I did quite a bit of research before picking a place to stay on Caye Caulker and ended up going with the basic budget room at Blue Wave for $22US. I'm happy to report that we feel we made a great decision by staying here. The place is cute and spotless. The staff is great and will provide you with any information you may need. There is free wi-fi and our budget room even had a small TV with DirecTV service.
The shared shower is perfect. It's only shared by the three budget rooms, so there is rarely a wait. The water is always hot and has good pressure, which is rare in Central America. This is definitely the best budget shower I've had in all of CA!
My only complaint would be that our bigger room in the back was a bit too hot, even with the fan on. Even though it has 3 windows, there doesn't seem to be much air circulation and it becomes stuffy even when it's not hot outside. It would be much better if the door had a screen on it, so that it would be ok to leave the door open without the room getting infested by bugs. Or the room could at least use another fan.
Other than that, the place is really perfect for a budget stay. Even Tina's hostel charges $12US for dorm beds and $55BZ for private rooms. This is a better deal in my opinion. It's also located right next to Raggamuffin, which I highly recommend for the full-day sailing/snorkeling tour!
p.s. Blue Wave also has more expensive rooms with AC, but we didn't check them out. The ones on the second floor with balconies looked cute.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful rooms with private bath... reasonably priced. We also have basic rooms with shared bath for budget travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Wave Guest House Hotel Caye Caulker