My wife and I arrived on Jan 7th 2011 and what we arrived to was such a disappointment . From a distance, it looked like total piece of paradise.
The ride from Dangriga in the skiff was nice and calm, it took about 45 minutes, no complaints there.
So here we go, Marta, the Manager met my husband and I at the dock, which was pretty cool and took us into the office and then showed us our room, it was very rustic and very dirty.
No hot water and the smell in the bathroom of our cabin was not very pleasant to say the least.
Tobacco Caye Lodge advertises canoes and snorkel gear, however, we were informed that the canoes were not in any shape to take out into the water and when we went to go rent our snorkel gear, the shop was closed!
One thing they do not tell you on the web site is that entire island is made up of residential of locals that don't care about their environment and a few so called resorts, which are made up of small dirty cabins and shacks.
When you take a look at Tabaco Caye Lodge on the website, they only show you the good and not the bad and ugly.
There is no beach to lay on and the tourist that are here are laying on the dock where the boats and skiffs arrive to drop off the unsuspecting tourist.
When you walk around the island, which takes only less than 10 minutes, you notice cigarette butts and glass on the sand, you also notice a local not too far from the dock, he had a skiff full of beautiful and colorful conch, taking them for their meat and then dumping the shells in a pile, see picture.
There are literally thousands of conch shells everywhere on this tiny little island as well as garbage that is strewn all over the island from the locals, which is very surprising to see.
The bottom line is here, these people don't care!
This is with no exaggeration, the entire island if full of dead and lifeless and pillaged conch shells, one has to wonder how it took to create this beautiful creature that was taken from the ocean.
And on another note: We were informed that this evening for dinner, which is communal, we will be served "fish balls with rice and beans". How unimaginative.
Everyone that stays at Tobacco Caye Lodge eats at the same time, breakfast is at 8am, lunch at noon and dinner at 6pm. They ring a "cattle bell" so we can come running into the hall for dinner. Not what we expected on a so called tropical Island!
To our surprise, we were stunned when we heard one of the dinner options was macaroni and cheese.
We have travelled for the last month and a half through out Costa Rica and Belize, and we both have to say that this is not a place to vacation.
This review is our opinion and is true to form.
PLEASE NOTE: the pictures that you will see attached to this review is in front of shabby cabin 3 in the back no less and through out the island.
As the saying goes: it's not all as advertised!
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