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#2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Long Caye
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Whether you are coming for the best diving in the world, snorkeling, research and education purposes or simply to unplug from the world, our goal is to make sure you enjoy your stay. Explore our beautiful island surrounded by "enchanted waters" as the name Itza in Mayan means. Lay back and relax or explore the island. Get inspired by a walk along the beach by picking up Mayan pottery or other relics from ship wrecks that are washed ashore. Relax and unwind from your daily work and stress and enjoy the tranquility of our island. Dive or Snorkel the UNESCO World Heritage Sites the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. Explore a colorful underwater world with beautiful reef systems. Hear the waves rolling on the beach in the night and let you wake up by a beautiful sunrise watched from your private balcony or even from your bed. Feel the sand under your toes, enjoy our barefoot island and book your holidays today with us. We are the only Lodge on the island directly at the beach with ocean view rooms and a sea breeze restaurant / bar.
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Private beach
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Eric wrote a review Mar 2021
Sioux Falls, South Dakota611 contributions145 helpful votes
Itza is a bit off the beaten path, both literally and figuratively. Hard to get to and even harder to leave. It is a spectacular place in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Surrounded by natural beauty and seamlessly blended into its island home, this is truly an Eco-Resort. The resort forces one to relax and slow down. There are not a lot of modern conveniences, but the resort offers comfort, great people and amazing bucket list diving (the Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and the Aquarium are short boat rides away). Elvis and Chris provided great dive support, Wendy provided great logistics and the chef and the rest of the staff provided great everything else. If you are looking for incredible diving in a beautiful, fun and inviting spot, Itza is for you.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jabberwockg wrote a review Feb 2021
Tampa, Florida11 contributions
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People make all the difference and that’s why we had a fantastic time at Itza resort. Everyone was wonderful to us, Wendy was quick to reply to queries and handled our booking efficiently, she is wonderful in person too. Elvis and George were waiting to take us out to Long Caye and Gilroy made sure we always had plenty of good food, often exceptionally so. Nayeli always showed a friendly face, taking care of us during our meals. We felt more like friends than guests, it made a big difference. Elvis and I had a lot of common interests and that’s always good, he is knowledgeable and professional and did a lot to ensure we enjoyed the stay, they all did. We were the only two guests, Covid has destroyed tourism in Belize. As a result we had personal service and a lot of flexibility. The focus of the trip was snorkeling and Elvis took us out whenever we wanted and we went to a lot of different spots, he and George made sure to point out anything of interest we hadn’t spotted yet and took great care of us. Overall a great experience in the water, some great snorkeling. Long Caye is mostly mangroves so bugs can be expected, mosquitoes and sand flies, pack bug spray and something to take the itch away. They do what they can at the resort but short of DDT there is nothing anyone can do, just be aware and be prepared. My only suggestion would be using some system to warm the water for the showers, there are options that don’t need electricity, or not much. I don’t expect a lot in such a remote location, the challenges are enormous, but I did not particularly enjoy the very cold showers. I knew it was an Eco resort and what we were getting into, it’s not a complaint aimed at anyone at the resort. The weather was fairly cool and a warmer shower would have really felt good when we returned from snorkeling. First world problems ... Included in the snorkeling package is a trip to the Blue Hole. It’s highly recommended even though the coral in some places is obviously suffering from the volume of traffic. Do pack rash guard shirts to prevent sunburn but wetsuits were not needed. We would have no hesitation in going back to Itza resort or recommending it, we had a great time. Thank you Elvis, Wendy, Gilroy, Nayeli, George and Chris!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gwen H wrote a review Nov 2020
Medford, Oregon22 contributions1 helpful vote
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Our trip was the escape of a lifetime from an otherwise dreary 2020. After months of being cooped up by the quarantine and pandemic, we manage to get to this tiny island 50 miles (2 hour boat ride) from Belize! Despite being delayed by Hurricane Eta and chased out by Hurricane Iota, we had perfectly calm weather and sunshine. It was so flat that it looked like a lake! This resort has capacity for 62 guests and we were the only two! By the end of the week, we felt like we were family!! We will never forget our new friends and days of jokes and laughter. Elvis is a fantastic dive master. He took excellent care of us, (we being fairly newly scuba certified just a few months previous), and always helped us feel calm. Devon and Chris also took us on dives that were excellent as well. We had lots of help with equipment and he made the dives fun and exciting. We shared a lot of laughs. Nayeli waited on us house and foot and was a perfect housekeeper and waitress! Wendy took such good care of us by organizing the trip and the accommodations. She was always around with a smile! We even got to do some unexpected fishing in—I had never fished before—and I was unexpectedly handed a rod and reel before one of our dives! I caught two Barracuda, a Needlefish and a Jack! Imagine my wonder and surprise! Elvis introduced us to his pet fish Rufus, a Nassau Grouper that he rescued seven years ago by removing a spear in his head. I kid you not, Elvis calls him with his “shell phone” (rapping a conch shell on his tank), qand Rufus showed up and wouldn’t leave Elvis’ side the entire dive! I was terrified before doing my first night dive but Elvis assured us that it was just like a regular dive but with flashlights. It was amazing! We fed coral, saw an octopus, and played with a puffer fish. It was magical and we saw many things that we never would have seen during the day. We swam with turtles, saw countless stingrays, met the reef sharks Jolly Roger and Big Bertha. It was amazing! The staff at the resort were helpful and very friendly! The place was clean and the food was delightful—Thanks Gilroy! We made friends and felt like family. Can’t recommend Itza Resort highly enough! Long Caye is a magical place. And you wouldn’t believe the send off that a group of Pilot Whales and dolphins gave us on the boat ride back to Belize. Astounding!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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mgmonk wrote a review May 2020
Atlanta, Georgia46 contributions12 helpful votes
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First of all- Kelly and I are ashamed it took so long to write this review. We had one of the best vacations of our lives in August of 2019, and Itza was a big part of what made it special. To those who don't know what Eco Resort means- make sure you understand and are accepting of this. This spit of land is a drop on the map and it takes a little bit of everything (love included) to keep things sustainable out there, and the staff does an excellent job. Elvis took Kelly and I on something like a dozen dives over 4 or 5 days including night dives, the blue hole, and wall dives along Rollercoaster and the Aquarium. Simple boat, excellent guiding, clear and warm with plenty of marine life. Relaxing- calm- negligible current. Large grouper, sharks, occasional macro. Gilroy fed Kelly and I until our eyes watered. I have no idea how a single man cooks so many things with such variety and flavor in the middle of nowhere with limited access to ingredients. Superb. Wendy and Rufus (the sweetest dog ever)- friendly, warm, attentive and lovely. Beds, simple. No AC but plenty of wind on the top floor. If you're coming all this way, you're here for the diving and the relaxing in the hammock. If you need nightlife and mod cons- best look elsewhere... or better yet... get over it and try this!!! You may just find getting unplugged is exactly what you want.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Laura D. wrote a review Mar 2020
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Very comfortable, modest accommodations. Relaxed and casual. The manager, Elvis, is also the Scuba Instructor. He has a patient and knowledgeable instructor. Water is filtered rain water. Electricity is solar and generator. This is not the resort of the perfect hair and makeup. This is a resort to appreciate life and nature. The Chef, Gilroy, delighted us with the most delicious Belizian dishes. Ari, the housekeeper and waitstaff went above and beyond at personalizing our needs. The diving and snorkeling were beyond my expectations. This was a trip of a lifetime. My husband and I are in our mid 60's. Itza is a gem.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: The sea view rooms are cooler due to more breeze.
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BelizeBelize CayesLighthouse Reef AtollLong Caye
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Frequently Asked Questions about Itza Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Itza Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Itza Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Itza Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Itza Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.