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Cocotal Inn & Cabanas
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Huntington, Indiana
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22 reviews
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“Home away from home!!”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We couldn't of asked for anything more from Cocotal. Our rooms were immaculate, equipped with everything that we needed. The staff was the best! Ernesto was so helpful- even called our excursion boat before they left to make sure that we were on it! Samuel was available to us for absolutely anything that we ever needed and always with a smile on his face. We have nothing to complain about and only praise for Cocotal inns. We even had our very own watch dog Mara that seemed to be everyone's dog, she even followed us all the way into town one day, but yet is so well trained that even if you call her she will not enter your cabana or go on the pool deck. Kayaks are free to take out to the reef, and Sam or Calvin get them all ready and take them out to the end of the pier for you, bike are available for free to take wherever you want to go. Even the bed was comfortable! We had the best time! Loved it!!! If you want a place that is not so commercial and complete comfort with an extended family there to take care of you choose Cocotal Inn & Cabana's!!

Room Tip: All rooms are great, we weren't on the beach, but it's such a short walk, there are no bad r...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

In advance of our reservation, Ernesto and Tanya helped to answer all of our questions about the property and the area. When we arrived, everything was as we expected. We stayed in the 2nd floor of the main house, and we were very happy with the space. It was a very large two-bedroom with an open porch on the beachfront side of the house and a screened porch on the back. The property was clean and very well maintained. There were plenty of bikes and kayaks for complimentary use - there was never an issue of availability. It felt like we had a private property - the staff was always there and so helpful when needed but never intrusive. The property is in a convenient location - close enough to bike to town, or if you are fit, to walk. There are several good restaurants within walking distance to Cocotal, and the kitchen in our suite provided everything we needed to prepare meals, smoothies, etc.

The only negatives - which have nothing to do with Cocotal... as in most reviews, the road to Cocotal and all northern properties is cratered and will rattle your fillings. The preferred route is the beach path, however, it has its own drawbacks. With the construction happening on the far north side of the island, there are 'rush hours' - approx 7-8 AM and 5-6 PM - on the path when the workers ride their bikes to and from their worksites. Hundreds (not an exaggeration) of bikes would pass us while we walked or biked on the very narrow path. It was necessary to constantly look over your shoulder and get out of the way (though they were polite about it and most signaled their approach).

Overall, we would stay again and recommend Cocotal. It was a very nice experience.

Room Tip: If you want a clear view of the ocean, the Casita is the place to choose. The 2nd floor of the main...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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West Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We loved our stay at the cocotal inn.
The manager and staff (Ernesto and Sam) were especially helpful and a pleasure to meet.
The rooms are great, clean and very well equipped.

We highly recommend to anyone to stay there and we'll definitely be back.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

If your looking for a well taken care of, clean, quiet, warm, inviting, comfortable place than this would be it. We spent over two wonderful weeks here and we loved it. We called cabana 5 home and it supplied us with everything we needed. The bed was a comfortable king and the shower was hot. Two of my musts. Lots of room in the closets to hang my things and drawers for his stuff. Because the Olympics were on we like having a t.v. to check out the results at the end of the day. The kitchenette was perfect because we enjoy having breakfast in and bringing leftovers home at night. If you would need some help with something or would like to take out a kayak then the guys that are working in the yard will go the extra mile to get it done. They are so warm and friendly it was a pleasure to have them around. We enjoyed having the pool to ourselves and it was a nice way to end the afternoon. I even used my snorkel gear in there, ha.
It was wonderful thing to take out a kayak and paddle out to the reef. We always seen something interesting like the day we both saw a ray take a leap out of the ocean. So cool. We had plans to kayak the lagoon but somehow it never happened. But we did sit on the beach chairs at the back of the property at sunset numerous times overlooking the lagoon which was so relaxing and beautiful. Other times we took the rental golf cart from the Cocotal into town for dinner. We certainly tried out many restaurants in the time we were there with many choices to choose from some of my favorites were Elvi's kitchen, El Fagon, Caramba, Blue Water Grill, The Baker south of town, and Dande Frozen Custard (omg cococut!!!!!). The best ambiance was the Mambo's restaurant at the Matachica Beach Resort. It was amazing, so was the service and the food. So romantic and beautiful under the large palapa outside. Its a must!! You need to take a boat to the north end of the island but the restaurant will pick you up and bring you back if you make reservations with the office at Cocotal. Of course we did the snorkel at Hol Chan and Shark ray alley. We booked with the dive office next door at White Sands and went with Luis and Bernie. Great guys and small group. Ambergris Caye is an amazing place and the local people were over the top for me. If I would say one thing that I was not happy with I would say the sand flies so bring some bug spray and use it or slather on baby oil cause they won't bother you then. It won't keep me from coming back though.

Room Tip: Next time I would stay on the top floor of the main house or the cabana at the front of the property...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We enjoyed our stay very much. Our rooms were beautiful and very clean and bright. Lots of hot water and king size beds. Screened verandah and pool and hot tub. Fully equipped kitchen and great staff we were able to use their bikes and rode everywhere. The roads are not good and biking was easiest. Water taxis also available

Room Tip: Do not think there is a bad room anywhere in this place
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Just spent a week here from Feb.5 - 12. What an awesome get away. We got the newest garden cabana. It is fantastic. Beautiful and comfortable. We spent most of our time just relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Long walks along the beach and when we weren't cooking for ourselves in our cabana, walking to one of the near by restaurants for some very good meals.

I would love to go back many more times.

Sharon Spencer

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We have stayed here in the past and had a great time. This time we stayed in town but came north of town to kayak the lagoons. We couldn't find anyone in town that rented kayaks on the lagoon side. We knew they had kayaks from our past experience. We went and asked and since the people staying there were all out on adventures, we got a YES. We had a fantastic time in the calm lagoons and the birds were amazing.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cocotal Inn & Cabanas
Address: Beachfront 2 1/2 Miles North, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cocotal Inn and Cabanas is a beachfront vacation property located 2- 1/2 miles north of San Pedro. There are seven units available for nightly rental. Intimate and low key, Cocotal is still only a bike ride from town in a great up and coming area. Our units are well appointed with fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, cable TV, wifi and maid service. There is an in-ground pool, honor bar, BBQ, and free bicycles and kayaks for guest use - a beautiful property and a great value! This description is based on information provided by the specialty lodging. ... more   less 
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