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El Pescador

Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At El Pescador

This family-run hotel on the tropical isle of Ambergris Caye makes guests feel, well, just like family. That's why this private, mellow resort is popular with its repeat clientele—many of whom are fishing fanatics who ply the thriving waters of Belize's flats and reefs.

The Scoop

Bought sight unseen by a California doctor in 1972, the site of El Pescador enjoys some covetable sandy shores on Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize. Located just a few miles north of the isle's busy tourist town of San Pedro, the resort is made up of a two-story mahogany colonial lodge and three-bedroom, three-bath luxury villas. The attention to detail is a far cry from Belize's typically uninspired hotels: hardwood floors, handcrafted furniture, bamboo accents, and local art on the walls. A swimming pool fronts an empty beach, and guests feel as if they are the only ones on the entire island. The staff make sure you feel welcomed and that you get to know your fellow castaways, with free hors d'oeuvres served each afternoon in the bar, tropical rum punch continually flowing, and a great big lobster feast every Saturday. Most of the international clientele stay here for the proximity to Belize's abundant fishing flats, where bonefish, tarpon, and red snapper are theirs for the taking. The resort's local boat guides prove invaluable in their quest. Snorkelers and divers will also be well taken care of, with an on-site PADI dive master and guide. The minute you show up, you'll wish you'd booked a few more days at this out-of-the-way, relaxing resort.

Insider Tips

Although El Pescador is primarily a fishing lodge resort, if you don't fish it could actually work to your advantage: since most guests are on boats from morning to late afternoon, you'll have the resort practically to yourself, especially from May through November.

El Pescador will book your 20-minute flight from your international arrival in Belize City to the small airport on Ambergris Caye. Be sure to give the staff your flight info upon booking your room, as they need to coordinate a boat transfer as well.

Awards and Recognitions

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Top 10 Luxury Eco-Resorts
- Forbes Traveler

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Belize International Airport (BZE), which is on mainland Belize. Arriving at the hotel requires both land and sea transportation. The hotel offers roundtrip transfers for $152.50+tax/person between the hotel and the airport.

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Eco-Friendly Practices
  • 3 Outdoor Pools
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Zip Lining
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
In-Room Amenities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Air Conditioning
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Bar
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Ambergris Caye

Calling all divers: this tiny island off the coast of mainland Belize is home to the world's second largest barrier reef. (And its soft sugar-white sands keep happy those who like to keep their heads above water).

Don't Miss

Best Ruins: Lamanai. Belize was a major Mayan population center, and the impressive Lamanai ruins on the banks of the New River Lagoon are a popular day trip from Ambergris Caye. Several tour operators with Mayan guides run high-speed boat rides across the reef-fringed lagoon up the species-filled river to the haunting ruins.

Best Wildlife Viewing: Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. After checking out Belize's aquatic life, be sure to visit the smallBelize Zoo and Tropical Education Center on the mainland. More than 125 native species fill 29 acres, including the endangered black howler monkeys and rare all-black jaguars.

Best Mayan Food: Elvi's Kitchen. Traditional Mayan food is oftentimes hard to come by, but Elvi's Kitchen on Ambergris Caye has excellent Mayan chicken, served in banana leaves with fried plantains. Dine on wooden benches under a thatched roof and an indoor tree, served by smiling servers dressed in bow ties.

Outdoor Adventure: Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Two top snorkeling spots, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley (where you can safely touch wild stingrays and toothless nurse sharks), are inexpensive half-day boat trips from Ambergris Caye. Plus, the water in both areas is mellow enough for beginners.
Blissful beauty of stretching sands in Belize.

Blissful beauty of stretching sands in Belize.

Why Go Now

August 2-5, 2012
International Costa Maya Festival
A festival of music, dance, and foods from Belize, Mexico and neighboring countries.

September 21, 2012
Independence Day
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Belize's independence.

October 12, 2012
Pan American Day Celebration and Belikin Spectacular Tournament

El Pescador

Ambergris Caye, Belize

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