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Cocotal Inn & Cabanas
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

We chose Cocotal for our Honeymoon destination this fall. We were worried about the weather in September but luckily received only occasional showers and no hurricanes. It was pouring when we arrived but our driver thankfully drove us to the grocery store on our ride from the airport. Although we had envisioned a lavish first meal, we cooked a not so glamorous meal of eggs and rice in our cabana. Lots of fun! Ernesto (the Property Manager) was very helpful booking trips but led us astray with restaurant recommendations for places that were closed in the off season (reason for only 4 stars). Think other reviews share this same complaint that there is not much to eat around Cocotol in the low season but we found a great place - Akbol - which was only a short bike ride away.Our 2 fishing/snorkeling trips and flight reservations coordinated by Ernesto were excellent. Bike path is right in front of the property along with the beach so you can get all the way into town in 20-30 minutes. The Cabanas were very clean and were recently built and thoughtfully decorated. Flat screen TV with good amount of channels was nice during rain storms. Big jug of bottled water and honor bar were also much used amenities. All in all a great experience at Cocotol - will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Stayed in Garden Cabana furthest away from beach, very quiet. Short walk to beach and nice sunsets over the lagoon.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Tim C
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

We stayed in the beach cabana - the place itself is fantastic. The cabana is about 40 feet from the ocean. Right behind the cabana is the pool (beware - the Jacuzzi doesn't work and it seems like this is a semi-permanent condition) Although the pool itself is nice and large.
We stayed there in late August. Unfortunately, almost everything around the Inn was closed so we had to go into town for dinner. There is a kitchen in the unit so if you prefer to cook yourself and want absolute solitude, this is the perfect place. The manager is new so he wasn't as helpful to us as the previous owners were to other reviewers. He was good, not great. The dog, Mara is absolutely awesome!
If you stay here you must kayak out to the reef and snorkel. The reef is amazing, and we're scuba divers so that's saying alot. This was the best experience of our trip.

Pros:
-beautiful property
-secluded
-very large cabana
-very affordable
-Mara is the perfect dog
- free kayak
- bikes are free but you cant take them out after 6
-clean rooms and grounds

Cons
-its desolate during the off-season and the price isn't lower to account for it
-WiFi only works next to the pool
-Its 2.5 miles into town on a rough road. $20 taxi ride each way!
-the manager could only book us on Oasis Adventures scuba - they weren't good, use Chuck & Robbie's instead
-no phone in the rooms, you have to depend on the office

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank justin44
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Cocotal was spectactular. Our cabana was great. Full kitchen for cooking, great bed, nice bathroom and shower, a/c worked wonderfully (we went in September), etc etc. But better than that was the staff at Cocotal. Ernesto and his crew set up several excursions for us and really all we had to do was show up. The stress of figuring out what to do and when to do it was alleviated and we were allowed to enjoy our vacation. Close enough to town that you can ride a bike in for lunch or rent a golf cart for the day and see all of San Pedro with enough time to come back to the resort and lounge around under the umbrella, drink an ice cold Belikin from the honor bar and smoke a Cohiba cigar you picked up in town (can't get those in the states, you know). Mara, the pup who hangs out at the resort, followed us everywhere we went for dinner and gave us some good companionship away from our two dogs. It was an added charm. I don't know who owns her, but she was there everyday. Cocotal is close enough to town but far enough away from everything which allows you to peacefully enjoy yourselves and your time away from reality. We will be back and we will be staying at Cocotal. Take my advice. If you're still reading this, save yourself some time and stop looking. Contact Ernesto and book your vacation. It'll make you feel better and you can get to worrying about more important things, like what are you going to do while you're there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank eric w
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

My husband and I went to Belize on our honeymoon. Our communication with Tanya and the rest of her staff made booking the trip and all excursions easy as pie. We loved our casita and would probably request that when we returned but we also stayed in the beach cabana. Both are lovely but we really enjoyed the casita.
They lend you bikes and kayaks and we took full advantage of that almost everyday. Cocotal is not located in San Pedro so a nice bike ride is required to get into town. Take the beach road...it's much cooler. Kayaking to the reef without a guide is perfect and low key. All in all Cocotal was perfect for us. It wasn't a resort but we always got what we needed and when...even when food poisoning struck. The food at Capricorn did not agree with me but we had numerous amazing meals at Ak'bol, the yoga retreat down the beach. It is the BEST food.

Thank you to Tanya and the whole gang....we have recommended Cocotal to other families and friends and hope to see you all again.

Kelly & Evan

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kellw55
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

Just returned from a wonderful stay at Cocotal Inn and Cabanas on Ambergris Caye, Belize—Absolutely DEVINE!
If you’re looking for tropical perfection- this is it! Beautiful, peaceful, off the beaten path, friendly, and fastidiously clean- Cocotal can’t be beat! Easy pick-up including a stop at the grocery store for provisions, then on up to my charming beach Casita (#1). The entire Property is delightful and flawlessly cared for. The perfect spot to decompress, swim, explore, and escape from your worries! Had a wonderful time kayaking out to the reef for snorkeling- a great way to go- on your own time and at your own pace. Heavenly location for photography! Excellent sights and great restaurants within walking distance—don’t miss Ak’Bol for a fabulous breakfast anytime (a short walk south down the beach). If you don’t feel like dining out- the fully equipped kitchens allow you to prepare your own meals, relax on your lanai, take in the gorgeous view, and soak up the peace and quiet. San Pedro is just a quick water taxi ride away for a stroll through the colorful town, or if you crave the “night life”. Ernesto in the office is extremely knowledgeable and organized- the man in the know, he can help you with any activities you may have in mind. Raul and the rest of the staff are indispensable—always a smile, and happy to share local information and history. Cocotal stands out from countless other places because of this: It is clear that the wonderful Staff truly care about, take pride in, and cherish Cocotal- it is a family that you are welcomed into with open arms. And Mara oversees the whole operation with her own brand of laid-back canine camaraderie! I have no question I’ll be back—Cocotal is a rare gem!

Room Tip: I stayed in casita 1, but the 2-level Main House, and the Garden Casitas are all delightful-- can't go wrong with any one!
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank F M
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