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Casa Caracol
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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

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Curt D
Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a great deal!”
Reviewed 17 March 2011 for a stay in January 2011
4
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We spent 3 weeks in January 2011 at Casa Caracol, the upper unit. Fabulous! We’d not hesitate to do it again and highly recommend Casa Caracol to our friends.

The house is incredible…right on the Caribbean! You wake up every morning with the blue waters right in front of you. The sunrises are great. Two blocks away is the best bakery around, the Casa Pan Dulce; we’d pick up breakfast pastries in the morning and then some chocolate cake in the evening. Down the street another block we found a gallon of fresh squeezed orange juice (the best OJ we’ve ever had) for $7.50 American. The house is located in the largely residential part of the island, so it’s nice and quiet. Yet it’s only a ten minute walk into San Pedro Town with its dining, bars, and other activities. On the way into town, we’d often stop for breakfast at the Playa Chel, or drinks at the Tides Hotel. Bottom line, Casa Caracol is the best value on Ambergris Caye.

Phil is a great host. He lives nearby, so he’s almost always available to answer your questions. He personally set us up with an archeologist to guide us on a tour the Mayan ruins on the mainland, all of our SCUBA, snorkeling, golf cart rentals, and fishing. And then at the end of the stay, we paid with one VISA transaction for all our activities.

By the way, we LOVED Belize!

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Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
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TexasFuni...
Texas
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“You Better "Belize" It”
Reviewed 15 March 2011 for a stay in March 2011
2
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My husband & I rented Casa Caracol for a group of twelve, family & friends, to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The house is right on the beach with beautiful views of the ocean and reef. The house was well equipped, including beach towels, games, books and some snorkel gear. We actually never cooked, so I can't really elaborate on the kitchen, but we did make use of the blender :) The beach front in front of the home is also the street. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the mornings looking at the view and watching the local citizens go by on their way to school or work. It is definitely a barefoot location!! Downtown is a 5 minute walk up the street or down the beach. Everywhere we dined was wonderful..highly recommend Carrumba's. A lady comes by every afternoon selling homemade breads, very tasty. Phil & Marie live directly behind the home and are readily available. Phil even came right away at ten at night to fix a broken shower knob. He also booked our snorkel trip for us...which was one of the best we've ever been on. We had a wonderful, relaxing week at Casa Caracol!!!

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Location Cleanliness
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Large groups Rugged travelers
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pdxken
Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Enjoyed Our Stay, Highly Recommended”
Reviewed 10 March 2011 for a stay in January 2011
3
people found this review helpful

My family and I rented the downstairs of Casa Caracol in January and had a wonderful time. When we were researching places to stay I had a hard time finding reliable reviews for this rental so I was a little nervous. The owner, Phil, addressed our concerns but I was very relieved when we arrived and found that the house served our needs really well.

The location of Casa Caracol is great. You're not right in the middle of town, so it's not as hectic and noisy, but after a 10-15 minute walk you'll find yourself already at the other end of the downtown area. The house is right on the beach, with a sand road the only thing that separates you from the water. It was wonderful to wake up and sit out on the porch every morning, watching the sunrise over the water and the local kids walking to school.

Casa Caracol is also located next to Pantojo's Scuba Center, which is a great convenience if you want to dive during your stay. My family made a number of dives with Pantojo and highly recommend him and his crew.

As soon as we arrived Phil oriented us to the island and gave us tips to make our stay more enjoyable. He was also available to arrange things such as tours, flights, and taxis, which freed us up from having to deal with those details. I wasn't expecting that so it was a nice touch.

We made and ate almost all of our meals at the house. We found the kitchen to be adequately stocked to prepare and cook these meals. The only suggestion is that it would have been nice to have better knives (we chopped a lot of fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish). Duly, the housekeeper, is very sweet and she made sure the house was clean and that we had fresh towels for both the bathroom and for the beach. She also did several loads of laundry for us, which was well worth the additional charge.

I would definitely stay at Casa Caracol again if I ever have the chance to return to Ambergris. The only complaint by my family is that the couches in the living room are getting worn and not very comfortable. Phil had informed us before we arrived that he is planning on replacing those soon. Since you have an amazing view from the lounge chairs on the porch we rarely sat inside so it wasn't much of an issue.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Large groups
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rich W
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“This place is as DUMP!!!”
Reviewed 28 October 2010 for a stay in May 2010
7
people found this review helpful

This guy has a great photographer, the house looks nothing like the pictures. Old air conditioners sit rusting in the windows, animals have free range of the interior of the house, house smells of mold and mildew, very noisy section of beach with vehicle traffic all hours of the day. Save your vacation and go somewhere else, please don't let Casa Caracol ruin your vacation like it did ours

Your age range 35-49
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