Climate: Wet Season is August till October; Dry Season is March till December with the best water conditions and marine life. Air temperatures range from 21 – 30°C / 70 – 85°F
Water Temperature: 26 – 30°C / 79 – 85°F
Time: UTC -6:00
Language: English is the official language. Spanish, Creole and other dialects are widely spoken.
Currency: Belize Dollars [BZD] (official), US dollars (No Coins), traveler’s checks & major credit cards are generally accepted.
Electricity: 110 Volt. Standard Plug Type (2 Flat Blades)
Marriage Requirements: Please contact the local tourism board for instructions and requirements.
Airport(s): Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
Hyperbaric Chambers: San Pedro Town, Sub-Aquatic Safety Service of Belize
Home of the second largest reef system in the world and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize lies on the East Coast of Central America bordering Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the West and South, and the Caribbean Sea to the East. Belize is most famous for its Great Blue Hole, a geographic phenomenon that lies 60 miles offshore. 300 feet across, 412 feet deep and full of stalactites, you will often see bull, reef and hammerhead sharks. There are also three magnificent atolls (out of four coral atolls in the Caribbean) and over 400 species of fish. The country is 174 miles long & 68 miles wide. Belize’s 8,866 square miles is dominated by mountains & waterfalls.
Eight friends stayed at Ramon's Village Resort the middle of May 2022. Our accommodations were clean and spacious. We all really appreciated the chairs on the deck out the back of each room. We traveled from Wisconsin. We were met at the Tropic Air terminal by personnel from Ramon's and transferred the short distance to our resort. American Airlines misplaced the dive bag for one of our people, but Ramon's had all the dive gear he needed for rent to be able to dive with the rest of us. The front desk staff were awesome helping that person contact the airlines and finally track down the bag. The food was great, the smoothies we had were exceptional and the service staff at the bar and restaurants knew your name after just a couple days. We had the same dive staff on the boat all week. They were safety conscious but also recognized the diving ability of our group. We all really liked that our surface interval between the two morning dives was done back at the resort. Most of the time I laid on a lounge chair under a palm tree. Our COVID tests for our return flight were taken care of on-site and that was greatly appreciated. We loved the short walk from our rooms to the dock and restaurant. It was also a very short walk up the beach to downtown San Pedro for some shopping and great local restaurants. We did the Belize Food Tour on Wednesday evening, which was fabulous. Everyone in our party enjoyed it immensely. Golf carts were available for rental on-site, which was nice. I would have liked to have spent a little more time in the pool, but the water in it was too cold. It looked beautiful, but I only lasted about 5 minutes. Overall, we had a very positive experience. One of our group members is already planning to return next year with their family.
The resort was excellent. Food, service and facilities all first-rate. The diving was mediocre. For some reason, the reef was almost devoid of fish. We saw lots of sharks, because the divemasters feed them. Very few other fish, very little marine life on the reef.
Ramon's was great. Service, food, accommodations, dive boat and the crew were spot on. For some reason, it wasn't my favorite diving. Not much marine life, like at Bonaire or Anthony's Key.
Everything about Ramon's is wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended
Ramon's Village was nice, service was great, and the dive shop has easy access. We stayed at the Belizean Princess which was right across the street and is owned by Ramon's. The town has grown a lot since we were there 12 years ago, and tons of traffic, golf carts, 4 wheelers, trucks, tractors, etc. There is a lot of great places to eat in town so don't spend all of your time at the resort. Go to Licks Beachside Café for Key Lime Pie, to die for. It has upstairs patio overlooking the water which is a great place to eat, relax, and have a Belikin.
It was windy and we could not dive a couple of days but the shop reimbursed us for that. Angel Sandra, Angel Angelia, and the dive master spotted a Hammerhead shark and the dive master said there have been only a couple of sightings in his 34 year career there. We also dove the marine reserve (max 26') for some real close up looks at turtles, nurse sharks, eels, etc. The overall diving was good, nothing super exceptional to see but if you haven't been there, you need to go. I have been to the Caye Caulker twice now and it hasn't grown as bad as San Pedro. I talked to a couple of people and they said the diving was great there. It might be worth the 1/2 hour boat ride over to try it out.
We also booked a day excursion to the Mayan Ruins near Belize City. Also a Zip Line tour and Cave Tubing was really a kick. Bike rentals are available for $8.00 a day and a great way to see the island. Plenty to do there when it's too windy to dive.
The accomodations at the village was nice and the food very good. The only thing that truly made an impact was the attitude of the manager of the dive shop. In a world where people value good service and civility it was shocking that Robert, the manager, had such a negative and rude attitude when dealing with the clients. If it had been only one day I could have brushed it off as "having a bad day" but it was every day in dealing with him. There were several couples that experienced the same interaction. So it is sad that the "great dive masters" have to have a boss that effects their ratings.
Ramon's Village was great for the most part. The accomodations were so sweet and clean too. The staff was pretty good. The food and wait staff were very good and friendly. We rented a golf cart one day, battery operated. Steve specifically asked if there was enough juice to get us to the one end of the island and back. They assured us there was. Not so, we had to take turns pushing it back to town, sent Emmett off with two girls to drop him off at Ramon's, Ramon's came back with another cart and IT broke down. I finally started walking back and we left the cart in the street. Needless to say they didn't charge us for the cart. ONLY rent a gas powered cart from someone else. As far as the diving...well, it isn't their fault but it was bad. Bad vis, no fish, 10-12 foot swells. The best part, they didn't charge us for the dives we couldn't/wouldn't do. That's the first time that has happened for us. I do have to say they probably shouldn't have taken us out the first day, it was the worst and they really couldn't take us any further than straight out from Ramon's. We would return to Ramon's though.
Ramon's Village Resort -- very nice overall. Great dive shop staff; a tightly run (yet friendly) operation with knowledgeable and professional dive guides; dive shop very professional, customer-centric operation.
Resort rooms were OK -- cute but nothing special. "Seaside" rooms really aren't worth the premium over garden view -- don't really have a view of the water.
Restaurant at resort was OK but not special (staff was great but food was very average), but resort is close to town so there are a lot of other dining options.
Belize diving was very good, though most sites looked very much alike (all spur and groove reef structure). Best animal sightings: enormous eagle ray; three baby mola mola's (approx. 1' long each) swimming together.
Belize and Un-Belizable Diving and Adventure!
Belize and Un-Belizable Diving and Adventure!
Who would have thought that you have to go to Central America to a small English speaking country to truly encounter the second largest Great Barrier Reef in the world? There are three atolls off shore to dive and explore, Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef, and Glover’s Reef, and the sea life ranges from Manatees up north from Dangriga to ...Read Blog