Fodor's Expert Review Ray Caye Island Resort

Ray Caye, Hatchet Caye, Stann Creek, Belize Fodor's Choice

One of Belize's most well-managed private island resorts, Raye Caye offers an idyllic haven for honeymooners, divers, or anyone who appreciates natural splendor––with a little luxury sprinkled in. The most upscale units are chic, minimalistic villas with windowed walls opening directly onto decks surrounded by mangroves (although the uber-modern gadgets might seem at odds with the natural setting). Dining is limited, but generally well-prepared. The Lionfish Grill uses vegetables from the island's organic garden––and yes, it does specialize in cooking the invasive lionfish, making it wonderfully eco-conscious. The new restaurant Catch 831 will be only open to resort guests, and not the mariners and day-trippers who visit the island. Ray Caye is a more subdued scene than many all-inclusive islands: you won't see drinking contests or karaoke nights here. Entertainment at Ray Caye is best described as lounging, wildlife-spotting, and water sports––a great menu of snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking, and paddleboarding. A highlight is the waterslide that launches you right into the blue Caribbean. The island has great access to the Silk Cayes, Laughing Bird Caye, and its sister island for day trips, Moho Caye. 


  • solar-powered resort with strong conservation efforts
  • modern, upscale resort brimming with amenities
  • gorgeous grounds with full foliage


  • little choice in dining
  • new villas suffer from practical and stylistic design flaws
  • extra fees, like BZ$400 a head boat transfer, feel nickel-and-dimey




Phones: 533--4446


20 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

What’s Nearby