My mother, sister and I stayed at CV for about 1 week. CV is about 3/4 mile from the city centre so it's close enough to the city but still far enough away to have some peace and quiet. The beach and hammocks are also nice in addition to the grounds. Most of the accommodation on the island is simple so there is no need to pay higher than 200USD/night. What is important is location. The next time I go back I will not stay any further than CV. Also, there is a small supermarket nearby if you would like to buy milk, beer, water, etc. As for snorkelling gear to rent, the rental place a few minutes walk south at Banyan Bay has practically new gear to rent. The rental place towards town has very old/used gear.
I would recommend booking excursions through SEAduced. They're located in the city along the beach. I like using them because they give a nice discount if you pay cash (unlike the hotel which puts an extra charge on top of the commission they charge to the excursion companies). We booked a fishing trip through the hotel and realised that we had been ripped off as the people on the boat docking next to us had paid only 250USD which included a lobster diver. They had a tonne of fish and lobster. We paid 300USD through the hotel and had 5 fish. Our boat guide was lazy and did not know the best spots for fishing.
As for food, The Reef is best for seafood and I beg of you DO NOT EAT at Caramba's. Just don't take my word for it, I was warned by the locals but I gave it a shot anyway and was very disappointed - the owner is dishonest and most if not all of the food there is frozen!!! So, if you don't mind eating frozen seafood in the Caribbean then knock yourself out. The Reef on the other hand only serves fresh seafood. Elvina's also has good reviews.
Overall, a good experience once we booked excursions ourselves. Tony and his shipmate Henry are a good pair to go fishing/snorkelling with. H'es half-Mexican half-Belizean. I lost his card so I don't have his details but if you ask around town someone can contact him for you.
Hope this helps. Enjoy San Pedro, it's lovely and we will be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caribbean Villas Hotel on Ambergris Caye has comfortable suites/rooms with Caribbean views, beautiful grounds, a large sandy beach all within sight of the reef. Whether you want a romantic vacation or a getaway from the crowds, a spell of renewal or a stepping stone to adventure, we can cater to your needs. With an onsite Dive Shop on our dock to arrange Scuba and Snorkeling excursions, and the Belize Sailing Center on the beach with Sailing, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Windsurfing & Kite surfing rentals, there is no lack of activities for adventure seekers. Or just relax with an oceanfront massage from their onsite masseuse. Our full-time concierge is available to book any mainland tours including Reef & Deep Sea fishing, Jungle Zip-lining, Cave-tubing and Maya Ruin tours. Golf Cart rentals are also available on site. Guests also have access to two fresh water pools, the only Waterslide on the island and the on-site restaurant which serves gourmet Caribbean and Belizean cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribbean Hotel San Pedro
- Caribbean San Pedro
- Caribbean Villas Hotel Belize/San Pedro