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South Water Caye Marine Reserve, South Water Caye 0000 Belize
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in South Water Caye
IZE is a unique and exciting travel destination and not just another hotel. While we welcome tourists looking only to relax and enjoy our incredible Southwater Caye location, alongside the world’s second largest barrier reef, our primary focus is education. We were the first organization of our kind within Belize, and have been in operation since 1970 offering educational and cultural excursions to both our Blue Creek rain forest and Southwater Caye marine biological field stations.Throughout the year, as well as adventurous travelers and tourists of all ages; students, scientists and educators visit our facilities to conduct ongoing research projects. Some of these projects are funded by the national science foundation which allows the opportunity for our guests to not only enjoy, but to participate and learn about the natural surroundings they are visiting, providing a rewarding and enriching travel experience set within some of the earth's most incredible ecosystems. We have dormitories for student groups or private cabanas for singles, couples and families and offer beautiful grounds, a full bar and restaurant as well as snorkeling and fishing tours.Our staff are some of the best in the country, who love what they do and where they do it, so when you come stay at IZE you may arrive a stranger, but you will depart as family.
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South Water Caye Marine Reserve, South Water Caye 0000 Belize
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A short 1/2 hour boat ride from Dangriga brings you to south water key. Ize is a ecological research station that also hosts non students in lovely casitas on the beach. Three incredible, fresh cooked local meals and non alcoholic beverages are included daily. There is a small bar on the dock to get local beer or mixed drinks. The snorkeling is incredible, and sand is soft and white. There are no large beaches on the island. We didn’t want to spend a lot of time on beach because there was shallow, reef protected water then snorkeling further out. Our guide Richie took us out when we got there to show us the reef and wildlife, and then on the most amazing snorkel adventure further out in the reef. Free use of kayaks is included with your stay. There is a classroom library attached to the dining hall that has every tropical ecology reef book or ID book that you could want. Wifi is available at the dining hall. The cabins are perfect with a lovely breeze, ocean sounds, good beds and a back porch with hammock and chairs. The manager and staff were friendly, informative and did a great job! Reef boy and pescado are the island mascots and a joy to be around. At the end of the adventure they take you back to Dangriga. We didn’t want to leave! Thanks IZE🌴🐚🐠
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Response from Barbara K, Manager at IZE Belize
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Thank you Holly for coming to visit us and for leaving this very kind review. We hope we will see you back again in the not too distant future. Bring the kids next time (or not! - LOL!)
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Such an amazing place to stay, this was my second time staying here! Great location right on the reef provides a nice constant breeze; bar and dock facing west provides the perfect place to watch the sunset, stars and look for octopus and eels. Friendly staff, great food, amazing snorkeling, just can't say enough good things about this place!
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Great staff, amazing cabins where you can watch the sunrise laying on your bed! Good food. The ocean around the island is perfect for a good swim. And there’s Reef the dog, that loving fun creature. Loved him!
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I had the most absolute best vacation at IZE Belize. I was treated like family and everyone from Ms. Barbara, Paulette, Camelia and Richie became my family. I took my first solo vacation ever and I could not have picked a better place to unwind and relax. I stayed in the Mangrove cabana. The accommodations are simple but clean. Paulette made wonderful meals and was such a delight to talk to along with Camelia at the bar. I just lucked out and I was the only guest at the resort at the time. It was so quiet and peaceful. I honestly wanted to cry when I had to leave. IZE has an actual beach, unlike San Pedro. The water was crystal clear and I had plenty of things to do. Take time to kayak and paddleboard or just sit on the end of the dock with a cup of coffee and completely relax. The island dog, Reef, entertained me with bringing me anything he could get in his mouth to play "go fetch" with. The snorkel guide Richie made my experience the best. He took me out snorkeling and showed me such wonderful marine life. I suggest taking the night snorkel. I got to see octopus, crabs, and lobster. He was just a joy to be around. I look forward to returning and bringing my boys next time. It was heaven on earth!
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We had our private cabin facing the shady mangroves. I would drowse in the hammock or read after a morning of snorkelling. The meals were delicious and everyone was very very friendly. This little island was our paradise for our last few days in Belize. Although there were groups of college students, they did not intrude on our peace and quiet but rather added to the pleasantness of the overall experience as they were all very polite and serious about getting on with their studies.
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Frequently Asked Questions about IZE Belize
What are some of the property amenities at IZE Belize?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at IZE Belize?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at IZE Belize?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.