Banana Bank Lodge


  • Good choice for families and horse lovers
  • Lodge has a swimming pool
  • Guests and owners mingle at meals


  • Pesky mosquitoes and other bugs
  • Some object to the lodge's caged birds and animals
  • Quality and condition of less-expensive rooms may not meet your standards

Published 01/22/2016

Fodor's Review

Set on the banks of the Belize River, this jungle lodge is a good spot for families, especially for those who like to ride horses. Equestrians of all skill levels have a choice of horses from their herd of around 100. Owners John and Carolyn Carr (he's a cowboy originally from Montana; she's a noted artist whose painting "Meh Hand Full" was on the cover of the 2009 Belize telephone book) and daughter Leisa Carr-Caceres arrange canoe trips and hikes on the lodge's 4,000 acres. Deer and a spider monkeys are on the grounds, along with many birds in an aviary. The aging resident jaguar, Tika, died, but she has been replaced by a new young jaguar named Tikatoo. There's a bar and grill, conference area, and a studio and gallery for Carolyn in a new building next to the pool. Free Wi-Fi is available around the pool, too. Thatch cabañas with curving walls are modest but comfortable (no air-conditioning, though), and there are two air-conditioned rooms and three suites in the three-story Chateau Brio. The main lodge has four rooms, and there are four budget Chalet rooms without a/c (BZ$150 plus tax). Hearty, simple meals are served family-style (dinner BZ$30).

Hotel Information


Banana Bank Ranch, Belmopan, Cayo, Belize

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 10 rooms, 5 cabañas, 3 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast; All meals

Published 01/22/2016


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