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“Paradise island for people who love basic nature with no frills” 5 of 5 stars
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PO Box 2215, Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize   |  
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“Paradise island for people who love basic nature with no frills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I stayed for the week and I loved every minute of it. The completely lack of light pollution meant stargazing was superb. The staff were amazing and so helpful.
I camped with my own tent and they gave me a mattresses and pillow which made my stay super comfortable.
Remember to buy some Avon Skin so soft to deter the sand flies. The sea was warm and crystal clear and full of amazing fish.
It was paradise for me but some may find it too basic with eco toilets, cold showers and no electricity. It was clean and safe with many pretty features.
I will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Pedro, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We have visited Glover's Atoll Resort five times over the past 10 years and just recently spent a week in January with 12 other friends -- a handful from the USA and all the rest live full time in Belize on another island. The waters at the Atoll are spectacular for snorkeling, diving and kayaking. The area is a marine national park and the area around the resort is part of a no-take zone and abounds with reef fish of all kinds -- big and small with live conch everywhere. The atoll itself is dotted with 100's of coral heads that all provide interesting snorkeling. Many of these coral heads are easily reached by kayak. Our group had all our meals prepared by Becky and her staff and the meals -- while pricey are absolutely wonderful -- no one ever goes hungry. Her conch "steaks" and coconut pie are not to be missed. The fish served -- grouper, snapper, and wahoo -- were caught just hours before, often by members of our own group. The accommodations are basic -- over-the-water huts, beach cabins or dorm rooms -- with wooden beds with foam pads, a few tables and chairs, basic cooking equipment and serving pieces. Essentially, you need to come prepared to camp. Everyone on the island uses the 2 gravity-flow showers (no hot water -- but who needs it in the tropics) and the 4 composting toilets. There is no electricity -- lights are oil lanterns or candles. BUT the waters are wonderful, the people you meet staying on the island and the staff are all memorable and enjoyable. If you go and are a diver, make sure you do The Aquarium. Also be sure to kayak out to the various nearby coral heads for great visibility and lots of encounters with fish and sea creatures, and take a long, slow walk exploring the short trails on the island and the reef crest itself. My husband and I plan to return each year until we simply can't physically do it. We have traveled to many tropical waters in the world (Asia, Hawaii, Central America, the Mediterranean, and the Bahamas) and the waters and sea life at Glover's Atoll ranks as one of the best.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawrence
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife and I just got back from Glovers and will go over our experience. We spent three nights in an over the river cabin prior to going to the Atoll. The cabin was basic but clean with a cold water shower and sink but suffered from some guest abuse, broken shower stall, toilet lid, etc. It did have screens with some gaps but it is in the jungle so there will be creatures getting in. The dining hall is slowly falling into the river and the attached kitchen is beyond saving. As for Mr. Reynolds store, he passed away some time ago so the nearest store with some basics is about 2 miles west along the dirt road, if you are walking someone will probably offer you a ride, the people in Sette River are very friendly. Hopkins is several miles east along a very rutted road and has bigger stores as well as fruit and vegetable stands. What to buy fresh depends on what is in season. For RT fare of $30 BZ Mr. Mack was our cab driver who was a pineapple farmer at one time and knows what to and what not to buy. Also, ask him about the cashew and nutmeg trees by the cabins. The truck we saw at the dock on the day of departure only had oranges. The trip to the Atoll took over 3 hours and everyone outside that did not have sunscreen got fried. Staying on the island is similar to camping / backpacking and takes some of the same equipment. For light they have old wick style lanterns there but suggest bringing a small LED lantern that can be hung by a string as well as head lamps. Once there, you are left alone to do your own thing, some people we did not see again all week . We had an over the water cabin that was the only cabin with a ladder which although one step broke, allowed us to get into the water to wash dishes and swim. It also had a crab that came in to clean up any scraps when we were out and only pinched a toe once. Although we brought most of our own food, Becky and crew make very good meals for about $40 US per day. On the island, sand fleas were a problem for many, especially when the wind died. Picaridin spray worked for us but had to be reapplied every time you got your feet wet. There is trash created by the many visitors each year as well as what washes up on shore and a localized sulfur smell that probably results from the tons of sewage also left behind. But they have developed systems to deal with it all as best they can under the circumstances which allows us to share in their little piece of paradise.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I am very overdue with this review, but still wanted to share my experiences. I travelled to Glover's Atoll March of 2012. I really loved it and still think about my adventures and experiences there often. If you like a resort style all inclusive vacation this is not for you. This is for the independent traveller who likes to take risks, go off the beaten path and explore. You can cut costs by camping and bring your own food or a bit more comfort by staying in a hut over the water and pay for all of your meals. If you stay frugal, make sure you at least buy some fresh fish that they catch daily for dinner to cook over the fire. I stayed in #4 Turtle hut and yes there was wind, but you're staying in a hut over the ocean so......put a blanket on. Every morning you can literally roll out of bed and peak over the side of your hut and look for Southern Stingrays. Lots of sea urchins around the shallow area of the huts, so be careful. Snorkeling at 7am in the morning just to the left of the main dock a ways out you'll find an aquarium of fish. I found myself surrounded in a school of Jack Fish. A highlight of my trip. Barracuda are around, but just seem to be curious. Another highlight is hanging out at the dock when they clean the fish for dinner. The scraps are thrown into the water just as the sun begins to set. Every evening, Southern Stingrays and Nurse Sharks show up to eat the scraps. It's amazing to see if you're into watching a feeding frenzy like I was. I did a Discover Scuba which Allison instructed and it was a great experience. For our first time, she took us to a very beautiful bright white sand bottom spot. First time is unreal. Coconuts are around to enjoy freely

On our boat ride back to the mainland, there was a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
If you love to be immersed in the elements with a bit of comfort and love marine life then this is for you. Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

My buddy and I have been planning a trip to Glovers for a long time. We read all the reviews and made notes. Now that we are back in the US I want to emphasize a few mistakes we made.
First, we thought we could spin or fly fish from the kayaks. However, it was not very practical. In fact it was tough for us oldsters just to paddle against the wind and current. We did not find many close by places to get in and out of kayak for fishing. We rented weekly kayaks on the mainland. Better to rent out on the atoll. Check out the kayaks before renting. See if you can control and paddle.

Another issue we did not consider was weather. Two out of our five days had what is called a screaming norther, with gale force northwest winds and rough seas. We were basically shut down for the entire two days...and it was very chilly with the wind whistling through the huts. They protect against the sun, but not the wind and somewhat poorly against the rain.
Raingear and extra fleece shirts and pants are much appreciated here. If you book during the gale season in winter, be prepared to wait a couple of days to return to the mainland. Perhaps allow three days at the end of your journey before your flight out.

It would be better to book two weeks instead of one since the effort and expense to get to the Sittee River and then out the atoll is considerable. If you book for one week, you only get 5 full days of beach time. Two weeks would get you 12 days! Some stayed for 4 weeks since the fourth week is free, but that seemed like a long time to rough it.

We ate in the restaurant three times and cooked ourselves the rest of the time. A highlight was the $22 lobster dinner with pretty much all you could eat. Other meals were good, but not worthy of note. French bread twice a week was good when hot, but deteriorated fast. The banana bread was very good. It is difficult to get fruits and veggies before you leave so be sure you plan enough time. No ice was available when we left, so those that bought beer were out of luck. As others have noted there is no refrigeration or electricity available, by wi-fi worked most of the time.

Lots of coconuts on the atoll so rum and coconut was very popular. Wine is pretty expensive--you can buy rum much cheaper. Crystal water in 5 gallon jugs was for sale at $12.50. For a couple two should last a week.

We went fishing with Warren three times with good success. Cost is $125 per 3 hours plus gas. Warren is the only one that goes out so book early. We missed a day of fishing because the boat was sent to the mainland for bottled gas. When we were there only one outboard was working so diving, logistics and fishing had to share. The catamaran ride was good, but the weather was calm both ways. It does not leave if the seas are too rough. Took about 4 hours on the way out and 2 1/2 hours back.

Things for cooking: bring olive oil, garlic, rice, instant mashed potatoes, oatmeal, coffee, canned beans and milk, bread, granola bars, aluminum foil, paper towels, paper plates, coffee mug, cereal bowls. An inexpensive frying pan is good--most are pretty beat up. A machette can help open green coconuts, favored for rum drinks.

We did not go snorkeling, but one can go near the island with limited results or go with the dive boat to outside the atoll ($10).

US dollars are standard here. Euros will cost you quite a bit on exchange. Credit cards about 5% added. Cash is preferred. No problems with thieves on the atoll while we were there.

We took a pre-arranged taxi from the Belize city airport to Sittee river ($175 US each way for two of us.) Took about 4 hours and was interesting in the daylight.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you go to Glovers with a camping mentality you'll have a great time. We stayed a week in an over the water cabana. The over the water cabana is definitely worth the extra cost. Be prepared for a lot of wind. I lost one shoe and one hat from inside our cabana. We cooked most of our own food, but the meals we bought from them were excellent. Big proportions and tasty cooking. We need a lot of scuba diving half from their boats and half from kayaks. The kayak diving was supper easy, you can paddle to the wall within 15-20min. The wind and seas do need to be calm in order to take the kayak out of the atoll. The glow worms were a real treat. Supposedly they only come out during certain times of the month, but we saw them every night! One gripe I have; I really wanted to do a night dive and I made this known from the first day we were on the island. Once the seas were calm enough to do a night dive, there wasn't a captain available for the boat (due to some internal drama). I went on a night snorkel instead, which was magical. So many squid and octopuses just yards from shore. Also, buy the banana bread it's so worth it.

Room Tip: Seriously do the over the water cabana.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

There is not many places on Earth like this one! We were really lucky with the weather and the great company (only 6 guests). Its an exotic paradise, perfect for camping style lovers, who know how to enjoy being in the nature and do know that this is NOT a hotel, so you are not expecting a cleaning lady and a breakfast in bed. Preparing our own meals (food was bought in Hopkins) was really fun, especially when we all gathered in the community kitchen and had a sea food dinner. A freshly baked french loaf and banana bread can be bought on the island twice a week- very delicious!!!
Diving was amazing! Dive instructor Brian is excellent! Compliments to all the staff!!
We'll be back!

Room Tip: cabanas over the water are really spacious and very charming, each has a stove and utensils. Our (15...
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 2215, Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Glovers Reef Atoll
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Number of rooms: 50
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