Calico Jacks is a perfect jungle paradise. The hospitality is top notch, the temples are so comfortable and accommodating, the food is delicious and homemade, the staff is so kind they make you feel like family. We loved our stay here and can’t wait to come back!
We were completely happy with our experience at Calico Jack's. The place is perfect and should be highly considered if you are in the area. Very clean (both grounds and rooms), excellent food, exhilarating ziplines, and an absolutely stunning staff. The staff was the best part. They are very happy and willing to help in any situation. Thank you for making our vacation so wonderful.
From the accommodations to the food, location & excursions we had a trip we won't soon forget. But besides those things the PEOPLE....I can't even begin to express our gratitude for the hospitality of the staff at Calico Jacks. They are truly amazing. They went above & beyond to make sure we had a relaxing memorable trip & i hope we get back there soon to see our "friends".
Calico Jacks We were sorry to leave the Belize beach at San Pedro as it felt so settled and beautiful there,, but it was time to move on. Our stay in the heart of Belize’s rural community about 20 miles from San Ignasio at Calico Jacks was top point. Here we discovered the relaxed beauty of trees, farming and staff who simply could not be faulted. To get to remote places takes a bit of effort; the roads to the hotel are bumpy and slow (although better than some I have travelled). Calico Jacks is a tourist destination with an intention of putting something back. School is chargeable here and secondary schooling is not compulsory and is even more expensive. At Calico Jacks 14 staff are given the opportunity to muck in around the estate picking up a variety of skills and gaining access to tourist tips along the way. The staff are loyal to Calico Jacks and it shines through. Calico Jacks is a 300 + acre slice of jungle with a swimming pool, a great conservatory/restaurant area and a zip line activity. There is accommodation for about 20 people. If you want conversation with fellow guests then you might just find it a bit lonely (we ate in the dining room pretty much alone but for the friendly chatty staff) but for chill time around the pool and for connecting with the locals and discovering something about rural Belize life , then it is top notch. My only slight criticism is that there isn’t a huge jungle hike opportunity but of course, with green tourists and lots of biting and stinging beasts, insects and plants the two don’t exactly meld together easily. Our cottage for 4 was lovely; a large public space with kitchen, dining space and living room with TV and then 2 large ensuite rooms behind and a bit of private garden space before jungle beyond. I could spot hummingbirds in the morning. This is jaguar country although none of the staff have spotted one directly. There are snakes, so be a little mindful of that although it is rare for a tourist to encounter one. Food is really fresh and tasty with the estate growing what it can, and vegetables are market fresh. You need to set out your dinner order by 2 so it can be made for you. There is a good choice of fish, veggie and meat dishes and again (pretty standard in Belize), the style is quite Mexican. Tasty not spicy hot (unless you add some explosive sauce). The restaurant tends to close by 8 and this is where the internet is (connectivity does not extend to the rooms), so it might be worth having some emergency rum and coke in your luggage. The local shop is about 15 minutes walk in El Progresso Seven Mile, the local village. Soft drinks and snacks can be bought here and don’t forget to give Joker the insanely friendly shop dog a tummy rub. There are a few photo opportunities across the valley in the village. The in house zip wire is challenging and thoughtfully done. There are some ladders, platforms and a scary lift (Belize as a country has 11 lifts in total, including this generator run outdoor one). I had a dip in the pool which was a luxury to have to myself. One of the groundsman dropped by for a chat about books; he loves reading. The pool water isn’t spotless (leaves and a few flies etc), but it’s perfectly usable. You can find lizards basking around the pool and there is a covered space with chairs and hammocks for chillin and to sit out any sudden downpours. On one of our 3 days staff member Julio took us the long bumpy ride to Caracol, the biggest Mayan site in Belize which is deliciously uncommercial given the tricky road to get here. Even when roads are reasonable in Belize they seem to be quite the fan of the speed bump. The site was called home by anything up to 180,000 people and extended up to 60 square km, although most common people lived in wood huts which have not survived. What you see is the stone alters, palaces and religious structures although only 15% has been exposed and brought back to life. That mix of wild unexplored mound and exposed structure gives a real explorer feel. Julio was a top lad and totally buzzing about his recent goal for the local 7 Mile El Progresso football team which brought them through to a national championship He and his team mates were basking in being local heroes. His evident pride was well deserved, and of course his evident excitement gave a real connection to him. A bright and engaging young man, he was building his home in the village and he shared a lot about village life, how different groups co-existed and how they farmed and looked after the land, and the troubles in Guatemala which led to his father relocating to Belize. I won’t describe Calico Jacks as real top end resort although there is enough flash to make it a very pleasant and comfortable environment. For me, the sheer pleasure was the chance to heat the jungle noises, to have a complete reboot from our busy lives (but still being in contact with friends and family) and making real connections with the gentle, caring souls who work and benefit from Calico Jacks.…
Had amazing time zip lining. I’ve done this before but this was by far our favorite. The staff went above and beyond showing us really cool stuff in the jungle that we never would’ve seen. Did not stay at the facilities but did have a meal at the bar and it was great