Ambergris Caye has a lot to boast about. She lies just 1/4 mile west of the longest living barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere! The apartments are located on Princess Drive in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...2 Great private 1 bedroom apartments available...nice and cozy and just steps to the beach. Close to restaurants, Churches, shops, bars, clubs, resorts, and dive shops. A/C, fully furnished, full kitchen with utensils, living room, bathroom w/ hot/cold shower and towels, cable TV, private bedroom. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is a tourist haven and famous for crystal clear diving and of course...the Blue Hole, Mayan Ruins and Rain Forest. We can arrange all tours/diving/activities. The caretaker, John Harvey, is very nice and extremely helpful. He even owns a restaurant and can provide meals if you wish...yummy!
Also for our guests wishing to stay for a while (over 3 days) we offer maid service for a nominal fee of $20/day. This can be arranged on site through our caretaker, John Harvey.
Carmen's place in San Pedro is great - clean, comfortable and safe. It is about a 15 or 20 minute walk into downtown San Pedro, where there are a ton of restaurants, or about 3 or 4 minute walk from the beach! There are restaurants all along the beach, and a grocery/convenience store nearby as well. The kitchen is fully stocked - we cooked breakfast nearly every morning. Carmen's caretaker was very helpful in getting us settled and even took us out for a complimentary supper our first night (Robin's Jamaican jerk chicken - so good!).
-a/c in bedroom
-toilet works well
-far away from the main part of town. get a golf cart or bike rental or plan on taking a lot of taxis.
-shower has very low water pressure
-overall condition - it's not actually dirty, it's just old and rundown so no matter how clean it actually is it still looks dirty.
-infested with cockroaches - my personal best was killing 4 in one night
-kitchen was not equipped. there was 1 bowl and like 2 pans.
-tv never worked and we were there for 5 days.
-no washer or dryer but they are listed as amenities.
The trip was a success. Carmen and her caretaker took excellent care of us. We arrived early and phoned John and he met us at the property within 10 (website hidden) wasn't working, but a new one showed up a couple days later. We didn't spend too much time in the room, but it worked for what we needed it for. I would recommend this place to someone who is looking for an inexpensive place in San Pedro.
Place was great, close to things of convenience, yet far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. Enjoy!
Carmen's apartment is great! Only a 2 minute walk from the beach and all the shops and restaurants, yet it is also located on a quiet street which is a bonus. The caretaker, John was very nice, and picked us up from the water taxi terminal. He invited us over to his restaurant called Robin's Kitchen and it was the best jerk chicken we've had! Carmen even called us to say hello.
I would definitely stay at her apartment again, it was very clean, full kitchen with cups, kettle, and cutlery. A\C in the bedroom and lots of movie channels on the tv. Nice way to unwind after a long day in the sun.
The accommodation was fine for my purposes. I might have liked access to the front porch, but I was happy with the rental. I would recommend that a visitor bring a collapsible chair along so they can sit on the beach just north of the Crazy Canuks bar - a spot that seems free and undisturbed. The restaurant where the caretaker John cooks is terrific. I am sure that some will have problems locking the door when they leave, so the lock could use some attention. I always went around the wall in front of the house because the door in the wall was also difficult. These are small points, the house is just fine and quite cheap.
Staying at Carmen's place was perfect for us. San Pedro is a great little town, and we were able to walk everywhere from the house. John, the caretaker, met us and took us to the place. He was very friendly, and even treated us at his family's restaurant that evening. Amazing jerk chicken! Carmen was very sweet to call and check in on us. Only two of us stayed there, but it would have been great for a family as well,
The apartment was conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood, south of San Pedro. It's a quick walk to the main road, and then another 5 minutes to the beach. There's a grocery store around the corner for basic needs, and a few hotel bars/restaurants in the area. Downtown San Pedro is about a 10 minute walk, for all your shopping and dining needs.
Carmen was super helpful with arrival suggestions and had her husband John come pick me up. My one suggestion is to make sure you get John's cell phone number in advance, and then have the super helpful airline staff at the San Pedro airport give him a ring for you.
Belize was the last leg of a two week adventure for us. Due to flight problems, we arrived a day late. We also managed to screw up the boat taxi and get off at the wrong island. Sure enough, we eventually found our way to San Pedro.
We were immediately greeted by Carmen's husband, John (also goes by Robin). He showed us the house, told us where to go around the island, and even sent his son that night to invite us to dinner at his restaurant. Ande what food they make - Carmen and John make such incredible food.
I have never before been so blown away by hospitality. Any place that treats me like Carmen and John did is fantastic and DESERVES far more business. I can't rave enough about it.
John and Carmen also hooked us up with a friend of his named Prince - a pleasant gentleman who gave us good deals on every activity we could possibly want. We never felt pressured at all. We ended up doing everything we wanted to do below budget because of Prince! Plus he would pick us up and drop us off. He's a great guy.
The place was clean when we arrived, with dishes and towels. The bedroom is air conditioned. Despite being on a partially unlit street, we never felt unsafe and there was never any incidents around us. We were mere minutes walk from the hub of activity, the docks (for all adventures and taxis), or one of the beaches. It was a fantastic location.
So? Should you go?
If you are debating Belize, the answer is yes - the country is small, but amazing and beautiful!
Should you use Carmen's place?
It is not the cheapest place there, but it is not the most expensive by far. Frankly. for the peace of mind of having a kitchen, a bathroom, a bed room and a living room gave me, I think it's a steal.
In short - we will be back for sure.
nice, quiet place... a nice walking distance to the beach, relaxed and calm