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“Romantic Hideaway Satisfies the Senses!”
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The Smuggler's Den
Ranked #1 of 1 Consejo B&B and Inns
Ontario, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
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“Romantic Hideaway Satisfies the Senses!”
Reviewed July 15, 2008

My husband and I will never forget how wonderful we felt as we rounded the corner of the rugged road that leads to Smuggler's Den, in Consejo, Belize. We both gasped in delight at the beautiful setting in front of us ... truly we had arrived in paradise! As our taxi departed, we stood on the grounds by the large thatched roof restaurant, amid flaming red hibiscus, gazed out at the sea, and were stunned to see a pink flamingo fly past us! A rare thing indeed, even in exotic Belize. We took it as a sign of good things to come, and we were not disappointed. Smuggler's Den is a small, family owned and operated business. Ray, born in Canada, is the quintessential Indiana Jones, who won the heart of beautiful Rosa, a native Belizean, some 20 years ago, and together, they have put their hearts and souls into creating their version of Shangri-La in this very quiet, out-of-the-way corner of Corozol District. This is a very unique establishment that needs to be experienced and judged on its' own merits, without getting into too many comparisons with other resorts, because the people who live here and own this place are very much a part of the whole experience. If you like to truly experience a place, this establishment will satisfy your curiosity about the way of life in northern Belize. Sit up at the bar, on hand-crafted exotic hardwood stools, surrounded by mahogany floors and views of the sea, with Ray and some of the locals, share a Belikin, or a generous serving of One Barrel Rum with cola and lime, and get them talking about their time here. You will quickly find yourself sharing their adventures, and thinking about creating your own. The ambience of this place is incredibly good, if you like this sort of thing. The accommodations are spacious and impeccably kept. Hot water is plentiful. Each thatched roof cabin is very large with a full kitchen and full bathroom, and each one faces the sea. My husband and I enjoyed evenings sitting on the verandah of our cabin, gazing at the moonlight on the sea, which was only 50 metres from our doorstep. The sound of the lapping waves and the gentle sea breeze blowing through our windows lulled us to sleep every night. We had many options while staying here: we could dine at Smuggler's restaurant and enjoy Rosa's wonderful family cuisine, we could purchase food at the local market and grocery stores in nearby Corozol Town and make some meals/snacks/lunches ourselves or we could try a few other places around the area. We also had the choice of enjoying the area on foot, walking around the unexcavated Mayan ruins nearby and enjoying the nature trails, or we could hitch a ride in Ray's truck into town on a school day, have Ray drop us off with his children at their bus stop, hop on board the local school bus and for $3 BZ each, get a ride on the school bus right into the town square in Corozol Town. There, we enjoyed a picnic lunch at the seawall park, explored the town, got some great photos, chatted with people in the stores and market, picked up some fabulous exotic wood carvings in a local shop, then took a cab back to Smuggler's Den, for about $10 BZ. Just down the road, at the port in Consejo, you can hop on board a boat and for $15 BZ can enjoy a great boat ride across the bay to Chetumal, Mexico, where you can shop, visit the Chederai Mall and even watch a matinee movie. You can easily do day trips to the cayes, catching a boat or air flight from Corozol town. Cerros is just a short boat ride away as well. Smuggler's Den is the perfect spot in which to relax, learn about living in Belize without the hoopla of a tourist area to influence you, to reflect and enjoy exotic natural surroundings, with good people nearby to assist you with any request you may have. It is approximately two hours drive north of Belize airport in Ladyville, and only a 20 minute drive south of the Mexican border. Ray can assist you with transportation suggestions, via email. Enjoy!

  • Liked — Close proximity to the sea, along with privacy and a peaceful setting.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2006

We went to belize for the 1st time, not knowing what to expect. We stayed in corzal, about 7 miles north, at the smugglers den. We have stayed in MANY 5 star resorts, this was NOT a 5 star, but the best resort we have ever stayed in. It is a nice famliy run resort, right on the beach. We had a very cute little cabin, full with kitchen, and all!! By the time we left, we felt like part of the family,ray and rosa were great to us, not to mention their 2 kids.
We stayed for 1 month, and smugglers den was very affordable, and everyone was always around to answer any questiopns we had and advise us on where to go in belize. They also have a small bar and restraunt, best bartender and food in belize, and once again very good price. Please check it out.
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We will be back next year, but for 2 months next year.

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SmuggDenBZ, Owner at The Smuggler's Den, responded to this review, November 21, 2007
We are happy to repor that repairs after Hurricane Dean are complete and we are open for business again. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the time we were closed.

All of us here at Smuggler's Den look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,

Ray, Rosa, Family and staff.
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Reviewed January 10, 2006

The family and small staff at Smuggler's Den did such a great job I didn't want to leave.

Rosa's cooking is just what people say it is. "The best in Belize as far as I'm concerned." But remember to make reservations for dinner. The rooms are clean and very cozy. The locals and people living in the area were very friendly and made us feel welcome.

If you want a quiet friendly atmosphere and hate crowds than you have to stay at Smuggler's Den in Consejo, Corozal District in Belize.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed December 16, 2005

We found this place by accident at the end of our travels in Belize. We wished we had found it sooner.

Ray & Rosa have a nice spot overlooking Chetumal Bay. The rooms are very clean, the Restaurant is one of a kind and Rosa's cooking is out of this world.

If you like quiet and a low volume area than this is the place.

  • Stayed January 2005
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, Owner at The Smuggler's Den, responded to this review, January 10, 2006
Thank you so very much for your review. It makes all the hard work we've been doing worth while.

Sincerely,


Ray, Rosa and Family
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Reviewed August 12, 2005

My husband and I actually got married at this site and the owners treated us with first class service. The beach is beautiful during the day, but at night it is simply spectacular, it was not lit from overhead but by lawn lights which made it even more romantic. Truly the Smuggler's Den has found a special place in our hearts and we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2002
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Reviewed July 19, 2005

We stayed at Smuggler's Den this past winter "2005" and just loved it. The place sits right on Chetumal/Corozal Bay, there's a sandy beach, Chetumal Mexico is just minutes away, and the place is owned and operated by a small family."Meaning there's personalized service". The service is very friendly.

They only have 4 Bungalows at the moment but I hear they have plans to expand. The newest unit "Casa Kyle" is a 2 bedroom house complete with full kitchen, sat tv, Air conditioned rooms and wireless internet. The units all sit with-in 100 ft from the water.

The roads getting you there from Corozal can be a little bumpy, but that's part of the charm.

All meals are made to order by "Rosa Wagner" one of the owners and she has customers coming back for more! Both locals and Tousist.

If you want quiet, secluded and value for your money than this is the place for you.

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Reviewed June 20, 2005

Smuggler's Den is a true gem...a secluded, beautiful beach on the Bay of Corozal. About 8 miles north of Corozal Town, Ray and Rosa have one and two bedroom cabanas, with kitchens, TV, internet access, air conditioning and a wonderful view of the bay from the front porch of each unit. The dining room at Smuggler's draws the locals and tourists...Rosa's meals are fabulous. The protected lagoon is great for children and opens out to the Bay. The water is warm...great swimming. About 10 minutes by water to Chetumal, Mexico. We stayed a week in May 2005, fell in love with the location, bought property at Wagner's Landing (right next door) and will be moving there later this year....vancetitus@yahoo.com [Everett, Washington]

  • Stayed May 2005
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, Owner at The Smuggler's Den, responded to this review, January 10, 2006
Many Thanks to both of you. We loved having you stay with us.

Ray & Family
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Property: The Smuggler's Den
Address: Old Smuggler's Den Road, Consejo, Belize
Location: Belize > Corozal > Consejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Consejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built using mostly natural materials, Smuggler's Den sits on a small private beach overlooking Chetumal Bay. We are a family run facility in a quiet, low volume area. ... more   less 
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The Smuggler's Den Belize/Consejo

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