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“Beautiful Spot, beach-resort!” 4 of 5 stars
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Captain Morgan's Retreat
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   3 1/2 Miles from San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #39 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful Spot, beach-resort!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Food was delish at restaurant! Huge portions given. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves! The waiter was friendly and we had a good time soaking up the sunshine! Price points a bit steeper than other spots in San Pedro, but all in all a lovely resort! The resort is way out of the way and this makes it for a lovely spot!

Room Tip: Did not see resort, was on vacation and did not want a tour.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Miami Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Have been staying in a different hotel in San Pedro but attended New Years party at Captain Morgans which was a lot of fun. I'm traveling with a friend and we needed to return to our hotel which is only reachable by boat after midnight. Because of a schediling mixup with the water taxis we found ourselves stranded. The manager that night at Captain Morgans immediately arranged for one of his boats to bring us back to our hotel. What a nice, considerate thing to do! And he is obviously a great role model for the staff who were all courteous and helpful throughout the night. The hotel looks great, based on my experience I will stay here next time I'm in Ambergris Cay

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Captain Morgan's is a beautiful resort. The staff, especially Gilbert and Oscar, will do whatever they can to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The beach is swept everyday and with many hammocks on the property there is always a good place to relax and enjoy the views. The garlic pizza is wonderful at Buena Vista, the resort restaurant, but beyond that, the food was pricey and just okay. Skip the Tuesday cultural night buffet, but check out the local artisans that set up that evening. If you are interested in buying carved wood or jewelry, look for Joe and Esvin. Once we discovered Capricorn restaurant which is a short walk south, we didn't eat at the resort again. We did rent bikes ($10/day) and a golf cart (5 hrs gives ample time to explore downtown) from the resort--expect a very bumpy ride on the road into town. We also used the free kayaks and snorkel equipment to snorkle out at the reef. Overall, a great experience and we will definitely return.

Room Tip: We stayed in a vacation club lock-off which was very, very nice and had the opportunity to see the 1...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

For those of you that are expecting to walk from your beach chair into the ocean, this is not the place to stay. The only way to get into the ocean is 100 yard walk out onto the pier and jump in. Sea grass and crabs don't allow you to enter the ocean except from designated areas.

We were disappointed that the staff didn't tell us it was a 5 hour trip to get to the Lamanai Mayan ruins! The nature we saw on our of our many boat rides en route to Lamanai included what looked like a rubber toy alligator and a fed pet monkey that came down from the trees. The actual tour only lasted 2 hours and that included eating lunch at a cost of $160 pp. Left the resort at 7 am, returned at 6 pm. Tired, hungry and annoyed.

Rooms are large and well furnished. Staff was extremely friendly and attempted to be helpful. However, had to ask a bartender for beach chairs and pads and he had to call someone that never showed up. Staff also "helped" themselves to some of our personal items (phone & cash) in our room and management failed to respond to us on this issue. Keep EVERYTHING in the room safe!

Waraguma restaurant in San Pedro is FABULOUS. Small & casual. The seafood soup and lobster burritoes are out of this world.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The staff is really what made our stay so enjoyable, they were friendly and full of helpful information about fun stuff to do on the island. The room was comfortable and the pools were great for relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Clarita, California
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Paid Getaway through Interval. Opted for the water taxi from Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye instead of Municipal Air travel. San Pedro Water Taxi: staff was great 1 hour 10 minutes to San Pedro. Got off Water Taxi walked to Ultimate Golf Cart Rentals about 1 block. Drove to Captain Morgans, can't get lost 1 road from 1 end of island to other. Once over the bridge the road is sand and bumpy but if you slow down it was fine. Captain Morgans: food was excellent, on site store had basic needs but a little pricy (trip to San Pedro grocery market more affordable)
Ocean front villas were great, clean and private yet convenient to cart parking lot and bar/restaurant. Free Wifi did not reach to the villas but was no problem at the bar. Lumanai Ruins was worth the excursion price but it's a full day. The Reef Snorkle direct from C.M. Dock was great. Recommend the Palapa Bar for pulled pork and bbq wings you can drive or walk from C.M. All in all the entire Week was Very relaxing, very casual, The staff at C.M is very accomodating and will do whatever they can to make sure you are happy.

Room Tip: ask for the Beachfront Villas
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We just returned from a relaxing week at Captain Morgan's. When I saw the small plane we had to ride to get to Ambergris Caye, I was a little nervous, but the ride was quick and smooth, and we even saw a sting rey from above! From the airstrip in San Pedro, a taxi took us to the resort's boat, then a short 7 minute ride to CMR. Our check-in went very smoothly, and we had our luggage delivered quickly. Gilbert gave us a nice tour of the property, so we knew where everything was right away. The room was very comfortable, and there were flowers on the bed, towels, sink, shower, and even in the toilet bowl! Nice touch! Culture night was fun and the food and music were good. Oscar at the bar was so friendly, as was the whole staff. We toured the Mayan ruins and did the cave tubing--both well worth the trip! My husband had a 2 tank dive, and they even saw a 14 foot hammerhead shark! What a thrill! They have kayaks to use to row out near the reef, so we tied up to a buoy and snorkeled right there, for no cost. I had heard that the water in Belize is gin clear, and it is! The beaches aren't really usable for swimming, as there is sea grass everywhere, but we noticed the same thing in the out islands of the Bahamas. Meals were really good, but the best was the fried grouper special one night--to die for! And I don't even like fish! We attended a ceviche making class one afternoon at one of the swim up bars. It was delicious! We rented a golf cart one day to drive into town and it was a bumpy ride, but an adventure! The boat is definitely the fastest and smoothest way to go. We also walked down the beach a few times and ate at different restaurants. We never had a bad meal all week! Our one complaint was the tipping situation. At most of the onsite locations, tips had to be paid in cash, rather than just add it to the room bill. This was inconvenient to carry money all the time. We didn't try fishing, but we saw one group come in with a nice bunch of fish. Our biggest plus was the friendly people working at the resort! Smiles were everywhere! It was a very relaxing vacation!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 1/2 Miles from San Pedro Town, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#22 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#28 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Captain Morgan's Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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