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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Smuggler's Den Belize/Consejo