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St. George's Caye Resort
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Chicago, IL
1 review
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“Had an incredible time at St. George's”
Reviewed April 16, 2008

My wife and I had a wonderful time at St. George’s Caye Lodge and would highly recommend it to those visiting Belize who want a more secluded experience with great diving, wonderful staff and convenient access to the mainland for excursions (20 minutes versus 1.5 – 2 hrs from Ambergris).

The one thing that didn’t come across in the material is how thin the island is (though it is much longer than it is wide). The Lodge has property that spans the width of the island, with the lagoon view cabanas on one side and the ocean view on the other. You can literally walk from one side of the island to the other in 2 minutes. And both sides are beautiful in different ways.

The lagoon side has views of the mangrove groves, as well as a really pretty house that is all by itself on a tiny island. The sunsets from this side are incredible, and I enjoyed kayaking through the mangroves. The ocean side has the sand beach and pier with a quintessential Caribbean feel including coconut trees and thatched “umbrellas” to relax under during the day. I enjoyed getting up early and watching the sunrise in one of the hammocks with the coffee and juice they deliver to your door every morning.

If you are looking for a wading or swimming beach experience, this beach isn’t really good for that as you can go about ankle deep in sand before you get to reef muck and sea grass. However, this is pretty consistent throughout Belize from what we understand. The Lodge offers a convenient trip out to a sandbar for more of a sandy swimming experience, which is something you can’t get elsewhere.

The cabanas were great. They had just been redone with an amazing amount of varnish work. The beds were comfortable with nice sheets and there were great reading lights next to the beds. The bathrooms only have a shower, but we had no real desire to take baths anyway. With the breeze, we did not need the air conditioning. We also understand the owners will be building a pool.

The owners were very involved in our stay, and they joined the guests for appetizers and dinner every night (food is included in your stay, but alcohol is not – stick with the Belizean booze as shots of imports to mix in your drinks were $10). They really made us feel welcome and worked hard to make sure we enjoyed our stay to its fullest. Staff was wonderful and attentive. Food was very good and varied, though generally simple. They make the best fresh juices; we had never had watermelon juice before and now will try making it at home. You must try the Belizean rum called 1 Barrel. Delicious. We enjoyed the family style dinners to catch up with the other guests at night.

The diving was incredible of course. Jose the divemaster was very good at assessing skill levels and finding sea life to point out. The wind was very strong while we were there, which is evidently somewhat unusual, and this limited our diving, so we did 2 excursions. The excursions were well worth it and were private (just the two of us). We went to Lamanai and did the cave tubing + zip line. Would recommend subbing the Belize zoo for the zip line as it is only 8 “zips” and you can zip line other places, while the zoo is unique. We also did the Blue Hole trip, which is not to be missed. Just wonderful.

All in all, highly recommended. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to Belize.

  • Liked — Location off the beaten path close to diving & excusions
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

My wife and I just returned from a week at a lovely slice of tropical paradise called St. George's Caye Resort in Belize. Just a 30 minute cruise from Belize City, St George's Caye was famous for years as an island get-away for Belize's upper crust, and St. George's Caye Lodge (as the Resort was then known), as a scuba diving hot spot. Now under new management, the diving is still first rate - I saw turtles, rays, moray eels, a nurse shark and tons of fish and healthy coral in just 3 dives - but it also offers snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, jet skis, sea kayaking, fishing, and of course, world class relaxing. No phones, no TV's, no computers (except in the office). Our thatch roofed cabana was set over the water of the lagoon and had gorgeous sunset views. The staff was so friendly and attentive we felt like long lost relatives. The food was fresh, local and delicious and the Tahiti style bar was the perfect place to relax and relive the adventures of the day. And with the short boat ride to the mainland our
excursion to Belize's amazing caves and rainforest (the cave tubing and zipline were a blast) was easy.
If a tropical vacation is in your future, definitely check this place out.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cabana was a little small and spare
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 13, 2007

This small intimate resort that sits beachfront on an island- St. Georges Caye. Just a 15min boat ride when you arrive to Belize City Airport. You arrive to a piece of heaven on earth. The white sand and clear warm waters are just breath-taking. Shells all over the beach which is rarely seen anymore. The resort offers overwater and beachside bungalows all with cozy linens, soft towels and air conditioning. The ceiling fan and open screened windows offered this perfect breeze at all times. We could hear the ocean coming in/out each night. It was so romantic. No tv or telephone in the rooms made for better conversations with the other guests and evening star watching. There were so many water sports offered your never bored. The staff are so friendly and warm you feel like part of the family at St. George's. I cant wait to return to get certified to dive by their great dive instructor.
All meals are served family style in their dining room always offering something great and tastey. They offer a bar & lounge area to hang out also where internet access is offered as well.
I cannot say enough great things about St. George's Caye Lodge. Its a must!!!!! Its a true home away from home. Laid back, all the services you need and located on a quiet super safe island.

  • Liked — overwater bungalows
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
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Norman, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2007

OK- to have full disclosure - I was invited here by the owners to check out the place, since I'm a travel agent and specialize in honeymoons and destination weddings. This is an honest review none the less.
The owners bought this resort not too long ago and are still making improvements, but this was a great place! I have stayed at many different types of resorts and hotels, and none are quite like this. No shirt, no shoes, no problem! You can really be barefoot the whole time, wear a t-shirt and shorts or swim suit and cover up - whatever! It was so nice to be able to be casual the whole trip.

This is a place for couples or a group of friends or family to be together - great diving, an intimate atmosphere, and great staff make for a wonderful trip! There isn't a lot of entertainment, which was actually great - no distracting TV (although we did have internet, and watched some YouTube stuff) This is a great place for someone who wants to get away from it all.

The rooms are pretty basic - If you stay in a Cabana (very Tahiti like), which is what we had, it has a bathroom, bed, fridge, and some chairs and table. You don't spend any time in the room - this is a resort where you meet the other guests and hang out. The lodge bar and sitting area is where we would relax, have a drink, and just chill. Meals are served family style, so it was fun to get to know everyone. We now have lifelong friends because we were here! Also, they are happy to accomidate any eating preferences or requirements if you will let them know in advance.

The snorkeling was great and they also have kyaks, hobbie cats, and jet skis. I'm not a diver, but I heard the diving was great as well.

Our vow renewal was really great! They went out of their way for us and had great decorations, got a photographer and JP to preform the ceremony. The cake was fun because the set up looked like the cake was in the sand, but it was raw/brown sugar! Almost everyone at the resort came and shared the love with us, and it was so great! I think this was our best renewal so far! (we renew every year)

We plan to go back soon!
Feel free to contact me with any questions! Go, relax, and enjoy

  • Liked — all our new friends, the staff, relaxation
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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West Linn, OR
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Reviewed July 23, 2007

I just came back from the dreamiest, most spectacular paradise island in Belize. The scuba diving experience was extroardinary with top notch instructors and a full service dive shop. I got my certification within 5 days, and I have the confidence to dive in other places in the world. Great service, great food. The perfect vacation.

The favorite part of my stay was to be in a private Cabana built over the water. The resort is flanked by water on the windward and leeward side, so wherever you are on the resort, you are beach front.

The price was not the least expensive. I paid $207.00 per night which included all my meals and water activities and amenities in the resort such as: kayaking, windsurfing, hot tubbing, Hobie Cat salling, snorkeling, diving and riding a Waverunner.

I took several inland trips to various places which included: Lamanai, an ancient Mayan ruin which had the most enchanting river ride to the site, zip lining and cave tubing which was really wild and fun-filled, and a dive in the Blue Hole.

Belize abounds with adventure adtivities and archeological destinations. I would go again at the drop of a dime. St. George's will definitely become my home away from home in Belize.

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Grapevine, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2007

My husband, daughter and I stayed here for one week and couldn't have had a more wonderful vacation. St. George's Caye Lodge has mastered the art of treating its guests to the ultimate tropical experience. We booked our week through Luxury Link, an auction site. It was an all-inclusive package that included lodging, meals, scuba diving and several tours. St. George's Lodge is on an island that is a 20 minute boat ride from Belize City. We were greeted at the airport by an employee of the Lodge and he took us to the pier where a boat was waiting to whisk us away across the beautiful green water to the island. We docked right next to our cabana. The cabanas are built over the water and are air conditioned thatched huts. We totally loved it - very authentic! They are very large, clean and come with comfortable king sized beds, refrigerator, full bath w/shower and had plenty of room for a roll-away (which was very comfortable). During our stay we received 3 incredible meals a day and an appetizer before dinner. These meals are served in the main lodge building just a short walk through the coconut trees and tropical plants to the other side of the island. The lodge has hammocks hanging beneath the coconut trees and hot tubs to use at your whim. It also provides several catamarans and kayaks (they are just sitting on the beach waiting for you) and jet skis. The main lodge also has a great bar inside where any type of drink can be made (even some that you've never even thought of!). We received 6 scuba dives with our package and had the time of our lives. They truly provide a valet service for diving. We were met on the dock right beside our cabana, escorted onto the boat and taken to the perfect spots for diving. Our scuba gear was already hooked up and waiting for us. All we had to do was get ready to enter, our goggles were cleaned for us,. tanks lifed for us and then assisted into the water. The underwater experience was incredible to say the least! Dolphins, eagle rays, sea turtle, sharks, tons of tropical fish. After the dives our gear was removed and lifted onto the boat, all we had to do was climb out to a waiting beach towel. They cleaned all of our gear for the next dive. Could it be more perfect? The service was incredible. Our dive master, Jose, was superb. He knew exactly where to take us to the see the most marine life. We were transported back and forth to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai (a must!) , cave tubing (cool and refreshing), and the zoo (not to be missed - animals you don't see at home). The staff at the Lodge go out of their way to ensure you have absolutely everything you need and more! They even had a bonfire on the beach and served a full-course meal to go with it. I cannot say enough good things about them. It was to say the least, PERFECT! We were so sad to have it end and already talking about going back - you won't be disappointed!

  • Liked — Supreme location and service
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2007

The diving experience here is superb, with an exceptional dive staff. Ratio of divers to dive masters was 3-to-1 or better, with careful attention to safety and great knowledge of flora and fauna. Very special. Dive boat is basic, with no head on board. Steel tanks could use fresh paint.

Staff at the Lodge is warm and accommodating. A laid-back, intimate experience, with only 12-14 rooms. Accommodations are spacious and rustic, not anywhere near luxurious, with overhead fans and wall air conditioning units. Comfortable bed. Food is a set menu with Belizian flavors, served family style, and while generally tasty, meat was sometimes overcooked and dry. Fresh breads and fruits were wonderful, as were the daily soups. Nice bar, though at $12, drinks are pricy. No night life on the island, but you go there to dive, not party.

Not what we expected regarding level of accommodations and food, but we enjoyed our stay there and because of the excellent staff and diving, would consider returning.

  • Liked — Friendly staff; diving
  • Disliked — Too rustic; nothing special about the food
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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CapnRon2011, Owner at St. George's Caye Resort, responded to this review, October 26, 2016
We are always listening and always committed to provide a great experience and very, very good value. In response to our guests' feedback, I personally reviewed our beverage inventory and drink pricing in our lounge two weeks ago. I am very pleased to report that we now offer a majority of our drinks in the $4 to $10 price range, with a 30% reduction on our average drink price. We know that our returning and new guests will appreciate the new affordability of our tropical beverages.
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Property: St. George's Caye Resort
Address: Beachfront, St. George's Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > St. George's Caye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in St. George's Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — St. George's Caye Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St. George’s Caye Resort is a secluded paradise located on a private residence island just seven miles from Belize City. Accessible only by boat, St. George’s Caye feels miles away from everyday life thanks to its cozy cabanas, breathtaking views of the Caribbean, and the highest level of service in Belize. Divers, anglers and those looking to just get away from it all will find everything they desire at St. George’s Caye Resort. ... more   less 
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