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“a great place for ocean lovers” 4 of 5 stars
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Caribe Island Condos
Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #40 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
San Diego, California
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“a great place for ocean lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

We stayed in unit 22 a one bedroom ocean view unit on the ground floor. The room was clean and had everything we needed, new silverware and glasses, cute dishes, microwave, TV with channels from all over the world, plastic margarita ware for the poolside and beach, a full sized refrigerator, stove, and good wifi. This resort is at the 2.5 marker south of town which means that a golf cart rental is a good idea and the managers will arrange one to meet you at the airport if you ask. We just walked across the street from the airport and rented one ourselves with no problems. I almost packed a deck of cards when the weather report said partly rainy but I shouldn't have worried. The water is so shallow that the snorkeling was good even in the rain. We were in the water almost everyday for a week, snorkeling, boating to the blue hole and boating to the mainland Mayan ruins at Lamanai. The companies will pick you up at the dock if you request it. There is a payphone at the palapa near the pool, but we didn't find it until our last day and did all arrangements in person or by email. The rooms have air conditioning but we never used it, the fans and ocean breezes kept us comfortable.I was awakened by birds chirping every morning, my husband and I enjoyed the quiet after a full day on the water. The beach in front of the condo is cleaned daily but the water is full of seaweeds ( which turtles and manatees like to eat in more secluded areas) and the island doesn't have great beaches. I saw two manatee in the water from the small plane coming to the island, and two more in the water near Bacalar Chico. We snorkeled at Hol Chan three times and saw something new every time. The guides are really among the best in the world, we tried three different touring companies and they were all helpful and knowledgeable. Most food is shipped in and is very expensive, roadside stalls have the best fruit and vegetables and the tap water is good. Ambergris Caye is no Cancun. Despite a huge influx of expats, it retains its Caribbean charm and lack of glitzy "luxury". These condos reflect the island's spirit. I would recommend this condo for couples and families who enjoy each other and the sea.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Visalia, California, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

This was my first trip to Belize and this condo was where my Brother had stayed the previous year so we opted to do it again with him. The condo had all the we needed, but it was more on the value side ad opposed to being pampered. We were pretty much on our own. There was no maid service, though in hind site I should have arranged that. We had 2 units and they cleaned one of them mid trip but they didnt do ours. The location was good, about two miles south of town. The beds not very comfortable but I am a little bit picky there. There is a tour operator next door (Suya Tours) and one down the way at Athens gate (Tuff e Nuff Tours) we used both of them and were pleased with the service. There is a little store down the street and a restaurant by Athens gate called Joes. It was great food.
For the money, this condo was perfect.... You really do need a golf cart tho, because its a bit far from town to walk. They did have bikes to use there but only two.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

We stayed at Caribe island, Unit 7, from 12/10/2011 until 12/23/2011. We really enjoyed our time and the location is really great. Our unit was as end unit on the bottom floor with a terrific view of the ocean and dock. I found this unit on VRBO, www.vrbo.com/260316, and couldn't be happier.
Downtown San Pedro can be quite chaotic but since this condo is 2.5 miles south, it feels like a different world. We rented a golf cart to make the trip easier, although golf carts are apparently made of gold in Belize. There are also bikes that can be borrowed but they aren't in the best shape and, after a few breakdowns, we decided a cart was the best bet. Plus, you can explore more of the island with a cart.
The condo was tastefully decorated and in really good shape. It came fully furnished and had a full kitchen, including one of the most important appliances, a blender. Some of the amenities include: cable TV (which was out while we were there), a breakfast bar in the kitchen, a queen size bed and a pull out sofa-bed, AC, stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, the aforementioned blender, cookware, and walk in shower. It's so well stocked that you could live there indefinitely.
The owner, Mark, made sure we had everything we needed. He even followed up halfway through the stay to make sure everything was going well. When someone wasn't working, he was fast to resolve it...from 2,000 miles away. I would rent from him in a heartbeat and we probably will next year.
Be aware that these condos are individually owned so your experience may vary if you rent another unit. We did make friends with several other owners while down there and they were all great.
The best part of this condo is the view. With the swaying palm trees with hammocks strung between them, the manicured beach (which they rake every morning), and the dock with palapa, it's quite an amazing sight. The snorkeling at the end of the dock is great too.
Stay here, you wont regret it!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Three generation trip to Belize. We stayed six nights in #12. Great experience for all of the family. Eric and Ana helped us so much prior to and during the stay. It's 3 miles south of town and it was a great place to enjoy the island. With Suya tours next door...we could enjoy the island, the condo, and the tours from one great place. We enjoyed it and we would come back here next time.

Room Tip: #12 holds 8 people very comfortably...make sure to rent a golf cart during your stay
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

We chose Caribe Island after doing a lot of research on Belize and specifically Ambergris Caye. There are many choices on this wonderful little island, but Caribe Island Resort is well known for its locale, quiet beach setting, and nice accomodations. All we can say is "WOW", the resort is just about perfect. It is located far enough from town so that it is peaceful and relaxing, yet has a grocery store, inexpensive restaurant, and dive shop just behind the property. It is also very well maintained, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed.
Our search started with an introduction to "Mark" on VRBO. He was great with answering all of our questions and was very patient with us while we researched other deals on VRBO. He was not pushy at all, and was more helpful than just about anybody we talked to. Most people did not even bother to return our emails. He even took the time to talk with us over the phone several times and give us advice on travel and things to do during our stay. The booking process with Mark and Red Hammock was very smooth, and we were greeted by their staff immediately upon landing on the island. We rented one of the Deluxe Ocean Front units and had no complaints other than the internet connection being unreliable on some days. I think it had something to do with the solid concrete wall construction. When we used the internet on our porch, it improved a lot. The room itself was great, it could sleep 3 or 4 comfortably, but it was just me and my husband, so there was more than enough room.
The resort has a nice long stretch of beach, a private pier with a palapa at the end and snorkeling ladder for easy snorkeling (FREE). The staff of people that they employ is small due to economic times, but everyone was very helpful and kind. There are some owners who live there full time who were just a blast to be around. They have a weekly community BBQ that is so much fun to be a part of.
Thanks for the great trip Mark, we hope to come back again next winter. We promised to bring some items for the friends that we met down there, so I guess that means we are definitely coming back. -BT

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

We rented this unit through the internet site VRBO.com. Individual owners post their places for rent on this site. We started to rent through one individual owner then got passed on to another owner who was head of the Condo Corp and rents under his company name, Red Hammock (units can be rented by individual owners and/or property management). The experience was the worst one we have every gone through. We rented unit #1 at Caribe Island (privately owned condos), also know by the locals as the Pepto Bismol building because it is painted light pink.

Renting procedure - When we called the first owner, Mark, informed us that there were no 1 bdrm units remaining for the dates we wanted but that they would provide us with a 2 bdrm unit for a slight cost increase. We agreed and he emailed the contract. Upon review we noticed a number of things, the price they quoted us was higher, the taxes were wrong and they were charging a damage fee that would not be returned. So we called and they explained that the taxes are higher than we thought (12%, yet still different from what they put on the contract), the damage fee was common practice. More importantly the dates were WRONG with the arrival and departure times. They had us arriving in January 2011 instead of December 22nd/2010. By the time we noticed their mistake 3 weeks later, they did acknowledge it being their mistake but the 2 bdrm unit was no longer available, however, they had a 1 bdrm unit that had just joined the rental pool. Although it was on the first floor, it had just been completely renovated, with all new furniture. We were told the price would be higher than the original 1 bdrm price. Well by this point in time there was not much left on the island that did not cost an arm and a leg so we felt we had no choice and accepted. This whole process seemed unprofessional and unpleasant.

Location- we originally looked at this location because it was just outside the limits of the busier downtown San Pedro and we were looking for a quite relaxing location. It was advertised on the internet as a 25 min walk to downtown. In truth, it is about an hour walk to downtown and we had to spend over $360 US to rent a golf cart for 10 days to get downtown to shop for groceries or go to dinner. One night we found ourselves in our unit gasping for breath, eyes burning and watering trying to figure out where the smoke was coming from. Turns out that the island dump is on the south end of the island and if you have an offshore breeze it blows the smoke from the burning garbage over/through this location. They burn everything that goes in the garbage and there is no recycling program so the smoke is dangerously toxic.

The Unit - they gave us at check in, we commented that, there has been some kind of mistake as the unit (#1) has never been renovated and the furniture is as old as the unit. The counters are tiled and dirty, the bed is so old, uncomfortable and dirty. The sheets are old and thin, no extra blanket or mattress cover. We discovered the toilet leaked dirty water almost every time we flushed and got worse as we stayed, the hot water tank was so small it did not provide enough water to shower or even do the dishes. Right outside the bedroom window was the "outside maintenance area" and the maintenance guy would show up every morning at 7am, turn on his radio and gather his tools for the mornings chores. The building next door had been purchased by another unit owner and was under complete full gut renovation, literally 5 ft from our bedroom unit. Every day was hammering, electric circular saws, construction, workers yelling over tools. We could not take an afternoon nap, watch TV, as you couldn't hear it over the noise. We were exhausted and there was absolutely nothing relaxing about this vacation and we are paying peak vacation rates. Everyone we talk to pointed the finger at someone else and nothing is done to stop construction because property management and Red Hammock claims they did not know about the construction that would be underway during the peak Christmas holiday time.

Cockroaches and ants - Giant cockroaches in the unit and trails of ants in the bedroom and living room going up walls. When we complain about this we are told it is because of the renovation next door and all the pests are scurrying. Great we are the closest unit to the construction and yet nothing is done.

So, completely dishonest rental practices from Red Hammock, a completely disgusting dirty unit, on-going construction and noise, plus worth mentioning is the street dog fights every morning at 5am. They would bark non-stop for hours. This is without question the worst vacation location experience we have ever had.

Also upon arrival we had a woman come to our door that was also renting through Red Hammock and she was furious as RH was moving her to another location in the middle of her stay due to double booking her unit.

I am generally an easy going person and let things slide but this has prompted me to write my first trip advisor review. Thumbs down to Red Hammock, our quiet relaxing vacation ended with us both sick from a lack of sleep and my wife could not dive due to the lack of sleep she developed a head cold and nasal congestion. She had to sit on the boat while I dove (and I just got my license for the sole purpose of being able to dive with her).

We felt once they found out about our situation through property management that they would either re-imburse us for our stay as soon as they were notified at the beginning of our stay and we would find an alternative place to stay or give us a large rebate (versus paying peak price for Christmas time) for the major construction taking place a few feet from our unit. This is a total lack of caring or professionalism.

I will never rent here or from you again and will let everyone I can know.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

We knew we were in trouble when the manager (in the U.S.) botched our confirmed reservation only days before our arrival. In the end, however, we were glad he forced us to leave a day early for Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where we finished our vacation much more comfortably and economically. We were greeted at the Caribe Island Condos by cockroaches, mosquitos, inadequate hot water, and a poorly equipped kitchen, among other problems.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#22 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#35 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Oceanfront condominium complex with various sized units that can accomodate up to twelve persons. The Caribe Island condo resort is a small, full-service resort that is located on the Island of Ambergris Caye, just outside the town of San Pedro in Belize, Central America. ... more   less 
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