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“Blue Tang Inn + Chuck&Robbie's = Great dive vacation!”
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Blue Tang Inn
Ranked #1 of 21 San Pedro B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Orange County, California
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“Blue Tang Inn + Chuck&Robbie's = Great dive vacation!”
Reviewed October 17, 2009

I recently returned from a wonderful week of diving in Ambergris Caye and wanted to provide some feedback for all of you. I have used TripAdvisor several times to plan trips so I want to return the favor. I am going to include information on where I stayed, how I booked the trip, the dive operation, the diving, the accommodations, the town, and general travel information.

After reading several reviews on Scubaboard, TripAdvisor, and Ambergriscaye.com, I decided to dive with Chuck & Robbie’s (Chuck & Robbie's - Ambergris Caye Scuba Diving & Instruction) and stay at the Blue Tang Inn (all inclusive Belize resort vacation – Blue Tang Inn San Pedro). I normally prefer to stay at dive resorts that have lodging, diving, and dining all in one place. In lieu of that, I opted for a dive operation that was close to decent accommodations and restaurants. The Chuck & Robbie’s/Blue Tang Inn fit the bill.

The Blue Tang is a nice, clean place just north of the main town. The rooms are air conditioned and include an electronic safe that is big enough to hold a small (not large) laptop as well as your valuables. They also have free wireless internet and also give you a continental breakfast each morning that includes one hot item (such as waffles) as well as cereal, coffee, and juice. It is really nice to not have to cook breakfast before diving. The inn provides beach towels (which saves space in your luggage) and the staff are really friendly and accommodating. The rooms also have a kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, microwave and cookware. Overall I would say the room was very nice and met all my needs. The room was comfortable and clean and had all the essentials.

The hotel is right on the beach. There is a good swimming area in front of the hotel. There is some turtle grass in the water but if you walk out onto the dock on the right side and enter the water through the steps you will find a sandy bottom. The water was so warm I could have stayed there for hours. I also recommend going up to the rooftop deck. There are lounge chairs up there and there is a beautiful view. And, being a geek sometimes, it was nice to have power for my laptop computer. There is also a small swimming pool that is nice for relaxing and it is open 24 hours. Also, I was pleased to see a security guard on the grounds at night.

The Blue Tang is also one block away from a small grocery store and only a few minutes more from a larger grocery store. The grocery stores have lots of US packaged goods as well as Latin American brands. There is a reasonable selection of meat, but it is all frozen. The Blue Tang Inn is just north of town and you can walk all of San Pedro really easily. A lot of restaurants are more expensive than you would think but there are also food kiosks and small diner type of restaurants all over the place including the central park. You can get hamburgers, shrimp burgers, carne asada, and tacos in lots of places for just a few dollars. US money is accepted everywhere at a 2:1 exchange rate. Bring lots of $1 and $5 bills. There are a few banks in town but I heard not all ATMs accept foreign cards. I do not know. I didn’t use my ATM card in Belize. I suggest you dedicate a credit card for any transactions you make abroad so you can cancel it if your number is “misappropriated.” I paid cash for most everything.

Since this was my first trip to Belize, I opted to book the diving through Blue Tang so that everything would be charged to my room (as it would be with a dive resort, see above). I had asked Blue Tang to book six days of diving. When I checked in, I found out that they had not done this. They apologized and offered to give me a daily paper voucher which I would take to Chuck & Robbie’s which they would use to put the charge on my room. This turned out to be really good because I could decide to dive one day at a time. I found out later I could have booked the diving directly with Chuck & Robbie at a slightly lower rate, but I liked the convenience of having everything charged to my room.

Chuck & Robbie’s schedules two morning dives. The first is at 9 am. The second is at 11am. On your first day you show up a half hour before you dive (8:30am in my case) to fill out paperwork. Chuck & Robbie’s is literally a two minute walk from Blue Tang. You need to bring your C-Card. On subsequent days you show up 15 minutes before the dive. They have gear available to rent but I brought my own. They have two boats, one which holds about 12 and one which holds six to eight. On one day there was a large group but the boat did not feel crowded. Other days there were just two of us. The shop sets up all the gear for you. You don’t have to do anything. There was a single bucket on board for masks and cameras.

The reef is very close to the shore. The dive sites we went to were no more than five minutes away. Each dive was preceded by a briefing describing the overall dive site, the max depth, and when people should move towards a safety stop (I believe 750 psi but am not certain). The first dive was usually at a depth of 80-90 feet while the second was at 60-70 feet. The diving in Ambergris Caye is mostly “spur & groove” with lots of canyons. We saw lots of the standard Caribbean fish as well as moray eels, squid, rays, and several nurse sharks. The water was 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Dive times were approximately 50 minutes. After we surfaced, the boat captains helped us with our gear and we headed back to the shore for our surface interval. When we arrived, a guy on a bicycle would come by with chicken tamales. They were great…but watch for bones. We then headed out for the second dive. We were usually back the shop by 12:30pm. Chuck & Robbie’s stored my dive gear over night. The only things I took back to my room were my wet suit and booties (to dry out) and my dive computer.

The divemasters were great. Most of my dives were led by Enrique with some led by Robbie. Chuck came out with us on one dive as well. There were also some US expats that now live in Belize who dove with us, Terry & Michelle. Also, Chuck actually runs a restaurant named Wild Mangos that has great food. I ate there once before it closed for a few weeks. I really liked Chuck and Robbie’s. I would definitely dive with them again. Their personalities are great. The location is great. It was a lot of fun for my first Belize diving trip. As far as tipping, you can do it at the end or daily. Robbie will divide it up if you want.

As far as air travel, Blue Tang made my reservations on Tropic Air between Belize City and San Pedro and charged the tickets to my room. Once you arrive in Belize City from the US, you clear immigration, pick up your bags and recheck them with Tropic Air. Baggage claim in Belize is pretty fast. Tropic Air uses these small prop planes that hold maybe 14 people. One passenger sits in the copilot seat. They do allow 70 pounds per passenger (check the web site to be sure). The flight from Belize City to San Pedro is about 20 minutes. Blue Tang arranged a taxi to pick me up and take me back to the San Pedro Airport.

Regarding restaurants, there are several good ones. I ate at the Jambal Jerk Pit, the Hungry Monkey, Island Secret, DandE’s Custard, Mannely’s Ice Cream, Jane’s Deli, Island Secret, Waruguma (not sure I spelled that right), the Hummingbird Cafe and several food kiosks. If I had to do it again, I might cook dinner for myself a few times. For those of you with lactose intolerance, I did find soymilk and rice milk in the grocery stores.

I also recommend visiting Caye Caulker for an afternoon. I took the water taxi over and back (US$12.50 round trip). Caye Caulker is more of a “back packer” island but there are some higher end accommodations as well. For me, as a solo traveler, Ambergris Caye was a much better place.

You can also do several land tours. I did not do any because it was really hot out and I would rather be in the water. If you do a land tour, it’s important to note that during slow season that not all tours run each day. So, if you want to do a tour and it is being offered, I suggest you do it because it might not be offered the next day. That’s another advantage of using the daily voucher system rather than buying a prepaid package.

All in all, I liked Ambergris Caye. I liked the Blue Tang Inn. I also really liked diving with Chuck & Robbie’s.

I will definitely return some day.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

This was a very clean hotel. The staff had a daily cleaning routine that was quite thorough. The hotel is off the beach and also features a pool. The rooms are quaint. There is a balcony overlooking the water.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed September 20, 2009

Blue Tang Inn was the absolute perfect "home away from home" for my girlfriend and I on our first vacation together. We fell in love with the pictures online and were so excited about picking our exact room - complete with private balcony and ocean view! When we arrived at the hotel we were thrilled to see that the real thing was even beyond what we'd hoped for! Everyone on the staff was amazing, extremely friendly, and so genuinely dedicated to making sure our stay was nothing less than perfect. The hotel was always spotless, breakfast was consistently surprising and delicious, sunsets from the roof were beautiful, and the beach right in front of the hotel was the best along that stretch of San Pedro.

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience and we can't wait to visit again!

Steve & Jolene

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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belize
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Reviewed September 10, 2009

, Our stay at Blue Tang has been one of our best . Your staff was always so attentive to our needs and concerns. Rooms are great and I don't think there could be anything missing. Again Thank you all for your warm hospitality. Bye ! P.S Hope to see you next summer!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Belize
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

Really! I can mention all the things we liked but the list would be too long. So, will mention the key ones:

1) Excellent Service - I mean, where else do you get a loaded kitchennette??? As many beach towels??? Even a pliers???
2) Excellent Staff - Every single staff member is very friendly and helpful, they even found a bucket to lend us!!!
3) Excellent Location - I literally just walked off the pier right into the hotel!!! Just one minute walk from two big supermarkets!!!
4) Excellent Rooms - Clean, elegant, spacious and fully loaded.
5) Excellent View - Just pull the curtain and the sea is right in your room!!!

You can go on budget and still enjoy every single minute. My three daughters ages 11, 14 & 14 can't wait to go back, and that my friends, is so rare!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

For the price this is a great option, you get a double room complete with kitchenette and living room area, very spacious. The hotel is clean and somehow sand free which I dont know how they managed to keep the sand out of the hotel, because I know I dragged lots in! It is a very comfortable hotel with several decks, so go and take your morning coffee and enjoy the view from the top deck. Everything is close in san pedro so you can walk anywhere, so location does not really mater, although there is a bar just in front, Wet Willy's which is supposed to be a local hot spot. I think the most enjoyable thing about this hotel was waking up and being able to get a coffee and a small breakfast on the terrace while enjoying the view of san pedro, really what more can you ask for if you are there for business or pleasure.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

It was our 1st time in Ambergris Caye and chose the Blue Tang Inn because of the reviews from tripadvisor and the location. We stayed in room# 8 and it looked just like the pictures on their website. As other users have mentioned, there was a full kitchen, but we didn't make much use of it as there are so many great restaurants and great food to try on the island (our favorite restaurant was Wild Mango's).

Pros:
1) Great location - they are right at the end of the dock where the Caye Caulker water taxi dropped us off from Belize City. They are also a very short walk from Chuck & Robbie's, which is the dive shop we used, fantastic dive shop by the way. The inn is also a short walk from 2 grocery stores and plenty of restaurants.
2) Quiet - but we were there during the slow season; I saw a few reviews that mentioned the noise from Willie's, but we didn't experience that. There are quite a few stray dogs that walk the island so you'll hear them barking occasionally. That would be heard from any of the hotels though.
3) Clean & safe - the rooms are clean and there's a safe in the room. There is a lot of greenery surrounding the hotel which makes it feel a bit safer and more secluded.

Not necessarily cons, but things to mention:
1) The continental breakfast wasn't much - oj, coffee, watermelon or whichever fruit they chose to put out that day, milk, cornflakes, and occasionally they had either pancakes or french toast which were kept warm in a crockpot, or make your own waffles (which didn't work out too well if there were a lot of people waiting, b/c they took a little while to cook). We bought stuff from the store so it worked out fine.
2) The pool is very small, but we rarely hung out there.
3) No TV or phone in the rooms. This didn't bother us though, we weren't in the room very much.
4) The A/C in room# 8 blew out of the kitchen, so it didn't cool the entire room down. We had to put it on a very low temperature in order to get the side of the room that the bed is on to a comfortable temperature.
5) The bathroom is small & the water pressure from the shower is quite weak.
6) The free wi-fi didn't have a very strong signal.

All in all, it met all of our needs and I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a hotel with character that's neat & simple.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Tang Inn
Address: Sand Piper Street - Beachfront, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Tang Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On San Pedro’s north edge, experience a private paradise at Blue Tang Inn, one of the town’s most charming beachfront inns. Fourteen exquisite suites each offer full kitchens and air conditioning. Relax by the private pool or rejoice on the third floor sundeck with inspiring panoramas of the ocean and reef. Set your own schedule for amazing daily activities such as diving & snorkeling, fishing tours, sea kayaking, numerous inland tours and omnipresent romance during your stay. ... more   less 
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