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Caye Caulker’s “Go Slow” embodies its reputation as a laid-back, backpackers paradise. But not all of us fit into that mold. If you’re looking for an affordable but luxurious hotel, stay at Seaside Cabanas. Located just a few steps from the Belize Ferry dock, you can easily walk to your temporary home.
Located off Calle del Sol, Seaside Cabanas faces the water and the barrier reef. The check-in area hosts a small boutique. A movie and book library is available to guests.
This 18-room boutique hotel offers various categories of room.
Rooftop Hot Tub Rooms
Rooms 1 to 4 feature rooftop hot tubs! That’s right – rooftop hot tubs! Each rooftop area includes a hammock and two lounge chairs, so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. We stayed in Room 2, which has the best views from the rooftop hot tub. You can watch ferries arriving into Caye Caulker.
Family Sized Rooms
Planning on bringing children? Two double beds are available in Rooms 7 to 11. Room 17, is a 2 bedroom room with a mini kitchen. Most of those are located on the ground floor.
Suites 11 to 16, on the first floor, are designed for a couple, with only one bed. Suite 18 is the honeymoon suite – a two story room with its own balcony and a hot tub. You can see it in the pool photo as the tower over the bar.
The on-site bar, Uno Mas, offers daily specials. Visitors waiting for their ferry out of Caye Caulker enjoyed one last drink and gave us tips on activities. Hotels guest receive a complimentary rum punch upon arrival. During the entire stay, guests enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials. Our bartender, Osmond, was the best! He offered suggestions on where to eat and kept our drinks flowing!
Pastries and coffee are available for breakfast from 7am to 10am. If you’d like to use the coffee maker in the room, remember to get bottled water from the bar the night before.
Hot tip: You can also ask your bartender to make your drink a double instead of a 2-for-1.
A pool is a must on my hotel checklist. While I enjoy laying on the beach, I prefer to swim in a pool. When traveling to a tropical location, I really want my hotel to have a great pool. What makes a great pool? The pool deck has comfortable lounge chairs. (Check!) The water temperature is refreshing and neither too cold nor too hot. (Check!) It has the right exposure of sun and shade (for when you need to get out of the sun). (Check!) We visited during off-season, meaning that we had random rain showers that lasted a few minutes. A palapa area provided coverage during the rain. Plus Uno Mas is a few steps away.
Walk right outside the wooden gate onto the beach. Just be aware that Caye Caulker doesn’t really have beaches, but rather docks. Many tours leave from the dock across the street. There are no lounge chairs on the beach, so you won’t be able to lay out here (it was used by golf cart taxis as a road). Rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards from the hotel for $25 Bz per hour.
Hot tip: Traveling during low season and don’t mind which room you get? Walk up without a reservation to enjoy a hearty discount.
Our stay at Seaside Cabanas was one of the most enjoyable we’ve had (and I was not compensated in any way to say that!). If you’re looking for an affordable yet luxurious hotel in Caye Caulker, you’ve found the right place!
Wondering what to do in Caye Caulker? Check out our list of activities. Consider our Belize itinerary combining adventure and relaxation. And if you want some adventure, check out the post on visiting the ATM Cave!
Annick, The Common Traveler