In 2-1/2 weeks of traveling in Belize, this was by far the nicest place we stayed and great value compared to other facilities. This unique lodge / natural museum (!) has been built to capture the flavour of the Belizean countryside. It is staffed by wonderful people who were very friendly and thoughtful and who went the extra mile to ensure our needs were met, including taking the time to walk us around the grounds and show us the wildlife. The setting is very pretty and natural, while just a short drive from the airport, and they serve great organic/local food. (Though the rooms are plain, we found all accommodations in Belize to be fairly rustic and relatively highly priced.) It is just a short distance from the Belize Zoo (which we almost made the mistake of skipping) and though there aren't a lot of other local attractions (i.e. within 1 hour drive), we'd definitely recommend the Eco-Village for a brief stay. It is just a short ride out of Belize City and a much, MUCH better option than staying in BC when you're transiting through. (Having spent a bit of time in BC, we can definitely second the opinions of the locals that BC is pretty dangerous, grim and surprisingly had absolutely nothing of interest.) Private airport transport is basically the same price as a taxi to/from Belize City. (We arrived by local bus, which is a much cheaper option, but not recommended as the facility is neither well signed nor well known to the locals.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Belize Vacations package take in the tropical rain forests, abundant wildlife, fascinating Mayan monuments, awesome underground caves, amazing coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands; they involve activities such as world-class snorkeling or diving along the coral reef, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, tubing through a caves branch system, jungle horseback riding, river and lagoon wildlife cruising, exploring the ruins of ancient Mayan cities and other activities to experience the beauty of the tropical ecology in Belize. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orchid Garden Eco-Village Hotel Belize Belize City