Ambergris Caye offers several budget-friendly options for accommodation, but maybe none as centrally located as the SunBreeze Hotel.
After a short flight into the San Pedro regional airport, the SunBreeze Hotel is literally a hop, skip and a jump away. It’s located just outside the heart of the town, which means easy access to dining and entertainment, but also secluded enough to offer some beachside relaxation.
Check-in was literally a breeze, although like most hotels in Belize you need to be prepared to offer a credit card deposit for use of a remote control and two beach towels. The rooms are laid out in a u-shape, with open-air hallways offering calming sea breezes with the smell of saltwater.
SunBreeze has 43 rooms in three categories, including five Premier rooms with Jacuzzi and prominent oceanview. We stayed in one of the standard rooms, and while you won’t find luxury amenities or plush bedding, they make up for it with true ocean-side charm. They’re clean and spacious, with air conditioning and a small patio out front.
SunBreeze offers a freshwater pool and an open-air, beachfront restaurant and bar called Blue Water Grill, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. It boasts an incredibly laid-back atmosphere, and you can almost feel your cares drifting away as you sidle up to the bar for a drink.
The food at Blue Water is delicious – particularly the breakfast. We highly recommend the fry jacks, a staple of Belizean cuisine. Deep-fried dough pieces that are puffed to perfection, fry jacks are normally accompanied by refried beans, sausage, bacon and eggs. A full American-style breakfast is also available.
Free coffee every morning and free wireless Internet are just a couple of the bonus perks offered at SunBreeze. Many of the diving and snorkeling adventures leave right from the shore of the resort, and the more land-locked activities such as tours of Mayan ruins, cave tubing, and rainforest hikes are all within a boat ride from the pier, making it a prime choice for the more adventurous travellers.