We were lucky enough to stay at the Pelican on S Water Caye for 1 whole week! If you are looking for a place to vacation as a couple or with a family this is the perfect place to go!
That is, if you are looking for some peace and quiet. If you are looking to AVOID noise, terrible Beach aerobics, cheesy discos, casinos, and watered down all-inclusive mixed drinks (you get the point) this is the place to stay!
I want to start out by talking about the wonderful service we received from Leonard, Theresita, and Ishmael Theresita was wonderful about answering all of our questions and concerns before we arrived in Belize and communicated most everything to us thoroughly. Leonard was managing the resort for our entire stay. He was so good about making sure we were comfortable and somehow was always available when we needed him. Ishmael took us out twice fishing. He was so interesting to talk to and made sure we were having a good time. The grounds were absolutely immaculate. Pablo was out every morning raking the sand and cleaning up the property. Everything was clean!
I also want to mention there was never a dull moment on S Water Caye. We traveled as a couple and also had my brother and his girlfriend with us for the first three days we were there.
Snorkeling: Everyday we went snorkeling and saw new fish, sting rays, and even a nurse shark! (no worries, apparently they don't have teeth).
Kayaking: We also took the kayaks out a few times and went all the way around the island. It was so beautiful!
Diving: We took a three-tank dive out with Avadon Divers (which Leonard recommended). I highly suggest if you dive you use this company. They pick you up on the island and they are extremely extremely professional. I will write a review on their website as well. They provide lunch and healthy fruit snacks between every dive. Leonard promptly set us up with a dive with Avadon as soon as we asked about it.
Fishing: My husband and I went out with Ishmael twice to fish. I am not an experienced fisherman but we had soo much fun! We literally just used a thick fishing line, no rod, to catch fish with some bait. There were so many fish and we caught about 3 or 4 each both times we went out. THis would be a really fun activity to do with kids as well since it was not hard to do. My husband also is into fly fishing and every day he was fishing for Bone Fish right off the dock. This is a popular area for bone fishing. If you want to Bone Fish you have bring your own fishing gear.
The most important part about these activities is that we could pretty much do whatever we wanted whenever. We never had to worry about where to go, when to sign up, whether or not something was booked or full. We just had to leave our little house with no shoes on and go! No shoes! We never had to put shoes on!
There were three meals a day. Every meal was great and they always offered 2nds if we were still hungry. They even cooked up some of the fish we caught when we were out with Ishmael. The fish was so fresh and cooked how we wanted it to be. We were pleasantly surprised with how great the food was.
At night for something to do, we would walk down, with our flashlights, to the other side of the Island to the Blue Marlin. They have a full bar with a pool table and a great deck outside. They even have a big light they turn on next to the dock in the water and you can see the all the fish at night. We liked it there. There are often people who boat and park the boats outside of the Blue Marlin and come to the bar at night so there are some more people around.
The cabins are very clean and cozey. We had no issues with not having air conditioning as there is a constant breeze from the ocean. There is no need for A/C on this island at all.
I think another reason why we had so much fun is because the other guests at the resort were just as laid back as we were and very friendly! We met this awesome couple Phil and Linda from Britain. We had an absolute blast with them-- partied at the Blue Marlin and went fishing. They totally made our trip!
I could go on and on about the wonderful things people have written about this resort but you wont really understand how nice it is until you stay there. Like I said before if you your looking for a typical all inclusive resort, this will not cut it for you. This little slice of paradise is wonderful just the way it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two special locations, one great vacation - South Water Caye and Dangriga! South Water Caye, our island getaway-seaside cottages and rooms with fantastic views and cooling trade winds. On a gorgeous beach, atop the barrier reef and within South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Snorkel from shore, dive, fish, kayak or do nothing at all. Environmentally-friendly facilities with separate student group accommodations. For the simple pleasures - spending time together, sharing new adventures and making new friends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Hotel South Water Caye
- Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Belize