I just recently returned from San Pedro for the second time. Both times I stayed at the Cocotal Inn and Cabanas and I have vowed that there is no other place in the entire country I will stay. It's so hard to say in words what the Cocotal is about, it can truely only be described as a feeling. When I first arrived, I was greeted by Robbie and of course Mara, the property watch dog. Robbie immediately welcomed me, took my luggage to my room, and brought me to the bar where Beaulah, the property manager, was waiting with her great smile and a delicious rum punch!
Beaulah is there for you anytime you need her and will help you with absolutely anything you need. She will book any trip or excursion you need and arrange all travel to anywhere you need to go. She is not just an employee who helps you because her boss told her to, she truely wants to help you and make sure you get a full experience of your Belize vacation. Whatever you do, do NOT plan any trips or excursions before you leave home. Beaulah will find you the best priced trips and take care of all of the details. She also knows all of the restaurants and bars in town and knows which night to go where to get the best experiences from each of those establishments.
Robbie and Mirna are the caretakers who live on site in the back house. You will see Robbie up at dawn raking the beautiful white sand on the property to maintain a picture perfect environment. The pool is always perfectly clean and crystal clear due to his commitment to perfection. He is there to help you out with anything you need, anything from helping you carry the kayaks to the sea to giving you any information you need about the island to eat, drink, fish, etc. His wife Mirna has made a menu of homemade meals that are beyond delicious. It's not just some hotel type food. She literally makes everything from scratch and makes it just for you. She has such a talent for cooking and presentation of the food, you just won't be able to wait for dinner time! Either Mirna or Robbie will bring your food out to you where you can eat it outside while listening to the sea, or relax inside the beautiful rooms.
Christine is the property housekeeper. I have never seen a housekeeper work so hard to make sure the rooms are perfectly clean and not a spec of dust. Christine is easy to miss because she is cleaning your room when you are out exploring the reef. Be sure to take the time to talk to her and get to know her. She is such a special person. She is so positive and friendly, the first time you talk to her you will just want to give her a hug. I had the opportunity to spend some extra time with her and it's a memory I would never give up for all the money in the world.
Tanya Graf is the owner of the property. The Cocotal is her passion and her brain never stops turning on how to make the guests stay even more memorable. She travels alot between the states and San Pedro, but I was lucky enough to have her there at the same time I was again this year. She takes the time to talk to you, teach you about the culture and the island and always takes a genuine interest in the excursions you take that day and what new experiences you have. She is always up to enjoy a Belikin Beer with you and just shoot the breeze. When I first met her, I talked to her for 5 minutes and I felt that she was family and I had know her for my whole life. She has hired a staff to work on the property that shares her passion for her vison of the Cocotal and the experiences she wants the guests to leave the island with.
The Cocotal has plenty of bikes you can use for free to tour the island or get to town for some shopping. The kayaks are also free to use. It's so much fun to kayak out to the reef and do some snorkeling. There is a buoy straight out from the Cocotal that you can tie the kayak to so you can jump in the water and enjoy the underwater world. The Cocotal also has an "Honor Bar", which I think is an ingenious idea. If you want a beer or a rum punch, you just mark it down in a little book and pay your tab when you leave.
If you are looking for a huge resort with a ton of people all around you, this is totally not the place for you. This place feels like its home and it's all yours and plenty of privacy. The price you pay for what you get is unbelievable. I have been in all of the units and can personally say that each and every one are so clean and decorated so beatifully that your only disappointment would be that at some point you have to leave and go back home.
I definitely recommend visiting their website, www.cocotalbelize.com, so you can see more pictures and get all of the information you need. If you have questions, you can email the address on the website and Tanya or Beaulah will email you back with all of your answers.
Please feel free to email me and I can help you with questions from a tourist standpoint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cocotal Inn and Cabanas is a beachfront hotel and vacation property located 2- 1/2 miles north of San Pedro. There are eight units available for nightly rental. Intimate and low key, Cocotal is still only a bike ride from town in a quiet area of resorts and private homes. 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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- Also Known As:
- Cocotal Inn And Cabanas
- Cocotal Inn & Cabanas Hotel San Pedro
- Cocotal Inn & Cabanas Belize/San Pedro