23 Best Hotels in The Southern Coast, Belize

Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows

$$ | 23 Maya Beach Way, Maya Beach, Belize

A pair of wooden Mennonite-style bungalows are set among palm trees here on a lovely beach, with each on stilts. Both have private bath and a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. The owners can arrange to stock your refrigerator and pantry in advance, if you like, although there are restaurants and groceries nearby. Complimentary bikes and sea kayaks are available. Pickup from the airstrip is free.

Pros

  • Friendly spot
  • Helpful owners
  • Nice place just to relax

Cons

  • Don't expect luxury
  • No kids under 12
  • Five-night minimum stay
23 Maya Beach Way, Maya Beach, Belize
533/8110
hotel Details
2 cottages
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Beaches & Dreams

$$$ | Sittee Point Rd., Hopkins, Belize

A three-story boutique hotel, two octagonal cottages, and various "tree houses" (really just cabins among trees at the back of the property that accommodate up to five people) make up this popular laid-back beach spot. The beachside restaurant, Barracuda Bar & Grill, which specializes in seafood, pizza, ribs, and smoked meats, is one of Hopkins's best eateries. The affordable rates include complimentary use of bikes and kayaks.

Pros

  • Kick-off-your-shoes atmosphere
  • Steps from the sea
  • Good restaurant

Cons

  • Comfort, not luxury
  • Restaurant prices not cheap
  • Some rooms on the basic side
Sittee Point Rd., Hopkins, Belize
523–7259
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Belizean Dreams

$$$$ | Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize

This collection of seaside villas is among the most upmarket accommodation choices on the Southern Coast. All villas have the same floor plans and furnishings, but some of the villas are directly on the beach, and the others have sea or garden views. The units, with hardwood and natural stone floors and custom-made cedar and mahogany furniture, can be reserved as a complete three-bedroom, three-bath villa or as a single bedroom or two-bedroom suite. All-inclusive packages with meals, some tours, and transfers also are available. The resort has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although many guests enjoy trying the variety of dining choices in Hopkins.

Pros

  • Deluxe condo-style apartments
  • Units can be combined and configured to meet your needs
  • Friendly service

Cons

  • Pool is small
  • Some units have a minimum stay during high season
  • Not all units have sea views
Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize
670–2251
hotel Details
9 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Bocawina Rainforest Resort

$$$$ | Dangriga, Belize

Located within the beautiful Mayflower Bocawina National Park, the Bocawina Rainforest Resort has comfortable accommodations that include four spacious deluxe suites (with two queen beds, a table and chairs in a sitting area with jungle views through large windows), two thatched casitas (one has two bedrooms that can be rented together or as individual units), and six standard rooms that share a single veranda. A combination solar, wind, and hydro system generates the lodge's electricity. The lodge's zipline complex contains 12 platforms, and the tour division offers a wide range of trips and tours including visits to the nearby Mayflower archaeological sites and miles of jungle trails and waterfalls.

Pros

  • Hard-to-beat location in national park
  • Lots of wildlife and birds
  • On-site zipline

Cons

  • You may need lots of bug spray
  • No a/c
  • Remote location
Dangriga, Belize
670–8019
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Chabil Mar

$$$$ | 2284 Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize Fodor's Choice

Chabil Mar means "beautiful sea" in Kek'chi Mayan, and the sea and almost 400 feet of beach are indeed gorgeous at this gated luxury condo-style resort. The villas, inside a walled and gated compound, are tastefully designed and luxuriously furnished. Although each one is different, they're all upscale, with features such as marble floors, original art, and four-poster king beds. There's a great attention to detail here, from topiary figures created from shrubbery to daily scrubbing of the two swimming pools to washers and dryers in every unit. You can take any or all of your meals at Chabil Mar—on your veranda, in your suite, by the pool, or (with reservations) on the romantically lighted pier. If you'd rather sample local restaurants and bars, it's a moderate walk or a short taxi, bike, or golf-cart ride into Placencia Village. You'll find a large portfolio of dive, snorkeling, fishing, and soft adventure tours.

Pros

  • Beautiful grounds
  • Lovely stretch of beach
  • Every comfort and convenience at hand

Cons

  • Walls hide the beauty of the grounds and beach
  • Expensive, but you get your money's worth
  • A bit of a hike to the village
2284 Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize
523–3606
hotel Details
20 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Cockscomb Campgrounds and Cabins

$ | Belize

Inside the Cockscomb Wildlife Reserve, a small house and two cabins, each with private bath—the cabins have cold showers only—can accommodate up to four or six people (BZ$165–BZ$240 per house/cabin) and make for a rustic yet moderately comfortable way to experience nature here. If you want to go really rustic, you can also camp at one of three campgrounds in the reserve (BZ$20 per night per person), or stay in rooms in a dormitory with solar-generated electricity (starting at BZ$40 per person). The Belize Audubon Society in Belize City administers the reserve and its accommodations.

Bring your own food and water, as nothing is sold in the reserve.

Pros

  • True jungle setting
  • Inexpensive
  • Staying overnight offers different way to experience the reserve

Cons

  • Don't expect upscale amenities
  • Remote location
  • Need to bring your own food and water
Belize
223–5004-Belize Audubon Society in Belize City
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Coconut Row

$$ | Front St., Hopkins, Belize

This property is made up of three different accommodation types—Coconut Row, Palm Cove Cabins, and Buttonwood Guesthouse—which provides guests with a range of options to choose from including standard rooms, apartments, and cabins. Almost all the units face the beach, and all are a step up from most lodgings in the village, with air-conditioning (a BZ$20 extra charge for daytime use), well-made furnishings, free Wi-Fi, and refrigerators. The staff is superfriendly and helpful in arranging tours and transportation.

Pros

  • Beachfront units with Wi-Fi and fridges
  • A step up from other in-village accommodations
  • Reasonable prices

Cons

  • A/c only at night unless you pay extra
  • A bit of trash on the in-town beach
  • A few units don't have sea views
Front St., Hopkins, Belize
675–3000
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Green Parrot Beach Houses

$$$ | 1 Maya Beach, Maya Beach, Belize

This resort has Mennonite-built cottages along a nice stretch of beach, each with a kitchenette and dining area. The sleeping quarters are upstairs in a loftlike space with a pitched wooden roof. One nifty feature is an octagonal wall panel, operated by pulleys that you can open for a bedside view of the ocean. Smaller thatch cabanas are a bit more rustic and have outdoor showers. There's a beachside restaurant and bar.

Pros

  • Good option for families
  • Pleasant beach area
  • Good value

Cons

  • Two-level units not to everyone's taste
  • You may not like outdoor showers in some units
  • Not a good option if you crave action
1 Maya Beach, Maya Beach, Belize
523–4321
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

$$$$ | Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize Fodor's Choice

With beautifully landscaped grounds, top-notch accommodations, and an excellent scuba program, Hamanasi (Garifuna for "almond") is among Belize's very best beach and resorts and synonymous with diving here on the Southern Coast. Upon your arrival, you'll notice that the grounds are manicured and the lobby is filled with local artwork, including paintings by the late folklore artist Benjamin Nicholas. The "zero effect" pool seems to stretch to infinity. Choose from regular rooms, gorgeous suites with king-size four-poster beds of barba jolote wood, and regular and deluxe "tree houses," which are the most popular accommodations (and the most expensive). These units are not actually built in trees but are set among mangroves and other seaside trees and raised on stilts. Many people come here for the diving opportunities, but you won't feel out of place if you want to snorkel or just laze around the pool. The restaurant has a romantic outdoor dining area with sea views and serves excellent seafood and other dishes; dinner can be pricey.

Pros

  • Well-run resort
  • Deluxe lodging in beautiful beachside setting
  • High-quality dive trips and inland tours

Cons

  • Expensive restaurant
  • Pricey accommodations (but worth it)
  • Diving requires a long boat trip to the reef or atolls
Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize
hotel Details
12 rooms, 13 tree houses
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hopkins Inn

$ | Hopkins, Belize Fodor's Choice

This cozy beachfront cottage keeps the guests returning. In the heart of the village, this cottage colony features tile floors, ceilings paneled in local hardwoods, refrigerators, fans, and porches with sea views. A continental breakfast with fruit and locally baked bread is brought to your cabin each morning. The owners operate a cheese-making business, the Skating Cow, in the village. The soft cheeses are served at the inn.

Pros

  • On the beach
  • Helpful, enthusiastic young owners
  • Good value

Cons

  • You may be awakened by the sound of roosters
  • 2-night stay required at certain times of year
  • Simple rooms
Hopkins, Belize
629–1030
hotel Details
4 cottages
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Laru Beya Resort

$$$ | Off Placencia Rd., Seine Bight Village, Belize

A condo colony whose name means "on the beach" in the Garifuna language, Laru Beya sits on seven beachfront acres, with well-priced rooms and suites that are bright and sunny. The contemporary tropical design includes tile floors and rattan and bamboo furniture. The larger villa units, with up to three bedrooms, have full kitchens, and some have rooftop Jacuzzis and verandas with sea views. Dive, fishing, and adventure packages are available. There's a pleasant on-site restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and a bar. The Moorings and Sunsail yacht charter operations are based at the Laru Beya marina on the lagoon side. You may choose from rates that include all meals or none.

Pros

  • Well-designed rooms and suites
  • A good value
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • Minigolf course needs maintenance
  • A lot of steps to the third floor
  • A bit of a jaunt to the village
Off Placencia Rd., Seine Bight Village, Belize
523–3476
hotel Details
30 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Latitude 17 Guesthouse

$ | South Rd., Hopkins, Belize

One of the nicer budget options in the village has rooms set back from the road and provides plenty of peace and quiet at value prices. Rooms are simply furnished and decorated in vibrant Caribbean pastels. Though not on the beach side of the road, it’s a quick walk to the seafront. Latitude 17 is popular with student and NGO groups.

Pros

  • Strong Wi-Fi
  • Use of two guest bicycles per room per night provided
  • Friendly owner lives onsite

Cons

  • Credit cards accepted for online bookings only
  • Furnishings are basic, but comfortable
  • Occasionally difficult to find space during summer vacation time
South Rd., Hopkins, Belize
665–9929
hotel Details
6 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Maya Beach Hotel

$$ | Placencia Rd., Maya Beach, Belize

This is the kind of small, unpretentious beachfront hotel that many come to Belize to enjoy, but few actually find. Rooms are simple and small but pleasant, with polished wood floors, and the rates are highly affordable. Most are only steps from the water, and many have views of False Caye and the sea. There's a swimming pool, on the beach. In addition, the hotel rents several apartments and houses nearby. Some have minimum-stay requirements. A big plus here is the on-site restaurant, one of Belize's best.

Pros

  • Like a small Caribbean beach hotel should be
  • Good value
  • One of Belize's best restaurants

Cons

  • Rooms on the basic side
  • Wi-Fi is a little spotty
  • A couple of rooms get noise from the restaurant
Placencia Rd., Maya Beach, Belize
523--4040
hotel Details
5 rooms, 7 suites, 1 apartment
Rate Includes: No Meals

Quick Facts

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Naïa Resort and Spa

$$$$ | Placencia Rd., Maya Beach, Belize Fodor's Choice

This resort aspires to be the country's ultimate spa-centric seaside luxury destination, and we'd agree it succeeds. Naïa totals three dozen guest villas and houses, including stylish studio units with 13-foot ceilings and one-bedroom villas, some with private splash pools, mostly set in and around freshwater ponds, with a few directly on the seafront. Two-bedroom, two-level villas are set in lush gardens, and three larger houses with three bedrooms are on the water. All have original artwork by Belize's most famous artists. A sparkling, modern new beach house sleeps up to 15. There is a large rectangular swimming pool near the main restaurant and another pool at the spa, and several villas have private splash pools. The resort has three restaurants, focusing on seafood, grilled fish and meats, and healthy, lighter fare. Guests have access to a fitness center, yoga studio, and a long stretch of pristine beach, but the star of the show is the enormous 10,000-square-foot spa complex set among freshwater ponds.

Pros

  • Luxury villas and houses, some with private pools
  • Large spa complex with the latest treatments and technologies
  • Beautiful beach and lake setting

Cons

  • Not inexpensive
  • Vast 19-acre grounds
  • A bit of a jaunt to the village
Placencia Rd., Maya Beach, Belize
523–4600
hotel Details
35 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Parrot Cove Lodge

$$$ | Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize

This small beachfront resort with rooms in earth tones arranged around a courtyard with a pool is an attractive option if you don't need all the amenities of the larger resorts but want an excellent restaurant. The two-in-one restaurant, Chef Rob's Gourmet Cafe/Love on the Rocks, is one of the best on the Southern Coast, nay, in the entire country. Parrot Cove also has two two-bedroom units in a beach house next door.

Pros

  • Beachfront location
  • Excellent restaurant on-site
  • Friendly service

Cons

  • Bit of a hike to activities in Hopkins Village
  • Beach gets shade in the afternoon
  • Smallish rooms
Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize
hotel Details
12 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Pelican Beach Resort

$$$ | Scotchman Town, North End, Dangriga, Belize

This waterfront hotel on the north end of Dangriga, near the airstrip, is the best the town has to offer. Most rooms are in a two-story colonial-style building with a veranda. Some have porches with sea views. The restaurant has dependable food and service—the French fries are great—and the open-air terrace seating is a delightful spot to enjoy a meal. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable. Though there's a pier and small beach area, the water's not always the best for swimming. It's about a half-hour stroll to the center of town.  The hotel offers frequent Web-only specials.

Pros

  • Charming colonial-era main building
  • Breezy seaside location
  • The best in-town lodging in Dangriga

Cons

  • Not the beach of your dreams
  • Not all rooms have a/c
  • About 30-minute walk to center of town
Scotchman Town, North End, Dangriga, Belize
522–2044
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Robert's Grove Beach Resort

$$$ | Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize

Robert's Grove is one of the largest (44 units including standard rooms, suites, and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and lagoon-side villas) and most complete resorts in southern Belize, with kayaks, windsurfers, small sailboats, and boats for diving. Or, you can laze on the beach, check out the gym, relax at the spa, take a yoga class, or swim in one of the three beachside pools. The resort has a dive center and marina. There are three restaurants: the main hotel restaurant, Seaside; Habanero at the marina on the lagoon side; and Sweet Mama's, a Belizean-style eatery. All-inclusive and other packages are available.

Pros

  • Complete resort facilities
  • Lovely seaside rooms and suites
  • Lots of tours and on-site activities

Cons

  • Nothing particularly exotic here
  • Expensive
  • Not what it used to be
Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize
523/3565
hotel Details
44 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Singing Sands Inn

$$ | 714 Maya Beach Rd., Maya Beach, Belize

The six free-standing thatched-roof cabanas here face the beach and are nicely decorated with polished hardwood floors. In a main building near the hotel entrance are four apartment units with garden views. There's a 200-foot pier with an area for swimming and a bar and a pool set in tropical gardens with another bar. The Bonefish Grille serves Asian dishes—the Korean barbecue is a specialty here—along with seafood.

Pros

  • Pleasant cottages set among tropical gardens
  • Reasonable prices
  • Good Asian restaurant

Cons

  • Smallish cabana rooms
  • No a/c in some rooms
  • Simple accommodation
714 Maya Beach Rd., Maya Beach, Belize
523–3021
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

Quick Facts

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The Lodge at Jaguar Reef

$$$$ | Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize

At Hopkins' original upscale resort, Jaguar Reef's original whitewashed duplex garden and beachfront thatch cabanas is supplemented with newer colonial suites with local artwork, salt-tile floors, and custom-made hardwood furnishings. Although the beach here is good (for Belize), there's a nice pool with swim-up Tiki bar. Meals are served in a beautiful glassed-in beachside palapa with a soaring ceiling set off by locally made basket lights.

Jaguar Reef offers frequent summer (July-August) web-only specials.

Pros

  • Attractive and well-kept grounds
  • Lovely beachside location
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • Beautiful restaurant but meals are pricey
  • Parking for guest vehicles is limited
  • Poolside rooms are not as quiet
Sittee River Rd., Hopkins, Belize
888-822–2448-in U.S.
hotel Details
20 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Resort at Almond Beach

$$$$ | Sittee Rd., Hopkins, Belize

Variety is the spice of beach life here, with an assortment of rooms, suites, and villas, some of which can be combined into uber-suites for families. Butterflies is the full-service spa here, located next to the hotel's coffee shop. Complimentary bikes and kayaks are available. The same management group operates several hotels in the area and around the country and can arrange combo packages that include stays at its beach and rain-forest properties.

Pros

  • Variety of accommodations
  • Full-service spa
  • Complimentary bikes and kayaks

Cons

  • Not inexpensive
  • A few reports of lackadaisical service
  • Lots of families, so not a place to go if you want adults-only quiet
Sittee Rd., Hopkins, Belize
888-822–2448-in U.S.
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

Quick Facts

Tipple Tree Beya

$ | Hopkins, Belize

This small beachfront guesthouse in the heart of Hopkins Village provides a comfortable, no-frills alternative to the coast's upmarket resorts. The inn has rooms that are simple but immaculately clean and, for a lot more comfort, three small beachfront apartments and a separate private cabin. Kayaks and bikes are available for rent.

Pros

  • Steps from the water
  • Hammocks on the porch
  • Much more comfort and space in adjoining apartments

Cons

  • Basic, not overly large rooms
  • No a/c in inn
  • Apartments double the price of inn rooms
Hopkins, Belize
615/7006
hotel Details
7 units
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

Quick Facts

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Turtle Inn

$$$$ | Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize Fodor's Choice

Francis Ford Coppola's second of three lodgings in Belize is nothing if not exotic, with the furnishings, art, and most of the construction materials bought in Bali by the film director and his wife. The entrance, on a footbridge over a small pond, leads you to a gorgeous open-air reception area, lobby, and restaurant. Splurge on a seafront cabana to catch the breezes, as there's no air-conditioning, and the units at the back can be very hot. Two-bedroom villas have not one or two but three bathrooms (two Japanese-style ones indoors and one in a walled outdoor garden). The restaurant, Mare, is great for pizza (baked in a wood-burning oven) and other Italian dishes, plus seafood and Neibaum-Coppola wines; a second restaurant, Gauguin, specializes in beach barbecue and a third in Belizean dishes. Service is warm and welcoming, as it should be for the price you're paying. You're only a short bike or taxi ride into the village to sample the restaurants there. There are two pools and a nice stretch of beach. You can add on a few nights at Coral Caye, an equally sumptuous Coppola property on a private island, eight miles and a 25-minute boat ride away.

Pros

  • Exotic Balinese furnishings
  • Delightful outdoor showers
  • Beautiful seaside setting

Cons

  • No a/c
  • Lodging, food, and drink are surprisingly pricey
  • Two-night minimum stay during high season
Placencia Rd., Placencia Village, Belize
824–4912
hotel Details
25 villas
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Tutzil Nah Cottages

$ | Mile 13.5, Southern Hwy., Belize

Gregorio Chun and his family, Mopan Maya people who've lived in this area for many generations, provide affordable accommodations in simple thatch cabañas. The reason to stay at Tutzil Nah is not the accommodations, which are basic at best, but the location near the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and to meet the Chun family. The Chun family were among those who helped Dr. Alan Rabinowitz study the jaguars in southern Belize, resulting in his well-known 2000 book, Jaguar, One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve. The Chuns provide a range of tours to Cockscomb and Mayan sites, and simple but tasty homemade meals are available at a small restaurant.

Pros

  • Near Maya Center
  • Owners highly knowledgeable about Cockscomb
  • Interesting tours available

Cons

  • Very basic accommodations
  • Furnishings and beds need repairs and upgrading
Mile 13.5, Southern Hwy., Belize
533-7045
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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