The location: We loved our stay at this magical little spot. And I do mean little – you can literally walk from one end of the island to the other in under five minutes. The resort occupies about a quarter of the island, and from what we could see, it was the prettiest part, and strategically located next to the reef for snorkeling. The tiny beach is picture perfect, the sand clean, and the water is teeming with exotic fish. The reef forms a breakwater, so even if the weather is windy and there are swells out to sea, the water just off the beach is still calm to swim in. The reef is beautiful and draws a daily parade of snorkeling expeditions from the mainland, but even if you don’t have the confidence to swim out to the reef, there are still plenty of fish to observe in the waters near the beach.
Getting there: The company owns a resort by the same name at Dangriga, where you go to catch the boat to South Water Caye. Depending on the weather, the 45 minute ride in an open motorboat is either a pretty but bumpy outing, or, if a storm is up (as on our early morning return journey) an ordeal with swells and stinging rain as you clutch the hood of your raincoat over your face. However, we never felt unsafe with the boat pilot, who clearly knew how to navigate the waters and kept us and our belongings safe and (relatively) dry.
The accommodations: We stayed in a single cottage (Kingfisher) and would probably do so again if we returned; the double units looked like they would provide less privacy. The room was clean, attractive, comfortable, and featured great views through the palm trees of the ocean and beach areas. The large balcony had two comfy chairs plus two hammocks. The Heron’s Hideaway cottage also looked intriguing, kind of set off from the rest of the buildings and with a deck right over the ocean.
The staff and amenities: Leonard and Therisita are the managers, and are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. For much of our four days there, we were the only guests, and experienced a nice balance of being left alone when we wanted, and friendly conversation at other times. The food was terrific, a fixed menu that changed every day, always featuring fresh local produce, seafood, and authentic Belizean cuisine. The staff keep the grounds immaculate and were consistently friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two special locations, one great vacation - South Water Caye and Dangriga! South Water Caye, our island getaway-seaside cottages and rooms with fantastic views and cooling trade winds. On a gorgeous beach, atop the barrier reef and within South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Snorkel from shore, dive, fish, kayak or do nothing at all. Environmentally-friendly facilities with separate student group accommodations. For the simple pleasures - spending time together, sharing new adventures and making new friends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Hotel South Water Caye
- Pelican Beach - South Water Caye Belize