My husband and I went to San Pedro after buying a flight+hotel package on the web. When we got to the hotel, we were both amazed: it was even better then what the photos show. The place is intimate, beautiful (both the buildings and the grounds), romantic, and we have never seen a staff that helpful, and full of knowledge (especially Judy). We walked a lot on the beach and saw all resorts from Banana hotel (south of town), to Capitain Morgan's. This hotel is one of the nicests for sure. These are our tips:
-hotels outside of town are much nicer (like El Pescador), and the beachfront also is nicer. Don't stay in town
-but the further away from town, the more complicated it gets to get to and from town (El pescador is 5km or 3 miles from town: 1 hour walk or 7$ boat one way, leaves every hour or use the loaned bikes from the hotel 15minutes one way, nice ride)
-supper at el pescador: expensive (35$USD for a 4 course meal + 10%taxes + gratuities) and the menu not always convincing
-restaurants/hotels around El Pescador are just as expensive or more.
-Very nice meals in town (ex: grilled fish) for about 10$USD
-but we had breakfast (8$) and lunch (12$) at the hotel: plenty was served, great bread and pastries made there. Service is also quick and extremely friendly.
-Snorkeling is the best we ever had anywhere. At Hole Chan and sharks alley snorkeling tour, we were able to see nursing sharks, sea turtles, snappers, trumpet fish, eagle rays, etc... We have done diving in mexico and europe and most times don't see as much!
-Lamanai tour with SEArious was also GREAT (booked through the hotel). the guides welcomed and answered all questions about the tour and about Belize. This is an opportunity to see the jungle and some animals, as well as learn about the Maya civilization.
-Loved the hammocks and our one bedroom villa with sea view. The bathroom with a huge Jungle shower was great, we had a king bed, and a tv with cable and a DVD.
Great vacation, need to return to do some diving. We would definitively stay there again.