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Joe Jo's By The Reef

Tobacco Caye 00000 Belize
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Joe Jo's consists of 6 cabins of which 5 are on the Seafront on the edge of the great Barrier Reef or with great Sea/Ocean View,and 1Honeymoon Cabin over the water.Each cabin has a private verandah with a hammock, and with exception of the Honeymoon Cabin,the maximum accommodation per cabin is 3 persons. There are 3 Rooms on the first floor of the main building,also with maximum accommodation of 3 persons per room . On the second floor there are 2 Suites /Family Room with large living space and facilities for a wet bar with 2 coolers.Spacious Verandah for relaxing in a hammock or lounging, overlooking the Cabins and Ocean.All accommodation includes private bathrooms with hot and cold shower. Joe Jo's is not a Bed and Breakfast but is a Hotel/Resort and we seek that it be placed in its rightful category and be ranked accordingly.Kindly reclassify and advise accordingly.
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Tobacco Caye 00000 Belize
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We had a cabin overlooking the lagoon, mangroves and the reef. It was spotless when we arrived, clean sheets and comfy beds! The front porch to each of the stand-alone cabins have 2 deck chairs (either plastic or wooden muskoka-type) and a hammock. Inside the cabin had a single and a double bed, a tall floor fan, a chair, a table, and a bookshelf (we used it for clothes), as well as some hooks on the wall for hanging clothes. Each cabin also has a private 3-piece bathroom that was nice and clean, with shower. Meals are included, three/day, served at 8am, noon and 6:30pm, and you are summoned by a bell for mealtime. Carmen (chef) cooked up incredible meals! Mealtime is social, with various guests sitting together family-style. Fresh food, plentiful and cooked so well!! Our days were spent snorkelling on the reef (incredible), kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, swimming off the dock, relaxing on the verandah of the main lodge, and visiting with other guests (all the equipment is free to use). David and Carmen and their family took great care of the guests, and the property is well-maintained. In fact, it's the best-maintained lodge on the island, in my opinion! During the summer, the young grandsons also kept the guests' children entertained playing together ... although sometimes were a little bothersome (peeking into cabins windows, banging on the cabin walls, underneath the cabin banging on the floor...). The journey out to the caye was a bit rough in the rainy weather, but the captain took good care of us. On the way back to the mainland, it was smooth sailing and rather a pleasant 30 minute journey. There is a small epi-bar at the other end of the island that was open a few hours a day that sold chips, snacks, pop and beer, but other bars are open in high season. It was a really great experience to visit Tobacco Caye - rustic, but lovely. Hope to travel there again!
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Response from LouisSwasey, General Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Aug 10, 2019
We are happy to know that you had a great experience at Joe Jo's.Also thanks for bringing to our attention the bothersome action of the child at times.We believe that this is a new development and will certainly nip it in the bud. Dave and Carmen are delighted to know that you enjoyed their meals and services in general.Thanks for making Joe Jo's your choice of stay,and we will be looking forward to your next visit.
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Joe Jo’s is for sure the best place on the island. Everything is taken care of for you because life is simple here. The snorkeling is fantastic and my kids loved the family atmosphere thanks to Dave and his grandkids. We are already planning a return trip.
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Response from LouisSwasey, General Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Aug 7, 2019
Thanks Tracy for joining us here at Joe Jos and enjoying what we offered..Dave and his family enjoyed your family's company as well,and send their best wishes.We will be looking forward to your next visit. Kind Regards, Louis.
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This was my first trip to Tobacco Caye and it was as good as I'd imagined. A tiny island with not too many people. David and his family were excellent hosts and it was a pleasant surprise to have all that gear (kayaks, paddleboards etc.) to use in the water. Snorkelling was great from shore - including lots of rays and nice coral. The accommodation was simple, clean and peaceful. I was blown away by the cooking! I am a vegetarian and I haven't had better meals at the fanciest restaurants. I will be back! this is a must visit place.
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Response from LouisSwasey, General Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Jun 12, 2019
Thanks Stefani for your wonderful comments.We are delighted that you enjoyed what we had to offer,and will be looking forward to your next visit.Dave and Carmen enjoyed your friendship and company and send their best wishes.
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My family and I ventured to Jo Jo’s at the end of March for a spring break adventure, little did we know the treat we were in for! Everything was as described on the website, the cute cabins were beyond satisfactory for our week long getaway; Louis, Dave and Carmen aptly responded to ALL our needs ensuring that every day was even better than the last. The kids roamed the island in comfort, enjoyed the use of the kayaks and paddle boards and snorkeled to their hearts content. Each day we looked forward to Ms. Carmen’s delish fried jacks and sweet treats at the end of dinner. Jo jo’s has captured a piece of all our hearts and we will definitely be back soon!!
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Response from LouisSwasey, General Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Apr 20, 2019
We are happy to know that we met your expectation and captured your appeal for what we offered.We will be looking out for your return soon!! Best Regards, Louis.
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Joe Jo's is a delightful place, warm and friendly, comfortable and peaceful. David (manager) made sure our every need was met, and his lovely daughters Marielle and Cynthia cooked delicious meals and made us feel like part of the family. Kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear were always available at no extra cost. The reef is a few steps away, so we could pop in out of the water whenever we felt like. It was like having a slope-side condo, with Caribbean seas instead of snow! All in all, it could not be more perfect.
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