We stayed here for 5 nights and wish it could have been longer. Caye Caulker is a wonderful place to visit and this was the perfect location to stay. As it faced west, it was possible to watch the sunset every evening from the small beach area or the pier. The pier has been replaced recently and has a new upper deck and seating available. We could also watch lots of different fish and birds in the clear water. The island is very small but there were quite a few tourists when we were there. Everywhere is within easy walking distance but we appreciated being away from the main ‘hustle’ and the private grounds meant we were in wonderful peaceful surroundings. Yet we could walk to the main Front St in a minute or two.
The room was clean and ready, even though the previous occupants had just left. There was a new bathroom door (previously there was a curtain separating the areas), which allowed for a bit more privacy. There was a large fridge, bed, chairs and small kitchen area. The shower has cool water, which is a regular occurrence in CC and it is hot in the Carribean!!! So hot water isn’t needed as you will need a cool shower. The pedestal fan wasn’t working, we let Madi know and a replacement was outside our door when we came back from dinner.
Kayaks are available to use free of charge, although donations are encouraged. All the money Madi receives goes towards the running of the sanctuary (she also has a wish list on her website where people can donate food etc.). I saw kayaks for rent for $10/hr in town so this is a great deal. We used them a few times and were able to go all around the island and out into the sea; I thought this was a great bargain.
Madi is a wonderful hospitable person and has loads of advice regarding the island. She is very busy running the sanctuary as well as the accommodations, but always has time for people. The cats are let out in groups throughout the day; the grounds are large and they are busy doing their own thing so aren’t in your way. I had a look at some of them and they were all clean, healthy and well looked after. A previous reviewer thought there may be fleas around but they were most likely mistaking them for sand flies which are small bugs which like to feast on ankles at dusk and dawn. They are a problem throughout the island and I saw a lot of folks with a lot of bites. Tropical strength insect repellent stopped us from getting more than a couple of nips, although baby oil also works well. None of the cats I saw had any fleas. There are also a couple of dogs who would be happy to play and sit with you.
To say the building is dilapidated is a misnomer. It had a similar appearance to many of the buildings on the island in that a lot of them are pretty old and have been withstanding storms for a long time. I didn’t think it was dilapidated at all. The whole place was cleaned regularly and the yard tidied daily and the room was clean also. In addition they are making other improvements to the building/accommodations.
If you want to enjoy Caye Caulker in peaceful private surroundings where you can walk to the restaurants and bars in a couple of minutes or choose to stay away from the crowd, while supporting a local Belizean who is working very hard to make a difference, then this is the place to stay. This is the first place we have visited that we wanted to return to straight away and P.A.W. would be the only place we would stay on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suit an array of travel preferences. Our Garden Suite has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have A private Cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps 2, with shared outside bathroom, a 10 bed & 4 bed dorm with shared bath & kitchen & a 6 bed dorm with private bath. We offer bike rentals & free kayaks, wifi & loads of coconuts for all our guests. ... more less