Why We Chose This Hotel
Scuba diving and leisure escape were our top priority for travel to Belize. This resort is one of thirteen dive shops on Ambergris Caye and belongs to a list of Gold Standard Hotels acknowledged by the Belize government. Out of the thirteen, images and convenience of Ramon’s Village resonated with us the most. The lodge is located ~10 min walk from the San Pedro airport (SPR) and from the town center. Restaurants, shops, and other attractions seemed easily accessible by foot or on bike. Not to mention, the scuba dive boats leave directly from the resort’s dock and can reach most destinations in 20 mins!
Even more incentivizing was the special promotions the resort was running on the sister property across the street. All guests of the sister property can enjoy the same amenity the resort offers at a significantly more affordable pricing!
Expectations vs Reality
The village was exactly how it looked on Google: styled after Tahitian cottages on the Polynesian island of Bora Bora, each cabanas on site were built from native materials by craftsmanship — according to the website —analogues to those witnessed during the days of great sailing. Bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora blossomed in the garden. The beachfront was lined with lounge chairs, hammocks, and royal palms; surely a dreamy experience walking down the shoreline.
At night the resort dock was lit by blue LEDs, the glow attracted fishes and we constantly found ourselves looking into the water for manta rays, eagle rays, other small fishes, and a few we thought were tarpons! Don’t forget to look up either. The stars are perfectly visible from the dock on a clear day.
Since the resort faces the East, you can also catch great view of the sunrise here. You can see sunset as well, but check out my post on Secret Beach for an even better location!
The resort does not have a strict mask policy for guests. Most people walk around without one, but once you leave the resort make sure to mask up!
We ate at the resort’s restaurant Pineapples on the Beach for breakfast once and dinner twice. All three times the meals were scrumptious. We tried the crab stuffed fish, the pesto covered fish, the grilled shrimp, and the pork chop. Except for the grilled shrimp which I found to be bland, everything else were super tender, juicy, and flavorful! Our visit was right before lobster season started otherwise I’m certain lobster dishes would have been delicious as well. You can order drinks from the restaurant or from the adjacent Tropic Al’s. The fresh fruit smoothies served at Tropic Al’s were perfect for non-alcoholic food pairing, and as a standalone dish before/after dives!
The resort also offers three types of fishing excursions, either for half day or full day. Fishing gear, water and soft drinks are provided on trips. The resort does encourage catch and release, but we confirmed Chef Rommy at the resort can clean, prepare, cook, and serve your catch of the day for a modest fee! The meal is paired with your choice of the rice of the day, or baked potato and steamed vegetables.
Sample of fish varieties you can expect to find is shown below, do confirm with the resort for latest information as they could change.
- Reef Fishing: Fish for snapper, yellowtail, grouper, and barracuda. Boat is 24′ ~ 26′ and can seat 1~4 people.
- Tarpon/Bon Fishing: Use a fly rod or a spinning one, wear a long sleeve shirt, and fish for the Caribbean fighter known as the bonefish, or the elusive tarpon! Boat is 24′ and can seat 1 ~ 2 people.
- Deep Sea Fishing: Fish outside the reef for Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi! Boat is 42′ and can seat 1 ~ 6 people.
The highlight of the trip! Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and the formations there are mesmerizing. From the world renowned Blue Hole, to the wonders of Turneffe Atolls, Esmeralda Canyon, Hoh Chan Marine Reserves, and Shark Ray Alley, there are plenty of sites to choose from and explore.
Overall I loved diving with Ramon’s Village Resort and will definitely be back. For a thorough review of my diving venture, check out my post on Diving Ambergris Caye, Belize!
The resort offers golf-cart pick up from the airport or ferry terminal. This is our preferred method when traveling with luggage. Otherwise, it is a straightforward walk to/from the airport or the San Pedro town center!
Golf Cart Rentals
To travel around the island, you will need to rent golf carts! Ramon’s village has a fleet of golf carts you can rent for a half-day or a full-day journey for $30~$60 USD. Each one comes with several cup holders and a small compartment for your belongings. Speed limit is 15 mph and you can pass others on the left. The golf cart can be secured with a padlock when you park. Definitely an interesting experience!
You do need a valid driver’s license to drive the golf carts as the island has security checkpoints at different locations. We read comments on TripAdvisor where someone mentioned licenses from any country of origin should suffice, but still decided to carry an International Driver’s License just in case. We encountered the pop-up security on the way back from Secret Beach (more on this topic coming so stay tuned!) and they accepted my US driver’s license without any hassle.
Till Next Time!
Ramons Village was a beautiful resort to stay at and we definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the island! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on our Belize travel!
Leave a comment if you have visited or if you have other questions!