Feb/Mar - my husband Ross & I spent 1 month in Unit 20, a 1 bedroom on the ground floor. It was a perfect location for us as we overlooked the pool with views to the ocean & the dock. Property manager Eric came by almost daily so if you needed anything. It was really nice getting to know the combination of owners and renters that we met during this month. The owners made us feel very welcome and included us in any activities they had planned. We participated in two pot luck dinners that were a lot of fun.
The unit itself was very well out fitted and very clean. The kitchen had everything you would need except an actual oven, but had a toaster oven. Electricity is very expensive and as the air conditioner was in the bedroom, we only used it while we were sleeping. Otherwise the constant breeze off the ocean & the ceiling fans kept the unit comfortably cool.
Shopping in San Pedro is expensive due to everything needs to be brought in and I think a lot has to due with the taxes to import. There is a small grocery store just behind the complex that has a very good selection of items and their prices for some things were better than the larger stores. Super Buy South is the first grocery store heading into town that we frequented. Right across the street is bakery so there was always fresh bread every day. There are several grocery stores in town and every one had a different price for things. Produce is hit & miss as nothing is grown on the island. There are a couple of shops on middle street that have refrigeration and carry heads of lettuce etc. Check expiration dates on perishables as things can sit for awhile.
We purchased a crate of beer & one of pop from the distributor on the way to town. They also have drivers that will deliver to your complex if you catch them the day before. Same with water although you can get that at the corner store.
Based on a recommendation from one of the owners my husband chose to dive with Patojo's Scuba Center north of town near the bridge. (will submit a review) Although Suya tours was on the next dock they did more snorkling & land tours and handed off their dive guests to another dive company. But from others Suya did a great job and was very convenient.
Although the walk into town is long but doable it wasn't something we wanted to do in the heat. We rented a golf cart for the month. It is very normal to offer a ride to the locals as they are walking into or out of town. We met some really nice folks that way.
We bought mosquito coils & used bug spray when sitting on the veranda as the little biters came out at dusk.
There are a lot of good restaurants to try. Our favorites in no particular order were Joe's Tex-Mex - a short walk from the complex. Meals are Texas huge so you might want to split a meal. If you see a sign that says Fast Food it means Chinese take out. Tim's Fast Food in the blue building heading into town has really good food and opens at 5pm. Beside him is Robin's Jerk Chicken ...you can smell the BBQ as you round the corner. Wednesdays at Mickeys located at the bottom of middle street has Burritos the size of a football for 11 BZ. Again split them. Fish is abundant and we had delicious grouper & snapper meals at several places in town.
This was our first visit to San Pedro and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We would definitely come back and especially to Caribe Island. It is off the beaten path but close enough to everything. Small enough where you can enjoy some quiet time or you can join in on the discussions around the pool.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Caribe Island Condos Hotel San Pedro
- Caribe Island Condos San Pedro
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