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Banana Beach Resort
Ranked #36 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Regina, Sask.
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“Absolutely lovely experience”
Reviewed January 26, 2011

We had the pleasure of returning to Banana Beach this year. I can't say enough! Rooms are clean and very comfortable. The management and staff at the hotel are absolutely wonderful. They go above and beyond to ensure that guests have a wonderful stay.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

We (a group of 11 from Washington, DC, Virginia, and California) spent a terrific time at the Banana Beach Resort from December 30, 2010 to January 6, 2011.
Banana Beach is conveniently located at about a 15 minutes walk south of San Pedro Town. The owners, Crystal and Jimmy, are wonderful and easy going people who manage the resort with lots of enthusiasm. I had been in contact with Crystal for several months per email organizing the trip and she was the most helpful, patient, and accommodating person to deal with.
All staff at the hotel were very professional and dedicated to make our stay an unforgettable experience...and it was!! The rooms are big and clean and hotel and travel agency staff provided outstanding services. Our breakfasts and dinners at El Divino restaurant were delicious…and the waiters were welcoming us with big smiles already early in the morning.
I look forward going back soon!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

Jimmy and Crystal and the entire staff at Banana Beach were friendly and accomodating. Rooms were clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Location is quiet but town centre easily accessible by beach walk or roadway or taxi. Beach is clean and beach chairs plentiful and comfortable. Il Divino restaurant has great food and an excellent daily breakfast. On-site travel shop and dive shop available for all amenities in area. Not a high end facility but great value for price.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Brunswick, Maine
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

A group of 11 of us, mostly divers, descended on this hotel a week ago, with dive/breakfast/lodging packages. The dive shop, right in the hotel, is staffed by friendly and efficient professionals, and the hotel is run just as well. The rooms are simple but clean (exception was a little mildew in showers, but I don't know how you avoid that in a tropical climate), and the few problems we had were fixed immediately. A broken hair dryer, for example, was completely replaced, after hours, 5 minutes after we noted the problem. There are two pools with ample amounts of both shade and sun. The dive boat operation is downright luxurious. After the first day, they assemble, disassemble, and clean your gear each day. Our divemaster, Ernest, was an expert on all things Belize, and had his 737th dive into the Blue Hole with our group.
Location-wise, the hotel is about a 20 minute walk to town, but we got used to the quickly, and taxis are plentiful and cheap. We also rented golf carts to explore, and had a grand time with those.
There are more decadent places on Ambergris to stay, but this was affordable, pretty, comfortable, relaxing - everything we wanted in a vacation.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, WA
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

This hotel was fine for our family, 2 adults, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old. It is not a "resort" really, but it does have an (unheated) pool, a travel desk, and is beachfront.

Our room was one of the basic ones, near the pool but not facing the water. It was fine for us, but then again we are not too demanding. The room had a kitchen which we did not use and a pull-out bed in the living room area.

PROS:
1) Not actually in the city of San Pedro, so it's quiet. BTW, San Pedro feels safe and we never felt in any danger.
2) Not far from town. but a $US 5 taxi ride, or 25 minute beachfront walk, away. This is a "PRO" because some hotels are very far away or on the "north/far" side of the island. IMO, this is the one thing you really need to check before booking a place here: where is it located?
3) Nice beach to sit by.
4) Daily happy hour at the bar

CONS:
1) Not a lot of choices to eat at night. The hotel restaurant is ok but it and the neighboring hotels are not cheap. I recommend going into town for better variety and prices.
2) Sofa bed in the front room was aka "the torture bed". 'nuff said.
3) Tours that are booked through the onsite agency were higher than in town. If you like shopping around, you can probably save about 25% fairly easily.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Ontario
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

We just returned from a week long stay at Banana Beach Resort. After reading alot of the reviews we were sure we picked a winner. Upon arrival we were somewhat disappointed. The room we booked had a terrible musty smell and there was no way we would last a week as the odor was affecting some of our allergies. We did get moved to another room but lost our room with an oven. The rooms are a little outdated but relatively clean. The kitchens are very basically stocked with utensils and dinner ware, no can opener, no bowls to make a salad in, 2 mugs for 3 people not much more than some dishes, a few pots and pans and cutlery. With booking the room with the kitchen facilities we had planned to cook alot of our meals and it was very difficult with what was there. We did make the best with what we had. The beach and pool area was nice although the pool water was a little on the cold side. The rooms were cleaned daily, the food at the restaurant was very good and overall we enjoyed our stay. I have travelled alot and don't consider myself a " travel snob". I enjoyed my stay but would probably not return. I did check out the Mata Rocks resort next door and would probably book there next time.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

There was construction on the beach where our roomed opened up to so it was noisy with the workers and we were not told the beach wasnt usable until we saw. We had to use the beach next door which was nice, but its low season so there was room for us luckily. The staff was very friendly in helping us book our snorkelling. The restaurant had 1 friendly waiter out of 5, horrible service if it wasnt him. The maids cleaning a room consisted of sweeping and making the bed. They were in each room for less than 1 minutes we noticed while we laid by the pool. We never got clean towels, refills on the shower gels or clean sheets. The pool was the best part, comfortable chairs and amazing view. After spending time inland in the jungle, this hotel was a treat but not worth the pricetag for what it offered.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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JCDEAN, Owner at Banana Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 12, 2011
Just a quick response to the above review to let people know that the construction on our beach has been completed and we have a nice, new, clean seawall in place.
My apologies to the people that this construction affected - there is never a perfect time to repair/renovate and we were at the mercy of hurricane season.
We look forward to meeting you all.
Jimmy and Crystal Dean and the BUNCH at Banana Beach
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Property: Banana Beach Resort
Address: Sea Grape Drive | PO Box 94, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on the Ambergris Caye of Belize, Banana Beach Resort has been a haven of fun, adventure, and relaxation for more than 10 years. ... more   less 
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