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“We wouldn't stay anywhere else on Caye Caulker” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sea Dreams Hotel
Ranked #1 of 33 Caye Caulker B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Columbia, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We wouldn't stay anywhere else on Caye Caulker”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2011

We were very pleased with Sea Dreams Hotel. The staff arranged our fight from Belize City to Caye Caulker and had a taxi (a golf cart!) waiting for us at the airport. They also arranged a fishing guide for us. The owner likes to fish and gave my husband some helpful tips.

Our room was clean and had a small fridge and coffee and coffee-maker. It also had a ceiling fan and the a/c worked great. Breakfast was provided every morning--fresh fruit, juice and coffee and usually a "portable" egg/cheese/bacon/ham thing (wrapped in tortilla, or similar wrapper). I think they always had a meatless version and often had yummy cinnamon rolls. They have tables on the roof where we could eat and see the ocean.

Sea Dreams is very close to the only real beach and a bar, which played music most of the day and into the evening. We go to bed early and never heard any noise from the bar in our room. There are no beach chairs on the beach--we brought our own and were very glad. Sea Dreams does have chairs by their dock.

The staff recommended less-expensive places to eat that were off the main drag. Syd's had great fried chicken for about $4.50 US and the take-out Chinese place was also good and cheap.

We had a wonderful vacation and will definitely go back.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

Thanks to Stacy, Anna, the Curry's and the staff for making our 2-week stay and wedding absolutely perfect and exactly what we wanted! Also thanks to Lee at Carribean Colors for our amazing wedding photos! Caye Caulker is a laid-back amazing slice of paradise and we loved our stay over Christmas and New Year's, and plan to be back soon. The Sea Dreams was located at the perfect spot for us: quiet at night, a stone's throw from the small public beach and snorkeling around the split. Breakfast on the rooftop was a great way to start the day. Our room #8 was cozy and clean, no complaints. Some rooms have kitchens but food on the island is wonderful...so why cook on vacation! People are so friendly on Caye Caulker. Free hotel bikes were always around to "explore" the island or go for a meal. Other than the odd truck, traffic consists of pedestrians, bikes, and golf carts. The island is so small anyways, you're never that far from anything except the airstrip. There is a bank with ATM on the island so never had problems getting local currency. US dollars are accepted at 2:1 fixed ratio, so easy math if that's all you carry. US dollar travelers cheques were easy to use too. I think you get charged something like 5% for using credit card. We did the whole day snorkeling trip to Hol Chan with Raggamuffins (only complaint was the weather) and Blue Hole/Half Moon Caye/Aquarium dive trip with Frenchies. Being inexperienced divers we opted to snorkel the Blue Hole instead...but the other two wall dives were fantastic. Both companies provided excellent service. Make sure you visit Sandro's for an incredible home-cooked italian meal. Marin's has a nice fish soup and try a ginger juice. Syd's has a beautiful courtyard and fried chicken is a specialty. If you forget toiletries or anything while packing there's like 5 convenience stores on the island.

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rancate
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2010

Very pretty hotel. Great care to details. Well cared and clean. Perfect location on the island. Very friendly and helpful staff and owners.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 littlemarc
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Denver, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2010

My girlfriend and I took a last minute week-long vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize in the first week of August 2010. We booked our flights only to Belize City, coupled with a 15-minute prop-plane ride over to the tiny airstrip in Caye Caulker. We did not however book any accommodations. It was the off-season, plus I find that winging it makes the most memorable vacations, so we decided to book only the flights and go from there. Once we landed in Caye Caulker, we snagged a local taxi (golf-cart) to take us around the approximate 1 mile main strip of Caye Caulker to view potential room & board. There are no paved roads on Caye Caulker, so besides a couple of local work trucks, golf carts and bikes are as fast as life on Caye Caulker gets...and this is a good thing! From past experience traveling other small islands, I knew that often the best places for romantic or quiet getaways are tucked intentionally and perfectly away from the busy sectors. Bear in mind, in Caye Caulker, the moto is "go-slow" and this vibe is echoed everywhere, so the busy sector of this special place comes with a definition all its own. That said, we looked at a few nice places along the strip, nothing too expensive for our modest budget, but ultimately we were keeping our fingers crossed for the backside of the island. We hit pay-dirt! The last stop for us was the Sea Dreams Hotel. While it is near the Split, which houses a busy sunset scene at the local bar, Sea Dreams is quietly tucked away and really not at all within sight or ear-shot of the Split's sunset scene. Sea Dreams' coral and turquoise colors are absolutely inviting. The staff is absolutely at your service from the moment you step foot in to consider your stay. They are extremely knowledgeable about the local scene, as well as any and all activities both in Caye Caulker and anywhere on the mainland. They are even way cool to help you set up a trip off the island and have many contacts in Belize on the mainland. Included in your reasonable nightly price is air conditioning, heated shower, toilet, basic television, free room and beach towels, filtered water, and breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, pastries, milk, coffee, and juice. If that is not enough, Sea Dreams has its own private dock for sunbathing, swimming in crystal clear water with white sand underneath, snorkeling, or fishing. Caye Caulker does not have huge beaches and there are a lot of things like sea grass and mangroves that can interfere with swimming, so this private swimming hole is worth every penny. Plus, usually in the mornings, a few locals will share the swimming hole with you. This, for us, was an incredible way to get to know the culture, the history, what to do and what not to do on this amazing little island. We even made some amazing friendships that we will never forget. Sea Dreams also has ties to Raggamuffin Tours, which runs sweet sailboat delivered snorkeling and diving trips to the worlds second largest reef, other atolls, and even Blue Hole; a must do at Caye Caulker! Ok, so in summary, you need to do three things: 1) Go to Caye Caulker 2) Stay at Sea Dreams Hotel (I would get a reservation, especially in the busy season) and 3) Take a tour with Raggamuffin....and remember above all else..."go-slow man, go-slow". ~Chris & Randi

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tfg1
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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2010

Sea Dreams is set at the end of the island, near the 'spit'. This means it is by the only area on caye caulkner where the sea is truly turquiose with not much seaweed.
When we arrived we were greeted by Anna, the lady on reception, with a large smile. We were after 2 rooms, and even though we were out of tourist season there were only 2 rooms left!. Whilst talking to Anna she offered that if we did not want to have breakfast or air con that we could have the rooms cheaper, as I was always after a baragin. She did not have to offer us these options, but kindly did so to make the rooms cheaper.
The rooms were lovely, very stylish in decor, high comfortable beds, TV, and proper fresh coffee for the machine in your room, along with free water bottles.
In addition Anna was more than helpful with respect to trying to find out trips for us - diving and snorkelling, and always greeted us with a smile and a hello. Her customer service was fantastic, and you felt at ease the moment we got there.
Sea dreams is a great hotel in a great setting and I would recommend it to travellers who don't mind paying a tiny nit extra for a great room and setting (& free bicycle use :-))

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Flipflops75
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Waldorf, Maryland
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2010

The hotel staff were friendly and willing to do anything for you. The island people are the most friendly laid back folks you'll ever meet. The hotel gives you bikes which are despartely needed on the island. The food at the restaurants is really good. The hotel also gives you a 5 gallon water bottle which you'll need for drinking and brushing your teeth. But the hotel only has a few beach chairs and they are often taken. They will give you one beach towel that you have to sit on the dock with if you don't get a chair. Advice: take a blow up raft with you if you want to lay out in the sun to use on the dock. Downside is the water smell in the unit. It has a terrible smell of sulfur which is hard to get used to showering in. The smell I think got worse each day. They kept saying they were treating it but it got worse not better. The internet availability was also almost non-existent at the hotel and I had to go to a coffee shop for access. I'd go back to the island but maybe not this hotel as I heard from talking to others that the hotels closer to the ferry wasn't as strong of a smell. Also, we had a larger unit but there was only one AC in the unit so it would take forever to cool the bedroom. If you opened the windows, you go the biting mosquitoes. Take a snokeling trip to the reef while there to see amazing coral and fish!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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Thank vacationqueen4097
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SeaDreamsHotel, Owner at Sea Dreams Hotel, responded to this review, November 14, 2010
Dear Vacation Queen -

I'm glad you enjoyed the service of our staff and your time on the island, though I am sorry to hear of the few unpleasant things you experienced. Fortunately, we have remedied each of these things:

- A potable water system, purified by reverse osmosis, was completed on the island during the summer. Islanders awaited this system for approximately 2 years while the pipes were installed. Now, all hotel water comes through this system (not all hotels opted for this). In addition, we continue to provide free bottled water.

- We recently installed a new, high-powered, wireless router so that the signal would make it through all of the cement walls.

- We've added more chairs to the dock, the beach, and the rooftop. In addition, we're currently completing a two-story sunrise-sunset palapa for a three-sided, sea-view from our rooftop.

Vacation Queen, we always appreciate guest feedback and strive to meet all of your expectations. We would love the chance to surpass your expectations on your return visit.

All the best,

Heidi Curry
Owner
Sea Dreams Hotel
Caye Caulker
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Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2010

Went to Caye Caulker without having decided where to stay. When got there asked one the taxis to show me 5 hotels based on my budget. Of the ones I saw, this looked like a quiet and nice place to enjoy a couple of relaxing days, but also close to the area where restaurants are located. I think I made a very good decision, frienclly staff and very nice location, great place to relax. Very nice roof to sit down at the end of the afternoon.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peace_respect
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Property: Sea Dreams Hotel
Address: Caye Caulker, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Caye Caulker
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Dreams Hotel is a family-run boutique hotel on the quaint island of Caye Caulker. We are located at the north end of the village which affords a three-sided view of the Caribbean Sea. Guests quickly become part of the Sea Dreams family: eating breakfasts with Iris on our thatch-covered rooftop, picking up fishing tips from Haywood on our dock, planning excursions with Anna, Stephanie or Kelly learning about island education with Heidi, enjoying impeccable housekeeping services from Maria Elena & Melanie, or enjoying a tropical drink with Celia at our Banyan Tree Bar. Our dock, located on the leeward edge of the split, is the entry into a unique slice of paradise: perfectly clear and calm, chest-deep, turquoise water with a white sandy bottom. Every evening, guests watch the sun melt into these waters and cast pastel shades across the skies. When guests are not diving, snorkeling, fishing, kite boarding, or touring Mayan ruins, they relax at the hotel with a drink at the bar, a massage at the spa, a book in a hammock, or a canoe ride to feed the local Tarpon. Accommodations range from intimate courtyard rooms to one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, cabana, and home. Amenities include free bicycles, canoe, hot breakfast, WIFI, AC, cable TV, bottled water and snorkeling gear. ... more   less 

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