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Reviewed January 14, 2011

We went to this place thinking it would be a nice get away spot. The town is nice and small with friendly people but BP is a total dump. There are a couple of guest houses in Sarteneja that are much better places to stay and also very cheap. Stay there!!!

Date of stay: December 2010
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2  Thank hiptothelife
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

As you will notice from the website, the most expensive room is US$20. This should give you an idea of what the place is like. It is not fancy, there is no spa or private shuttle. However, it is very comfortable. I stayed in the cabana with the bathroom. It was small but sufficient, and fully screened in so we had no problem with bugs in the room. The grounds are nice, and there is a "common room" (big screened in area) with hammocks and a kitchen you can use. There were people in and out of that area, so there were some mosquitoes, because you are out in the jungle. To be expected. Bring some long pants or bug spray if that's a big deal. The owners are nice, and very laid back. Nathalie is a good cook, and churns out a surprising array of tasty things in her little restaurant. You can also rent bikes, which makes visiting town and the nearby nature reserve really easy. Sarteneja is a chill little town, and this is a great place to have as a home base there.

Date of stay: January 2011
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2  Thank theoldswitcheroo
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

Me and my wife went to the Backpackers paradise after reading a very good review in the Lonely Planet. Well we can tell you one thing: this is no paradise at all.

When we arrived the owners were not there, while we emailed them that we would arrive that day. We looked around a bit since some workers let us in. The cabins were terrible: only place for one small double bed and filled with mosquitos. The common area was also very small and not cosy at all.

Me and my wife went there with 2 canadians and we were all really dissapointed with the paradise. So we left. The village itself is very nice and the local people are extremely helpful.

Date of stay: December 2010
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2  Thank fs1977
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Reviewed November 22, 2010

Sarteneja is a small, laid back fishing village with beautiful Shipstern Reserve nearby. Nathalie and Ed's Backpacker's Paradise is the perfect place to stay and enjoy the serenity of this practically undiscovered part of Belize's North coast, an eco- friendly, conscious place where people searching for something real congregate. There are several basic cabanas for two people each (BZD 22), a screened dorm/ hammock area (BZD 11 pp) which has a communal kitchen for everyone to use and sites for camping (BZD 6 per tent) set right in the jungle with shared bath and showers. You are surrounded by fruit trees galore- mango, grapefruit, papaya, banana, orange, limes.. as well as Nathalie's lovely permaculture organic garden, chickens, puppies, horses and various beautiful birds. At night, fireflies float around and the hum of the jungle will bring you to slumber.

Nathalie is a great cook and has a restaurant providing delicious food, as well as being a wealth of information about gardening and life in Belize- she is a herpetologist. Ed is a sailor at heart and can tell you about sailing the Caribe, as well as take you to visit traditional wood boat building shipyards. Both are well loved by the community and actively involved in retaining the beauty and natural charm of this part of Belize as tourism begins to encroach. They are both highly aware people who are living their ideals and embrace everyone with love and acceptance- you will not regret staying here!

Make sure you bring insect repellent, as it is after all the jungle, and be sure to take one of the tours by local forest rangers which can be arranged the night before.

Backpacker's Paradise is an unmissable opportunity to experience the real Belize! Make it a compulsory stop during your visit.

Date of stay: November 2010
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

A fifteen-twenty minute walk from the pier at Sarteneja, in the tranquility of the woods, is the Backpackers' Paradise. The owners, Ed and Nathalie, have created an eco-friendly retreat from the outside world, with basic but clean cabanas, camping space, a very reasonably-priced restaurant (Nathalie is a great cook). They also have bikes for hire, and lots of trees around the resort producing fresh fruit for guests. Only problem for us was that when we visited the mosquitos were fiercely out in force!

Date of stay: July 2010
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2  Thank dawlee
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