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“A great spot--good food and very gracious hosts!” 5 of 5 stars
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Crystal Paradise Resort
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Macal River near Cristo Rey Village | PO Box 126, San Ignacio, Belize   |  
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Ranked #9 of 29 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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“A great spot--good food and very gracious hosts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Stayed at Crystal Palace for one night in April while visiting Belize and Tikal. The cabanas are darling, and very clean. Set in a birders paradise, it's conveniently located just a drive from Barton Creek Cave and a perfect spot to just sit and watch the birds, walk the grounds and look at the flowers or relax in a hammock. The food was home cooked and delicious and the staff was super friendly and accommodating.

Would highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting Belize!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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River Falls, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I had a great time staying at Crystal Paradise. The staff treat you like family all the way down to the home style meals. The guides are all wonderful and very knowledgeable about all that they show you. I went to the ATM cave, the "Butts up" cave tubing, big rock falls, Xunantunich, Tikal in Guatemala, and saw birds every morning while drinking amazing coffee at the resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The facilities and grounds are AMAZING. Thousands of flowers and birds and clean/well managed facilities. However I was traveling alone, and I would not recommend this place for a solo traveler. I went on a bunch of tours, which CR did arrange for me, but I had to pay extra, and it was rather lonely (although the guides from CR were AMAZING)! The food was great, although, again because I was alone, I ate by myself most nights (that is the way they set the tables). All in all I would definitely stay there again if I had some company (even though I usually love traveling alone). It is also relevant to mention that CR has the best prices for cabanas in the Cayo district for what you get; very VERY much worth it. Another note: do not go if you want to sleep past 6am-- the awesome birds WILL wake you up.

Room Tip: I'd go for the small cabanas -- but there are tarantulas and geckos and leaf cutter ants.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our stay at Crystal Paradise Resort was spectacular. The Tut family's warmth and hospitality provide guests with a truly Belizean experience. The food was fantastic (and we have pretty high standards). The rooms have everything you need on your travels. The property is breathtaking and the wildlife sightings amazing. We stayed with out two young sons who had the time of their lives. The optional tours provide a plethora of activities to choose from (both guided and unguided). You feel you're at a home away from when you are here. We hope to come back someday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Great family run establishment. Food was wonderful. Truly enjoyed our stay here, wish we had added a few extra days here. We were on a planned Birding vacation, hosted by the Brothers of the family. They run many different tours throughout the country. The Birding trip was a huge success, 180 species seen, 45 new life listers. The birds on the property were amazing also. Nice short walk to the river. Dogs were a little loud one night but did not hear them other nights. Great family doing an excellent job in their part of paradise. Accomodations were nice with a ceiling fan and private bath.

Room Tip: They do have a honeymoon cabana. More private as others are duplex cabanas. It has nice wrap-aroun...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I spent five days at Crystal Paradise and had a great time. We signed up for some of their tours and did some of our own and all were great. My friend is a big birder and am not but it worked out great. She was able to go on some bird-specific trips while I enjoyed the grounds and relaxed and there were other tours we did together that combined interests. I loved canoeing, Chechem Ha Cave, and the long day trip to Tikal! The Tut family are great and so welcoming.

Stayed March 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The rooms are quite rustic. It can get humid and warm through out the night. They do have great showers but make sure you take shower shoes. The mattress we had was thin and sheets didn't fit properly. We ended up using both sheets on the mattress and using the blanket to cover with. The food was good over all. The tour guides were amazing. Selmo and Omar have a passion for what they do and it shows. The vehicles they drive however good use some work. The roads they have to drive explains the reason the SUV's are in the shape they are. You should be warned that in Belize the driver's don't waste anytime getting around. They are fast and it can be hair raising. Over all it was still amazing and a great experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Crystal Paradise Resort

Also Known As:
Crystal Paradise Hotel San Ignacio
Crystal Paradise Hotel
Crystal Paradise Resort Belize/San Ignacio
Address: Macal River near Cristo Rey Village | PO Box 126, San Ignacio, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Paradise Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful Belize jungle lodge is located in the lush jungles and along side the beautiful Macal River. Owned and operated by the Tut family, using the ancient art of palm-thatched roofs that blend with the natural beauty of Belize. Combine this exotic atmosphere with genuine Belizean family hospitality and the result is a rare encounter between culture and adventure. . We provide our guests with the opportunity to explore the country's many wonders while staying in comfort that reflects Belizean culture. Your base for all your adventures in Belize whether it be caving, birding, visits to archeological sites such as Caracol, Tikal Xunanunich and many other Belize Maya ruins. ... more   less 
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