Everything we read about White Sands was true and we had a great time! I pretty much booked this place for three days after reading all the great reviews on tripadvisor. We ended up getting a really great rate for an ocean front single because we checked out the day before the busy season picked up. Also part of our room rate was one free snorkel trip to Hol Chan (a trip well worth paying for!). Marilyn was great talking with and corresponding by email to get all or reservations and airline tickets booked. We were promptly met at the airport and upon seeing San Pedro at night I could tell we were going to love the island. We were dropped off at the water taxi and had a private ride to the hotel. All of our bags were delivered to our room, we just quickly checked in at the front desk. We met Marilyn and another gentleman checked us in. Everyone was very friendly, at the time of year it was very quiet but we did meet some other travelers.
Rooms were nice, loved the beautiful tile in the shower. Nice to have a fridge for drinks and such. Housekeeping was great. Only comment I would make on the room is that the bed could have been more comfortable. I don't mind firm but you could feel or hear the springs when you moved. Still it wasn't the worst bed I've slept in. View from room was great and there are nice chairs to lounge in just outside your door. While they don't really have a walk in beach since there is turtle grass (I think that's what it's called) they do have beautiful white sand beach all throughout the property.The pool and their new bar is beautiful wood and lovely ligting. The bartenders are all they say they are. Loved the Bananna Diana's, local beers and some of their other frozen drinks. I couldn't believe it when the head bartender said hello to me by name one day before he had officially met me! Every person that works at the hotel addressed us by name!
While we didn't dive with their dive shop, we did do the snorkel trip and the dive shop was great. We had our own personal boat from White Sands Dive shop on our snorkel trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Hol Chan was amazing, huge schools of fish, large stingrays, turtle and several spotted eagle rays that just swim throughout the channel (totally made me wish we had our dive gear instead of snorkeling). We loved the golf carts that you can rent from the hotel (which are about $27 or so for 2 hours and you can rent all day. To go into town by water taxi it's almost the same price for two people so we thought the carts were more fun. The "road" behind the hotel is pretty rough but is only that way just behind the hotel and around a curve, the rest of the way is pretty flat. You do have to pay about $5 round trip to go across the bridge into and out of town. Loved town, always felt safe (but use common sense), the locals seemed much more friendly here than many other places we've been.
Overall, very happy with our stay and we wish we could have stayed for longer! Would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away among tropical fauna and turquoise waters, White Sands Cove Resort sits 2.5 miles north of San Pedro, on the Island of Ambergris Caye. Just off the coast of Belize, our cozy boutique resort is tastefully defined by its unique balance of tranquility and adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Sands Cove Hotel San Pedro
- Hotel White Sands Cove
- White Sands Cove Resort Belize/San Pedro