We stayed at Ramons from March 23-30, 2012. I am a diver but partner is not. Dove 5 days, taking the middle day off to travel to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.
Dive Operation and Diving
Dive masters were excellent, especially Toriano and Erik. Always smiling and engaging in humorous banter with the divers on the boats. Some days we had only 2-3 divers, other days the boats were pretty packed with 12-13 divers. Small speed boats, but very efficiently run. Diving was fair, mostly due to reefs that are not all that colorful (probably due to the fact that the previous week, and some the week we were there, the winds were pretty strong). Viz was only fair, with a milkiness to the water (again, probably wind-induced). But also some pretty fabulous sightings sprinkled in (eagle rays, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, a green moray slithering in and out of divers' BCs, etc.). The dive op was efficiently run. I dove Nitrox, and always had 3300-3400 PSI fills.
We were placed in room 32, a junior oceanfront suite on the beach. Very nice inside, with microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. A few glasses, cups, and silverware items, but that was about it. One relatively minor disappointment is that the view of the sea is interrupted by tall palm trees in front of the deck. So, it is a "partial-ocean view" at best. Still, pretty marvelous just the same. Just realize that "ocean-front" does not mean full ocean-view.
There is a pretty nice grocery store, and a REALLY nice wine store (Wine Devine), just across the street and down a few steps. We lucked into the Friday night wine tasting at the Wine Devine, and sampled excellent reds and whites. Met many American ex-pats and visitors there, made friends, and had a fabulous time. At the grocery we were able to stock up on snacks, cheese and crackers, deli meats, beer, a few toiletries, etc.
The resort is well run, with VERY friendly wait staff, bartenders, and other staff members. Ramon himself makes a point to table hop and play the host role every morning at breakfast (our package included breakfast). Rooms are cleaned daily, but be sure to put the "service room" door hang tag out or they will skip you. One downside to this particular room is that you are closest to the bar area, where both Friday night and Saturday night the noise was intense. The first night was due to a raucous crowd after 10:30 PM at a table just below us. However, when we went down to mention the problem, one of the waiters (Nelson) immediately came to the rescue, said that he"...would take care of it...," and he did. He moved the group into the bar area, and that did the trick. The next night was a different story! Between 11:00 and Midnight, the bartender turned up the stereo speakers in the bar to "Blast Your Ears Out" levels, and it was awful. Again, we went down to complain, and he pretty much just blew us off saying that the bar was closing at 12:30 and they would be turned down then. Not the answer that we wanted to hear. In fact, when the music was blasting there was NO ONE in the bar -- just the bartender in his closed cage counting the till! Every other night was blissfully quiet, so no complaints there!
Had breakfast at Ramon's daily as part of our package. Food was OK, nothing remarkable. Sunday brunch was the best. Had one dinner, which was interesting as I ordered the "hot rock" cooking dinner and enjoyed that. There are many good restaurants in the area, all withing walking distance either on the beach or in San Pedro. We recommend Wild Mango, Elvies, The Patio, and the Bluewater Grill. All excellent choices!
The stay at Ramon's was really, really pleasant (except for the bar noise noted earlier, which thankfully was not a pattern). We would highly recommend it. Comfy lounge chairs at the nice pool, and on the beach. The staff really work hard to keep the grounds clean, including daily raking of turtle grass that had drifted onto the beach overnight. Accomodating and friendly staff, efficient dive operation, careful and competent dive masters who strive to make your diving trip enjoyable and fun-filled, and just a peaceful and relaxing ambience all around. That so many good places to shop and eat are in walking distance is a benefit (we never rented the golf carts, which I found surprisingly expensive to rent).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramon's Village Resort is the premiere beach resort in San Pedro, Belize featuring authentic Palm Thatched Cabanas, fabulous beach, lagoon style pool, Ramon's Village Divers scuba diving center, Pineapples Restaurant, Tropic Al's and the Tiki Turtle Trading Company. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ramon`s Village Hotel San Pedro
- Ramons Village Hotel
- Ramons Village Belize
- Ramons Village San Pedro
- Ramon's Village Resort Belize/San Pedro