Ramon's Village Resort Hotel, San Pedro
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sfrom A TripAdvisor Member
This would be a good resort for half the money otherwise find somewhere else. We've been all over Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman, Turks, and other spots and this was the worse. Bring your ear plugs and have no expecations and this place will meet them.
Great place to un-windfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We will go back. The room was clean and comfortable. Ramon's has their own water supply, so when the rest of the island was running out daily, a not uncommon event, we were told, we had good water. Their beach was one of the finest ones on the island . Although I did not use their scuda dive operator, the people i talked with, said they were a first rate operation.
BTW, I used Amigos Del Mar Dive shop for all my dives.
Improve the food quality and value at Ramon's and I'd give it 5 stars.
Nice Little Vacation Spotfrom A TripAdvisor Member
There is no need for dressy clothes. You can really get by with just tops shorts and bathing suits for your entire trip. You may want to bring a few collared shirts and sundresses if you want to go to a "nicer" spots for dinner like Capricorn
A couple of folks have posted negative comments about the beach (or lack there of). Of all of the hotels close to San Pedro - Ramon's had the best beach by far. Also - what you do in the water (diving and snorkeling) are what's important about the beach in Belize - not the sand. If you want to sit on the beach and be pampered I wouldn't recommend this destination (although drinks are delivered to beach chairs at Ramon's).
Others commented negatively about the food at Ramon's. The food was fine - although there is better on the island. Even the staff noted that they don't eat at the hotel (I would give the barbq on Tues/Fri nights a thumbs up). Elvi's kitchen, Caliente and Blue Water are cleary among the better places to dine. Capricorn is fantastic - the word on the street is that it is "expensive", but that's relative to the other places in town where dinner and drinks for two ranged around 20-30 bucks. Drinks at Ramon's are a buck or so more expensive than other places, but other places won't bring your drink to your beach chair - nor charge it to your room :).
We went through Ramon's for the convenience. In retrospect that was the one decision I would change. You can book Seaduced tours on your own (which pick you up at Ramon's - or any resort for that matter). We could have probably found a better deal elsewhere. I was disappointed in the lack of detail Ramon's staff shared about the tours - (like, bring surf shoes to the caving tour b/c you will be hiking through the water and your flip flops aren't gonna cut it).
When planning this vacation I initially wanted to spend 2-3 days on the inland (Placencia), and then 2-3 days on Ambergris. I set this idea aside as I thought it was too costly to hop hotels and pay the transfers. However, it wasn't. When you stay in Ambergris you end up spending 3-4 hours a day (total) traveling to the mainland to do things like jungle tours, mayan ruins, cave tubing etc - which is also expensive. The cost to switch hotels would have probably been the same.
s is for the laid-back travelerfrom A TripAdvisor Member
You Have Got To Be Kiddingfrom ClamsCasino
My husband and I spent the last four days of our Belizean honeymoon here in April 2004. We took a ferry over from the mainland and arrived at the boatdock, expecting to be greeted by someone from Ramon's for transport to the hotel. They never showed up. What makes this even more sad is that Ramon's is in WALKING DISTANCE of the airstrip. Seriously - we could have taken a puddlejumper and skipped over to the place instead of waiting in the middle of town. Neither the website, nor the owner (who booked our stay) mentioned this.
We ended up flagging down another golf cart that dropped us at Ramon's. After checking in, we were given keys and a map and told how to find our room. Upon opening the door, it was highly disappointing that the honeymoon accomodations (which cost over $200) were tiny and comparable to a Motel 6. Our balcony barely had enough room for the two teeny chairs that were set out. The welcome bottle of something pink and fizzy didn't make up for how overpriced and unenjoyable it was. Here's the best part - you PRE-PAY your entire stay well in advance.
Do not be fooled by anyone that tells you there's a great beach, bc there aren't any great beaches in Belize. This isn't the Caribbean. There's a ton of sea grass and sealife right up along the shore, particularly close to the dock. The activities are expensive, as are the drinks and the food. I spent $35 dollars on a meal that consisted of Pasta-Roni and three shrimp.
Proceed with caution if you decide to stay here, and do not arrive with high expectations.
Love it here!from Cub
sfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The good: Friendly staff, responsive (but sometimes slow) service, good setting, ideal location to town and the reef, plenty of access to activities right on-site, comfortable rooms, good housekeeping service.
The bad: A little overpriced, can be noisy in spots, and be sure to use a safe deposit box (we talked to an older couple that had been ripped off right out of their room).
Overall we were pretty pleased. If having some kind of "luxury" experience is important to you, go somewhere else -- the rooms are rustic but every bit fine for what you should be there for, which is to relax and enjoy yourself. The rooms are comfortably rustic, the air conditioning works, thankfully there are no TVs and we ignored the phone entirely. If you have to make the show of staying at a self-billed luxury place, go to Captain Morgan's or Journey's End, though you'll be very isolated (far out of town over very crappy roads -- think about it, how easy would it be to get back the 3 miles from San Pedro after dark on bad roads, vs. walking 6 blocks from the restaurant to your hotel, barefoot and on the beach?) and I can't imagine how you'd really get anything more for your money.
At Ramon's, I would not bother to pay for a beachfront view. We had the "seaside" rooms, right behind the beachfront, and could see part of the beach from our rooms. But as noted, you're not in your room to look at the beach -- get off your ass and walk the 10 yards to the beach. It's right there. Even the garden view rooms would be fine, you're not losing anything to the beachfront rooms. Plus, you don't have people parading in front of your rooms all the time that way.
One note on rooms: Ask for an upstairs unit. The ceilings are higher and give a bigger feel to the room.
Everything we wanted to do was at hand -- just walk the 20 yards to the dive shop and arrange everything there. Dives, mainland excursions, whatever. The staff is very competent and the diving operation is very good. Dive with Palma if you can and tip him for the good job he does.
Activity pricing is a little high, but you're paying for convenience. You could probably find a slightly better deal down the beach, but it's damn nice to stroll over to the dock at 8:45 and get on the boat for the 9:00 dive.
San Pedro is a fun little town and the people are very friendly.
Caliente: Best food, a little pricey, but not outrageously so.
Caramba: Best all-around. Great menu, great prices.
Elvi's: Fine, but overrated.
Blue Water Grill: Good food, overpriced. But great drinks.
Celi's: Good food, good view, decent prices.
BC's: Fine, nothing special. Convenient if you're at Ramon's.
Cannibal's: Good bar, watch for Dennis Wolfe, the ubiquitous local singer who really is very good.
Big Daddy's: Please, don't bother.
Palapa Bar (north of S.P.): Fun during day.
Pier Lounge Bar: OK for Chicken Drop on Weds, otherwise dull.
Fido's: Fun, good house band.
If you're traveling with kids, I recommend Ramon's. Beach is good for kids, and we saw several families with young children who were having a good time.
I'd go back to Ramon's if we return to Belize.
Paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
I am desperate to return and hope that anyone visiting has the time of their lives. We certainly did. Say hello to Ramon.
Ramons way over-ratedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
very relaxingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for San Pedro
Must eat at Elvi's Kitchen The conch chowder was the best we had on the trip! Portions were reasonable, not overdone, adn the setting was perfectly casual yet upscale (for San Pedro).
Golf Cart Rentals STAY AWAY from renting a cart at Island Tours (in the grocery shop) - our cart broke and they charged us hundreds of dollars even though the part was completely rusted.
Go inland at night The further you get from the beach, the less expensive the meals get - we ate breakfast and lunch on the beach, and went into town for some really good dinners that cost a little less. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong, it's all great! Belize it!!!!!
Other names for Ramon's Village Resort Hotel
- ramons village san pedro
- ramons village hotel
- ramons village belize
- Address: Coconut Dr - San Pedro - Belize
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