. Morgans was too, just a little different atmosphere. The food is expensive so we ate some meals in the room. There are a couple of food stores in town that have most of what you need. House keeping will do the dishes for you! Make sure you bring bug spray. The mosquitoes can be bad at dusk. If we went again in the off season we might stay at Belize yaht club or somewhere else south of town or maybe just plan better so we wouldn't have to go to town so much and just relax by the carribbean! Both U.S. and Belizean money is accepted but if you give them american dollars they will give you belizean change back. It's true that it doesn't have great beaches like Jamaca etc but they don't have the barrier reef. It's very great to lay by the water and listen to the waves breaking over the reef 1/2 mile off shore. Take a kayak out and snorkle out there, amazing. Most other recreation can get expensive but you can do most any kind of water fun. It's a little cheaper for some things in a group, like fishing and scuba. All can be arranged at the resort office. I don't think there is any advantage, ie; price, not to. We went' on a 1/2 day snorkel trip to shark ray ally etc. Very cool. A full day may have been to much. Hope this helps!
Much of the previous posts were right on regarding the bug spray, traveling with Mr Roy and the restaurant being like bar food. I must say the staff was amazing as well as the pool with captin Leo poolside manning the bar and lots of local games. The beach was quite nice as well as all of the grounds were perfectly manicured. The rooms were cleaned daily and they did a fantastic job. Simple, but nicely appointed rooms and they do vary as most are privately owned. We had 13 cable channels and our friends had about 300. We originally had 2nd floor "ocean view" room, but found that the palms had grwn since they last updated the website. Now the best view is from the lower level suites towards the front. Wonder if they will change the price?? We stayed in 2A and had a nice view of the ocean from our coffe spot on the front patio. Hammocks line the beach side under the palms if you want a break from the pool, or you can just hide out under the pool bar roof with Leo. The pool is lined with little water spouts and waterfalls behind the built in pool lounge chairs that help to blurr out the chatter of the chatty folks and construction in the area. While we are on that, they are constantly working on the place which is nice, but the sawing of tiles at 7:30am was a bit much with my coffee, but I do understand and it really didn't effect me, just worth mention. Noise really wasn't a problem at night except for the AC unit, but I actualy like white noise and it does work very well. I found the best food to be at Capricorn, and if you are there when they have the stuffed grouper on, you must!! It was one of the 2 best meals I had in 10 days, and coming from a typically non fish eating guy, it was amazing! Portifino was great as well. The bartender had a great sense of humor and my alfredo pasta with crab and lobster came with 2 lobster tails in addition! None of us could belive it. Oh yeah, so the place : ) Tile floors and counters, stove and oven, coffee maker, blender and large fridge. @A has a king size bed as others do not and tiled shower. Kitchen table and little front room area with a table and chair set on the patio. Take the $5 a day bikes to town on the beach for a thrill, you will love it. Walk the beach either direction, but bring your Tevas as it gets pretty "coralish" in spots. All in all, if you want peace and tranquility away from town, this is the spot.