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Friendly and responsible. Principal of the only High School on Caye Caulker, Ocean Academy. Like the freedom and the carefree atmosphere of the island and the friendly and helpful people.
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Great place, great price
We had a wonderful time on caye caulker and loved our apartment. It was a little farther out on the island, but honestly it a really nice walk or bike ride (Hilda even gives you bikes). I liked being farther away from downtown, being where locals lived and not in a touristy resort. From the roof are epic views of sunrise and sunset, not to be missed.
Caye Caulker was wonderful. Hilda gave wonderful directions to her place including helping us get a golf cart ride from the taxi to her place. Hilda’s communication was fast and efficient. She connected us with a snorkelling tour group Anda De Wada Tours ran by a family member that was fantastic! They even gave us a 10% discount because we were staying with Hilda.
The photos in the ad make the apartment look much cleaner and nicer than it actually is. We were met with a roach upon arrival unfortunatly and one on the last morning before we left. Additionally, the apartment is in a rougher part of the village within the working part of the community. I did not mind that and did feel safe walking and biking in the community even at night. However, this environment might not be for everyone.
My husband adjusted the showerhead and got an electric shock which was a bit scary.
The upstairs balcony was awesome but full of sand flies. To be fair, the sand flies were everywhere in the Caye though. Bring tons of bug spray and cover yourself to avoid the biting sand flies and mosquitoes. The view of the water is not nearly as close as it looks in the photograph on the website although it is lovely. You just have to over look a few empty lots in order to see it.
The wi-fi was pretty good in our room although others complained that it didn’t work very well in their rooms.
The apartment is full of three other groups which was a lot of fun but not particularly private if that is what you are looking for.
Overall, the apartment was a great value as long as you have the correct expectations in advance.
Apartment #3 is out of the way but only a refreshing walk or short bike ride to the main area. If you are looking for a resort, this is not it, but as a retired couple on a budget, Bay Breezes was perfect. Hilda provides a great place to stay to really get into the "go slow" feel of the island. We enjoyed the courtyard and rooftop deck frequently during our entire stay and it was the highlight of the property. There is a small grocery store nearby to pick up most of what you may need and the West Bay night club beside the bay, that's open a few nights per week. Hilda was a pleasure to deal with and quickly responded to any concerns. We had great visits and she was a valuable resource for any questions about the area or her country of Belize.
Apartment number 2 was exactly what we wanted. It is out of the way but only a short bike ride to the main strip or swimming. If you are looking for a resort, this is not what your looking for. Hilda provides a great place to stay to really get into the "go slow" feel of the island. We absolutely loved her rooftop deck for sunrise and star gazing. There is a small store right around the corner to pick up anything you might need. As a couple young adults on a budget, Bay Breezes was perfect.
We had a fantastic time at Bay Breezes apartments in beautiful Caye Caulker. Hilda is a wonderful and friendly hostess and the few minor issues we experienced in our time there dealt with very quickly. Of particular note was the fabulous rooftop patio. While best efforts had been made, a few small improvements would have perfected the experience. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing Caribbean vacation.
Das wichtigste zuerst: Wir hatten eine super Aufenthalt - die Appartements sind toll und haben ein super Preis-Leistungsverhältnis. Hilda ist eine tolle Gastgeberin --> 100% Empfehlung!
Das Bay Breezes Apt. 2 ist eines von vier in einem netten Haus am ruhigen Ende von CC. Die Insel ist nicht groß und zum Zentrum (und auch sonst überallhin) kommt man schnell mit den Fahrrädern, die man kostenfrei nutzen kann. Die Ausstattung ist einfach aber es ist alles vorhanden was man für ein paar nette Tage benötigt. Es gibt einen Gasherd und einen kleinen Kühlschrank, Kaffeemaschine, Bad mit funktionierendem Warmwasser :) und recht schnellem Wlan. Eine Klimaanlage fehlt - das haben wir aber auch nicht vermisst. Es kühlt nachts genug ab, dass die Ventilatoren ausreichen. Die Dachterrasse ist nett und lädt mit ein paar Hängematten zum entspannen ein.
Hilda war eine super Gastgeberin, unkompliziert, nett und mit guten Tipps zur Insel. Schlüsselübergabe etc. waren völlig problemlos genauso wie das auschecken früh am morgen.
Einziges Manko von CC: Es liegt sehr viel Müll herum - das ist schade. Ein funtionierendes Entsorgungssystem fehlt der Insel. Wenn möglich sollte man daher so gut es geht auf Plastiktüten, Plastikbecher, Styroperteller etc. verzichten - auch wenn man dies auf der Insel ständig bekommt.
In der Umgebung des Appartements gab es während unseres Aufenthalts viele Sandfliegen. Der Wind hilft, aber sobald dieser Weg ist freut man sich, wenn man genug Moskitospray dabeihat :) Das ist auf CC sehr teuer.
Hilda was a gracious host and did everything she could to accommodate us and our dog. The apartment is fairly standard for Central America - lots of concrete and tile, furniture made from scrap wood, and a little dirty. Guests should be aware that the apartment is about as far away from town as possible, a 10-12 minute bike ride to the ferry and 15 minutes to the Split. Also, there are vacant lots to the left and right of the apartment. The vacant lot to the right has been filled in with sand but the lot to the left is a marshy, trash-filled swamp that is very unpleasant. The roof top deck with 360 degree views, two hammocks, and four lounge chairs is the best feature of the apartments but it is shared with guests in all of the other apartments - not bad if you don't mind hanging out with everyone else, but not ideal if you are looking for privacy. In short, an inexpensive and pet-friendly place to sleep on the island but the apartment is not a space you would enjoy spending a lot of time in.
Location was great and accessibility to bikes was convenient as we would bike into the center of town often. It only took 15 minutes to bike to the Split at the other end of the island. There was a great private beach walking distance from the apartment.
We had a great time at Bay Breezes. It was nice to be out of the centre a little and see a different part of Caye Caulker, the use of the bikes made the journey into the town only 5ish mins! The upstairs chill out space was a good place to see the sunset and read a book! Hilda was really friendly & helpful, we'd defo recommend this place! P.s bring baby oil for the sand flies!
I had the pleasure of staying in the Bay Breeze Apartments (pre-airbnb listing) and found it hard to leave. Hilda was a great host and cared for my enjoyment and comfort. She was born and raised in Caye Caulker and has an abundance of local knowledge and takes pride in her Belizean roots. Its location was perfect for me, just a 10 minute bike ride away from the busy center. As a traveler I find it more enjoyable to stay near the locals and away from the tourists and appreciate a more authentic experience. I would definitely stay here again!