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Blue Wave Guest House
Ranked #12 of 32 Caye Caulker B&B and Inns
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Great inexpensive place to stay”
Reviewed March 6, 2011

My first room while traveling Belize. Everything was spotless in our room. We used the shared bathrooms in back which were kept very clean. There was a shared outdoor kitchen with all utensils that we did not use (it was early in our trip and we were trying out all the local food). We had a tv with cable and fan in the room. Very inexpensive at $22US per night. Would stay here again. Very flexible owner allowing us to stay night to night and check out late.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

It's hard for any place to be in a bad location on Caye Caulker given the size of the island, but this was definitely one of the more affordable accommodations by the Split, which is where you want to be on the island during the day if you're not off snorkling/diving. The room we stayed in was small but suitable, not the most comfortable bed but there was AC and a hammock on the porch. There is an open air kitchen which is relatively well equipped if you are in the mood to cook. Wifi is really slow unless you sit in one of the chairs outside the office area near the router.

We decided not to book a place in advance because you are often required to pay in full and we didn't have definite dates for our stay, but we just walked into reception at 8pm on a saturday evening and they had several options - and the rates were cheaper than what was stated on the website. If you are on a budget, i'd recommend taking the risk of not booking in advance because in general in our experience, room rates (at multiple places) were cheaper and semi negotiable in person as opposed to online.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

Great location -- close to the Split which is the main beach, and not far from Oceanside, which is the late night "night club." Easy walk to convenience stores and restaurants, as well as rental spots and tour operators.

Candace was SUPER helpful and nice -- she really went out of her way to be helpful.

They have wifi, but it was usually painfully slow, but it was free and did work. The rooms were clean, had A/C, and the best hot water shower I've had in Central America yet. The walls/floors were a bit thin, so when someone checked out at 6am one morning their stomping around above was all I could hear until they left, but not usually an issue. There was also a nice place to sit outside the office for a few cocktails with friends, and you get a personal hammock for your entry way, which was a great place for a nap.

At $70 US / night, it was definitely the cheapest of its kind, and had everything it advertised. All around, I'd definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed December 3, 2010

Blue Wave is right across from Raggamuffin Tours and near Frenchie's Dive Shop along the main road. We rented a room for $40/night that was very clean and had a wonderful view of the beach. The sunrises were grand from our balcony. The owner is the sister of the guy who owns Frenchie's Dive Shop so I got 10% off my diving with Frenchie's (a good dive operator).

The only issue we had was being next to a fancy Italian restaurant that had a noisy party Saturday night and Sunday night a local drunk was making noise outside. Still, this guest house is in an ideal location, very clean, friendly and helpful staff. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

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.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bluewavecayecaulker, Manager at Blue Wave Guest House, responded to this review, December 3, 2010
Hello!!
We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us! thank you for all the nice things you said!

We are very sorry that the room was a bit hot. had you mentioned it we would have gladly given you an extra fan... so anyone for future reference. just ask for an extra fan.. your comfort is our first priority ;) . we hope to see you guys again!
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

We stayed a few days in this average hostel. we recommend it for the safety, clean aspect, and location. Rooms are small, not isolated and extremely hot. Extra charge for A/C. TV is old. Staff is ok but seems not to care and is not ready for any extra effort.
Overall mediocre

  • Stayed September 2010
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Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2010

Nice basic rooms with tv and a/c. There is a computer that you can use in the office and the service was really good.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Wave Guest House
Address: Front Street | Caye Caulker Village, Caye Caulker, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
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Ranked #12 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Caye Caulker
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Number of rooms: 8
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