If you'd like to plunge right into the jungle after you fly into Belize City, Jaguar Paw Lodge is just up the highway toward Belmopan about an hour and will give you a nice Belizean baptism. Compact and sheltered under dense foliage a few miles down a typically rocky Belizean road from the main highway, Jaguar Paw offers cool and comfortable if idiosyncratic rooms. Imagine a truncated Belizean version of "Apocalypse Now" -- in the middle of the jungle, Victorian antique-filled rooms and a quaint tropical bar. The Jaguar Paw packaging is, admittedly, a bit artificial, but somehow it works.
Unfortunately the kitchen doesn't. The food is not above what a stateside Marriott dining room can rustle up. And once you get past the thematic conceits, the lighting and bathroom conditions in the rooms leave something to be desired. But as a one-stop first-nighter in the Belizean wild, Jaguar Paw is convenient and cute...
- Also Known As:
- Jaguar Paw Belmopan
- Jaguar Paw Hotel Belmopan
- Jaguar Paw Belize/Belmopan