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Ocean Tide Beach Resort
Ranked #28 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Royal Oak, Michigan
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73 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“my saviors!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

We arrived on a Sunday in San Pedro with no reservations, wandering the beach like homeless people with luggage. That was our bad, not knowing that everything shuts down early (like, SUPER early) in the afternoon. Thankfully, the family that owns the Tides were out having a dinner around their back deck/pool area.

They were so gracious to take us in without reservations. The rooms were clean. The beds were comfortable. I felt safe at all times, and it was easy to find. Close to everything we needed. And the price during low season could NOT be beat.

The only problem, though, when we settled up at the end, is that their credit card machine was down. And they don't accept PayPal, which didn't surprise me. Wish I had known this beforehand, I had not prepared to pay for our stay in cash, but we had enough on hand between everyone to make it happen. Was VERY relieved their rate was low enough that this wasn't a serious problem, because they are listed as accepting credit cards.

They also own the dock across the "beach", which was great for sightseeing and meeting locals. We swam with needlefish and were scared out of the water by giant rays, later to find out these are local stingray "pets" that have been de-barbed and harmless.

Was greatful that they were able to take us in, our saviors!

Room Tip: Recommendations for nearby restaurants: you must have breakfast at Estel's, you must catch your...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ac8924
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Schenectady, New York
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

We took two rooms at the Tides in July and I recommend this place to some travelers. Keep in mind this is not a resort. The Tides has a pool and is located within five minutes of the center of San Pedro but that is all. It is on the beach and right across from Patojo's Dive Center. If you are looking for fancy go elsewhere. The rooms and pool are very clean, if worn. The AC works and the people are very friendly and helpful. Patojo is a great dive master. For a clean and convenient room on a budget I don't think you will find better on Ambergris Cay.

Room Tip: Go for the third floor because the beach can get noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank David R
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Poulsbo, Washington
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89 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

The Tides was a pleasant place to stay. This isn't a five star "resort" by any stretch of the imagination but if you are looking for a clean place to sleep and don't care about ambiance, it is a great value for a beachfront location. The pool was great, the bed was comfortable and the location is right on the beach.

We arrived by water taxi and walked down the beach to the resort. A word of warning in April, 2012, there is no sign identifying the hotel from the beach and we just happened to stop and ask if someone knew where it was or we could have walked a long way before realizing we had passed it. The hotel is very close to the ferry terminal and the pool is between the beach and the hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor are quieter and have a better view. The pool is right outside the rooms o...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank WA-Damore
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Toronto
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45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stayed at this Hotel last week of March 2012. We had primarily booked it because it had a pool and most of the little hotels along the beach dont have a pool. The location was great because it was close enough to the center of town that we could easily walk to everything. We did not rent a golf cart, which is the main transportation on the island. We walked a lot, a couple of miles each day, just checking the whole island out.
The room at the hotel was large and clean and but modestly furnished. There was no table and chair to sit at and only a very small closet. I left my suitcase on the floor with most of my clothes in it for the duration of the stay. The maid service was daily. We could not get much on the TV, mostly kids channels. We did not spend much time in the room anyway.
Wi-Fi was spotty. Walls were very thin. Often woke up thinking someone was in the room walking around. There is a fridge, a microwave and a coffee maker in the room. The bathroom was small with no space for toiletries.

The pool was nice to have as it gets very hot there. Cold, Clean and Refreshing. I saw it being cleaned several times while I was there. Lounge chairs were scarce and could be updated. The pool bar was never open. The closest bar is Wayo's only 3 minutes away.

The family were very friendly and accomodating. We lost our room key on one of our days out and when we got back they sent out to get a copy cut. It was done within half an hour.

Rooms are on three levels. We were on the third floor. The view was great. The stairs going up are narrow, you have to be careful at night after a few drinks!

Lots of little restaurants to try out. We tried to go somewhere different for each meal. For a special dinner, walk or take a taxi (golfcart) to Ramones at the other end of San Pedro, past the airport. Lobster was out of season everywhere but they apparently pay for a special license. We had an assortment of steak, shrimp and lobster which we cooked on a hot rock at our table. The meal was for two and cost $54. The lobster was huge and delicious. A bottle of wine cost us 30 BZ$ ($15US). This was the same price that all the liquor stores sold it for. Wine generally sells for an average of $30 - 40 BZ$ on the island. Local Rum and Liquor is cheap but other liquor is at least twice what we pay here.

Currency is 2BZ$ to $1 US.

We did not dive but we heard from other guests how wonderful Patojo is. Apparently the most experienced guy on the island.

We paid $65 per night and feel the value was there.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea. Avoid the corner next to the school.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Caro99Toronto
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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

This is a great place to stay if you want to go diving. My girlfriend hadn't dived for a few years and Patojo (hotel owner and dive master) could not have been more helpful and easy to deal with. She felt very comfortable and really enjoyed both dives.

Our room was on the ground floor, right next to the rather odd reception area. This meant that we could hear everything that went on in reception and when anybody was in the pool. The TV also didn't work in the room properly.

We asked if we could move upstairs, but were told that the spare rooms upstairs were being saved for people checking in later! Not sure why these people were deemed more important as the rooms were all the same price.

The pool was quite relaxing until about 3pm on Friday afternoon when 8 local kids suddenly turned up and started using the pool. Very strange!

The room cost $82 per night which, for what we got, seemed expensive. That said, San Pedro generally seemed very expensive so maybe we paid the going rate.

Location was good - a quick walk along the beach road and you would be by the main bars and food places in 10 minutes.

Most people will know this already, but worth repeating that San Pedro doesn't really have a beach and you can't swim in the sea because of the grass.

Generally, San Pedro is worth visiting for the diving and to spend a day or so in the chilled out town (what we did) but if you are after a beach holiday then look elsewhere.

Helpful staff and a good location. We would definitely recommend the Tides as somewhere to stay if you are looking for diving.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank sfergus1979
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Stayed for a week at Tides and took advantage of the diving with Patojo! Having never been to Belize I wasn't sure where to stay. Now I won't stay anywhere else for my next trips down there! This place is perfect for people looking to get away for a very reasonably priced vacation with top notch diving! The hotel is family run and they really make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. The rooms are clean and fairly basic but have everything you would need. As far as the diving goes, you will not find a better place to through. Patojo and Candi do an excellent job of making everyone feel comfortable and taken care of on each and every dive! Unlike some of the other dive shops, Patojo really tries to cater to his guests staying at the hotel. You won't find any large signs or dive flags outside the dive shop. However, if you talk to any of the locals on the island they all know Patojo and that he's one of the best dive leaders out there. Many of the dive spots that we went to were marked by him! I could go on about it, but just do yourself a favor and stay at the Tides go diving with them! You won't regret it nor will you find a better all around deal anywhere!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank soccermike5
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

The location is perfect. Right on the beach but just far enough from the busy areas of San Pedro town. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Patojos diving center is on the pier just in front of the hotel. I did my PADI certification with him and he's great as an Instructor and Dive master. Stay there, you'll love it.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DDesantis
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Additional Information about Ocean Tide Beach Resort

Property: Ocean Tide Beach Resort
Address: 57 Boca Del Rio Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye SP-00000, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#27 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#30 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ocean Tide Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the town San Pedro, on the island of Ambergris Caye, you will find our beachfront resort with unobstructed reef views. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing, along with free wi-fi all walking distance to downtown.Ocean Tide Beach Resort is Different from Other Belize Vacation Resorts: * Ocean Tides is a property offering an outdoor pool and is located in the beautiful beaches of San Pedro. * We serve breakfast and lunch poolside from the beachside Bar / Lounge, The Lazy Pelican. * Free Wi-Fi access is available in this property. * These functional rooms offer air conditioning, cable TV, coffee maker, and a small fridge. The bathrooms feature a bath and a shower. These rooms overlook the great barrier reef. * Other facilities offered include a tour desk and a laundry. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including snorkeling. * San Pedro Airport can be reached in a 5-minute golf cart drive. The property offers free parking and is located right on Boca del Rio Beach.* Every room has an ocean view: Whether you stay in our charming 2nd floor Beachfront suites or the 3rd floor Reefview suites, you'll treasure the views from your windows. * We're small enough to offer you the best: You'll get individual attention, and won't be over crowded. Our resort is modern and charming. We make people feel like long missed family. * We have our own dive shop, snorkel/fishing guide and massage therapist: We're give you all that a Belize vacation has to offer: mysterious Mayan ruins, world class fishing, spa treatments, boating, jungle exploring, snorkeling, some of the best scuba in the world and plain old beach bumming. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Tides Beach Hotel San Pedro
Tides Beach Resort
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