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“Best place on the Island...” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Caye Caulker
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“Best place on the Island...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2006

My wife and I stayed here this past February and we just made reservations to stay with Jim again next February. The rooms are so nice and the air condition is so, so cool. The word is that they will be putting in a pool sometime this Fall..!! If you choose to stay here you will not be sorry..

  • Liked — the rooms
  • Disliked — lack of pool
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Barataria, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2006

My wife, and three of our friends stayed at Iguana Reef Inn last week, and I must admit Jim, and Mario have the best place on the Caye. Both Jim and Mario go out of their way to take care of their guest. Adrian the bartender is also fantastic. The weather was not the best, but on the rainy days Adrian kept our spirits up by pouring great drinks. On one day last week their was a small problem with our business back home, so our manager emailed the Inn, and the email was delivered to our door within minutes of being sent. Now that is service!!!
On this past Saturday when we left the Caye by water taxi Adrian was there with his two beautiful little daughters to see us off at the pier.
The rooms all were very spacious, clean, and the atmosphere was great. I highly recommend the Iguana Reef Inn.

Stayed June 2006
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Ellsworth ME
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2006

We just returned from 9 glorious days in Caye Caulker at Iguana Reef Inn. What a bargain! We had an oceanfront deluxe suite that was beautiful with original art on the walls and a lovely private veranda overlooking the water. Breakfasts (included in room rate) of fresh fruit and freshly baked cinammon rolls couldn't be beat. Adrian is the world's best bartender who whipped up special drinks for us every day. After walking around the island it was easy to see that this is by far the nicest place to stay.
We snorkeled the barrier reef with Juni and would highly recommend him. Our favorite restaurant was Don Corleones, followed by Rasta Pasta. If you're looking for a really laid back and relaxing vacation this is the place for you.
Linda & Art, Ellsworth ME

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2006

We've been to Caye Caulker at least 5 or 6 times, and always stay here. Room 12 is the best one, on the second floor by the ocean. The island does seem to be getting more Americanized each time we go (more rap music, for starters), and the locals aren't too thrilled with the cruise ships coming in. However, it is much quieter than Ambergris, and still has the same options for diving, snorkeling, or going inland. This is the only place on the island I'd stay. We even got married on the beach here, so Jim and Mario (the owners) can arrange anything!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dunn, NC
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2005

My family and I went to Caye Caulker and Belize over the 4th of July week and loved it. We decided to take the water taxi over and fly back..to sample both means of transportation. Having done so, we would choose to fly both ways. Once we arrived at the airport in Belize City, the Inn arranged for a taxi to take us the the marine terminal for the water taxi, which took about 45 minutes. Due to the holiday weekend ( Lobster Fest) the boat was packed and was unbearably hot. On arrival, the Inn arranged for someone to meet us at the dock, help us with our bags and get us to the Inn. Everyone at the Inn was very friendly and helpful. We were thrilled it had air conditioning! ! as most of the island's Inns, restaurants and stores do not have any air conditioning.
The drinks and breakfast at the Inn were great. The rooms were very nice. The only drawback I can see is the lack of a beach. They have a man made beach there overlooking beautiful water, but unswimmable. There is only 1 beach on the island that we could find, very small and always packed with people. The kids did rent ocean kayaks for a few hours and had fun,and went snorkeling on the reef, which was fabulous.

Al-in-all we had a great time and look forward to returning one day soon.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2005

Visited the second week in July--the weather was absolutely beastly hot, but the air conditioning at the Iguana Reef Inn was a godsend! The place also has a lovely outdoor bar and Jim can direct you to Carlos, who has the best snorkeling trip on the island. Our stay was perfect except for the noise from the other guests--the walls and ceiling/floors seem to be thin. We walked all over the island, and the Iguana Reef Inn was by far the nicest place on the island. We also can recommend the Italian restaurant, Don Corleone's, owned by the same family. Delicious food!

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arizona
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2005

My wife and I spent July 3-10 on Caye Caulker and had a wonderful time! Wanted to post a trip report for future Caye Caulker visitors to reference. We stayed at the Iguana Reef Inn, which was absolutely wonderful! They really have beautiful facilities and I did not see a nicer place on the Island. The 1st day we were there was my wife's birthday and they did a great job putting flowers and a bottle of wine in the room and arranging a message therapist to give her a massage in our room. They have a nice beach area next to the bar where you can watch the fish swim by, snorkel or just watch a sunset.

Jim, Mario and Isabel were great in answering all of our questions and arranging our mainland tours. We did a day-trip to Tikal in Guatemala (via air) and that was probably the highlight of our trip to see such impressive Mayan ruins. They also made our arrangements for cave tubing with Tom Greenwood and we also really enjoyed that.

While on Caye Caulker we dove 3 days and tried 3 different dive shops - Belize Diving Services, Paradise Down and Frenchie's. I had done some research prior and there didn't seem to be one obvious choice. We ended up having a good experience with all 3 dive shops. The dive masters were all very professional and safe. Paradise Down had the largest boat with a bathroom, so that was nice when we went to the Blue Hole, as it was kind of choppy between the atolls. We dove first with Belize Diving Services and they were super as we had not been diving in a couple of years. We might have stayed with them, but they were not going to the Blue Hole or the Turneffe Elbow this time of year. Frenchie's was the only place that was going to the Elbow, so we used them our 3rd day. Again, they did a great job. If you like smaller dive groups, Frenchie's and Belize Diving Services probably fit a little better.

As for restaurants, we loved Don Corleone's and Habeneros (they give large portions). Barefoot Caribe and the Sand box were pretty good.

As for money, we brought a lot of US traveler's checks, but didn't use them much, as most places took VISA/MC. Merchants took US currency without any issues. The 2:1 exchange rate makes it simple to understand prices. Never needed to use the bank on the island.

Unfortunately, I got sick for 1 day, but was able to get some antibiotics at the Pharmacy and bounced right back. A doctor was also available, though I didn't feel bad enough to visit them.

Our only negative experience was using the international phones on the island, and I chalk that up to ignorance or lack of investigation on my part. We made a couple of calls back to family in the US and charged it on credit cards on these phones. When we got back we saw we were billed $35 for a call < 5 minutes and $65 for a 13-minute call. I should have done our homework! I did call the billing company/service provider (actually a US company) and was able to get the charges reduced some. I would definitely recommend purchasing a calling card or using email if you can. The calling card will be more expensive than US cards, but it will still be cheaper that the credit card calls.

All of the people we meet on Caye Caulker (tourists and locals) were very friendly and made our trip very enjoyable! We loved the very laid-back atmosphere and hope to visit again some day!

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Address: PO Box 31, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Caye Caulker
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iguana Reef Inn is located on the water's edge, in a secluded location in the heart of a charming village. The Inn offers decidedly upscale accommodations and the enchantment of the "Old Caribbean" island lifestyle. Relax on the verandah of one of the Inn's richly textured rooms or poolside and settle into the unhurried pace of the island. The Inn's ideal location is just minutes away from the restaurants and night spots on Caye Caulker. ... more   less 
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Iguana Reef Hotel Caye Caulker

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