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Banana Beach Resort
Ranked #37 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Edinburgh
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21 reviews
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“Decent Hotel, slightly too expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

We had an oceanview room, which had a kitchen (we never used it though, except the fridge for water) and a balcony. It was very clean and spacious, but for the money we paid I would have expected a few other things - the shower for example was just as bad as the hostels where we paid 30usd a night, and the A/C broke.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

What can I say good about this hotel? Not much. It is old & basic at best. If the cost was $35 a night, it might be worth it. The restaurant is attractive & good food. The bar area & view of the sea are nice. But I would NOT want to sleep there again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

The best thing about this resort is the breezeway between the large pool and the beach. Fair skinned, so I spent a large portion of my outdoor time sitting and enjoying the breeze. (Sigh...) The hotel is south of San Pedro town, about 10 minutes by golf cart. The staff is excellent, even brought us local fruits and coconuts to try out. You can get a massage, mani-pedi, or enjoy a drink at either bar (one indoor, one outdoor). Be sure to try the "Panty Ripper"!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

We needed to add on a few nights prior to our RCI exchange on Ambergris Caye and picked Banana Beach mainly due to its low price ($85/night for std room) and its proximity to town (20 min walk down the beach).

The hotel is compact and cut from the scenes of Melrose Place with the main pool nestled in the center of one of the buildings. The pool seemed quite warm and lacked breeze unless you sat in the chairs at the open end where the breeze came in. I did spend a lovely 20 min floating on an air mattress in it however. Instead choose one of the many padded lounge chairs that line the bulkhead at the water's edge. These are positively fabulous! The breeze blows over you all day (careful you'll get quite a sunburn as you never feel hot due to the wind). There is a second pool near the entry way but not one you lounge around in.

The room itself was small and clean. We did not have a view, just looked at the Grand Colony pool next door.

The hotel offered "Buy 3 get one night free" but we couldn't take advantage since we only needed 3 nights, so I talked them into a $50 USD restaurant credit instead and had a nice breakfast and lunch including some of my favorite conch fritters of the week.

Walk the beach to town as it is shorter than going on the road and much nicer due to the breeze along the water and mostly bulkhead, walkway, or packed sand path.

Dive the Blue Hole with Amigos Del Mar. All dive operators and fishing guides will pick you up from the dock in front and drop you there at the end of the day - can't beat that service!

We had good meals in town at Elvi's kitchen, Hurricanes for conch fritters and ceviche, Waruguma (for pupusas - try them they are cheap and yummy), sushi night at Blue Water Grill was decent, also if you have a Friday night the benefit chicken dinner from Lions Club in town for $5 is a different option and was super tasty. For cheap eats try Sun Up for fried chicken and rice made to order for $4.

Our best meal was definitely at the restaurant at the Victoria House Hotel - make a reservation and they will come pick you up and take you back afterwards. Their fresh fish (usually grouper or snapper) is heavenly. We also had the bacon wrapped prawns which were delicious. Add the molten chocolate cake for dessert (takes 20 minutes so order it in advance). Their prices were about the same as Blue Water and other places but the service and overall experience make this place stand well above the others. The waitress overheard my husband and I toast to our anniversary and brought us free molten chocolate cake with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate - we did not order it and had not mentioned our occasion. A nice touch to say the least.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

We normally visit the smaller and quieter island Caye Caulker but decided to spend one of our two weeks in San Pedro. Searched for affordable hotels on Ambergris Caye and came across Banana Beach. Couldn't do much better for the price. Resort was right on beach with 2 swim pools to cool off or take a dip in the sea in front of resort. We had a sea view off our private balcony which was nice. Staff was very friendly and when we called maintence for a small issue they were there in a matter of minutes and resolved problem. Very pleased with staff. Some of the fixtures were dated and corroded from the salt air, but all in working condition.Banana Beach is about a mile(walking distance) to main part of town,where it is much busier, so it was nice to stay just outside town where it was much quietier. We stayed 5 nights in which they have specials, stay 3 get one free night with discount on additional night, which made this resort one of the best values on island. If we return to San Pedro we'll definately return to Banana Beach.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Banana Beach Resort

Property: Banana Beach Resort
Address: Sea Grape Drive | PO Box 94, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#35 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,421 - ₹ 9,824
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on the Ambergris Caye of Belize, Banana Beach Resort has been a haven of fun, adventure, and relaxation for more than 10 years. ... more   less 
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Banana Beach Hotel San Pedro
Banana Beach San Pedro
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