I moved to the Island of Ambergris Caye in January 2006 and have been blogging about living life in the tropics since 2007. Since then I have had the pleasure of staying at or visiting many of the beautiful locations in Belize. All of my writings and reviews are done with you, my reader in mind. It is my goal to provide useful unbiased information that will help you make the best choices. None of the resorts or hotels listed below are paying me, but in fairness, if you do click on the hotel Pricing & Details link and book it, I may get a small commission from the OTA (online travel agent – like Booking, Expedia, or Hotels(dot)com). If you have any comments or questions, on any of my reviews, please ask me. I’m here to help.
Places to Stay Country Wide
I think I should start by telling you that Belize although compact in size, has many diverse places to visit and stay because it is made up of islands, mountains, and jungles. The islands have beachfront resorts and hotels. There are also, mountain retreats, all inclusive jungle resorts, and eco resorts. Amongst these are sprinkled in good family resorts as well as a few 5 star resorts.
I live on Ambergris Caye full time. This means I am most familiar with the hotels and resorts located in or around San Pedro and they will be written about and reviewed more. Fortunately for you, this is where most people come to vacation. I do go to the mainland from time to time so you will find reviews on those hotels and resorts as well.
Best Areas to Visit
There are a few other islands you may be interested in such as Caye Caulker, Tobacco Caye, Turneffe Island, Glovers Reef Atoll or South Water Caye. Belize has dozens of islands, but those are the ones with hotels or resorts on them. On the mainland, the areas you are most likely to want to stay at are Placencia, San Ignacio (Cayo), Punta Gorda, Corozal, Belmopan (the Capital), Hopkins, Dangriga and Belize City. Sometimes vacationers opt for a split vacations between the Cayes and the mainland to get both Caribbean Sea and Jungle in.
Since many people love lists, I have put together a top 20 list of Belize Resorts and Hotels. This list covers the country and is not based on my opinions but by what is being searched for and is in order from high to low. If you see the name in blue, then there is a clickable link to a review I have written. Note in some cases I may have only visited but not stayed there overnight. The ones in black I have yet to visit.
Top 20 searched for Belize Hotels and Resorts
|1. Almond Beach Resort||Pricing & Details|
|2. Cayo Espanto||Pricing & Details|
|3. Victoria House Belize||Pricing & Details|
|4. Black Rock Resort Lodge||Pricing & Details|
|5. Mayan Princess||Pricing & Details|
|6. Turtle Inn Belize||Pricing & Details|
|7. Xanadu Resort Hotel||Pricing & Details|
|8. Chaa Creek||Pricing & Details|
|9. Portofino Beach Resort||Pricing & Details|
|10. Banyan Bay||Pricing & Details|
|11. Blancaneaux Lodge||Pricing & Details|
|12. Caribbean Villas||Pricing & Details|
|13. Matachica Beach Resort||Pricing & Details|
|14. Belize Ocean Club||Pricing & Details|
|15. Turneffe Island Resort||Pricing & Details|
|16. Banana Beach Resort||Pricing & Details|
|17. Jaguar Reef Lodge||Pricing & Details|
|18. Ramon’s Village||Pricing & Details|
|19. The Phoenix Resort Belize||Pricing & Details|
|20. Hamanasi Belize||Pricing & Details|
If you are just starting out your search on where to stay, the list above can act as your guide. According to Google, these are the most popular Resorts and Hotels in Belize, which really just means they are the most well known.
I realize some of you want luxury, others are on a budget or maybe you fall somewhere in between. I tend to bounce around. As much as I enjoy a day at the spa at a fancy resort, I also find myself having a great time at a beachfront hostel bar. Since we have such a wide range of available in Belize, you can take your pick. Many repeat travelers opt to stay different places each time they come and some are branching out to the different districts as well.
I would also like take this opportunity to mention, the San Pedro Belize Red Cross has worked closely with Victoria House and The Phoenix for training several of their staff in first Aid and CPR. Both resorts also have AED’s and are committed to your safety.