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Reviewed March 28, 2010

My husband and I chose Tranquility Bay because it was way out of town. We wanted to relax, swim, and snorkel. The people working at the resort were terrific, from the managers to the helmsman to the waitstaff. The other guests were great fun and interesting. Because of the small size of the resort, everyone has the opportunity to get to know one another. The resort has lots of activities to recommend, but if you want to just sit in a chaise, or hammock, its okay, too. We look forward to returning next year.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank msquare18
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

We spent three nights at Tranquility Bay - and did not want to leave! When we first arrived, we were a little worried because the location is so remote (surrounded only by the ocean, beach, and coconut trees) and is 12 miles north of San Pedro. But this ended up being the most wonderful thing about Tranquility Bay! You can walk along the beach and the only sounds you hear are the waves from the ocean, birds, and the occasional thump of a coconut falling from the tree. There were no loud resorts, no buzzing ski jets, no cruise-shippers... and the snorkeling right in front of the resort is wonderful as well! We had a wonderful experience at Tranquility Bay - we recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ChicagoCoco
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

Pack light - swim suits, shorts, hat, windbreaker and flip-flops all that is needed! CASUAL! No TV's, telephones. Leave your lap top behind!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank starfishIndiana
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

The sheer beauty, silence,color, transition to peace and the freedom to simply BE takes time to sink in. Accommodations wonderful. The food is fresh, tasty and served with gracious hospitality. Top equipment,skilled guides, and a variety of activities and destinations are available for marine activists, while snorkeling, and kayaking are easily accessible around the coral reef in front of the resort. I enjoyed doing photography, hiking along the shore under the coconut trees,breathing the sea air and meeting other guests and staff who shared accounts of their day's adventures. No pressure, just relaxation, and an encounter with nature at its best!.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank jollyjune
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

The staff at Tranquility Bay were very accomodating when it came to booking our room. They even helped book our flights from Belize City to San Pedro and they were right on time picking us up at the airport. I highly recommend picking up some bottled water and beer etc. in San Pedro before you go to the resort. It's a long boat ride back to town and there is only one source for these items once you arrive at the resort. I was a little disappointed when the driver that picked us up wanted money to take me a couple blocks down the street to get this but I let it slide. It would be nice if this was included since it took all of 5 minutes. And it would have been nicer if he suggested or offered to stop to get these items.

Good: The resort is nice and clean and the bed was very comfortable. The water is very beautiful and you have unlimited access to the kayaks so you can go out and snorkel, swim etc at any time. They rent you snorkel gear but I recommend bringing your own. This resort is very remote so you are truly alone with no distractions. No television in the rooms which is good because I don't want television on a trip like this. You have your own little kitchen in your cabin so you can bring your own beer, water etc. and don't have to go to the bar every time you want something to drink.

Bad: The sand flies were brutal on us. These are tiny flying insects that bite and leave the mark and feel of a chigger. You don't see these things or really feel them until you start itching a day or two later. We were itching and scratching for 2 weeks after we returned and my girlfriend got it especially worse. She had over 100 bites on her legs arms and back. Nobody said a word to us about these insects until it was too late. So if you go bring bug spray and use it always. You don't really see these things or feel them bite and they can mess you up quick. Also, only your bedroom has an air conditioner (it worked great for just the bedroom) so it can get muggy in the main cabin during the day and evening. Some of the windows have holes in the screens or no screens at all so you must keep these windows shut to keep the biting insects out of your place. So trying to get a breeze can be a challenge and it can get muggy in your cabin if you just want to hang inside during the evening and relax. Also, our place could have used a little updating in the bathroom.

Overall, the place was good and everyone was very nice and accomodating. Just know what you are getting before you go. It's a very small and remote property with no frills and very laid back. The bar/restaurant is good but closes early every night (9:00) so if you want nightlife or excitement this is not the place for you. BRING BUGSPRAY and use it always. Also, if you want to do something besides snorkel around the resort or lay-out and get some sun I recommend booking some activities through the resort or in town.

Happy Travels !

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank 3DTurkey
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TBR-Manager, Manager at Tranquility Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2010

Dear 3DTurnkey and Tripadvisor audience

We are very sorry that you had trouble with the sand flies. Isabelle and I must have dropped the ball in not having prepared you for them, and we would like to apologize for this! Sand flies can become a problem at the resort when it is very calm or during the north winds. They do not come out in the heat of the day, nor when it is windy. Unfortunately we have had a lot of unseasonably calm days this winter. The trade winds are usually a constant source for a cool breeze. The best way to combat the sand flies is actually a healthy layer of baby oil. When the sand flies come to bite with a layer of baby oil they get a mouth full and die. There is generally a bottle available at the bar and on the step of our cabana, although it doesn't hurt to bring a bottle. This also gives the added benefit of baby soft skin! :) We also provide VAPE machines and tablets for the rooms which kill all flying insects in the cabanas.

We use a taxi driver to transfer guests from the airport to the dock. He is not an employee of the resort and he charges us for this transfer. I would not expect him to take people shopping for free as this can take a lot of time in San Pedro and would cost him the possibility of other fares. As he does charge for his time the resort cannot be responsible for paying to take guests shopping. Some guests take longer than others, where would we draw the line? I was also perplexed as to the comment about purchasing water in town. We sell it for the same price as in town as a courtesy to our guests. Why would you want to haul it around when you are not saving anything?

We are a semi secluded resort. There is very little to no night life at the resort. It depends on the guests that are "in house". When there is no one at the bar/restaurant we close it early. There have also been nights where there were groups playing poker until 3 in the morning. We are secluded yet there is still the possibility of doing all the different trips and activities from the resort without the hustle and bustle of San Pedro.

We hope to put A/C's in the front rooms, change the louver windows for full panes of glass, in the coming off season.

Thank-you for your review and four star rating!
Cheers,
Carlos

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