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Tobacco Caye

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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Nature provides the perfect backdrop and Joe Jo’s does the rest! Extremely thoughtful and gracious hosts, wonderful food and comfortable accommodations made Joe Jo’s an utterly relaxing a fulfilling vacation. Snorkel gear was in great shape, nice kayaks and paddle boards also readily available, plus a volleyball court.
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Response from LouisSwasey, Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Jan 6, 2019
Thanks Nicolea for gracing us with you short stay.We are happy to know that your vacation was relaxing and fulfilling and we look forward to receiving family and friends you may wish to send our way.Of course we look forward as well to your return visit some day soon.Have a safe trip back home and an exciting rest of 2019 ahead.
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We absolutely loved our 6 days stay over Chrismas at the family run Joe Jo’s By The Reef. It is paradise! The small size of it its perfect to make you feel super relaxed and comfortable. Everyone working there is super helpful and friendly. Tobacco Caye is a very small island which was exactly what we were looking for. You can get fresh coconuts right from the tree. The snorkeling is great and very easily accessible and close to the shore. You can use snorkeling gear, SUP and kayaks for free. We saw many big stingrays and lots of colorful fish. My boyfriend even saw a sea cow. The food is very good and the three meals give you a very nice rhythm for the day. You can buy lobster from a fishermen next door and the kitchen will prepare if for you dinner. The sunset bar is great
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To begin with we had to wait four hours for the boat to show up to take us to the island. There wasn't anything to do but sit in a cafe with questionable amenities. Not a great start. When we got to the cabin there was a lot of garbage and stinky seaweed in front of our cabin. My husband actually cleaned it up so we could enjoy the view. Not a great welcoming. The meals were at scheduled times. When I'm on vacation I don't want to have to get up early to eat or stop what I'm doing to be somewhere to eat at a specific time. And I didn't want to miss a meal because the food was good but not plentiful. And I agree with another person I'm not sure the owner is very honest. On the plus side the cabin was nice, the food was good, and the water was beautiful.
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Response from LouisSwasey, Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Dec 23, 2018
TripAdvisor note that your stay was in Mar 2018 and unfortunately we have no record of complaints recorded during that month of stays by which we can intelligently address your views. Nevertheless,fair to say that sargasso continue to plague our Island and mainland beaches as in most or all of the Caribbean.We have instituted daily clean up during the high tide and the Sargasso is swept away daily by the currents.I assume you were helping like most of our other Guests who scorns this plague and if that is so I thank you nonetheless. There are Guests who call for light serving and those who crave our caribbean delicacy.We please everyone.I regret that you did not make your case known to our very accommodating cook. On the matter of honesty,whether you are referring to Dave or myself,I am certain that you did not make any such accusation that has gone attended since 9 months ago. Thanks for your kind comments about our Cabins and good food and thanks to God that the water was beautiful during your stay. Your review will be as good as a 4 to those who read others before and after your review.We nevertheless welcome complaints and do all that is possible to improve. Please come again and feel comfortable when you are here at Joe Jo's. Kind Regards,and have a Happy Holiday Season. Louis.
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We had a wonderful stay at Joe Jo's! Very clean and cozy cabins on the leeward side of the island. Miss Carmen is a very good cook (we ate fresh and varied food every day) and both she and Dave are very friendly and helpful. If you want to refridgerate items you bring from the mainland they have a refridgerator that you can use. And while your on the island, don't miss out Pär's (swedish owner) bar at Reef's End! Sofie and Jonatan from Sweden
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Response from LouisSwasey, Owner at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Dec 23, 2018
Thanks Sofie and Jonetan for your good remarks.We will continue to work hard to improve every aspect.Sorry we could not satisfy your Bar recreation as we try to keep things tranquil at this end.But indeed Par has done a good job filling that void. Have a Happy Holiday Season ! Louis
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This was a return visit for us, and we very much enjoyed Jo-Jo’s by the Reef in a cabin directly in front of the reef, a few days ago. We stayed there for 3 days and had nothing less than a wonderful time. We rarely leave comments, or reviews on any hotel, but Carmen and Dave always made us feel special and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. The cabin was clean and comfortable, environment refreshing and beautiful people. Our friends wanted to know how we seemed so happy and relaxed when we came back home.
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Response from LouisSwasey, Manager at Joe Jo's By The Reef
Responded Oct 28, 2018
We are happy to know that you had a wonderful and relaxed time at Joe Jo's on your return visit and thanks for your wonderful comments.Thanks as well for revealing to your friends the best kept secret. Regards, Louis.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joe Jo's By The Reef
What are some of the property amenities at Joe Jo's By The Reef?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Joe Jo's By The Reef?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Joe Jo's By The Reef have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.