My family stayed in the Nautilus 1 - which was a fantastic beachfront villa with 3 bedrooms, 4 ba, full kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry room. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with open shower. Each of the lower level rooms has a private entrance, and the master suite upstairs has a balcony. The coolest feature is a 2 story jungle atrium with a palm tree! We had comfortable beds, free wi-fi and the air conditioning worked well.
The property includes bikes, kayaks and snorkel gear to use at no cost. A 15 minute paddle to a buoy in front of the property, and you're snorkeling for free! Great reef - saw coral canyons and lobster along with a few stingray and lots of fish. We loved the unique pool, and the quiet beach. There were plenty of restaurants within walking distance - so for my parents, and my husband and I, the location was perfect. If you want to be closer to lively bars and nightlife - this is not the ideal place.
Ambergris Caye – the ups and downs:
On the downside – it is a costly island. The property is 3 ½ miles from town, the easiest way to get there is by water taxi, which picks you up right at your dock. For our family of 5 to go to town was $50 roundtrip. By bicycle, riding along the beach, the ride is 45 minutes 1 way. There is a road in back of the property that is brutal with potholes. You could rent a golf cart - which were costly, but factor in that brutal road and I wouldn't recommend it. We took advantage of our kitchen, and cooked several dinners and breakfasts. However, the grocery prices were like shopping at a gas station. Heavy mark ups due to bringing supplies in from the mainland. The restaurants were expensive, though the food was great. Because of the barrier reef (no surf) – there is a lot of sea grass growing, so not great beaches for swimming. We used San Pedro water taxi to get from mainland Belize to Ambergris Caye - $15/pp; 1 hr 15 minute. My parents opted for the plane ride back – about $80/pp; 15 minute. (round trip airfare is about $135/ vs. roundtrip water taxi at $30.)
On the upside: We had great weather – even at night, never needed long sleeves! Enjoyed beautiful clear water, great diving, great snorkeling, and a very safe environment. All the locals we met were friendly and polite. All the food we had was fantastic. If you book a trip – the tour companies will pick you up right at your dock, and return you there at the end of the day. Very convenient! We did ziplining/cave tubing combo with Searious Adventures. Note: if your tour is on the mainland – prepare for 2 ½ hours of boating back and forth! Because of this, we only did one mainland tour. Loved our villa, it was perfect for our family. I would definitely stay at Seascape Villas again. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
- Also Known As:
- Seascape Villas Belize/Ambergris Caye