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Banana Beach Resort
Ranked #36 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great staff - Super friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

I took my sister to Ambergris Caye on a dive trip for her birthday. Based on recent Internet reviews (and message board posts going way back) we booked our stay at Banana Beach resort. Other criteria that helped this decision were the price ($85 per night with the fourth night free), the location (close to town but not too close) and having a tour arranger on property as this was a last minute trip and we didn't want to waste time.

The property is clearly older but it is still a nice and clean place to stay. We got a small room with twin beds (no kitchen), a small refrigerator, a desk and a safe. There was a small closet to hang clothes and a three-drawer stand to put folded clothes. It also had a small balcony with a table and two chairs. The bathroom had a shower, sink and a standing shelf to hold your stuff.

We used the safe quite extensively (as we do wherever we go) but we never noticed any security issues. All in all, the room was perfectly adequate for our needs (which were primarily a place to sleep and hold our stuff while we were out).

There are two pools on the property. One is smaller just outside the reception area and the other, larger, pool is in a courtyard surrounded by rooms. We never used either but they seemed nice. The second pool is connected by a breezeway to the beach area where they have lounge chairs and a hammock (only one!)

They have a bar setup in that breezeway and that's where we spent a lot of our down time. They have chairs and tables setup and it's very comfortable because you are in the shade with a lot of wind blowing through and Belicans nearby!

The beach area was alright. Pretty typical, I guess, for that part of Ambergris Caye. It's nice to sit out there and enjoy the breeze, water and sun but it's not a swimming beach like you'd see in Cancun or the Grand Caymen. The beaches and the water, I think, are nicer, the further north you go (especially if you go past the cut) but the tradeoff is convenience to San Pedro for eating and shopping. Banana Beach is a five dollar (US)/five minute taxi ride to town.

Booking tours/excursions was easy at the Monkey Business shop on premises. While it might be a little bit cheaper to research dive shops or tour companies and book directly, it certainly was more convenient to book through the shop! Plus, if one tour company is full the staff can call around to find someone that is willing to take you. We also purchased water (reasonably sized, too) from this shop for $1 a bottle.

The restaurant on site (El Divino) was good! We ate all our breakfasts there as well as a couple of lunches and the food was tasty. There were also willing to improvise on the menu to adjust for my picky tastes.

The staff is the shining jewel of this place. They are all amazingly friendly and it seems that the same people have been there for years. Everyone was super helpful from the Jessica at the front desk who helped adjust our Tropic Air reservations, to the girls at Monkey Business who arranged our dives to Ingrid our very hard working bartender.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and would stay there again, especially considering the price and helpfulness of the staff. My review is four stars but, more specifically, the property gets 3 stars because of its age and the staff easily gets 5.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Scratch_Monkey
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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lake alfred, fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

Banana beach was a perfect escape from your everyday. Two pools, clean rooms, great turquoise ocean views, onsite great restaurant, massages and tour directors...the staff was beyond helpful and accommodating! Would (will) recommend to all our friends! We planned a very last minute vacation and they did not disappoint once! A semi short walk along the beach to the downtown area, a short walk along the road to a grocery type store...Now you're set!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dna4ya
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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

We have stayed several places in Belize, and so far, Banana Beach is the best.

The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable.

Since we require strong Internet (my husband is taking online classes) we were concerned when we couldn't connect well in our rooms. But we found that the restaurant, El Devino, had a great Internet connection in addition to good food, plentiful coffee, and lots of places to sit for privacy. The staff didn't mind us using the upstairs seating for hours.

There are two pools, one cooler and one warmer, both clean.

A full kitchen was part of our ocean-view suite. If you intend to use the coffee maker, be aware that you will need to purchase coffee and creamer at the grocery store. They don't seem to have those supplies on hand.

Our hotel fees gave us a free night and $80 credit at the restaurant. They do not stock the refrigator, but you can purchase water and soft drinks on-site ant Monkey business.

Please, no whining about furniture and decor. Feel the breezes, look at the sunrise, go snorkeling--or go to Florida if you must have Amereican amenities. Eat a fry jack. Talk to locals, go shopping. This is a great place.

Room Tip: The ocean view room had all-day breezes, very relaxing.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TexBeth
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

This hotel, like a lot of the hotels I encountered in Belize, is pretty average. If they would only replace the mattresses on the beds (which are teeny and about fifty years old), and upgrade the bathrooms (the tile is old and mildewed in the shower and tub, plumbing needs a complete replacement - no water pressure whatsoever and water smelled like sulfur), that would be a great start. Also, both pools are very small, and the main pool has a "hot tub" in the middle that takes up half the pool and is not hot, not even warm. On the plus side, the staff at this hotel are great and will bend over backwards to accomodate your needs, the restaurant has amazing food, the dock is conveniently located behind the hotel for pickups if you are going diving. Also, note that food here (and everywhere in Belize) is expensive, however, I never had a single meal that was anything below excellent. The beach is okay for laying on a chair and reading or sunning, but the water is full of kelp and the sand is full of sand fleas, so not really that great for swimming or sand activities. If I went back to Ambergris Caye, I'd probably stay at one of the hotels closer to the main drag, as it was a bit of a pain getting cabs to and from every night. The cabs are inexpensive, but they are also bumpy, slow and uncomfortable, with barely any A/C to speak of. Also, AVOID MONKEY TOURS. Book your trips yourself, as they charge more than others, are unorganized and fail to tell you important information, such as "If you are going on the manatee tour, you do NOT actually get into the water with the manatees."

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank idontwaitinline
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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

This place is sure a candidate. If you were staying here 20 plus years ago you may have enJoyed it then, unfortunately it has 20 years of dust encrusted into the frayed original wicker furniture that has most definitely seen it's better days ten years ago.

The kitchen was functional with two forks, 2 mismatched water glasses, 2 plates, 2 mismatched coffee cups to go with the 2 cup coffee maker (bring your own water & coffee, they don't provide it), they sell water at the tour shop but were sold out the day we arrived, there were 2 empty ice trays in the freezer, and a wide array of miscellaneous kitchen utensils in one kitchen drawer including a windshield ice scraper of all things (?). There was a stove, microwave, and a toaster on the counter near the oddly placed telephone located curiously in the furthest corner of the L-shaped kitchen counter directly adjacent to the corroding sink. Would categorize the kitchen design as "early garage sale".

The oceanfront suite may have been recently painted, which was nice, unfortunately I think they forgot to put back the wall decorations which were nonexistent minus 3 cheap and poorly placed chipped clay molds of of Mayan calendars, the bedroom walls were barren altogether. Thank God we had an ocean view. The A/C worked very well in the rear half of the two room suite, but it was much warmer in the living/kitchen area but a ceiling fan helped greatly but had several burned out lightbulbs. The TV was across the room on a wicker shelf, it had plenty of channels to watch both local, Spanish , and satellite channels from North America, don't think sell this type of 14 inch diagonal tube type set any more but it suits the place to a Tee.

There were plenty of well manicured tropical plants everywhere on the grounds of the resort which do a nice job of distracting you from the run down condition of the dangerously dilapidated and rotting away hardwood planking that surrounds the place, (walk barefoot at your own risk). The two small pools were used to capacity several times but we passed because they had many areas of dark discoloration scattered about on the plastered walls of them. The beach view bar was some kind of plastic roll-away thing you might see used as a no host bar at cheap wedding reception only it was located directly in the archway corridor leading to the beach and the view was an empty stucco wall with a couple bottles of liquor on makeshift shelving.

We are very happy we rented a cart that allowed us to avoid spending time at the (Resort?) except for sleeping on the queen bed which was actually 2 twins pushed together with slumping center sections on each of the twins camouflaged with a queen size sheet and comforter that matched the upholstery of the antiquated wicker hide-a-bed couch.

The free breakfast was a nice touch and the food was just fine with friendly staff. I would recommend you book all your excursions directly with their respective providers and save the 10% service charge the onsite office tacks on.

We didn't experience any of the thefts that were mentioned on earlier posts but it would be very easy for anyone to get into the rooms simply using a credit card to release the door latch. The entrance doors all open out instead of in, unlike 99% of all entrance doors where the door stop protects the locking latch from tampering. This issue could easily be remedied by the addition of a deadbolt or at least one of those interior pivoting security swing or chain type, at least you would feel a bit more secure while you were inside. I doubt that Banana Beach will do either of these as they are much more interested in taking money in rather than reinvesting a penny on upgrading anything at all except for that ugly seawall they put in years ago.

In my opinion there are numerous far superior options available.

Room Tip: Look elsewhere.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,577 - ₹ 10,991
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
Banana Beach Belize
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