Submitted: March 21, 2009
Stayed: March 2009
Bella Vista Guest House is the place if you are looking for a great location, peace and quiet and wonderful hosts - Bruce & Susan. My wife and I stayed at Bella Vista from Feb 12 - 24th, 2009 and highly recommend it. Susan met us on arrival, allowed us time to get groceries before meeting Bruce for the 2 ½ mile ride to the site. We were overwhelmed by the facilities. They have four casitas located a short walk through their garden from the beach-two with decks fronting the lagoon and two further back in the garden. The area is beautifully landscaped. The cabin was excellent, air-conditioned, spotless with a small bedroom, comfortable queen bed, bathroom with shower, an equipped kitchen area and a comfortable living area/dinette. The deck overhung the lagoon with mangroves in front and trees around giving us great privacy. Lots of wildlife-we fed the small fish below the deck every morning, left pineapple and papaya out for the iguanas, saw anoles, two crocs in the lagoon, a basilisk lizard, and small birds. Having got there a bit after supper time, we tried the on-site restaurant run by their daughter; Victoria, and her boyfriend; Hugo, the latter also being the chef. Meals were very good, reasonably priced and we ate there many times over 12 days. Bicycles are provided and we went into San Pedro a number of times (15 minutes) and it is a delightful ride along the beach. Bruce was wonderful in taking us around in his boat for a very reasonable price. One day he took us 8 miles north up the coast and we rode back. It was one of the highlights of our time on Ambergris and we were back in 3-4 hours including a stop for a fantastic blackened fish sandwich at the Belize Legacy beach bar. Bruce took us snorkelling for a fraction of the cost of the tours, took another acquaintance and I fishing where we had a great time catching plenty of fish (including the big one the shark bit in half on the way in) again for a very fair price. The only negative to our trip were the sand flies that found us all about Ambergris Caye so bring along bug repellent. Bruce, Susan, Victoria and Hugo are great hosts. They really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and offer suggestions to make your holiday more memorable. PS: Don't forget to feed our fish!
Helpful votes: 5/5
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