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Where to stay in Belize – Top 10 hotels and resorts in 2021

Belize is the type of destination that fits every traveling style, from the backpacker on a budget or the adventurous soul to the family looking for some fun things to do and couples wanting a romantic getaway, Belize has it all. In this beautiful country, lush jungle, stunning beaches, and impressive culture await so you can have an epic vacation.

Most people stay on Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) and take day trips to the must-visit places in Belize. It’s the easiest option, especially if you are just staying for a week, but you’ll also find a couple of great accommodation options on the mainland.

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Best accommodations in Belize

Belize is currently open to tourism, check out the tourism office’s official website for travel restrictions and make sure you have insurance.

Here’s our top 10 of the best hotels in Belize for every budget:

Best hotels in Ambergris Caye

Most hotels and accommodation options on Ambergris Caye are located along the stretch of beach around San Pedro. People usually rent a golf cart to go around and visit the famous Playa Blanca, and take day trips to visit the rest of the country.

Las Terrazas Resort & Residence

Las Terrazas resort, accommodations in Belize

Often referred to as one of the best hotels in San Pedro for families and couples, Las Terrazas Resort & Residence offers luxurious and spacious villas with a view over the garden or the sea. On-site, you’ll find an infinity pool, a spa, and a PADI dive shop. Each villa has its own kitchen if you want to cook your own meals, or you can opt to eat at one of their two restaurants serving tasty local and international dishes.

They have a private beach and offer free use of bicycles, kayaks, hobie cats, paddle boards and water bikes. They can also help you arrange tours to the Mayan ruins or snorkeling trips.

Grand Caribe Belize

Grand Caribe Resort - San Pedro, Belize

Conveniently located near the city center yet in a quiet setting, Grand Caribe Belize is the perfect resort for a beach vacation. With its private beachfront and luxurious amenities, each room has a view of the sea and its own kitchen. The resort features a spa, a gym, an outdoor pool, and offers four restaurants – enjoy fine dining at Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace, for something more casual head to GC’s Pool Bar, check the sushi or seafood at Aqua Restaurant, or have a steak at the Steakhouse.

The hotel will arrange for pick up/drop off at the airport and can arrange for tours you might want to take. It’s the perfect option for a worry-free vacation.

Pelican Reef Villas Resort

Pelican Reef Villas Resort, San Pedro, Belize accommodations

Located outside of town, Pelican Reef Villas Resort is the perfect option for people looking for privacy and some peace and quiet. Enjoy a stroll through their tropical garden, spend some time at the pool, or relax at their private beachfront. The staff is known for its helpfulness and friendliness, always ready to give you recommendation about the best things to do and the best places to eat at.

The hotel is smaller than average, with only a couple of rooms which makes it perfect if you want something that feels more like a guest house. They offer an exceptional à la carte breakfast too and you’ll find a couple of restaurants around it or you can easily get into town to find more options.

White Sands Cove

White Sands Cove - Accommodations in Belize

Featuring beach-front condos and a tasty restaurant serving Caribbean food, White Sands Cove is perfect for families and couples. Some of the rooms feature a kitchen if you want to cook your own meals. They also have a pool and offer free bicycle rentals to explore the nearby beaches.

You can easily kayak to the reef just in front of the hotel and snorkel there, or stay on the kayak and still see pretty well the corals and fishes. If you are lucky, you might spot a turtle or two.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, perfect to surround yourself in the Caribbean vibes.

Drift Inn

Drift Inn, San Pedro Hotel

Drift Inn is the perfect option for people on a budget. The rooms are well decorated, air-conditioned, and offer a private bathroom. There’s a communal kitchen guest can use and an outdoor area. It’s right in the city, so you are close to everything, yet it’s pretty quiet. It’s also right on the beach.

Sandbar Beachfront Hostel

Sandbar Beachfront Hostel - Accommodations in Belize

The most popular backpacker hostel in San Pedro, Sandbar Beachfront Hostel is a great option for solo travelers on a budget. It’s a great place to hang out too and meet people.

They offer 10-bed dormitories with AC, lockers, and towels, each bed has curtains for privacy. They also have private rooms. There you’ll find a restaurant and a bar as well as a small pool for guests, and a deck above the sea with hammocks and sun chairs.

Unique hotels to stay at in Belize

Coco Plum All Inclusive Resort – Dangriga

Coco Plum All Inclusive Resort - Best accommodation in Belize

Offering spacious bungalows right on the beach, Coco Plum All-Inclusive Resort is located on a private island only 30 minutes away by boat from Dangriga. This adult-only resort was named the #1 Hotel for Romance in the world in 2020 by TripAdvisor Travelers.

The resort offers all-inclusive packages that include transportation, lodging, food, as well as tours, and activities. The beach is gorgeous, the food delicious, and the rooms just perfect, you will have a unique experience, unwinding and relaxing in this paradise.

The Lodge at ChaaCreek – San Ignacio

The Lodge at ChaaCreek - San Ignacio

San Ignacio is another popular destination in Belize known for its Maya sites, especially the famous ATM cave and its crystal maiden. If you are looking for a unique stay experience while in San Ignacio, head to the Lodge at ChaaCreek. Stay in one of their palm-thatched cottages with their private veranda and stunning rainforest views, decorated with handmade furniture and local artwork.

Set next to the Macal River, in a private rainforest reserve, this family-run eco-lodge offers a spa, a swimming pool, and a restaurant that serves a fusion of modern international cuisine and traditional Central American dishes – with most of the ingredients grown on the on-site organic farm.

Around the lodge, you can go for a guided-walk trying to spot some birds, or go on a canoeing trip down the river.

The Ellysian Boutique Hotel – Placencia

The Ellysian Boutique Hotel, hotels in Belize

Placencia is home to one of the best beaches in Belize, and there are plenty of things to do while there. One of the best places to stay is the Ellysian Boutique Hotel, offering luxurious amenities and services. Right on the beach, enjoy sipping on a cocktail or have a candlelit dinner listening to the waves crashing.

Rooms are spacious and modern with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay. The rooms have either a view of the garden or the seafront.

They have a concierge service to take care of everything you might need during your stay and offer room service. It’s conveniently located, within walking distance of most restaurants and bars.

Copal Tree Lodge a Muy’Ono Resort – Punta Gorda

Copal Tree Lodge a Muy'Ono Resort

Located in Southern Belize in the Toledo district, the Copal Tree Lodge is a unique place to stay in Belize. It’s a perfect option for a honeymoon or couples looking for a romantic getaway. Surrounded by the rainforest, yet not far from the beach, the eco-lodge offers spacious rooms with an impressive mountain view. Each room or villa comes with a balcony or outdoor area, and some give access to an infinity pool

They have a restaurant on site and the hotel is one of the few resort in Belize offering all-inclusive packages.

Around the property you can go kayaking, trekking, or cycling. You can can also arrange for tours to visit the nearby beaches and Maya ruins.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge – Belmopan

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge - Belize accommodation

Surrounded by jungle and lush vegetation, enjoy nature in this amazing lodge. The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is a unique place to stay and has received several hospitality awards. The rooms are spectacular as well as the whole property, with outdoor showers (don’t worry no one can see you!) and private pools. Cabin are pretty far apart so you get total privacy. You won’t see many hotels like that around the world.

You can go on a trek, use one of their free bikes to discover the area, or kayak on the river that passes through the property. They have a restaurant serving local home-cooked food.

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