We arrived early at the Dangriga Pelican Beach Resort, much too early for our boat ride to South Water Caye, so we sat on the patio and had lunch and cokes. The staff were extremely friendly here, and the food was good. However, if you visit, be sure to coat both arms and legs with bug spray, because the sandflies were fierce. When it was time for our boat ride, Terri, my contact when making reservations, was great; she gave us a warm welcome and took us to the boat dock, making sure our luggage was taken care of. Another great thing: our boat captain made us wear life jackets. I’ve been to Belize three times previously, and this is the first time I’ve been offered a life jacket, so this was refreshing and reassuring, considering we were going to an island where our lives would be in the Pelican staff’s hands. After a forty-five minute boat ride, we were greeted at the Pelican Beach Resort’s dock on South Water Caye by Leonard, our host for our three-night stay. Leonard was professional, friendly, helpful and just plain terrific. He accommodated all requests for meals, offered a guide to take me snorkeling when I was too scared to go out to the reef alone, and provided pleasant conversation at mealtimes. Regarding the accommodations: the Pelican Beach Resort property is stunning, by far the nicest area of the tiny island (we visited the other resorts' property at the far end of the island, and were awfully glad we were staying at Pelican Beach due to the trash, the concrete sea wall, and the dilapidated buildings next door). All the buildings at Pelican Beach were in excellent repair, and all had amazing views of the sea. Our building, the Osprey’s Nest, was so named because an osprey sat in the palm tree a few feet away from our porch. We also had a contingent of pelicans and frigate birds soaring overhead with the ospreys. Under our porch, we had a private dock complete with a swarm of bait fish (which the pelicans constantly dove for) as well as several other reef fish, all visible from the railing of our deck. The views of the sunrise were fabulous, as was the view of the reef, only yards from our porch. The downside: It was unbearably hot on our first two nights even with a constant breeze and the room’s ceiling fan going. One night our thermometer read 88 degrees, and this in December, which is supposedly the coolest month in Belize. Also, the main queen bed in the room was rock-hard, and the single bed was a thin sheet of foam that felt like sleeping on plywood. We had an army of red ants swarming on our toilet each night. And finally, worst of all, we were eaten alive by sandflies; we coated ourselves with deet by day, but gradually we began to realize that these no-see-ums were actually in our beds in the room itself. Regarding the snorkeling: excellent! Once we crossed the beds of grass and swam out far enough, we saw stoplight parrot fish, file fish, wrasses, jacks, elkhorn coral, brain coral, schools of grunts, even a spotted eagle ray. Regarding the food: some of it was very good. All our meals were simple and filling, and Leonard provided wonderful service. To sum up: Stay at Pelican Beach Resort, but be sure to wear bug spray night and day. To be honest, it was worth the bug bites, because it was a truly magical, breathtaking place with terrific hospitality. I’m already wishing I was back there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two special locations, one great vacation in Dangriga and Southwater Caye! Dangriga, our inland gateway, has beachfront a/c rooms with large decks and tours to the jaguar reserve, Maya sites, horseback riding, cave-tubing and Garifuna Cultural experiences. Modern conference facilities and local entertainment make this an ideal location for families, honeymooners, weddings, business travel, educational and service groups! For the simple pleasures - spending time together, sharing new adventures and making new friends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pelican Beach - Dangriga Hotel Dangriga
- Pelican Beach Hotel
- Pelican Beach - Dangriga Belize