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Tobacco Caye Paradise
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tobacco Caye
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Excellent value”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

We were late booking, so the first night my friend and I stayed in a room in the house they have set back from the beach, but after that we got a lovely cabana right over the sea - it was simple but comfortable. They accommodated my pescatarian needs admirably, and the meals are simple but delicious. Tobacco Caye is a tiny but beautiful and friendly island, and Tobacco Caye Paradise is a great option - we chose it because it was the cheapest, but it didn't let us down.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Tabacco Caye Paradise is the place to stay if you are going to the island! It is really basic, but very clean. The decks over the water are what make this place the best to stay on the island. The water is so clear and you can see rays and fish right off your deck.
Alvin, the manager was so helpful! He likes it if you call him by his middle name, so be sure to ask him what that is.:)
The food was great and there is always plenty of it! We went lobster "fishing" w/ George and Alvin cleaned the lobster and cooked it up for us w/in 30 mins of getting back to shore. George is a must for snorkling or lobster fishing. Also, AC is great!!! He will take you snorkeling or fishing...basically he will take you to do whatever you want and for really cheap! AC's family is so nice too!
Tobacco Caye is such a neat experience! We loved every minute of it and it even rained one whole day! Thanks everyone for making our stay such a great one!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

The cabanas are amazing! Big, clean and the best view you can imagine! There's a hammock on your own porch, so you actually lie above the water with all the spectacular fish!
Food is served 3 times a day (although all a bit early) and it really is delicious! The rest of the day is just for snorkeling and relaxing!
The only not so great thing is that there are cockroaches living in the palm trees and they 'fly' thru the roof into the cabanas..
When the weather is not so good, the water can be quite rough and the boat ride to the island is horrible, but still worth it!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Beautiful and peaceful island = perfect for relaxing and slowing the pace to enjoy island life, The snorkling is good and I enjoyed trying diving for the first time - very cool experience. The people on the island were very friendly and the food was great. I would happily go back and spend more time there.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

I stayed at the Tobacco Caye Paradise for a couple of nights. Tobacco Caye is a tiny little island out by the reef. Almost all of the cayes in Belize have expensive resorts on them, which offer all inclusive package type deals. Tobacco Caye is one of the very few affordable and accessible islands. I really had a great time here.

The cabins are pretty basic, but it was fine for us. They do go over the water. There is a small balcony with a hammock and chair. So you can sit there to enjoy the heavenly scenery. The side of the island where Tobacco Caye Paradise is located is indeed a bit windy at times, as other reviewers mentioned. But there are advantages to that. It keeps the area and the room a bit cooler than the other side, which was very welcome when I stayed. It also prevents mosquito and other flying buggers from sticking around.

The owner sisters were very friendly and had smiles all around. I thought the food was pretty good and there was plenty of it. Overall I thought this place was a good value compared to other places I've been to in Belize. Especially given the idyllic setting.

I've read some bad reviews about other lodges on the island. I think it's a problem of expectations. Some people expect the standards and luxury you get from expensive resorts, and are disappointed when they are faced with the basic accommodations on Tobacco Caye. This place is definitely not high end and there are a few people who prefer it that way.

One word of warning (not related to the hotel). If you are planning to do scuba diving, plan to do it elsewhere. There is one person on Tobacco Caye that runs the little scuba operation, Eric, and he's unprofessional, irresponsible, and unpleasant.

Tobacco Caye Paradise ended up being one of my favorite stays in Belize.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

Tobacco Caye Paradise was the last stop on our two week long Belizean honeymoon. The island itself is very small...you can walk around the entire thing in about five minutes! It was wonderfully peaceful and relaxing. We spent the days snorkeling off the dock, swimming and reading on our porch. Saw some cool stuff snorkeling around the island (barracuda, lion fish, coral, parrot fish, sting ray). Sting rays and turtles would also swim right past our porch! Three meals were included in the VERY reasonable room rates. Food was good. The portions were huge! Certainly kept us satisfied throughout the day. Went snorkeling with a guy named AC (who lives on the island) which was fun and a great way to spend a morning. He is an expert lobster hunter and we ate his freshly caught lobster that night! The cabanas are pretty basic, but really all that you need. The ocean breeze was enough to keep us cool at night. Staff was night. You can rent snorkeling gear from them, which is nice. There are two places on the island where you can grab a drink if you so desire. Overall a very relaxing, pleasant stay. Would recommend!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Havant
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

We visited 2 years ago and couldn't visit Belize again without visiting this tiny Caye.

It is in our opinion the best by far. It has not big commercial interests (ie taken over by big American companies) and it is run and own by true Belizians so you get what you came out for.

The Cabannas are rustic and clean.
The food is good.
The Fishing is good (so my husband tells me).
The Relaxation is a must. You just can't help it!
If you wish to sunbathe - Just do it
The nightlife can be quite exillerating and intoxiating (drumming nothing to do with drugs).
The local people are real and very friendly.
The view are fantasic
The Scuba Driving is exilerating
The birds are amazing
The fish are astonishing
The Sunsets are unbelievable

Room Tip: Book a waterside Cabanna for the whole time
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tobacco Caye Paradise
Address: | North Point, Tobacco Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Tobacco Caye
Amenities:
Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tobacco Caye
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins is a small Belizean-own lodge with six private "over the water" beach cabanas. All cabanas face north to the Belize Barrier Reef and have wonderful decks perched over turquoise tropical waters. Each deck has a hammock and an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations are clean, comfortable and charmingly rustic. There are five 1 bedroom/1 bathroom cabanas, and one 2 bedroom/1 bathroom cabana. Each of the cabins have private bathrooms and rainwater-fed showers. While there is no electric or water utilities on the island, however, we collect our own rainwater and generate our own electricity from solar and generator (when necessary) power. We have wi-fi access on the island, as well. Delicious meals are available in the dining hall, where you can dine with fellow travelers and share the day's adventures. ... more   less 
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