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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Stayed at Cosmos in '97. Bing and Juni are fine fellows and I feel privileged to have met their Mum. Sounds like Cosmos is consolidated, with a new building at the site just slightly further from town (just a few minutes walk). Cosmos was outstanding - the best accommodation I had during about 2 months travel in BZ. It doesn't surprise me to see the outstanding reviews on this site. The guys are consistent with the care of their guests.
Patrick, Victoria, BC, CANADA
HI BING! HI JUNI! hope you are well...

Room Tip: actually, I stayed there in 1997. The review website required me to choose a date from a very short...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Highly recommended. We've known Bing and his brother Juni since the 1990's when they had a different property down the road that was all camping. They were forced to sell that land to pay for their mother's health care but Bing and his family now have a new camping area, cabins and rooms above the family residence. When we stopped by for a stay this year we hadn't seen them for over ten years but Juni recognized us and we felt like we were coming back to see family. That's the sort of people they are.

The property extends to the Macal River, making a refreshing swim an option. There are various fruit trees around the property, some of which you probably are not familiar with. Some nice orchids too. The rooms are especially clean and well maintained. Bing is a very hard-working individual and will go out of his way to make your stay a good one. You can't go wrong in spending some time here.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We stayed at Cosmos every time we were back in San Ignacio over a period of a few months. Bing and his family were hugely welcoming. Bing even ensured that the second room which was being built, was finished the by the afternoon I was due back in town. (I actually watched the door being fitted before I was given the keys!). Both of the rooms contained everything you needed for a very cheap price, and are set in the lovely grounds of the campsite. Camping was also a pleasure, with plenty of room for tents or caravans, and many trees to sling hammocks between. The toilet and shower facilities were always clean and without queues, and Bing is also in the process of extending these.

Room Tip: Asked for the newer room.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Cosmos was the best place of all that we stayed at in Belize. A good bargain and extremely clean. This is the mecca for travelers. The front cabin is a bit older looking and the room where we stayed is new. Bing the owner is building more rooms as I write this with a very close eye to detail. The room has a private bath with hot water and your basic double bed with table and chair. The property is large with a lot of animals and orchards. The river is on the far end of the property line. Their laundry service is great, cheap, and everything is ironed and folded for you. Bing the owner is very friendly and will go to great lengths to make you feel at peace. It's close to the town center and far enough away to not be bothered by noise. Check this place out first before you look for other lodging.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bing64, Owner at River Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2012

Thank you for trusting us to be to have you as guest in Cosmos Camping. We appreciate your kind patroage , and are especially grateful for the recent review on Trip Adviser.

Thank you for choosing Cosmos while you were in San Ignacio. We look forward to seeing you again, also tell your friends.

Bing

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Reviewed December 31, 2011

There is a great welcome from Bing and his family. This is an excellent camping site in the fringe of the jungle on the outskirts of (little) San Ignacio. There are two separate good value doublebed rooms here too if you are not camping. Good shower and wash facilities and an amazing river at the bottom of the camp if you want to go "al fresco" - recommended! Next day laundry service was much appreciated. Location is 7 minutes walk from the town centre so everything is accessible, and there is good distance from the late night bar/club noise. Hode's cafe is nearby with some of the best value food and beer. Free wifi also! Really worth staying here to feel closer to real Belize life and off the tourist trail.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Park Inn

Address: Branch Mouth Road, San Ignacio, Belize (Formerly Cosmos Camping)
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Specialty Lodging in San Ignacio
Price Range: $43 - $62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — River Park Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Park Inn: Midst coconuts, mangoes, avocados, bananas, custard apples, limes, and a profusion of other fruit trees as mouth-wateringly tropical; with bougainvillea, poinsettia, and a host of other flowering eye candy enticing you as sweetly; the while that your olfactory nerves are in a delirious transport for the frangipani infusing the warm tropic air, yourself quite as balmy, you could easily be convinced you’re in a lovely botanical garden miles from the city. But that’s, of course, before you dreamily take to the air yourself upon the wildly delightful river "walk," floating atop a broad carpet of green, flanked by stately, giant leafed teak trees, to the accompanying symphony of parakeets, parrots, and such like avians of the torrid zone. These, naturally, lead you into a welcoming grove of larger, leafier leviathans, beneath whose canopy you continue to float in a blissful transport, arriving in due course at the riverbank, above which you hover in the dappled light, gazing rapturously down at the river. As the tall, willowy, delicate-leafed bamboo rubs shoulders with you in the most amiable way, a thought creeps in: Why, if I don’t believe it loves the water, too! (At this idyllic point you will be moved to upwardly adjust your hasty first impression as high up on the favorable scale as comports with your current soaring emotion. Don’t worry. Long experience has taught us to factor this anticipated adjustment into your scheduled stay, and we’ve allowed ample time for its completion. You won’t miss out on a single programmed sensory fulfillment. What is equally beautiful, though, is that Belizean-family-owned Cosmos Camping, 10 lush acres of the "Savannah" on the peacefully flowing Macal River, and right on the edge of picturesque San Ignacio Town, "Gateway to the Cayo District," could not be more ideally positioned. So situated, you will forcefully have to remind yourself, if able, that you are just a 10-minute walk to the open-air farmer’s market, adjacent to the bustling downtown core, and so but a hop, step, and a jump from the post office, library, all four Belizean banks, and the many and various shops, restaurants, and pulsating nightlife, as well as bus service to all points in Belize and to the Guatemalan border 10 scenic miles west; yet, having returned, your arms full of Belizean fare for ridiculously few Belize dollars, you’re just far enough from its bustle to relax and be soothed with little more than the sounds of nature . . . or no sounds at all. Yet, if you hunger for more, however unlikely, you need but take a short stroll over the narrow Hawkesworth Bridge, Belize’s only suspension bridge (with time out to stop and admire the riparian view and to gaze once more on the Macal River, itself looking forward to soon meeting the Mopan River to become the Belize River, and to continue flowing on, as it’s done since time out of mind, to Belize City and the Sea). When you’re finished reflecting, you need but continue some dreamy paces more to find yourself in San Ignacio’s equally hilly sister town, Santa Elena. Do climb its charmingly verdant hills and admire the view. However, that being said, if you’ve yet to get here, especially if you dawdle along the way, you can’t rightfully expect everything to be as so idyllically described. Time waits for no guest; it marches on. Things change. So you might wish to take a moment now to prepare yourself for the shock of finding, in place of old Coronation Park, the spanking new 2.5-acre, $3,000,000BZ Cayo Welcome Center, replete with visitors’ center, museum, open-air plaza with central water feature, food outlets and restaurants, live music and crafts, palm and other shade trees, invitingly green lawn areas, and off-street parking. Also, expect to find that the whole connects via a short walkway, not to the old congested Burns Avenue, with parked cars milling about, hogging up space, leering at comely drivers, and leaving barely enough room for buses and large trucks to noise and fume their way through at top speed in order to better run down hapless jaywalkers. No, expect to leisurely stroll the newly revitalized, ever-so-spacious Burns Avenue Pedestrian Mall, in which, gone the way of the ancient Maya, are the parked cars, and the buses and large trucks fuming noisily somewhere else about having their traditional custom taken away from them; and in place of the customary flattened pedestrians, expect to see upright, three-dimensional ones, actually moving a muscle, equating to walking about leisurely, without the least fear of losing their other two dimensions; when they’re not seated, that is, at one or another of the new thoughtfully provided seating areas, admiring the new street surfacing beneath their feet, the ambiance-enhancing plant life, all beneath spiffily illuminating street lamps by night, that are nonetheless by day so attractive unilluminated as to have you, in turn, cast your admiring eye shine upon them. ... more   less 
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