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Belizean Shores Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3.5 Miles North | Ambegris Caye, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 0000, Belize   |  
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“One great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went on a spur of the moment trip to Belize in January. We were so pleased with the resort that we extended our stay.
It was perfect from the moment we arrived and were greeted by Marianne with an icy Rum Punch till we regrettably left in the complimentary boat that took us to the airport, Our stay was perfect.
The condo was well appointed with nice furniture and comfortable beds. Rooms were cleaned daily and immaculate.
The location of the resort is on the north side which is free from the hustle bustle and noise of the town, but easy to get to town if desired by boat at a nominal charge. You can also easily bike to town on one of the free beach cruisers. Also free SUP and Kayaks make for fun beach activities
On site excellent dive facilities with TuffEnuff made diving a breeze. Ask for Billy or AC. Very professional.
Can't wait to go back!!!
Worth every penny.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Outstanding little resort, perfect hideaway, undisturbed vacation, good services, spacious apartments, with perfect comfort, central a/c, ceiling fans, kitchen, large fridge, very large terrace.
Fantastic pool, all just a few yards away from the beach.
Good , casual dining, with a nice latin touch, great BBQ, with fresh vegatables and salads, great happy hour , starts at 2pm.

All resort staff are bilingual, some speak german as well.
Easy reach to san pedro by watertaxi, we only went once to san pedro, preferred the safe and pleasant ambiance of the resort.

Room Tip: 5 a all rooms - apartments facing the pool and beach, plenty of sun.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We just overall had an amazing trip. All staff was exceptional, especially the front desk and the bartenders. Maryanne and Levi were just perfect! Funny, accomadating, easy to get along with and friendly! Had a great time at the swim up bar and late night swimming where no one bothered you. The beach was very cute and the view was phenomenal. We loved the rooms. We were in Coco beach next door and we prefered the smaller resort and our rooms as it felt more inviting and had better a nicer bathroom. Even some friends from Coco beach next door were also impressed! You must rent a golf cart and you must try resturants up and down the beach. And you must do nothing and lay around and enjoy the resort! We were in Belize for 2 weeks but we spent out best 4 days were here!! We want to say a special thank you to Mike, Deon, Milton, Maryanne and Levi ! You guys made out trip so relaxing, yet so exciting!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

We just spend 5 nights in this resort. Nice room, clean and a good location. The pool are huge and the jacuzzi are nice. The beach also are nice and you can walk easily for a long walk. The problem are the restaurant. The food are really bad and the price are crazy expensive. You can buy a food in the city and cook by yourself. This is the only way to have something good. The water taxi cost 5$US one way and they are really usefull if you wont see something else than the resort. They have a reaaly goog place to eat in asan Pedro.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We recently stayed at Belizean Shores for our friends' destination wedding. This was our first tropical vacation and there were many great things about this place. We stayed in a ground floor room and loved sitting out on our patio every morning. PROS: The rooms are clean,beds are very comfortable, the kitchen had all the supplies you would need to cook, plenty of space, almost all the rooms are very close to the pool, pool area was wonderful, free use of kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats and water trampoline made the ocean a lot of fun. CONS: Booking was a pain! (Due to booking as a wedding guest, we were forced to call the resort, then email, then wait for an email back, then fax them our credit card info etc.--It took FOREVER!) The WiFi in our unit rarely worked. We were able to get our emails, but there was no way the service would have been good enough to Skype. (I know not everyone is looking to contact home on vacation, but this was our first time away from our young son, so we had been hoping it might work to Skype). The food wasn't that great (although, none of the meals I had in Belize were that great), almost no water pressure in the shower-if you want it hot, you lose what little water pressure you have. The rooms don't have darkening curtains, so we ended up waking up very early every morning. Unlike all the other reviews I read, we did not find the staff to be overly friendly. They weren't unfriendly, but I definitely didn't experience any of them going above and beyond. Also, the bride and groom were told that the wedding guests would be allowed to use the amenities at both Belizean Shores and its' sister resort, Cocoa Beach, but we were harassed by the staff when using the Cocoa Beach pool. Also, when we checked out they tried to charge us $80 in phone charges even though we never used the phone. They did eventually take that charge off our bill.

We ordered groceries from Mata Grande and that worked out really well for us.
Things I wish I had known before we got there---each room has a hair dryer and comes with coffee and a jug of water that you can refill for free all vacation long. You are allowed to bring your own beverages to the pool as long as they're not in glass containers, so that can cut down a lot on your bill if you mix your own drinks in your room. I would definitely avoid taking the water taxi from Belize City to San Pedro. It might be cheaper, but it adds a significant amount of travel time on to your vacation and it is NOT a comfortable, leisurely ride. Definitely avoid it if you are pregnant or have any back problems!

We ate at Capricorn restaurant one night and it was excellent! Beautiful atmosphere and fantastic food! We also did 2 excursions with Lady Leslie Catamaran tours and I can't say enough good things about them!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Redmond, Washington
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed at Belizean Shores for 5 nights, as a family group of 5 adults and 2 children (thus the 14 thumbs). We were there for Christmas day, at the busiest time of the year for the hotel and the entire island. We were extremely happy with our stay at Belizean Shores, and will stay here again if we are fortunate enough to return to Ambergris Caye.

ARRIVAL: Getting here or anywhere else on the island takes some effort (some combination of planes or water taxis), but on arrival at the dock, we were greeted with a fun welcoming ceremony. We were then given an orientation and shown our rooms. Let the vacation begin!

ROOMS: The hotel is not tiny and not enormous; there are about ten buildings altogether, situated in a half-moon around the swimming pool, and each building has two upper and two lower apartments. Our party stayed in two adjacent, upper-level apartments in building 5. It is one of the farthest from the ocean, but we still had peek-a-boo views of the ocean, and could hear the surf from the balcony at night after the pool fountains were turned off. Our unit was immaculately clean when we checked in; a minor miracle considering how easy it is to track in sand or dirt. We took advantage of the kitchen; storing leftovers in the large fridge and cooking a few breakfasts and a Christmas dinner. The living room and bedroom are spacious. We were slightly worried about sleeping arrangements for both rooms: we had three adults in one unit and two adults plus two toddlers in the other. But things worked out OK; housekeeping staff helped us move a mattress from the loft down into the spacious living room so that my mom-in-law wouldn’t need to climb an additional flight of stairs. The loft wasn't safe for my brother's little children in his unit, but they had room for one child in their bed and placed the smaller child in a crib that fit wedged partially into the closet. The main living area in the upstairs units is roomy, with a soaring open space above, and space for a sofa and table and chairs and an extra bed. The exterior patio porch was a nice shady place to relax, eat a meal, look over the scenic pool, or watch the palm and ficus treetops for birds. The bathroom was not as roomy as the other spaces in our unit, but was adequate. The shower was large and tiled. Water inside isn't suitable for drinking, and guests can fill (provided) water jugs with potable water at a poolside well. Refilling the drinking water a couple times per day became a fun ritual. Water pressure was weak throughout our stay, and a couple of times the water stopped working altogether for a few minutes. The wireless connection behaved the same as the plumbing; it was spotty and never very speedy. Both plumbing and wireless probably both suffered capacity problems from a totally full hotel on a totally full island. At any rate, these were the only minor problems with our rooms.

POOL: One of our reasons for choosing this hotel in the first place was the interesting pool design, and we were not disappointed. It has an unusual topology, with sections of various sizes and depths, connected by long canals that entirely encircle the swim-up bar and the large hot-tub. Bridges over each canal drizzle water into the pool, and I enjoyed swimming laps through these passageways. The little kids in our party loved splashing in the shallow part and playing in the various water jets and fountains. There are submerged chairs and stools in addition to the usual deck furniture, and a couple of tiny islands hosting palm trees. We visited the large hot tub several times after sunset, where you can watch the stars and moon overhead while dissolving in a cauldron of bubbles. Hop over the back wall of the hot tub, and you are in the pool. I miss you terribly, Belizean Shores Pool!

WILDLIFE: I may be the rare traveler that visits a resort and hopes to find exotic wild animals sharing it with me, but I am, and I did. This is probably true of most properties on Ambergris Caye, but the same flowers and trees that decorate the grounds attract wild critters too. We saw iguanas and a basilisk sunning beside the pool, and along the path leading to the restaurant in back. Birds we saw on the property included a Common Black Hawk, Giant Cowbird, Tropical Mockingbird, American Redstart, Hooded Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Wilson's Warbler, Mangrove Warbler, White-collared Seedeater, Social Flycatcher, Ground Dove, and Grackles. Petrols wheeled overhead all day, and small flocks of pelicans flapped by occasionally. Hummingbirds battled over territory all day long, and a mob of parakeets raced overhead in the mornings but never stopped at our resort. I saw even more species of birds and lizards while walking the road inland from the resort, which skirts open fields and mangrove forests. My inner naturalist was very satisfied with this resort.

WATERFRONT: The ocean is only a dozen meters or so from the hotel property. Mature palms support several hammocks, and provide shade for many reclining chairs. The beach is golden sand and there's enough room to build small sandcastles. A beachside path runs for miles in both directions, and we enjoyed walking this unpaved trail and peeking into other resort properties, and visiting their restaurants. Most traffic is pedestrian, but the occasional bike or scooter passes by. A few locals were hawking woven craft tapestries along the trail, but not aggressively or obnoxiously. The water is beautiful but not very inviting for swimming; like almost all beaches on Ambergris Caye, sea grass grows in the shallow water. Just past the beach, a dock hosts an adventure outfitting company and serves a water taxi that runs down to San Pedro. At the end of the dock, a swimming area is marked off by buoys, and there's a small slide for the kiddies.

RESTAURANT – We had many good meals at the Belizean Shores restaurant, "Shells at the Shores" located at the back of the property. It's not terribly fancy, but is on the third floor with lots of windows overlooking the mangrove forests on the western side of the island. We especially enjoyed the conch ceviche here; it was the best of the four places we sampled this local delicacy in Belize. When one of the servers, Elder, discovered my brother and I like fiery hot food, he whipped up a complimentary batch of his special habanero salsa that was deliciously painful. Thanks, Elder! We also enjoyed seafood and chicken dishes here, and the Belizean specialties. We didn't have many sweets, but the guava cheesecake was phenomenally decadent.

STAFF – Every single encounter with staff was excellent. Mariana, the manager, greeted us and saw us off as we left, and was genuinely interested in our well-being. We visited the front desk several times and were always well served – Levi spent an hour helping us after we lost a credit card and needed to cancel it. In addition to Elder plying us with homemade salsas, our other servers were cheerful and talkative. Sandra told us stories about life in Belize, and brought us bananas from the kitchen after learning we failed to find them at three groceries on the island. The porter pointed out some iguanas for us, and the gardener, while collecting coconuts for the bar, graciously lopped the top off one with his machete, for us to drink on our porch. My mother-in-law enjoyed chatting with the housekeeping lady that tidied our room every day. The Belizean Shores crew made us feel at home, and made our stay more enjoyable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We recently stayed at Belizean Shores Resort to attend a wedding. We enjoyed many of the extras including basketball and ping pong. The pool area is nicely landscaped and inviting with a bar - this became a major gathering place for all of us. We rented bikes and had a quick ocean front ride into San Pedro, golf carts are also available if you prefer. I can't say enough about the staff - many of whom called me by name from the moment we checked in. They never seemed too busy to stop and chat or answer questions. I believe the on-site food has improved with a new chef. We ate 2 meals there and both were good.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3.5 Miles North | Ambegris Caye, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 0000, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#12 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#18 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Belizean Shores Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belizean Shores Resort is the perfect destination for active and adventure travellers. It is a great place to bring the family and have some fun. The resort offers comfortable and affordable pool view and beachfront suites with many amenities to keep the family entertained. It’s onsite Excursion Center gives adventure seekers every opportunity to explore the island and the country. After a full day of activities the Blue Hole Pool Bar is a great way to wind down, relax, and enjoy the beautiful swimming pool.Belizean Shores offers complimentary water sports to all guests- kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boat, and water trampoline. It also offers complimentary use of the onsite tennis/basketball court, ping pong tables, beach volleyball, children's swing set, and life size chess. ... more   less 
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