Our family just stayed at Tranquility for 12 days and loved it, but it's not for everyone. Here's what you need to know:
Who should stay there: Nature lovers that enjoy seclusion. It's a great place for "nature" kids.
Who should not stay there: Night life lovers, people who do not want to deal with the elements, technology addicts, or people who want to go to town often.
Beach: Beautifully groomed, all white sand (no mud in the water), plenty of comfy chairs and hammocks, amazing view. TIP: Bring cheap rafts for kids to play with and leave them for other guests.
Accommodations: Spacious two bedroom place with nice kitchen area, good sized frig, amazing views, and located right on the beach only 50 feet from water. TIP: Cabana 6 has AC in every room! Other cabanas do not have AC in living room.
Food: You are very remote so don't expect a million restaurant options. That being said, the complimentary breakfast was the best we've ever had. The staff was friendly, knew our names the first day, and were very attentive. For being so remote, there were a wide range of menu items. TIPS: Grocery shop in town when you land. Buy liquor in town to save a bar tab. Bring microwavable meals (such as Zatterans Black Beans and Rice) for lunches and easy dinners. You CAN order dinners from the lunch menu for more variety and cheaper options.
The elements: there is usually a strong wind at all times (if the wind dies, misquotes and biting flies will descend in swarms), the sun is hot (though the wind cools things down), and the water is pretty salty. If you do not like wind, do not go to Ambergris Caye.
Costumer Service: Catherine was our manager, Caesar our bar tender, and Nelson our waiter, and we felt very well cared for. Trips were well organized and our daily needs were well attended to! They provided us with everything they could.
Transportation: Your are remote, 40 minutes from the nearest town San Pedro. Tranquility will not take you to town anytime you want; they will coordinate transport with the arrival and departure of other guests. You will not have a good time if you want to go back into town often. The resort provides only one free transport into town (along with the free initial pick up and return).
Nature: I've snorkeled all over the Caribbean for 25 years and only found the snorkeling at the resort average at best. (There was a huge die off of the reef in 1998 due to high water temps). If you are a novice snorkeler, it's a perfect place to start (the water is shallow and the reefs easily accessible), and you'll probably enjoy what you see. For more advanced snorkelers (and novices as well), take the trips to Hol Chan, Shark Ray alley and the Mexico Rocks. You will also see iguanas, geckos and a variety of birds (7-8 species) TIP: Don't forget to snorkel under the restaurant and save time by asking other guests where the best snorkeling is.
Day Trips: The resort offers several day trips for snorkeling, and they will arrange day trips with other outfits (we used Seaduced and were fairly happy). Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley are a must, and Lamani is great if you really enjoy remote ruins and do not mind the 6 hours traveling round trip.
I hope this info helps you determine whether or not Tranquility Bay is for you. For us, this was the best family vacation ever, and our best stay in the Caribbean after 25 years of travel there!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro Town, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 Separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye